February 27, 2012 to March 23, 2012
Europe/Stockholm timezone


Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden


A Nordita scientific program is an extended workshop where a limited number of scientists work together on specific topics for a period of several weeks. This program focuses on the different methods for modeling the dynamics of biomolecular systems, ranging from force-field based all-atom representation of individual biomolecules to coarse-grained models for multi-component systems. In particular, the link between these "complementary" modelling approaches, which cover distinct length and time scales, is of central interest. The possibility to bridge and move between the various methods and to integrate their advantages to new multiscale techniques, which allow the simultaneous investigation of system properties at different scales, is the principal issue and concern of the program.

Within this framework, concrete topics of focus are:

  • dynamics and function of biomolecules
  • self-assembly in biomolecular systems

The program intends to provide a framework for lively and intensive exchange between scientists who combine theoretical and computational approaches for studying biomolecular processes at different levels of details concerning the relevant length and time scales. It is set up in a rather casual and informal way to give ample time for discussions and for working on particular questions that may arise during the program.

Nordita provides a full-fledged working environment for program participants, including office space, internet access etc.

Speakers include

  • Ingemar André, Lund University
  • Stefan Auer, University of Leeds
  • Erik Aurell, KTH, Stockholm
  • Michael Bachmann, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Hue Sun Chan, University of Toronto
  • Nikolay Dokholyan, University of North Carolina
  • Olle Edholm, KTH, Stockholm
  • Arne Elofsson, Stockholm University
  • Karl Freed, University of Chicago
  • Thomas Hamelryck, University of Copenhagen
  • Ulrich Hansmann, University of Oklahoma
  • Jens Harting, TU Eindhoven
  • Volkhard Helms, University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken
  • Anders Irbäck, Lund University
  • Richard Lavery, University of Lyon
  • Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, University of Copenhagen
  • Adam Liwo, University of Gdansk
  • Cristian Micheletti, SISSA, Trieste
  • Luca Monticelli, INSERM, Paris
  • José Onuchic, University of California, San Diego
  • Friederike Schmid, University of Mainz
  • Emppu Salonen, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Helsinki
  • David van der Spoel, Uppsala University
  • Ilpo Vattulainen, Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Helsinki
  • Alessandra Villa, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm


The program will start with a school in the first week (February 27 till March 2). This school is centered around "Simulation methods for biomolecular systems" and is directed at PhD students and young postdocs. It will focus tentatively on the following topics:

  • Advanced Monte Carlo methods
  • Molecular dynamics and force field in molecular simulations
  • Hydrodynamic and mesoscopic simulation methods
  • Multiscale methods
  • Coarse-grained models of proteins

Each topic will be covered by roughly three lectures.

The program continues in the second and third weeks with talks and discussion sessions. We aim at having two presentations a day during the mornings, and free time for discussions and project work during the afternoons.

In parallel, there will be a poster exhibition. The poster are put up in the discussion area, where also coffee breaks take place, and are accessible during the whole program.

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