SIG-BioExcel 2nd Edition in collaboration with Vi-SEEM: Advanced Simulations for Biomolecular Research


Workshop website


Workshop details

Date: Saturday September 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 17:00
Venue: Eugenides Foundation
Room: Andrea Puccio


Keynote speakers

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Matteo Dal Peraro



SIG-BioExcel is a major venue for knowledge exchange and networking for the computational biomolecular research community:

  • Academic scientists whose research depends heavily on software for biomolecular simulations (e.g. users or developers)
  • Industrial users of such software, especially from pharmaceutical, chemical or food industries
  • Independent software vendors of biomolecular modeling/simulation applications or platforms
  • Resource providers for biomolecular simulations (HPC centers, commercial Cloud/HPC/Grid system providers)
  • International projects and initiatives in the area of biomolecular simulations

The event will host invited talks by top-scientists, flash presentations of the highest quality abstracts from the poster session, and lunchtime hands-on presentation of cutting-edge high-end (HPC and HTC) systems.

The venue will provide opportunities to participants to:

  • Showcase their success stories (e.g. flash talks)
  • Discuss upcoming challenges and how they might be addressed
  • Share experience and best practices to develop standards
  • Create networking and collaboration opportunities with each other
  • Provide input into the development of improved software and workflows

The SIG is organized by BioExcel, a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Computational Biomolecular research. The center includes core developers of major applications for biomolecular simulations – GROMACS, HADDOCK and CPMD, as well as developers of workflow environments and data management systems such as OpenPHACTS, Galaxy, KNIME, Taverna and COMPSs. This year’s edition of SIG-BioExcel is organized in partnership with the VI-SEEM Virtual Research Environment ( as representatives of the Life Sciences Research community in the Southeast Europe and Eastern Mediterranean (SEEM) region. VI-SEEM provides scientists with access to state of the art virtual platform while integrating the underlying e-Infrastructure layers with generic/standardised as well as domain-specific services. It also promotes capacity building, fosters interdisciplinary approaches, and provides adequate user support and training programmes for the user communities in the SEEM region.


Abstract submission

Abstracts for flash talks and poster presentations can be submitted via the workshop website


Important dates

Submission Deadline for abstracts: June 25, 2018
Notification: July 2, 2018
Early-bird registration deadline: July 29, 2018
Registration online deadline: August 31, 2018
Workshop Date: September 8, 2018


Travel bursaries

BioExcel will be providing a limited number of fixed amount (up to 500 euro) travel bursaries for this event to students or researchers whose abstracts are approved for presentation. The bursaries can cover travel, accommodation and SIG/conference meeting registration fee. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary email Vera Matser ( Eligibility criteria and conditions for the travel grants are available here – BioExcel Travel Grant