Last week I attended the Rhine-Knee Regional Meeting on Biocrystallography at the Hohenburg Abbey on Mont Sainte-Odile, France. It’s a smaller conference, with a focus on short PhD and Postdoc presentations. The research was very impressive. I particularly liked several impressive talks about structures of large complexes, such as RNA polymerase (Albert Weixlbaumer) or cholera’s sodium transporter (Guenter Fritz).
I gave a talk about CE-Symm. Slides are available as usual on slideshare, but this time I also created a lecture cast on scivee. I couldn’t figure out how to edit the presentation, so the audio includes a bit of the previous speaker.
Besides the scientific merits of the conference, the setting was beautiful and we spent a delightful afternoon hiking around the mountain. The trail followed the Heidamür (Heidenmauer, “Pagan Wall”), a 7th century BC cyclopean stone wall encircling the mountain-top abby, as well as the ruins of Château de Dreistein.
I also expanded the talk for our weekly department seminar. With 30 minutes I can cover some additional structural examples, as well as discuss computational results in more depth. It stimulated a very interesting discussion about the early evolution of proteins and how we can get information about them.