Motivation and Aims

In silico modeling of biological systems has become an established and reliable tool to investigate molecular determinants behind processes relevant to life sciences.

Aiming primarily to facilitate scientist from different disciplines to get familiar with some of the key computational methods in molecular biology, the School will consist of Lectures and Tutorials held by worldwide-recognized leaders in their disciplines to:

  • Give an updated overview of some of the following broadly widespread computational techniques: structure-based homology modeling, drug-binding sites detection and molecular docking, and classic molecular dynamics;
  • Make the attendants being able to use at the basic level one of the most common packages developed within each of the aforementioned methodologies;
  • Expose participants to timely scientific problems in biological/medical research.


The School is targeted mainly to PhD students and young post-docs willing to expand, deepen, or integrate their skills by acquiring competences with a broad set of computational methods helpful in their everyday research. Motivated Master Degree students are also welcomed.


Each applicant will be notified on acceptance within three weeks.

The School is limited to a maximum of 40 PARTICIPANTS.


Applicants should submit a short CV and a motivation letter through the Application form.

For details on location and accommodation please visit Location and venue.


The School will include:

  • Four Lecture Sessions, each lasting about 3 hours, where leader Scientists will describe the theoretical foundations of the computational methods constituting the topics of the School.
  • Four Practical Sessions, each lasting about 4 hours, in which a tutorial will be held on a selected software among those most widely used by the reference scientific community.

For more details, please have a look to the full program.

Poster session

In order to further facilitate communication and exchange of ideas and good practices among the participants and between them and the Speakers/Tutors, participants are invited to bring a poster describing some of their research activity. The posters should be 70 cm (width) X 100 cm (height). Pins/stickers will be provided in loco. Posters can be displayed since Monday afternoon and should be removed after the last session of the School on Friday 10 at 12:30. Please use the template abstract available here.


The booklet of the School can be downloaded here.

The School is funded by Regione Autonoma della Sardegna through the call “SCIENTIFIC SCHOOL 2015” promoted by Sardegna Ricerche.