7th Visegrad Symposium on Structural Systems Biology, Nove Hrady, Czech Republic



  • Computational simulations and spectroscopy of biologically relevant systems.
  • Applications of various computational methods (bioinformatics, MD simulations, QM calulations) or spectroscopical/microscopical techniques in studies of complex biological systems
  • Development of new computational approaches or new spectroscopical/microscopical techniques in biochemistry and biophysics

The Visegrad Symposium on Structural Systems Biology (VSSSB) gathers researchers interested in the study of biomolecular systems with wide array of scientific approaches. They range from computational mehtods, including quantum calculations and atomistic or coarse-grained simulations, to experimental, mainly spectroscopic techniques. As such the meeting is a unique platform for sharing ideas and approaching common scientific problems from different points of wiev, often leading to the estabilishment of fruitful, intersisciplinary collaboration.

The history of the meetings dates back to 2009 and 2010, when two „Mini-symposium on computation of interactions in biological systems“ were organised by the research teams from Nove Hrady and Szeged in their respective towns. Later joined by partners from Bratislava and Kraków, and benefiting from the support of Visegrad International Fund, they established the tradition of annual symposia on structural systems biology. The 1st VSSSB was organized at 2011 in Nové Hrady, Czech Republic, followed by 2nd VSSSB at 2012 in Gyöngyöstarján, Hungary, 3rd VSSSB at 2013 in Smolenice, Slovakia, 4th VSSSB at 2014 in Nové Hrady, 5th VSSSB at 2015 in Szeged, Hungary and 6th VSSSB at 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

The conferences were very succesfull. Apart of the scientists from the partner institutions and their colleagues in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the conference attracted many scientist from the other countries like Austria, Germany, France, Great Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Switzerland. The conferences were also attended by many students including the participants of the summer schools organized in Szeged (later in Miskolc) and Nové Hrady, that are mainly the undergraduate students from USA, Canada and UK.

This year the conference will be back in Nove Hrady, Czech Republic. As in the previous years, this year conference will mainly focus on various computational methods used in the study of biologicaly relevant macromolecules ranging from quantum calculations via atomistic models to coarse-grained molecular dynamics of biological systems. The other main topic will focus on experimental techniques, mainly spectroscopic methods, that complement the simulations or can be used for verification. We hope that this year conference will be as successful as the previous ones.
We hope that this year conference will be as successful as the previous ones.

The organizing team