10th 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 calculations) or spectroscopical/microscopical techniques in studies of complex biological systems
  • Development of new computational approaches or new spectroscopical/microscopical techniques in biochemistry and biophysics

Due to the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus the Sypomsium had to be canceled. We are not planning the new dates of the symposium, as the situation in 2021 looks also uncertain.

The Visegrad Symposium on Structural Systems Biology (VSSSB) gathers researchers interested in the study of biomolecular systems with a wide array of scientific approaches. They range from computational methods, 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 view, often leading to the establishment of fruitful, interdisciplinary collaboration.

The history of the meetings dates back to 2009 and 2010, when two „Mini-symposium on the 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, alternating between Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. During the later years also partners from Warsaw and Miskolc joined our consortium. 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, 6th VSSSB at 2016 in Warsaw, Poland, 7th VSSSB at 2017 in Nové Hrady, 8th VSSSB at 2018 in Lučenec, Slovakia and 9th VSSSB at 2019 in Szilvásvarád, Hungary.

The conferences were very successful. In addition to the scientists from the partner institutions and their colleagues in Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the conference also attracted many scientists from 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 undergraduate students from the USA, Canada and UK.

This year the conference will be back in Nove Hrady, Czech Republic. The conference will be organized by University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice with local co-organizer – Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Nove Hrady and in collaboration with the partners from V4 countries, University of Warsaw in Poland, Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) and University of Miskolc in Hungary with support of International Visegrad Fund. As in the previous years, this year’s conference will mainly focus on various computational methods used in the study of biologically 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 the conference will be as successful as the previous ones.

The organizing team