More than 250 eminent researchers from all over the world attended the Astbury Conversation – the first international event of its kind at the University, dedicated to the subject of molecular biology. The two-day event began with an academic symposium which was followed by a public exhibition showcasing the research and technologies used in the University’s Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.
The final highlight was a lecture by Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt (FRS), during which he explained how computer modelling has advanced our knowledge of the molecular processes underpinning life, health and disease and what the future holds for this area of science. He also talked about how his career developed from a childhood in South Africa, through research in the UK, Israel and the USA, to his Nobel Prize in 2013.
“We were delighted with the response to the Astbury Conversation from both the academic community and the general public,” says Professor Sheena Radford, Astbury Centre Director. “It shows that there is a real appetite for greater understanding of the structure and function of molecules at many different levels. Plans are already underway for the 2018 Astbury Conversation, and the intention is that the event becomes firmly established
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