Joint Annual Meeting of Finnish Synchrotron Radiation User Organisation (FSRUO) and Finnish Structural Biology Network (FINNBOX) 4.-5.12.2017 Turku
It is our pleasure to invite you to the CSSB Opening Symposium entitled “Frontiers in Structural Systems Biology of host –pathogen interactions." The symposium will take place from 13-15 November 2017 in Hamburg, Germany and will explore new frontiers in structural systems biology with a particular focus on host – pathogen interactions. The CSSB Opening Symposium will feature top-class international research talks in four scientific sessions and will end with a panel discussion on future perspectives of the field.
For more information about the symposium and to register, please visit: https://cssb-symposium2017.de/
We do look forward to welcoming you to Hamburg.
Kay Grünewald, Michael Kolbe, and Thomas Marlovits
In July 2017 The European Commission has granted the pan-European research infrastructure Instruct the ERIC status, which stands for European Research Infrastructure Consortium. Instruct provides access to specialist research infrastructures for structural biology at different centers across Europe. In Finland the Instruct-FI structural biology network of Biocenter Finland is interacting in many ways with the Instruct structural biology community. At the moment the four major structural biology centers in Finland (Helsinki, Oulu, Joensuu, Turku) are preparing an application to the Instruct council to become accepted as a distributed Instruct Centre. Helsinki will be the national hub. Oulu coordinates the participation of Instruct-FI in iNEXT and Instruct-ULTRA. The FIRI committee of the Academy of Finland has agreed that Finland joins Instruct providing the Finnish life science researchers with funded access to the major structural biology centers in Europe. Access to Instruct facilities across Europe is essential to use large instruments, like X-ray synchrotrons and modern cryo-electron microscopes that cannot be built and maintained in all countries, but also to maintain a collaborative scientific culture that allows the dissemination of scientific expertise and methodological innovations across different laboratories. Instruct also fosters joint translational research efforts between academia and biotech to ensure the implementation of new technologies for more sustainable processes and better human health.
The Millennium Talks Workshop was co-organized by Biocenter Finland and Technology Academy Finland and supported by the Institut Francais de Finlande, the Embassy of France in Finland and the Aalto University. Keynote speakers included Professors Emmanuelle Charpentier, one of the inventors of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, and Frances Arnold winner of the Millennium Technology Prize. The workshop discussed how technologies emanating from frontier research can be taken advantage of in industry, clinical care and in research in Finland. The workshop promoted a mind-set change amongst academic researchers, to acknowledge the importance of wider impact for society of findings of fundamental research.
The event took place on May 17-18 at the Aalto University School of Business.
Biocenter Finland was successful in the Academy of Finland’s FIRI2016 funding call with an application entitled: “Dissection of protein modifications and metabolites in single cells and diseased tissue as the 2017-2018 Focus Area of Biocenter Finland”. The funded equipment enable setting up services for identification of proteins, metabolites, and their modifications in single-cells or tissue samples. These services will be openly available from 2017-2018 on for academic and non-academic customers in Finland and abroad.
The funded equipment investments further develop and enforce the state-of-the-art technological front and throughput capacity of the existing Biocenter Finland Proteomics and Metabolomics technology platform services that are on high and increasing demand. Furthermore, novel approaches including liquid biopsy and mass cytometry technologies will be incorporated in the Biocenter Finland service portfolio.
From May-15 to May-19, 2017 we organise our iNEXT course; “X-ray and neutron diffraction studies of macromolecules: from data collection to structures” in Oulu. It is organized in the context of the iNEXT Horizon2020 project (http://www.inext-eu.org ), together with Diamond (Oxford, UK), Biocenter Oulu and the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu. This full course consists of lectures and tutorials. The tutorials are only for the registrated students who have initially applied to attend the full course. However the 15 lectures are free for everyone who is interested. Researchers who follow all the lectures will receive a certificate for 1 ECTS credit. A detailed program is available at http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/instruct-nac/courses/oulu. All lectures are at the FBMM premises on the Kontinkangas campus of the University of Oulu.
Briefly, the lectures of the course will include an introduction on the methods of protein crystallography (Rupp), neutron crystallography (Oksanen/Podjarny) and SAXS/SANS-approaches (Tukkanen). Also data collection at synchrotrons (Thunnissen, Aller, Powell), new perspectives when using the new long-wavelength beamline at Diamond (Wagner) and when using XFEL-technology (Hajdu) will be addressed. Focused lectures on structure validation (Rupp), X-ray data processing with XDS (Rower) and DIALS (Waterman) and neutron data processing (Oksanen), as well as experimental phasing (Gruene) and molecular replacement phasing (Lebedev) are also included.
On behalf of the local organisers,
Rik Wierenga and Lari Lehtiö
The rectors of Biocenter Finland partner Universities have nominated Professor Marja Makarow as new director of Biocenter Finland.
Marja Makarow ends her term as vice president of the Academy of Finland – the Finnish research Council in June. She is former vice rector for research, researcher training and innovation (2003-2007) and professor of applied biochemistry and molecular biology of the University of Helsinki. In 2008-2011 she served as chief executive of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg France. She chairs Technology Academy Finland and serves on the governing board of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT.
Marja Makarow will start her appointment as Biocenter Finland Director in July 2016.
The Finnish structural biology annual meeting (FINNBOX) will take place on 29th August, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus. Contact person Juha Rouvinen (juha.rouvinen(a)uef.fi)
June 12 - 15, 2016
The EMBO Conference focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of biocatalysis, with an emphasis on the impact that enzyme research has at the interface of biology and chemistry. The sessions will cover an array of topics including computational, chemistry and structural approaches, as well as directed evolution, bioinformatics and spectroscopic methods, aimed towards better understanding of enzyme mechanisms and mechanisms of complex multifunctional enzyme systems, in vitro and in vivo. The importance of the electrostatic and dynamical properties of enzymes will be addressed. The impact of this knowledge for drug discovery research and research on non-natural biocatalytic systems will be highlighted. Established and emerging scientists from academic and industrial settings will be available to stimulate discussion and provide perspective on the topics of this conference. We strongly encourage participation of students and postdoctoral associates, providing opportunities for discussion and networking. Oral presentations chosen from submitted poster abstracts will provide additional opportunities for discussing new and innovative ideas. The speakers are encouraged to give a brief introduction of the field in which they work and allow for sufficient time for discussion.
For more information: http://events.embo.org/16-biocatalysis/
Biocenter Finland (www.biocenter.fi) is a distributed nation-wide infrastructure network organization for biosciences in Finland. It is governed by six partner universities; Universities of Eastern Finland, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere, Turku and Åbo Akademi.
The mission of Biocenter Finland is to maintain and develop national technology platform services and, by this means, to support top-level research in Finland and facilitate development and acquisition of new technologies. Biocenter Finland is one of the Finnish Research Infrastructures (FIRI; current roadmap 2014–2020).
Biocenter Finland invites applications for a position of
The position is part-time (50%), and the appointment will be from March 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020.
The Director of Biocenter Finland has an important visionary position within the Finnish bioscience community. The principal task of the Director is to maintain collaboration among the host universities and facilitate the function and development of infrastructure services and their strategy within the the field of biosciences.
The responsibilities of the Director are:
• to direct and develop Biocenter Finland activities and co-ordinate the network functions among
the host universities and their biocenters
• to monitor the developments in the areas represented by Biocenter Finland as well as to maintain
and develop the network’s national and international activities
• to manage the network’s finances
• to prepare and present the issues that belong to the Board of Biocenter Finland and to implement
the Board’s decisions
The Director can have his/her own research group.
A successful candidate for the directorship is expected to be a professor or to have a doctoral degree, and to possess experience in the research fields represented by Biocenter Finland and in leadership positions. Experience in international expert positions and knowledge about international research and infrastructure policies are additional merits. English and Finnish are the working languages of Biocenter Finland.
The provisional time of commitment is 50%. The Director will be employed by the University of Helsinki acting as the Biocenter Finland coordination university currently. The salary is negotiable and commensurate with the candidate’s accomplishments within the remuneration system of the University of Helsinki.
Applications should be addressed to the Board. International experts will be used to evaluate the applicants’ accomplishments and qualifications. The Director is appointed by the Rector’s Council of Biocenter Finland based on a proposal of the Board. The contract is made with the Rector of the University of Helsinki.
BF Board meetings in spring/summer 2016:
08.02.2016, 9:15 – 12:00
15.03.2016, 9:15 – 12:00
03.06.2016, 11:00 – 14:00
BF Board meetings in autumn/winter 2015:
17-18, August, 2015
Lecture Hall 2, Biomedicum Helsinki, Haartmaninkatu 8, Helsinki, Finland
This symposium entitled “6th Sino-Finn Life Science Forum: From System Biology to Translational Medicine” will mainly focus on the latest and exciting innovations in the area of molecular biology and medicine, functional genomics and computational biology, clinical investigation and translation based on big data.
Since 2008, Sino-Finn Life Science Forum has been successfully held for 5 times. Through this platform, many respected scientists of life science from both Finland and China have presented their latest work, communicated with each other, and establishED various types of collaborations.
As a follow-up event of Sino-Finn Life Science Forum, the upcoming symposium provides a good opportunity of communication for the eminent scientists and investigators in the field of system biology and translational medicine from both Finland and China. Moreover, this symposium will provide a bilateral platform for all participants and young researchers/students to network and perceive scientific interactions for the future development in the related field.
BF Annual Report 2014 has now been published. The report summarizes the activities of the technology platforms in 2014.
Turku BioImaging arranges Advanced Microscopy Workshop in Turku on August 11-12, 2015 with technology and application expertise from the world-leading imaging center Janelia Research Campus. The workshop is followed by the Bridging Nordic Imaging -seminar (August 13-14) which further expands on the themes of the workshop.
Please find more information: http://www.bioimaging.fi/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Poster_JE_no_2.jpg
Joint meeting of BF board members, coordinators of infrastructure networks and chairs of technology platforms will be organised on January 12, 2015. Also Finnish national coordinators/contact points of BMS (Biological and Medical Sciences) ESFRI projects have been invited to this meeting where important issues about the future development of BF will be discussed.
BF board meetings in winter/spring 2015:11.2.
The Biocenter Finland structural biology network will hold a 1 day meeting dedicated to Finnish structural biology research and technical advances 9th June 2015, in Helsinki. It will be held as a satellite meeting to the Paulo Foundation Symposium "From atomic structures to disease mechanisms" (10-12th June). The new NMR magnet will be inaugurated as part of the satellite meeting.
"Our rationale for this symposium is both scientific and clinical. Scientifically, understanding the molecular details of energy metabolism is fundamental to our understanding of life. Clinically, brain diseases affect a large number of people, and yet therapeutic approaches are limited. Recent advances in structural biology and biophysics, especially in receptors and their signalling, will now allow, in principle, development of conceptually novel drugs that could modify disease progression. It is thus critically important to bring people in these areas together to find ways and means to make these breakthroughs."
The Finnish structural biology annual meeting (FINNBOX) will be held as a satellite to this symposium. The meeting will take place on June 9 in seminar room 3401, Biocenter 3, Viikinkaari 1. The program will be based on the submitted abstracts.
Registration for the symposium can be done using the following e-form
Deadline for registration & abstract submission is April 15, 2015.
Rectors of the BF host Universities have appointed Professor emeritus Olli Jänne as a part-time Director of Biocenter Finland for a period of 1.1.2015-31.12.2015.
Director Eero Vuorio
Tel. +358 50 415 6595
E-mail: eero.vuorio (at) helsinki.fi
BF Annual Report 2013 has now been published. The report summarizes the activities of the technology platforms in 2013.
- "Year 2013 was an exceptionally busy one and full of changes for Biocenter Finland (BF)." Director Eero Vuorio
BF board meetings in autumn 2014:
Biocenter Finland has been selected for the updated national roadmap for research infrastructures with excellent reviews. The roadmap document was officially published on March 14, 2014.
In its first meeting of the year 2014, the Biocenter Finland Board elected Professor John Eriksson (BioCity Turku/Åbo Akademi University) as the Chairman, and Professor Johanna Myllyharju (Biocenter Oulu/University of Oulu) as the Vice-Chairman of the Board for years 2014-2015.
Biocenter Finland has been selected for the updated national roadmap for research infrastructures with excellent reviews. The roadmap document will be officially published on March 14, 2014.
Rectors of the BF host Universities appointed Eero Vuorio as Director of Biocenter Finland for a period of 1.1.2014-31.12.2014.
Biocenter Finland Annual Report 2012 has now been published online:
Printed copies will be available in July, 2013.
More information: Planning officer Sanna Leinonen (sanna.p.leinonen (at) helsinki.fi), +358 50 415 6727.
BF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) visited Helsinki on June 10-11, 2013 and evaluated the overall performance of BF in 2010-2012 and applications for support for bioscience technology platforms in 2014-2016. SAB will also make a statement on the BF Director candidates.
The first Biocenter Finland (BF) user survey was conducted in March 2013 in order to get information on the use and performance of BF technology platforms built up during the period of 2010–2012.
Biocenter Finland is searching for Director for the period of 1.1.2014-31.12.2016. The director will be formally employed by the coordinating university of Biocenter Finland, currently the University of Helsinki.
In 2013, Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala (Biocenter Kuopio, University of Eastern Finland) will continue as the Chairman, and Professor Jyrki Heino (Biocity Turku, University of Turku) as the Vice-Chairman of the Biocenter Finland board.
The next board meetings are organized on March 15, 2013 and May 3, 2013.
The international evaluation of BF activities in 2010-2012 will take place in June 10-11, 2013. This will be combined with the evaluation of applications for support for bioscience technology platforms for 2014-2016. The call for BF technology platform support will be published on this website in February 2013.
Earmarked funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM) ends at the end of 2012, but BF activities will continue in 2013-2016 under direct funding from the six host universities. In 2013 this support will be directed primarily towards salaries of key personnel in the technology services.
Biocenter Finland Annual Report 2011 has now been published online:
More information: Planning officer Sanna Leinonen (sanna.p.leinonen (at) helsinki.fi), +358 50 415 6727.
In its meeting on November 15, 2011, the Board of Biocenter Finland made the last funding decisions on proposals for technology platforms and emerging technologies (2nd call for bioscience technology platform grants).
Biocenter Finland Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is currently evaluating BF technology platforms. During Monday August 22 and Tuesday August 23 the SAB evaluates the current technology platforms and new proposals for technology platforms and emerging technologies.
The pdf-version of Biocenter Finland Annual Report 2010 is now available. For printed copies please contact Planning officer Sanna Leinonen (sanna.p.leinonen (at) helsinki.fi)
Altogether 21 proposals for technology platforms and emerging technologies were submitted to the 2nd call of BF bioscience technology platform grants.
Biocenter Finland opens 2nd call in its international visitor program for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. The call is open immediately, and the application deadline is September 30, 2011.
Biocenter Finland has opened a second call for bioscience technology platform grants.
The international evaluation of the BF technology platforms is being organized in Helsinki, on August 22-23, 2011.
In its first meeting of the year 2011, the Biocenter Finland Board elected Academy Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala as the Chairman, and Professor Jyrki Heino as the Vice-Chairman of the Board for years 2011-2012.
In its meeting on 22nd September the Board of Biocenter Finland made funding decisions on "Provision of support to research career development in biocenters". Funding is granted for following applicants: