Scope of the Meeting

July 27th, 2016


The Murnau Conference on Structural Biology encompasses the current areas of experimental structural biology, in particular Electron Microscopy,  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-ray Crystallography. We focus on molecular questions, the properties of biological macromolecues and their interaction in the complex environment of a living organism. The bi-annual study group meeting in Murnau is set to provide a forum to discuss the latest advances in the field.

Session Topics

The conference will cover the following topics, each session will involve 2-3 invited keynote lectures. Session lectures will be partly selected from submitted abstracts:

Session 1 - Metabolism and Function of RNA
Session 2 - Connecting Length Scales
Session 3 - Emerging Methods
Session 4 - Molecular Mechanisms of Regulation and Biogenesis
Session 5 - Cellular Processes Involving Protein Complexes


The complexity of living systems arises through the interaction of a multitude of components and their coordinated and appropriate response to internal and external stimuli. On a molecular level, cellular components recognize and modify each other, signals are transported, processed and transduced. The molecular basis for signalling events is specific interaction and activation, and the provision of structural information is at the heart of developing a fundamental understanding for signalling processes in complex living systems.

The 6th Murnau Conference will be dedicated to Signal Transduction as a focus topic, represented in three scientific sessions. In addition, a session will be dedicated to New Developments in the Field to include highly actual topics, and a fifth session will address methodic developments in all areas of structural biology. The scope of the meeting will thus be broad and is set to embrace all techniques, fields and interests within the area of Structural Biology.