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4th MGMS Frank Blaney Award: Dr Albert J Kooistra

To support postdoctoral and young independent researchers, and to remember MGMS founder member Dr Frank Blaney, the MGMS has established the MGMS Frank Blaney Award (formerly the MGMS Silver Jubilee Award). This is awarded to outstanding young researchers in the field.

We are delighted to announce that the Fourth MGMS Frank Blaney Award has been awarded to Dr. Albert J Kooistra, Dr Albert J Kooistra, an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Congratulations, Albert.

 

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Nominations Open: MGMS Frank Blaney Award 2021

To support postdoctoral and young independent researchers, and to remember MGMS founder member Dr Frank Blaney, the MGMS has established the MGMS Frank Blaney Award (formerly the MGMS Silver Jubilee Award). This is awarded to outstanding young researchers in the field. 

The call for 2021 nominations can be downloaded here.

The last for submitting nominations is no later than 5th November 2021.

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The MGMS Early Career Virtual Workshop Initiative

The MGMS is pleased to announce a call for applications to the MGMS Early Career Virtual Workshop Initiative. Applicants are invited for proposals for on-line workshops or meetings on a topic that is broadly in line with the MGMS’s overall scientific remit, please see website for details of previous meetings for a rough guide. Although we do not envisage in person activities before September 2021 (this deadline might be extended depending on pandemic government guidance), we encourage virtual initiatives in the meantime. Applicants should complete the brief application form and a proposed budget. For a one-day virtual workshop, the budget is anticipated to be up to £300, but proposals outside this range will be considered. Applications should come from student groups or early career (within 5 years of their PhD award) researchers in either academia or industry. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2021 and applications should be emailed to the MGMS secretary (secretary@mgms.org). Applications will be notified in June of the outcome.
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Conferences

Modelling Photoinduced Processes in Molecular Systems

A 2-day workshop sponsored by the MGMS Early-Career Workshop initiative was hosted at the Molecular Sciences Research Hub, the new home of the department of Chemistry, Imperial College London. The meeting, organised by Lara Martínez-Fernández (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Javier Segarra-Martí (Imperial College, UK) brought together over 70 young theorists from 10 different countries worldwide investigating quantum states in molecular systems and their interaction with external stimuli such as photons, phonons and electrons. It served as a platform for the next generation of theoretical photochemists to gather and network, and highlighted the vast advances early-career scientists have made in the modelling of photoinduced processes. The great feedback obtained from all participants has triggered a follow-up meeting planned for 2021 in Spain and which we hope will become a yearly forum for young scientists in this modelling field. 

Announcements, Conferences, Meetings

Postponed: “Computational Drug Design: A tribute Frank Blaney” Meeting

June 17-19 2020, The Queen’s University, Belfast, U.K.

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Given the increasing seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MGMS has decided to postpone our scientific meeting to honor the life and work of Dr Frank Blaney, a well-known computational chemist who worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry.

Frank was a pioneer within the world of molecular modelling, particularly with respect to Drug Discovery. Not only did he contribute greatly to promoting science within academia but also in advancing commercial sectors for Drug Discovery.  Frank was actively involved in the development of approaches to model membrane bound proteins such as GPCRs, ion channels and transporters, and the application of these approaches in drug discovery. Frank was a founding member of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS), and over the years worked in a number of academic and commercial institutions including Oxford University, Queen’s University Belfast, as well as Beecham Pharmaceuticals, GSK and Heptares.

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Meetings

YMF 2018 Winners

MGMS Young Modellers’ Forum 2018 was held at University of Greenwich on 30th November 2018.

Winners Talks:

  • Jonathan Shearer (Department of Chemistry/ University of Southampton)
  • Francesca Vianello (Department of Chemistry/ Imperial College London)
  • Timothy Burd (Department of Chemistry/ University of Oxford)

Winners Posters:

  • Joshua Carter (Nuffield Department of Medicine/ University of Oxford)
  • Silvia Amabilino (Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol & NovaData Solutions)