Announcements, Conferences, Meetings

Announcing “Computational Drug Design: A Tribute to Frank Blaney”

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

The MGMS is pleased to announce 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.

The intention of the organizers has been to assemble a world class group of scientists who will discuss their work at the forefront of efforts to apply computers in solving a broad range of problems in the biological sciences. The meeting will address the following research areas:

Quantum Calculations in Biology
Computational Methods in Drug Discovery
Multi-Scale Simulations
Systems Biology

Invited Speakers:

Prof William L. Jorgensen (Yale University)
Prof Harel Weinstein (Cornell University)
​Prof Marta Filizola (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Prof Jon Essex (University of Southampton)
​Prof Rebecca Wade (University of Heidelberg)
Prof Nigel Richards (University of Cardiff)
Prof Christopher Rowley (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Prof Daan Geerke (Vrije University of Amsterdam)
​Dr Georgia McGaughey (Vertex)
Dr Dahlia Weiss (Nurix)
​Dr Kirstie Bennett (SoseiHeptares)

In the interests of collegiality and scientific interaction, the number of participants will be limited to approximately 150 — so register early for what promises to be a significant event in exploring the use of computational methods at the interface of chemistry and biology!

Scientific Committee:

Tim Clark
Colin Edge
W. Graham Richards
Michelle Sahai
Ben Tehan
Irina Tikhonova

Announcements, Conferences

Announcing the AMMA MM2019 Conference

We are pleased to announce the Australasian chapter of the MGMS, AMMA (the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia), is organizing their premier conference on molecular modelling from December 5-8, 2019. It will be held on the beautiful resort island of Bintan (Indonesia), around an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore.

For more information, see

This is the first time that the MM conference is being hosted in Asia, and it will bring together an international audience at all stages of their careers. It will also feature the award lecture by the 2019 winner of the AMMA Medal. Themes of the conference will include:

  • Molecular dynamics simulations and quantum chemistry of biomolecules and materials
  • Free-energy calculations and enhanced sampling approaches
  • Multiscale and hierarchical modelling
  • Computer-aided drug design
  • Machine learning and AI in modelling and drug design
  • Quantum computing
  • Education in molecular modelling

There will be many opportunities for oral and poster presentations (~25 and ~100 slots, respectively). Contributions from students and early-career researchers are particularly welcome. Registration and abstract submission are now open, here. The closing date for early-bird registration is 15th September 2019.

For further information, please contact the local conference organizers, Peter Bond and Chandra Verma, at


Announcements, MGMS Prizes

MGMS Lecture Tour: David Glowacki in Oxford

We are  very pleased to announce Dr David Glowacki from the University of Bristol will be visiting Oxford as part of his MGMS Lecture Tour. He will be talking and giving live demonstrations of his molecular virtual reality system. He will also be presented with his MGMS Silver Jubilee Award.

10th MGMS Silver Jubilee Award tankard – David Glowacki

David’s talk and demo will be held in collaboration with the next “Comp Chem Kitchen”, CCK-13, at 5-6 pm on Thursday, November 29th, 2018, in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LB.

You can read more about David’s work in The New York Times.

If you’re curious and would like to try out molecular VR, please come along!

Free tickets are available, and refreshments will be provided, including beer.