1 [an error occurred while processing this directive]
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

RapiData 2021 at SSRL - Data Collection and Structure Solving: A Practical Course in Macromolecular X-Ray Diffraction Measurement
May 5-15 2021

About RapiData 2021 at SSRL

RapiData goes Virtual!

Due to the spread of the coronavirus in the Bay Area and elsewhere, the course will be held online from May 5 to 15, 2021.

Synchrotron radiation is an indispensable tool in macromolecular crystallography and most of the macromolecule structures deposited in the PDB are solved and refined with data collected at synchrotron sources. Some of the skills needed to make optimal use of state-of-the-art beamlines and data processing and analysis software are difficult to learn without intensive hand-on training.

The main goal of the course Rapid Data Collection and Structure Solving is to provide such an educational experience. The course has taken place since 2015 at SSRL, following the closure of NSLS at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where is was held for 16 years. RapiData 2021 will use a similar format to previous editions, with equal emphasis on the ideas and concepts behind conventional methods for diffraction-data collection, and practical experience collecting and processing data.

All students are encouraged to bring their own specimens for data collection, and to bring old data for the data-reduction and structure-solving tutorials. Students are split into several groups for the hands-on training sessions. Participants without crystals will be able to practice on samples provided by the organizers and data collected on the beamlines.

On Wednesday May 5 we will hold a lecture course on the fundamentals of crystallography to ensure that students without much previous experience in crystallography benefit fully from the lectures and practicals during the rest of the course. The main RapiData course will begin on Thursday morning, May 6. There will be lectures during the first four days (May 6-7, May 10-11). The software tutorials will begin on Wednesday May 12, and run in parallel with data collection on Thursday May 13 and Friday May 14. The course will end on Saturday May 15 with a recapitulation meeting.

Confirmed speakers and tutors include:

  • Bob Sweet
  • Jim Pflugrath
  • Clyde Smith
  • Ana Gonzalez
  • Elspeth Garman
  • Raji Edayathumangalam
  • Harry Powell
  • Andrea Thorn
  • Silvia Russi
  • James Holton
  • Thomas Weiss
  • Aina Cohen
  • Nick Sauter
  • Andreas Foerster
  • Jeney Wierman
  • Clemens Vonrhein
  • Claus Flensburg
  • Andrey Lebedev
  • Maksymilian Chruszcz