The second BPS-supported Portugal Networking Event, took place last month at the Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa. Organized by BPS members Ivo Martins; IMM/FMU, Axel Hollmann; IMM/FMUL, and Filomena Carvalho; IMM/FMUL, this intimate event brought together participants from different career stages to discuss the study of protein-ligand interactions via biophysical techniques with an emphasis on peptide-lipid interactions. Ivo Martin, one of the organizers of the event, gives us a quick recap below:
The main objective of the event was to make people aware of the possibilities given by studying protein-ligand interactions via biophysics techniques. The event was a great opportunity to share our work and research on the topic as well as meet and get to know other individuals interested in this scientific field.
Broken up into three parts, the event feature a theoretical, practical, and networking session. The theoretical session gave attendees the chance to present their current research and become familiar with other people’s work on protein-ligand interactions. The practical session gave participants a chance learn practical, hands-on knowledge on how to address the problems and issues typically during measurements. Lastly, the networking session helped foster new relationships and professional connections.
I believe that meetings like this must be held more often, otherwise people, often close by, do not know each other missing great collaborative research opportunities. We certainly will organize similar events in the future.
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