The 1st Montagne Ste Geneviève Workshop on NMR of Biological Solids

IBPC, 13 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France
Friday, September 18, 2009

This is the final announcement for our 1-day workshop on NMR of Biological Solids in Paris, France on friday, september 18, 2009, right after the Alpine NMR conference in Chamonix (

This first workshop on NMR of Biological Solids will be dedicated to Philippe DEVAUX to celebrate his 70th birthday and his commitment for biological applications of solid-state NMR in France.

Our final program is now available and it will include talks on methodology, by Rachel Martin and Piotr Tekely, on protein structure determination, by Antoine Loquet and Moreno Lelli, and on membrane proteins, by Burkhard Bechinger, Huub de Groot and Simon Scheuring. The last two speakers work on similar molecules but with very different techniques, Solid-State NMR and Atomic Force Microscopy, which will certainly lead to interesting discussions about the pros and cons of these methods.

The workshop is free of charge, including breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks, but if you want to attend, you need to fill out the form that you can download here (.doc format). The number of participants has been limited to 30 people and the registration is now closed.

If you need to stay in Paris overnight, you should hurry up to make arrangements because hotels tend to be quite full in Paris at this time of the year (and at all times). Remember that Paris is about six hours away from Chamonix by either plane or train.

The week-end after the workshop, many monuments of Paris will be exceptionnally open and free for all. The program is here:

In addition, the workshop will take place just around the corner from the Musée Marie Curie, which is also free:

Thank you very much,

The local organising committee, Luminita Duma (ENS, Paris), Edith Godard (IBPC, Paris), Christina Sizun (ICSN, Gif-sur-Yvette) and Dror Warschawski (IBPC, Paris)

The Montagne Ste Geneviève Workshop on NMR of Biological Solids
Dedicated to Philippe Devaux for his 70th birthday
IBPC, 13 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris, France
September 18, 2009


8:10 – 10:20 Session 1 (chair: Luminita and Dror) Solid-state NMR methodology for biology
8:10 - 8:30 Morning Coffee  
8:30 – 8:45 Organising committee (Dror) Introduction and dedication to Philippe Devaux
8:45 – 9:00

Ruth Stark, RCN,
New-York, USA

The RCN network
9:00 – 9:40 Rachel Martin, UCI,
Irvine, USA
Hardware and methods development for solid-state NMR of locally ordered biomolecules
9:40 – 10:20 Piotr Tekely, ENS,
Paris, France
New methodologies in solid-state NMR designed for biological systems
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee Break  
10:50– 12:30 Session 2 (chair: Christina and Dror) Protein structure determination by solid-state NMR
10:50 – 11:30 Antoine Loquet, IBCP
Lyon, France
Protein structure determination by magic angle spinning Solid-State NMR
11:30 – 12:10 Moreno Lelli, CERM,
Firenze, Italy
Paramagnetic restraints for structural determination of biomolecules through Solid-State NMR
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 – 15:20 Session 3 (chair: Christina and Dror) Photosynthetic membrane proteins
14:00 – 14:40

Simon Scheuring, Institut Curie, Paris, France

Principles of the AFM technique and its application to membrane proteins

14:40 – 15:20

Huub de Groot, Leiden University, Netherlands

Solid State NMR structures of self-assembled natural and artificial light harvesters for solar energy to fuel conversion

15:20 – 15:50 Coffee Break  
15:50– 16:45 Session 4 (chair: Luminita and Christina) Membrane peptides by solid-state NMR
15:50 – 16:30 Burkhard Bechinger,
Université de Strasbourg, France
Recent advances on solid-state NMR of membrane peptides
16:30 – 16:45 Organising committee (Christina) Concluding remarks