With great sadness we have learnt that our esteemed colleague Prof. Vladimír Sklenář passed away on 13 April 2024

Vladimír Sklenář was an expert in nuclear magnetic resonance who developed methods that allowed scientists to study biomacromolecules in solution with atomic resolution. But Vladimír’s deep insight into NMR did not prevent him from appreciating advantages of other approaches of structural biology and understanding the added value of their combination. In the time when Czech scientists were used to compete whose lab acquires the most expansive equipment,  Vladimír put emphasis on collaborating, sharing instruments and building publicly accessible research infrastructure. He has been behind the establishment and operation of the Czech infrastructure for integrative structural biology. He significantly contributed to the connection between the CEITEC structural biology laboratories and the emerging BIOCEV central facilities for structural biology and to securing national funding not only for operation of these facilities but also for upgrades of equipment and strategies of the infrastructure development. His trace is also visible in the membership of the Czech Republic in the European infrastructure for structural biology Instruct and in support of the national community of structural biologists. He truly served well the European community and the tight interaction between the Czech and European structural biologists.
Since the foundation of the Czech Society for Structural Biology Vladimír has been active as the vice-chairman of its Council and participated in organization of the annual Discussions in Structural Molecular Biology and User meetings of CIISB in Nové Hrady. He contributed to the idea of evaluating PhD theses of the structural biology field.
We have known Vladimír not only as an expert in his area of research but also as a friend, lover of good wine and a person with an attitude of help and humor, enabling communication among scientists and development of new ideas. He strongly supported young talented scientists and always placed benefit of the community above personal profit.

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XX Discussions in Structural Molecular Biology and 6th User Meeting of CIISB

We thank all the contributors for taking part in the Conference. 132 participants enjoyed the scientific program consisting of 30 talks, 7 flash talks and 62 posters. We were glad to reconnect with old friends and find new ones, also during the evening (and nights…). You can return to the Conference moments with the photos or other photos.

Congratulations to the winners of the Student competition:
Posters: Martin Černý, Linda Kašiarová, Stanislav Macháček
Talks: Veronika Klápšťová

Check details at the Conference page.

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Congratulations to the Winner of the 2023 PhD Thesis Award

The prize is awarded to

for her outstanding PhD thesis entitled
Structural characterization of influenza A polymerase PA subunit domains in complex with novel inhibitors

defended at the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Prague

We congratulate Kateřina and her supervisor Milan Kožíšek, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

The prize award ceremony together with the winner’s talk will take place at the conference XX Discussions in Nove Hrady.

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20th Structural Biology Club

20th Structural Biology Club of the Czech Society for Structural Biology
online on 31 January 2024, 13:00 with the following scientific talks kindly delivered by our guests

Biophysical Characterization of Selective Antibody Depletion Compounds (SADC) – Molecular composition and longtime stability evaluation of SADCs using SEC‐MALLS and nanoDSF
Presented by Arthur Sedivy, VBCF Protein Technologies, Vienna BioCenter Core Facilities GmbH, Vienna, Austria

Seeing chemistry in biology using neutron macromolecular crystallography
Presented by Lukáš Gajdoš, Institute Laue‐Langevin, Grenoble, France

Moderator: Josef Houser, Masaryk University, CEITEC, Brno, Czech Republic

Please, join us on this Zoom link (join 5‐10 minutes before the beginning) https://cesnet.zoom.us/j/92170333913

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