CCP4 Protein Crystallography Summer School 2021

The Summer School will provide an introduction to macromolecular X-ray crystallography and will be held virtually.

The school will take place from Monday 6 September – Friday 10 September inclusive and is intended for students and researchers new to crystallography.

Its dual aims are to provide comprehensive training in crystallography and to promote best practice. The lectures cover the range of techniques required for protein structure solution, from protein expression through to structure validation. Intensively supervised computer tutorials enable students to relate the theory presented in the lectures to practice.

Teaching hours will be restricted to approximately 9am – 6pm (BST) and will include regular breaks. There will be ample opportunities for the students to interact with each other and the tutors via social media platforms, and optional social events will run on some evenings.

Students will be expected to have good access to the internet and a computer capable of running crystallographic software.

The school will begin on the morning of Monday 6 September with an “ice breaker” event and students and tutors will need to provide a 1-2 min video describing themselves and their interests ~2 weeks before event. These will be shared with all attendees prior to the event.

Eligibility and how to apply

The course is open to postgraduate students (2020 entry or before), postdocs and technical staff.

Your application must be supported by your supervisor/line manager who will be automatically emailed as part of the registration process. Given the anticipated popularity of the course, it is unlikely that we will accept more than one student from the same institution. The course will be restricted to 35 students.

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Current project/position (Title and brief description) – max 300 words
  • Relevant experience – max 300 words
  • Why you wish to attend, what you hope to learn and how you will apply this knowledge in your current project/position – max 300 words

We will allocate places on the grounds of merit and anticipated benefit to the student. Accepted students will be required to confirm they will attend the whole course (no late arrivals or early departures).

The deadline for applications is Thursday 5 August 2021. Successful applicants will be informed by 17 August.


Successful applicants holding a BBSRC-funded PhD studentship will have their registration fee covered by the BBSRC.

The cost of the school will be £100 (includes VAT).

Guest speaker

  • Richard Henderson (MRC-LMB, Cambridge)


  • David Aragao (Diamond Light Source)
  • James Beilsten-Edmans (Diamond Light Source)
  • Sofia Caria (Evotec Ltd, Abingdon)
  • Kevin Cowtan (University of York)
  • Paul Emsley (MRC-LMB, Cambridge)
  • Genevieve Evans (EBI, Hinxton)
  • Elspeth Garman (University of Oxford)
  • Nick Keep (Birkbeck College, London)
  • Dave Lawson (John Innes Centre)
  • Ed Lowe (University of Oxford)
  • Airlie McCoy (University of Cambridge)
  • Rob Nicholls (MRC-LMB, Cambridge)
  • Clare Stevenson (John Innes Centre)
  • Simon Tanley (Calibre Scientific, Sheffield)
  • Melanie Vollmar (Diamond Light Source)