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Spectroscopy experts meet in Ringberg Castle

More than 50 scientists met for an international symposium from 12th to 15th December 2012 at Ringberg Castle in Bavaria, Germany to investigate key topics in structural biology.

International leading experts from the three key areas; namely EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance), solid-state NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) spectroscopy came together for the first time in such a setting. The combination of the three techniques is a unique way to determine distance and relative orientation of biomacromolecules. Many of the presentations and presented posters were filled with innovative content and ideas. Jointly organised by Dr. Fraser MacMillan (UEA) and Prof. Heinz-Jürgen Steinhoff (Universität Osnabrück) together with Prof. Wolfgang Lubitz (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim / Ruhr),the co-chairs were all in agreement that the meeting was a huge success  " … many new collaborations were established, and intense but fruitful discussions were had ...". 

The wonderful location of Schloss Ringberg contributed to the stimulating atmosphere. The Conference Centre of the Max Planck Society is beautifully situated right above Lake Tegernsee in the heart of the Bavarian Alps.Many thanks  for the perfect organisation must go to Rita Gröver, Prof. Lubitz’s secretary and to the many financial sponsors. 

It was decided to hold the meeting again in two years’ time to further develop the successful combination of these three key spectroscopic techniques.

Symposium attendees at Schloss Ringberg