This October CCPBioSim hosted our first online training week. There were three plenary research seminars by Syma Khalid (University of Southampton), Prem Chapagain (Florida International University, USA) and Viv Kendon (Durham University; Chair of CCP-QC). The other sessions were: Introduction to Software Installation for Biomolecular Simulations, The Basics of Biomolecular Simulations, Seeing Biomolecules with VMD, Setting up an AMBER Simulation, Trusting Your Simulations, Structural Bioinformatics of Variants: Principles and Tools to Study Genetic Variants in the Context of Protein Structure, Validating Biomolecular Structures with ISOLDE, Docking with HADDOCK, How to Interpret Your Docking Scores: A Medicinal Chemistry Perspective, BioSimSpace in Jupyter, Materials Modelling Force Fields: Successes and Limitations, When Cryo-EM Meets Biomolecular Simulations, Large Scale Modelling with DL_MESO, and Modelling Enzymes with QM/MM. Our training programme was colour coded to help participants decide which sessions were best for them (inspired by the coding of mountain bike trails and ski slopes). Green is easy, blue is intermediate and red is advanced. Recordings (with the speakers permission) of many of the lectures are available on our YouTube channel.
Everything went smoothly including the scaling up of our containerised cloud resources. There were 450 registered participants with up to 187 joining at any one time. This resulted in 1122 training days. Our usual in-person training events typically have 20-40 participants, so being able to reach so many people was exciting. We had participants from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. It was great to have so many people, but a bit hard to juggle the different time zones. The feedback was very positive. Quotes from the participants included "The workshop was a great success. I like how well you have adapted it for more massive online event, while the participants were still well supported." "It was absolutely informative, interactive and very motivating" "Wonderful. Please continue to provide such training courses. Many thanks!"
We would like to thank all the participants and lecturers for making the event a great success!