The building blocks of DNA

The inaugural 'Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting' took place at the extraordinary EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) Heidelberg Advance Training Centre recently (22-24 May).

Perched on the slopes of the Königstuhl (king's seat) and accessible by some perilous winding roads, the EMBL is located a few miles outside of Heidelberg, in Germany. The architecture of the building, with its dual ascending walkways and bridges, is designed to represent the helical structure of DNA. 


These curving pathways were used to great effect to showcase scientific posters during the event. With a focus on integrative structural biology and its impact on biological research, the program of talks included sessions that represented recent structural biology highlights, emerging methods and technologies, and experimental results of biomedical importance.

A special session, jointly organised with the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) project Euro-Bioimaging, focused on the bridge between structural and cell biology provided by recent developments in electron, light and X-ray microscopy. One of these new developments is the correlation of images captured with fluorescent light microscopy and cryo transmission electron microscopy.

Linkam’s new stage, CMS196 stage, is designed specifically for this application. Represented by Caroline Feltham (sales) and Michael Schwertner (R+D), Linkam attended the event with the CMS196 stage.

For more information please see CMS196.

Linkam would like to thank the organisers for an enjoyable and highly informative week in the beautiful city of Heidelberg.

By Caroline Feltham