Opening Ceremony for the GW4 Facility for High-Resolution Electron Cryo-Microscopy

Opening Ceremony for the GW4 Facility for High-Resolution Electron Cryo-Microscopy


1 Sep, 2017


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Event to celebrate new shared facility

Following awards made by Wellcome to Prof Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel and Prof Phil Ingham and teams of researchers across our GW4 partners, we will be establishing a dedicated Cryo-EM Facility for structural biology at the University of Bristol. The Facility will be managed under the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility headed by Prof Paul Verkade and Dr Mark Jepson, and will be housed in the Life Sciences Building.

Alongside the Wellcome investment, the facility has been established through co-funding by the GW4 Alliance, including significant investment for refurbishment by the University of Bristol. We expect the facility to be fully operational by summer 2017.

Opening Ceremony of the GW4 Facility for High-Resolution Electron Cryo-Microscopy

13:00 Opening Address: Dr Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome
Session 1, chaired by Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel
13:20 – 14:30 Sjors Scheres, LMB Cambridge
The atomic structure of Tau filaments from Alzheimer’s disease brain
14:30 – 14:50 Ariel Blocker, University of Bristol
Structure, assembly and function of the “injection needle” and “tip” of type III secretion machines
14:50 – 15:10 Bertram Daum, University of Exeter:
CryoEM in Exeter – focus on the structure and function of the type-IV plus machinery in bacteria and archaea
Coffee Break & Poster SessionSession 2, chaired by Paul Verkade
15:45 – 16:05 Danielle Paul, University of Bristol
Relaxed and active structures of the thin filament: a new structural mechanism for the regulatory mechanism
16:05 – 16:55 John Briggs, LMB Cambridge/ EMBL Heidelberg
Enveloped viruses and coated vesicles – structures “in situ” using cryo-electron tomography
16:55 – 17:00 Closing Address: Professor Phil Ingham, Director of the Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter
Drinks & Poster Session

To book

The event is free but booking is essential. Book via Eventbrite

For further information contact Hannah Scarbrough, GW4 Communications Officer.

Electron Cryo-Microscopy poster competition

As part of the launch of the £2.3 million Cryo-EM facility we will be holding a poster competition at the event. Three prizes will be awarded based on scientific quality and most promising project.


  • 2 days of data collection on the new Talos Arctica electron cryo-microscope including support for the duration
  • 3D print-out of solved molecular models, sponsored by Molecular Models
  • £100 Early Career Researcher prize, sponsored by FEI and Gatan

The judging panel will comprise all GW4 partners and Malcom Skingle (Director of Academic Liaison Worldwide Business Development GSK), who will present the prizes on the day.


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