10 Golden Tickets

CCP4 40th Anniversary Competition


This year, CCP4 turns 40 and is celebrating in style with an event in London. CCP4 has a strong focus on training the new generation of crystallographers and developers so, as part of the celebrations, we are inviting 10 PhD students and Post-doctoral researchers to showcase their work using CCP4.


If you are a PhD student or Post-doctoral researcher working in structural biology, particularly X-ray Crystallography, and you have published work that features CCP4 as a strong component, or have made a recognised contribution to CCP4 software, you could be joining this prestigious event, which is being held at the Royal Society, London, on Tuesday 9 July, from 13:00-17:00. 


Ten ‘Golden Tickets’ are available and to win one of them all you need to do is submit a piece of published work highlighting CCP4, where you are the first author. If selected you will be asked to create a poster to present to a wide range of audiences at the event.  Small travel bursaries are available to help with costs.


How to enter the competition:


1.     Submissions are invited for published work where the first author is a PhD student or Post-doctoral researcher.

2.     Work must have a strong component of CCP4 software, where combination of the different software in the suite was key for structure determination or work presented.

3.     Submissions can be in the form of published publications, released software or summary of current research project

4.     Submissions focusing on software development that builds upon or complements CCP4 programmes are also admissible.

5.     Submissions are limited to up to 3 per candidate

6.     Each submission must be accompanied by a short description (maximum 200 words) highlighting the link or contribution to/of CCP4 to the submitted.

7.     Submissions will be judged by the CCP4 executive committee based on novelty, contribution of/to CCP4 and clear involvement of the student/postdoc. The decision is final and not subject to appeal.

8.     Up to 10 submissions will be selected and invited to attend the CCP4 40th anniversary event at the Royal Society in London, on July 9th 2019.

9.     Invited attendees will also be asked to prepare a poster to present their work at the event. As the event will include non-crystallographers, the posters should be aimed at a more general audience but convey the key contributions of/to CCP4.

10.Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 18th June 2019

11.There will be limited travel support to attend the event.

12.Submissions of the short summary and a link to the paper/software/details should be sent to karen.mcintyre@stfc.ac.uk


CCP4 - Where it began

CCP4 (Software for Macromolecular X-Ray Crystallography) was established in late 1979 by what was then the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC). It is currently based at the Rutherford Laboratory, hosted by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), both part of UK Research and Innovation. CCP4 has been a continuous recipient of Research Council funding throughout its 40 year existence. It has also recently joined the family of Collaborative Computational Projects in CoSeC (Computational Science Centre for Research Communities).


CCP4 - Where we are now:

·         Produces and supports a world-leading, integrated suite of programs that allows researchers to determine macromolecular structures by X-ray crystallography.

·         Develops and supports the development of cutting edge approaches to experimental determination and analysis of protein structure, and integrate these approaches into the suite.

·         Is a community based resource that supports the widest possible researcher community, embracing academic, not-for-profit, and for-profit research.

·         Plays a key role in the education and training of scientists in experimental structural biology. It encourages the wide dissemination of new ideas, techniques and practice.