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Workshop on computational chemistry and biology ends

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Workshop on computational chemistry and biology ends. A 21-day Winter School on Modeling Chemical and Biological (Re) Activity concluded in Hyderabad...

A 21-day Winter School on Modeling Chemical and Biological (Re) Activity concluded in Hyderabad at the Centre for Computational Natural Sciences and Bioinformatics at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad on Wednesday.

The workshop consisted of an intensive programme covering topics in the field of computational natural science starting from the basics to research level, including advance topics in molecular mechanics, quantum chemistry and computer aided drug design.
Addressing the gathering on the final day of the workshop, P J Narayanan, director, IIIT, Hyderabad said the workshop assumes more importance given the fact that the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to three scientists working in the field of computational Chemistry/Biology.
Professor G N Sastry of IICT who had first conceived the idea of a series of symposiums along with Professor Hendrick Zipse of Germany in 2006 said that the workshop was possible after two years of planning. “Unlike other workshops that end in three days, this one was special as we were able to bring eminent scientists from India, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and France,” said the duo
About 40 research students from different institutions and ten executives from the industry were selected out of the 200 applications received.
“We started our day at 8.30 am and the day ended at 11 pm. But it was worth it as we were able to interact with the best minds on the subject. The workshop helped me at looking at problems with a different approach,” said B Swetha, project student at IIIT Hyderabad.
Echoing the same feeling, Agastya Prakash Bhati of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali who is a M S student said, “I was always on the lookout for a workshop such as this. I want to pursue a career in research. After attending this I am now clear about the wide spectrum of computational science. We got to work with top scientists from across the world.”
It was not just research students who gained from the workshop but even corporate executives, for instance, Navneet Bung of TCS, Innovation Labs, Hyderabad said, In almost every sphere computational chemistry is the backbone. It reduces cost. What I take back from here is to look at a problem from a multi-dimensional approach. It was an enriching experience.”
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