Periodic Reporting for period 2 - BISON (BrIdging Structural BiOlogy with Biological SyNthesis and Self Assembly to Reveal Key Processes in Living Systems)
Reporting period: 2017-04-01 to 2018-12-31
The purpose of the BISON project was to transform the research using Structural Biology methods to be more applied and relevant to urgent societal challenges. It aimed to do this by enhancing the collaborative framework between a young research institute of Masaryk University, CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC MU), established in 2011, and three top-level European research institutions – University of Vienna (UNIVIE), The Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), and University of East Anglia (UEA). The BISON project managed to bring a significant improvement in the overall capacity for science and innovation at CEITEC MU in the research of Structural Biology and trans-disciplinary fields, especially cell biology, biological chemistry and synthetic biology, and the new generation of therapeutics. The project also strengthened the competence of CEITEC MU to study complex problems in the field of structural biology and related trans-disciplinary areas and improved the potential to translate the research results into high value-added applications.
The joint project results were presented at number of international conferences, e.g. at International Carbohydrate Symposium in Lisboa, Portugal, XXVIII International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems in Dublin, Ireland, ECM31 European Crystallographic Meeting in Oviedo, Spain, The 23rd European Nitrogen Cycle Meeting in Alicante, Spain and others. BISON project was also presented at various occasions in Czech or Slovak Ministry or at REA (Coordinator´s Day) as examples of good practice. Last but importantly, the consortium placed emphasis on dissemination of BISON activities as well as the project as a whole among wider public via active participation at Researcher’s Night, open days and other events for public.