The Astbury Conversation - Understanding Life in Molecular Detail

16 - 17 April 2018, Leeds, United Kingdom

The Astbury Conversation is designed to give an insight into life in molecular detail - whether you are a researcher wanting to know about the latest developments, or you are simply interested in learning more about the hidden - but fascinating – world of macromolecules.

This event is inspired by the pioneering work at Leeds of the Braggs (Nobel prize 1913), and in the 1930s to 60s of Professor Bill Astbury, FRS, a field of research continued today in the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.

It is fitting that more than 100 years after the Braggs’ Nobel Prize winning breakthrough we celebrate discoveries in structural molecular biology both within the University and across the wider scientific community by hosting the Astbury Conversation as one of the highlights of the University calendar.

The programme includes;
  • An academic Symposium themed around “Allostery in Biology” to include prestigious talks, selected presentations and poster sessions
  • Plenary Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Kobilka of Stanford University,
  • A Public Engagement Event themed around “Understanding More about the Secret Life of Molecules”, followed by a wine reception.

Registrations for both the Academic Symposium and the Public Engagement Lecture and Event are now open.
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MedImmune pioneers innovative research across key therapeutic areas including RIA, cardiovascular & metabolic disease, oncology, neuroscience, and more. We develop medicines for unmet medical needs worldwide. We’re an industry leader in personalized medicine – developing new products that may allow doctors to prescribe a specific, customized treatment for each patient’s individual needs. We are the global biologics research and development arm of our parent company AstraZeneca, a recognized global leader in biopharmaceutical research and development. By combining AstraZeneca’s worldwide presence with our distinct and unique culture, processes, and standards, we continue to solve global healthcare challenges, redefine science, deliver better medicines, and help people live longer, healthier lives.


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University of Leeds

University of Leeds, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS29JT, United Kingdom

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The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology (ACSMB) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Leeds.

ACSMB brings together over fifty academic staff from three faculties - biological sciences, physical sciences (chemistry and physics) and medicine - who share the common goal of understanding life in atomic detail.
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