Les Houches-TSRC Workshop on Protein Dynamics

June 7-12, 2020. Mont Blanc Valley, French Alps


This workshop is a forum for presenting, teaching and discussing results from the application of state-of-the-art experimental (including, but not limited to, optical spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, XFELs, electron microscopy, AFM and scattering methods), and theoretical and computational approaches to studying protein dynamics.

The Les Houches – TSRC Protein Dynamics Workshop complements the long-standing TSRC Protein Dynamics Workshop, held every other year in the odd calendar years at the Telluride Science Research Center in Telluride, Colorado. In Les Houches, about 30 invited speakers will give oral presentations that comprise a pedagogic introduction to the methodology employed, followed by applications from their own work (see the 2016 and 2018 editions). Each 30-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion. In addition to the 30 invited speakers, there will be space for 30 students, postdoctoral fellows and senior researchers that will present posters and flash presentations.

The workshop will start on Sunday June 7, 2020 with dinner and end on Friday June 12, 2020 with lunch.

Meeting venue

The meeting will take place at the Ecole de Physique des Houches. The site, which has been in operation at its present location in the shadow of the French Alps since 1951, has a long tradition of hosting relatively small (< 100 attendees), focused workshops and schools in a secluded setting that stimulates intense discussion during formal presentations and promotes fruitful, informal interactions between all participants, including senior investigators, young investigators, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.

Participants are requested to cover the costs of housing and meals, which may be up to 450 €. The exact amount will depend on our funding situation, and we will correct this number on our website by early 2020 when we have the information.

Confirmed speakers

Nozomi Ando (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)

Robert Best (NIH-NIDDK, Bethesda, USA)

Enrica Bordignon (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Christophe Chipot (CNRS Nancy, France and Univ. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

James Fraser (UC San Francisco, USA)

Frauke Gräter (HITS Heidelberg, Germany)

Martin Gruebele (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)

Peter Hamm (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Songi Han (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)

Gilad Haran (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Matthias Heyden (Arizona State University, USA)

Hagen Hofmann (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)

Mei Hong (Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, USA)

Kresten Lindorff-Larsen (Copenhagen University, Denmark)

Dmitrii Makarov (University of Texas, Austin, USA)

Andrea Markelz (University of Buffalo, USA)

Frans Mulder (University of Aarhus, Denmark)

Richard Neutze (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Frank Noe (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)

Tom Perkins (University of Colorado, USA)

Katja Petzold (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)

Steve Presse (Arizona State University, USA)

Stefan Raunser (MPI Dortmund, Germany)

Lars Schäfer (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Ilme Schlichting (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research Heidelberg, Germany)

Ben Schuler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Remco Sprangers (University of Regensburg, Germany)

Andreas Stadler (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)

Holger Stark (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry Göttingen, Germany)

Chun Tang (Wuhan Institute of Physics and Mathematics, CAS, China)

Douglas J. Tobias (University of California Irvine, USA)

Michael Woodside (University of Alberta, Canada)

Organizing committee

Enrica Bordignon (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Matthias Heyden (Arizona State University, USA)

Paul Schanda (Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France)

Ben Schuler (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Martin Weik (Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble, France)

How to get there

The Ecole de Physique des Houches can be conveniently reached from Geneva Airport by shuttle-bus service within 80 minutes. Details about the venue can be found here.


The total number of participants and speakers is limited, and it is this small group size which enables the lively interaction and exchange of ideas between participants in the convenient setting of the Les Houches Physics School. About 30-40 participants, in addition to the ca. 30 speakers, will be selected for this meeting, according to their background and research interests/activity.

The meeting is full, we do not currently accept further applications. To be on the waiting list or if you have questions please contact paul.schanda@ibs.fr .

Previous editions

Our previous editions and programs can be retrieved here: 2014, 2016, 2018


The Ecole de Physique des Houches is supported by: