The Queensland Protein Group
A special interest group of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Previous Events and Meetings

Event: Call for Applicants - COMBIO2018 Travel Award
Date/Venue:23-25th September 2018, International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Details:The QPG once again called for applications from postdocs working in fields related to protein science to attend the 2018 ASBMB ComBio meeting with support from the QPG. Each year, QPG provides financial support for the best applicant to attend the meeting by offseting the costs assocaited with registration and travel. THe prize winner recieves a guaranteed speaking slot at ComBio.
Applications should be mailed to the QPG President by the deadline of Friday, 18th of May.
UPDATE:The winner of this year's award was Dr Jocelyn Widagdo from the Queensland Brain Institute. Jocelyn presented her recent work on the role of ubiquitination on regulating the function of the fat-mass and obesity-associated (FTO) protein in memory consolidation.

Event: ECPM17 - East Coast Protein Meeting
Date/Venue: 14th-16th July 2017, Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Details: The biennial East Coast Protein Meeting was hosted by the Sydney Protein Group in Coffs Harbour from Friday, 14th of July to Sunday, 16th of July, 2017. This three-day conference was an excellent arena for established and young protein scientists to mix on an equal footing in a relaxed atmosphere. As always, one of the primary goals of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for younger protein scientists to present their work.
Keynote speakers this year were A/Prof Margie Sunde (Sydney University) and Prof. Mike Ryan (Monash University). Further details of the meeting and photos are available here.
Sponsors for this event, without whom it could not have been made possible, were ANSTO, ATA Scientific, ThermoFisher Scientific, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Millennium Science, Bruker, Bioline, BMG Labtech, Genesearch, Centenary Institute, Scientex, Monash FBDD Platform (Sydney Node), Minomic, APAF, Maquarie University Biomolecular Discovery and Design Research Centre, and of course ASBMB, QPG and SPG.

Event: UQ Spring Cryo-EM Symposium
Date/Venue:23rd November 2016, AIBN Building - University of Queensland.
Details:QPG helped to support the UQ Spring Symposium in Cryo-EM which was organised by Michael Landsberg (University of Queensland) and featured keynote talks from Dr Adam Frost (UCSF) and Qing Wang (ThermoFisher Scientific). A number of local students and postdocs also presented their work involving the use of cryo-EM.
The symposium was sponsored by ThermoFIsher Scientific, the Queensland Protein Group and the UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Event: Call for Applicants - COMBIO2016 Travel Award
Date/Venue:3rd-7th October 2016, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Details:The QPG called for applications from postdocs working in fields related to protein science to attend the 2016 ASBMB ComBio meeting with support from the QPG. Each year, QPG provides financial support for the best applicant to attend the meeting by offseting the costs assocaited with registration and travel. THe prize winner recieves a guaranteed speaking slot at ComBio.
Applications mailed to the QPG President by the deadline of Friday 24th of Jue were considered by a selection committee.
UPDATE:The winner of this year's award was Dr. Thomas Ve who gave an outstanding oral presentation at ComBio titled “Structural basis of TIR domain assembly formation in MyD88-dependent TLR4 signalling” describing molecular, X-ray crystallographic and cryo electron microscopy studies of proteins that play a central role in the innate immune response.

Event: ECPM15 - East Coast Protein Meeting
Date/Venue: 24-26th July 2015, Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Details: The biennial East Coast Protein Meeting returned to Coffs Harbour again in 2015. This meeting, co-organised by the Sydney Protein Group and Queensland Protein Group provides a fantastic environment to present and discuss research in any protein-related field, with a focus on providing opportunities for PhD students and Postdocs to present their work.
This year's plenary speakers were Dr Mark Kvansakul (Latrobe University) and Prof. Juliet Gerrard (University of Auckland). This year's meeting also saw the addition to the program of a careers-focused talk to be given by Prof. Jenny Martin (University of Queensland) which will be followed by a round-table discussion. Further details are availble from the conference website.
Sponsors for this event, without whom it could not have been made possible, were the Queensland NSW branches of the ASBMB, ANSTO, Bruker, Merck Millipore, APAF, ATA Scientific and of course, the QPG and SPG.
UPDATE: The full program is now available online via the conference website and includes a special presentation from Prof. Joel Mackay (University of Sydney) on "Statistics for biochemists".

Event: 2012 South East Queensland Structural Biology Symposium
Date/Venue: 11am - 5pm, 23rd November 2012, EcoCentre, Griffith University Nathan Campus.
Details: A preliminary announcement has been made for the 2012 South East Queensland Structural Biology Symposium, which will take place at the EcoCenter at Griffith University's Nathan campus.
Further details will be made availabe on this website as details come to hand. For catering purposes, an RSVP is requested at events "at" structuralchemistry.org". Further details can also be obtained via either Andreas Hofmann or Andrew Whitten.
The symposium is supported by Merck, Sigma Isotec, Millenium Science and the Queensland Protein Group.
UPDATE: Meeting program and directions to the symposium are now available online. Click here to download the PDF. Please RSVP urgently if you are yet to do so!

Event: Biology and Chemistry Teachers Workshop
Date/Venue: 9am - 3pm, 14-15th November 2012, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane.
Details: Secondary school science teachers are invited to express interest in participating in a practical course outlining options to assist in the teaching of Science as a Human Endeavour. Experimental and analytical activities in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology that are aimed at assisting the development of ideas for Extended Experimental Investigations (EEIs) will take place in UQ's scientific teaching laboratories, facilitated by the University's specialist lecturers and practical demonstrators. The workshops will facilitate group discussions, and give teachers take-home resources, manuals, templates and other support to raise their own ideas for EEIs.
The full cost is $500 for both days, or a special price of $250 is available to those participants who complete their registrations by 7 October. A limited number of travel bursaries are also available for participants from remote areas.
For further details please see http://www.scmb.uq.edu.au/cpd, email Arti Singh or call (07) 365 4043.

Event: QPG Mini-symposium at UQ
Date/Venue: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, 9th August 2012, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, St Lucia, Brisbane.
Details: A mini-symposium in Structural Biology will take place at the UQ QUeensland Biosciences Precinct. The Keynote Speaker is Prof. Ian WIlson from the Scripps Research Institute (California, USA) who will present a seminar entitled "High-throughput Structural Biology". The program will also feature talks by Dr Michelle Christie (SCMB, UQ), who has been chosen to represent QPG at the Special Interest Group Symposium at this year's ComBio meeting, as well as Dr Xing Yu (Glycomics, Griffith U) and Mr Simon De Veer (IHBI, QUT).
No registration is required. For further details please contact Andrew Whitten.
The symposium is supported by the Queensland Protein Group.

Event: South East Queensland Structural Biology Forum: Special Seminar
Date/Venue: 3.30pm - 5pm, 24th August 2011, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, St Lucia, Brisbane.
Details: A/Prof. Martin Scanlon from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences will present a special seminar titled "New drugs for bad bugs – Targeting bacterial virulence using fragment based drug design" as part of the South East Qld Structural Biology Forum.
No registration is required. For further details please contact Michael Landsberg.
A trade display and refreshments will follow. The South East Qld Structural Biology Seminars are proudly supported by Merck-Millipore, the Queensland Protein Group, Millenium Science, Life Technologies and Sigma Isotec.

Event: East Coast Protein Meeting 2011
Date/Venue: 15-17th July 2011, Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Details: This biennial meeting is a joint initiative of the Queensland and Sydney Protein Groups and this year we are welcoming our sister organisation, the Melbourne Protein Group as well. The meeting is designed to provie a forum for Postdocs and Students to present their work in any protein-related field. Plenary speakers this year will be Ted Baker (University of Auckland) and Peter Waterhouse (University of Sydney). Registration and abstract submission is now available. The conference website is acessible by clicking on the relevant link in the side Navigation menu. A flyer for the conference is available here.

Event: Minisymposium: Hot Methods in Structural Biology
Date/Venue: 3.30pm - 6pm, 1st June 2011, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, St Lucia, Brisbane.
Details: A minisymposium focused on hot methods in structural biology will take place at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, on 1st June 2011. The meeting will feature presentations by Prof Matt Cooper, Prof Jenny Martin and Dr Mehdi Mobli who will present recent technological advances in structure-based drug design, membrane protein crystallisation and high throughput NMR.
No registration is required. For further details please contact Michael Landsberg.
A trade display and refreshments will follow, supported by Merck-Millipore, the Queensland Protein Group, Millenium Science and Life Technologies.

Event: PDBe Roadshow
Date/Venue: 18th March 2011, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland.
Details: The European Bioinformatics Institute is presenting a roadshow on the PDB in Brisbane on the 18th of March, 2011. The roadshow will be presented by Dr Sameer Velankar, who is responsible for scientific content and integration at PDBe. The presentation will be suitable for students, postdocs and scientists who work with structural information in biology. More information and registration is available here.

Event: Queensland Protein Group: Student Research Award 2008
Date/Venue: 16th June 2008, The University of Queensland.
Details: The Queensland Protein Group will hold a one day symposium to award outstanding Honours and PhD student who's research is in protein science, including but not limited to structural biology, cell biology, modelling, biochemistry and proteomics. Students studying any aspect or protein science are encouraged to participate in the event.
Students will be selected from abstracts and invited to give short presentations on their research, with several prizes awarded for travel to the 2008 Combio Conference in Canberra.
More information can be found on the Student Research Award 2008 web site.

Event: Queensland Protein Expression Symposium 2007
Date/Venue: 22nd-23rd November 2007, The University of Queensland.
Details: The SRC for Functional and Applied Genomics, Protein Expression Facility, will hold a two day technology symposium to review key technologies and strategies for protein expression. The symposium will provide excellent opportunities to network with local/interstate/international researchers in the field as well as exhibits from leading bioscience companies displaying the latest in protein expression and purification technologies.
Topics will include: Bacterial Expression, Yeast Expression, Baculovirus/insect cell expression, Mammalian cell expression, Cell-free expression, Industry case studies
More information can be found on this web site.

Event: East Coast Protein Meeting 2007
Date/Venue: 12-14th July 2007, Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.
Details: The meeting is a joint initiative by the Queensland Protein Group and the Sydney Protein Group. This two-day conference has in the past been an excellent arena for established and young protein scientists to mix on an equal footing in a relaxed atmosphere. One of the primary goals of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for younger protein scientists to present their work - most presentations are selected from submitted abstracts. The Queensland Protein Group and Sydney Protein Group are sponsors of prizes for the best student and postdoctoral presentations. The official ECPM07 website is available here.

Event: Conference "Mechanisms of nucleo-cytoplasmic transport"
Date/Venue: 9am - 5pm, 14th April 2005, UQ St Lucia Campus, Brisbane.
Details: A one-day conference "Mechanisms of nucleo-cytoplasmic transport" will take place at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, on 14 April 2005. Invited national and international speakers will present recent findings in the areas of nuclear transport and cancer, development and disease, nuclear ligands and receptors, and structural insights into transport mechanisms. The invited speakers include Murray Stewart (LMB, Cambridge, UK), David Jans (Monash University, Vic), Beric Henderson (Westmead Institute, NSW), Sabine Piller (St. Vincent's Hospital, NSW), Kum Kum Khanna (QIMR) and Michael Waters and Melissa Brown (UQ).
The conference will run from 9am - 5pm; the program is being finalized and will be advised shortly. Registration is free, but you must register to attend the conference. To register, please send you name and affiliation to Bostjan Kobe.
The conference is supported by the Queensland Protein Group (SIG of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).

Event: Queensland Protein Group BBQ
Date/Venue:
5pm, 14th April 2005, UQ St Lucia Campus, Brisbane
Details: All protein researchers are invited to the Queensland Protein Group BBQ, which will take place in the "Secret Garden" at the Molecular Biosciences Building (number 76), University of Queensland, St. Lucia.
The BBQ will follow the QPG/ASBMB-supported one-day conference taking place earlier that day at UQ.
All students and staff interested in the activities of QPG are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Bostjan Kobe.

Event: Workshop on Leadership and Influencing Skills
Date/Venue:
6th June 2005.
Details: Contact Dr. Helen Blanchard.
This workshop is supported by the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).

last update: 3rd August 2012, ©2011 Michael Landsberg, ©2007 Thomas Huber