CCG’s 2021 European UGM & Conference will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 18-21, 2021. The annual UGM & Conference is a 4-day event, consisting of workshops, scientific presentations on diverse topics associated with computational chemistry and biology, drug discovery and design, and a poster session as well as social activities including receptions and a conference dinner. REGISTRATION will open in November 2020.

Please see below for a Preliminary Agenda. Speakers confirmed so far include:

Joschka Bauer, Scientist, Pharmaceutical Development Biologicals, Boehringer Ingelheim
Ewa Chudyk, Research Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Rafael S. Depetris, Principal Scientist II – Head of Structure Based Drug Design, Kadmon Corporation
Dennis Fiegen, Associate Director Purification Development, Boehringer Ingelheim
Norbert Furtmann, Head of Data Lab, High Throughput Biologics, Sanofi Deutschland GmbH
Anders Johansson, Team Leader Chemistry, AstraZeneca
Hubert Kettenberger, Senior Principal Scientist Protein Engineering, Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Silvia Lovera, Senior Scientist, UCB Biopharma SPL
Morten Meldal, Professor in Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
Djordje Musil, Lab Head Protein Crystallography Darmstadt, Merck KGaA
Gary Tresadern, Senior Principal Scientist, Janssen R&D
Rainer Wilcken, Investigator III, Computer-aided Drug Design, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

TUESDAY, May 18 - Workshops
DAY 1
11:00
Registration Opens
13:30-16:30
Structure-Based Drug Design and Ligand Modification
Molecular Surfaces and Maps / Ligand Interactions / Docking / Ligand Optimization / Ligand Selectivity / Protein Alignments and Superposition
13:30-17:00
Introduction to SVL
SVL Concepts / Scripts for Moe/Batch / Test New Ideas/Hypotheses / Customize MOE / Programming Techniques / Window Toolkit / Descriptors and Fingerprints / Interactive Problem Solving
WEDNESDAY, May 19 - Workshops & Poster Session
DAY 2
08:30-09:00
Welcome Refreshments
09:00-12:00
Small Molecule Virtual Screening
MOE Databases / Descriptors / Fingerprints / QSPR Modeling / Pharmacophore Modeling / Template-Forced Docking / Scaffold Replacement / MedChem Transformations
09:00-12:00
Antibody Modeling and Protein Engineering
Protein Engineering / Protein Properties / Developability / Hot Spot Analysis / Antibody Modeling / Humanization / Molecular Surfaces
12:00-13:30
Lunch
13:30-16:30
Advanced Structure-Based Drug Design
Pharmacophore Modeling / Docking / Fragment-based Design / Scaffold Replacement / R-Group Screening / Project Search / Protein-Ligand Interaction Fingerprints
13:30-16:30
Biologics: Protein Alignments, Modeling and Docking
Protein Alignments and Superposition / Loop and Linker Modeling / Homology Modeling / Protein- Protein Docking / Protein Solubility Analysis / 2D Hot Spot Mapping / PLIF / Biologics QSAR Modeling
18:30-20:30
Opening Reception & Poster Session
THURSDAY, May 20 - Scientific Presentations
DAY 3
08:00-17:30
Scientific Presentations (lunch and refreshment breaks provided)
18:30-22:00
Conference Dinner
FRIDAY, May 21 - Scientific Presentations
DAY 4
08:30-15:30
Scientific Presentations (lunch and refreshment breaks provided)
15:30-16:00
Closing Reception

If you are interested in presenting your work at the European UGM and Conference 2021 either as a talk or in poster form, you are invited to contact Steve Maginn at or Raul Alvarez at for further details.