MS12-P05 Coordination of Structural bioinformatics Activities across Europe Bohdan Schneider (Laboratory of Biomolecular Recognition, Institute of Biotechnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Vestec, Czech Republic) Christine Orengo (University College London, London, United Kingdom) Torsten Schwede (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland) Joel L. Sussman (Dept. of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel) Janet M. Thornton (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institutes, Hinxton, United Kingdom) Sameer Velankar (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institutes, Hinxton, United Kingdom) Shoshana Wodak (VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, Brussels, Belgium)email: bohdan.schneider@gmail.comStructural bioinformatics has a broad impact across the life sciences and provides tools to archive, present, analyse, annotate, and predict molecular structures. The science of structural bioinformatics is traditionally very strong in Europe offering many software tools, methodologies, and databases, as well as community-wide prediction challenges. Its applications cover research activities from structural biology to drug discovery and personalized medicine that are all well represented within the national ELIXIR nodes. We believe that the coordination of the many concurrent activities will help to unite the voice of structural bioinformaticians in Europe and thus maximize the impact of structural bioinformatics to the benefit of all researchers in the field and the scientific community at large.
We therefore propose the establishment of an ELIXIR Community in Structural Bioinformatics to represent the broad group of activities in this field. We suggest calling it 3DBioInfo. We volunteer to act as an interim executive committee to organise a kick-off workshop for this Community, which would take place in the Fall of 2018. We will also establish an interim Steering Committee with a structural bioinformatics representative from each ELIXIR node to make sure we capture the interests and activities in each country. Researchers at the kick-off workshop will formulate the goals of the 3DBioInfo Community and collect ideas for Community activities to form the basis of a formal application to the ELIXIR Heads of Nodes.

Keywords: bioinformatics, molecular structure, ELIXIR