The University of the Western Cape, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) and the Lindau Foundation cordially invite you to a Public Lecture on: Birth & Future of Multiscale Modeling of Macromolecules by Prof Michael Levitt, ASSAf Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Date: 16 November 2017
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Refreshments will be served afterwards
Venue: UWC Life Sciences Building, Life Sciences Auditorium
RSVP: Please email your name and staff/ student number to Dr Hlamulo Makelane
firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 12:00 on Friday 10 November.
Please bring your staff/student card with you to the lecture.
Please note spaces are limited.
About Prof Michael Levitt
Born in South Africa in 1947, Prof Levitt was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (shared with Martin Karplus and Arieh Warshel). Prof Levitt’s diverse interests have included RNA & DNA modelling, protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds & protein geometry, antibody modelling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanisation, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode, molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure databases, and mass spectrometry. His current postdocs work on protein evolution, the crystallographic phase problem and Cryo-EM refinement. He has a passion in helping today’s young scientists gain the recognition and independence that his generation enjoyed.
In July 2015, ASSAf signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lindau Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), which led to the academy being recognised as an academic partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. ASSAf therefore nominates leading young scientists in the disciplines of physics, chemistry, and medicine/physiology; and recommends them for final selection by the Lindau Foundation to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany. The academy provides travel support to attend the meetings and raises awareness of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings among young scientists in South Africa. This is part of ASSAf’s capacity building initiatives and its responsibility to foster the next generation of leading scholars and to involve young scientists in finding solutions to national and global challenges through science. Access more information on the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at http://www.sayas.org.za/lindau/ or www.lindaunobel.org