UKQSAR Autumn Meeting – 26th September 2019, Sygnature, Nottingham

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The Autumn UKQSAR & Chemoinformatics Society Meeting will be held in Nottingham on Thursday 26th September 2019. The meeting is organised by Steve St-Gallay and colleagues at Sygnature Discovery, Nottingham.

Location: Innovation Building, Sygnature Discovery, BioCity, Pennyfoot Street, Nottingham NG1 1GF. Please download a site plan (showing car park) here.

Meeting Programme

Time Item Speaker Organisation
09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:50 Introduction
Chair: Steve Maginn
10:00 Machines Learning Chemistry Jonathan Hirst University of Nottingham
10:30 Predicting Protein-Ligand Binding using Quantum Mechanics Iva Lukac University of Dundee
11:00 Break
11:20 Incorporating Hotspots into Structure-Based Workflows with Hotspots API Chris Radoux Exscientia
11:50 Structure-Based Scaffold Repurposing for G Protein-Coupled Receptors Antonella Ciancetta Sygnature Discovery
12:20 Flash Poster Presentations
12:35 Lunch & Posters
14:00 Biosimulation for drug discovery across multiple length scales – from enzymes to organs Sarah Harris University of Leeds
14:30 Modelling Macrocycles with Molecular Dynamics and Machine Learning Graeme Robb AstraZeneca
15:00 Break
15:20 Active Search for Computer-Aided Drug Design Steven Oatley University of Nottingham
15:50 Application of FEP and QSAR methods to medicinal chemistry projects Richard Lonsdale GlaxoSmithKline
16:20 Prizes & Close
16:25 Depart

Address: Innovation Building, Sygnature Discovery, BioCity, Pennyfoot Street, Nottingham NG1 1GF.   Please download a site plan (showing car park) here.

Travel Directions

By Train

East Midlands airport is just 20 minutes away, and regular trains run direct from London (journey time two hours).  Sygnature Discovery is just over half-a-mile from the railway station.

Leave the railway station following signage for trams. After passing through the barriers, turn right onto Station Street, turn left at Jury’s onto London Road. At the roundabout, bear right onto Lower Parliament Street (A6008) towards MachineMart, turn right at MachineMart onto Pennyfoot Street. Enter second building on the right (white with green stripes) with black Innovation Building sign outside (postcode NG1 1GF) – about 12 minutes’ walk. 

By Car

There is a car park immediately behind the Innovation Centre, run by the city council, Motorpoint Arena.  The charge for tickets bought before 9.30 am is £4.50 for 24 hours, and you should buy your ticket from the machine. 

Here is a site plan showing the car park location

Here is more information about the car park

By Taxi

Cloud Cars offers an eco-friendly car service.  The entire fleet is of environmentally-friendly hybrid cars, which run on a combination of electricity and petrol, significantly reducing emissions.  Book via this weblink or by telephone on 01158 244244.   Card only, fixed-price fares.

DG Cars are open 24 hours a day.  Book via this weblink or by telephone on 01159 500500 and 01159 607607.

By Air 
You may take a bus from East Midlands airport to Nottingham railway station, or you may take a train from East Midlands Parkway railway station to Nottingham.

DG Cars offer airport transfers which may be booked online via this weblink or by telephone on 01159 500500 and 01159 607607.


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