AMBER Workshop - August 22 to 26, 2011 - Shanghai, China

The first AMBER workshop in Asia has taken place in August 2011 in Shanghai, China. Below is a group picture of all instructors, organizers and participants.

Date: Monday, August 22, 2011 to Friday, August 26, 2011

Location: ECNU (East China Normal University, 华东师范大学), Shanghai, China

Group Photo AMBER workshop Shanghai 2011


This five day workshop aims to introduce researchers in the field of molecular simulations to the broad collection of computational tools implemented in the AMBER and AmberTools software packages for molecular dynamics simulations. The workshop will consist of a series of short lectures followed by hands-on lab sessions that will cover the use of AMBER and AmberTools and the theory behind it. There will also be opportunities for discussions with the tutors for advice with specific research problems.


AMBER (an acronym for Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement) is a family of force fields and programs for classical and mixed quantum/classical (QM/MM) molecular dynamics simulations of biomolecules originally developed by the late Peter Kollman's group at the University of California, San Francisco. It is maintained by an active collaboration between David Case at Rutgers University, Tom Cheatham at the University of Utah, Kenneth Merz and Adrian Roitberg at the University of Florida, Carlos Simmerling at Stony Brook University, and Ross Walker at the University of California, San Diego.

Target audience

Attendees consist of graduate students and postdocs as well as young faculty members who have limited experience in molecular dynamics simulations and/or the AMBER and AmberTools software packages and would benefit from an introductory workshop that also covers advanced topics and the latest features in the AMBER software, including GPU acceleration.

Recent workshops

A number of workshops that teach molecular dynamics via a practical introduction to the AMBER software package have been taught over the years by Ross Walker assisted by other members of the AMBER development team. Recent workshops include

  1. Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Spain (May 2011)
  2. University of Dusseldorf, Germany (April 2010)
  3. Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman (February 2010)
  4. UC Merced, California, USA (July 2009)
  5. University of Westminster, London, UK (April 2009)
  6. Imperial College London, UK (July 2008)
  7. University of Bergen, Norway (June 2008)