Past Symposia and Outreach

2024: Poster Prizes

2023: IUCr and Poster Prizes

2021: PDB50 Celebrations

In 1971, the structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data–the Protein Data Bank (PDB). From its inception, the PDB has embraced a culture of open access, leading to its widespread use by the research community. PDB data are used by hundreds of data resources and millions of users exploring fundamental biology, energy, and biomedicine.

In 2021, wwPDB celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the PDB with symposia, materials, and more. image: 50 Years of PDB

PDB50 Poster Prizes

At the inaugural PDB50 meeting, the following awards were made.

  • Best in High School: Nicholas Mamisashvili, Shelter Island High School, Molecular Dynamics Simulation of 6PEY.pdb a Novel Mutation in the Enzyme Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase
  • Best in Undergraduate: Ijeoma Okoye, Vassar College, X-ray and Antioxidant Determination of Butein and 2’,4’-dihydroxy-3,4-dimethoxychalcone to Examine their Antimalarial Activity by Binding to Falcipain-2
  • Best in Graduate: Daniel Sultanov, New York University, Mining for functional ribosomal variants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Best in Postdoctoral Scholars: Seda Kocaman, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Different ATP binding states of the essential AAA (ATPases Associated with various Activities)-ATPase Rix7 facilitate substrate translocation in ribosome biogenesis

At the PDB 50th Anniversary Symposium in Asia, the following awards were made:

  • Gyunghee Jo,Institute for Basic Science, Republic of Korea, Structural Insights into the Clustering and Activation of Tie2 Receptor Mediated by Tie2 Agonistic Antibody
  • Hongyang Yu, High Energy Accelerator Organization (KEK) and The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), Japan, Crystal structure of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase from Sphingobium sp. SYK-6
  • Angshu Dutta, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Exploring the structural aspects of a novel phospholipid-binding protein
  • Hiroaki Matsuura, IKEN/SPring-8 Center, Japan,A new trend of protein crystallography: Polymorph analysis using hierarchical clustering of diffraction data

2016: OneDep Poster

11" x 17", PDF

2016: Human Frontier Science Program

Life sciences data resources and the future

Protein Data Bank (PDB) Archive and the wwPDB Partnership

2016: SciDataCon

September 11-13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Read more.

2015: Integrative Structural Biology with Hybrid Methods

October 3, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Read more.

2014: International Year of Crystallography

A downloadable calendar and related images were created to celebrate IYCr. Read more.

2013: A Celebration of Open Access in Structural Biology

A special public symposium was held on September 26, 2013 in New Jersey. Read more.

Special Symposium on PDB: Basis for Life Science and Drug Development

A special public symposium was held on October 13, 2012 in Osaka, Japan. Read more.


On October 28-30, 2011, a unique meeting was held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the PDB. Read more.

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