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2020 CCPN Conference Online

Celebrating 30 years of triple resonance assignment, 16-17 July 2020


Ad Bax was going to be speaking to us at the conference in Ambleside, and we are delighted that he will still be able to join us online to celebrate 30 years of triple-resonance assignment methods and tell us about that time and talk about some of his more recent work.

In addition, Isabella Felli and Anja Böckmann will speak to us about assigning IDPs and solid-state samples along with some of their recent research.



Registration is now closed.



Wednesday 16 July (British Summer Time)

14:00-17:00 Drop-in Session for help with installing CcpNmr Analysis V3 for the workshop


Thursday 16 July (British Summer Time)

14:00 Welcome - Helen Mott
14:05 Connect NMR UK Update - Christina Redfield
14:15 CCPN Project Update - Geerten Vuister
14:30 CcpNmr Software Update - Vicky Higman
15:00 CcpNmr Analysis V3 Workshops - various topics
17:00 CCPN Assembly Meeting for UK PIs
18:00 End at the latest


Friday 17 July (British Summer Time)

14:00 Interactive Online Poster Session
15:45 short break
16:00 Isabella Felli - Intrinsically disordered proteins by NMR: what can 13C direct detection tell us?
16:45 Anja Böckmann - Carbon- and proton-detected solid-state NMR sequential assignments and applications to fibrils and membrane proteins
17:30 Ad Bax - Triple resonance NMR, before it was easy
18:30 short break
19:00 Pub Quiz Social Event (see if you are not familiar with this part of British culture)


Platform - Hopin

We are hoping to be able to run this as an interactive conference, not just a series of webinars. We have therefore decided to host the conference using Hopin. This is a platform that will run in Chrome and Firefox browsers (Safari will give a somewhat impaired performance) and is like a virtual conference venue, allowing conference attendees to interact with one another as well as view plenary talks.

Please have a look at our CCPN Hopin Demo video to find out how the software works (please note that we may still decide to run the plenary talks using a "Session" or via Zoom rather than on the "Stage"):



Our intention is to run the workshop as flexibly as possible so that people with a variety of experience and interests will be able to benefit.

Throughout the afternoon there will be a series of 10-15 minute live demonstrations showing how various different aspects of the programme work. You are welcome to watch as many or as few of these as you wish. We shall also hope to make videos of these available on our YouTube channel after the conference.

Users are otherwise encouraged to download the software or arrange access via NMRbox in advance (see below for more information) and then work through our pdf tutorials (Help -> Tutorials within the software) in their own time after having watched the first "Basics/Getting Started" demo. The CCPN team will be on hand to answer questions and help out throughout the afternoon. You will be able to ask questions via a typed chat function, or you can join with video/audio to speak to us and screen share to show us your problems. You may find that using two screens is helpful - one for using the programme and one for accessing Hopin. Please have a look at our CCPN Conference Hopin Demo video to get a feel for how we will be running the workshop (in particular from 3:30 minutes onwards):


Schedule of demonstrations (British Summer Time)
15:00 Basics/Getting Started with Vicky
15:15 Chemical Shift Mapping with Luca
15:30 Backbone Assignment with Vicky
15:45 Macro Writing with Ed
16:00 Screening with Luca
16:15 Structure Calculation/NEF preview with Eliza and Benjamin Bardiaux
16:30 Solid-state NMR with Vicky


All of the CCPN team can help out with general queries and have some familiarity with most aspects of the programme. However, there are inevitably some areas that some of us are better able to answer questions on than others. You may like to bear this mind when deciding who to approach about your question:

Assignment - Vicky (Eliza, Geerten)
Chemical Shift Mapping - Luca
Solid-state NMR - Vicky
Screening - Luca (Vicky)
Macro Writing - Ed, Luca, Geerten, Gary
Structure/NEF - Eliza, Ed
Pipes - Luca
Plugins - Luca (Gary, Ed)


Programme Installation
We recommend that you install the software (the new version 3.0.2) and download the tutorial data (new version 3.0.2) in advance from

We are hoping this release will be ready on Monday 13 July, but please bear with us, if it takes longer.
Depending on your internet connection you may find that the download will take some time. Be aware that decompressing the programme files on Windows can be quite time consuming (i.e. take several hours!) depending on your anti-virus software.

If you are using a Mac with Catalina, please carefully follow the instructions provided on the download page.
For information about installation on the command line please see

Please make sure that you have installed all the latest updates on Thursday morning prior to the workshop.


On Wednesday 15 July we will be hosting an open drop-in session 14:00-17:00 BST for anyone needing help with their installation, within the Sessions part of the Hopin platform (see from 3:30 onwards).


If you don't want to download the programme yourself, you can also use it via NMRbox. Simply sign up for a free account at
and then register for the CCPN workshop on the NMRbox events page:
This will give you immediate access to all the tutorial data. You will need to install the VNC Viewer ( on your machine to access NMRbox. It will take a few days for your account to be activated, so make sure you do this well in advance of the workshop.
For more information, see our video tutorial on using Analysis V3 with NMRbox:


Industrial Users
Industrial users with a paid for licence will automatically be sent a download link for their new 3.0.2 build. Any other industrial users wishing to take part in the workshop will need to sign a trial licence agreement and be sent a bespoke download link for the programme. Please contact Vicky at in advance to arrange this.


Poster Session

This will be run analogous to the round tables at the Chamonix Alpine Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Solids.

During the poster session on Friday 17 July (14:00-15:45 BST), we will have seven 15-minute presentation slots during which several posters will be presented in parallel. Anyone can choose to view any poster presentation. For each poster, there is additionally the opportunity to join the presenter for a discussion. (Imagine each poster presentation as a Zoom webinar where many people can watch, but only a limited number of people will be able to speak.) To get a feel for how this will work, please have a look at our CCPN Conference Hopin Demo video, in particular the sections starting at 7:30 (posters) and 4:24 (sharing your video/audio/screen in a session):

We will be making the schedule of presentations based on participants' choices and try to enable the greatest number of people to see the highest number of their preferred posters (many thanks to Józef Lewandowski for making the "Alpine Schedular" programme available to us). Note that if posters are particularly popular, we may ask presenters to present them several times (but no more than three times in total) so that everyone has a chance to view it. We will assume that everyone is happy to join discussions. (There is no need to switch your video on if you do not wish to, though of course at a real conference we would all see one another.) One discussion member will be designated the discussion moderator and should make sure that the discussion ends in time for attendees to move to their next poster presentation.

Abstract booklets will be sent to participants. You can then indicate which poster presentations/discussions you are interested in.
Please sign up for your posters of interest by Friday 10 July.
We will publicise the schedule of poster presentations and allocate participants to poster discussions as soon as possible after 10 July.


Information for 'Poster' Presenters

Please prepare four slides (including the title slide) to present your work live in 5 minutes via screen sharing. This will be followed by a further 10 minutes of (zoom-style) online discussion with up to 8 others. If you wish you may prepare a few additional slides which could be shown during the discussion.

We would like to make 'posters' available to view throughout the conference as videos. We intend to do this in the form of unlisted YouTube videos (they are in principle visible to anyone, but have an unguessable link that will not be publicised - though it could be shared by conference participants). We had hoped to use the private YouTube video function, but unfortunately that won't be possible after all. But we feel the unlisted YouTube function should still offer sufficient privacy for those people with unpublished results. We will remove the videos from YouTube after the conference. If you have any concerns, please do get in touch.

Please could poster presenters follow one of three options:

1) Send us your slides (Powerpoint/Keynote/pdf) in advance. We will turn these into a video which just flicks through the slides. Note that the slides you send us don't have to be identical to the ones you end up using in your presentation.

2) Record yourself speaking over your slides (e.g. using Powerpoint or Quicktime) and send us a .mp4 or .mov file for us to upload.

3) Record yourself speaking over your slides (e.g. using Powerpoint or Quicktime), upload it onto your own YouTube or vimeo channel and send us the video ID or link.

Please send your files to by Monday 13 July 2020.

If you have any questions, then please do get in touch.


Pub Quiz Social

Sadly our usual CCPN countryside walks won't be possible at this year's conference - let alone any Scottish Dancing! But in order not to do without the social side completely, we have decided to end the conference with a (Pub) Quiz on Friday, 17 July at 19:00 BST.

There will be 6 rounds of 10 questions each, lasting about an hour in total. People will be in teams of up to 6 people who can chat and confer (within a Hopin Session) and then submit their answers as a team. You can either set up your own team, or be allocated to one by us at random.

If you would like to set up your own team of up to 6 people, then please e-mail us at with the names of the team members (please can individuals still register separately using the above form, though, so we can e-mail all quiz participants with further instructions on Friday).


We hope to see online you in July!