UGM 2024

When and Where

The UGM (User Group Meeting) will be held in-person across 3 days, August 21-23, 2024, in London, UK at King’s College London, in partnership with the Thomas Young Centre.

What to Expect

The UGM will bring together users of the MDAnalysis package from different communities. Our goal is to foster an opportunity to connect for interdisciplinary researchers and developers across biomolecular simulations, soft matter, materials science and more. Whether you are a new MDAnalysis contributor, an MDAnalysis core developer, or a researcher using (or interested in using) MDAnalysis for your work in academia or industry, this UGM is for you. You can expect:

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers will be announced in Spring 2024.

Program

The agenda will be announced in Spring 2024.

Abstracts and Registration

Abstract and bursary application deadline: Friday, March 15, 2024

You may now submit an abstract using the abstract submission form before the deadline of March 15, 2024. We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to MDAnalysis’s work, including the use and development of open source software and tools for molecular simulations data analysis.

We also have a small number of bursaries available to enable underrepresented and early career researchers facing financial barriers to attend and present their work; these can be applied for when submitting your abstract. Abstracts and bursary applications will be reviewed by the end of March 2024. We will contact applicants shortly after.

Attendance is free and first-come, first-serve. The registration period will open on April 1, 2024.

Travel and Accommodation

Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Citizens of several countries may travel to the United Kingdom to attend a meeting without obtaining a visa. Please visit the gov.uk website for more information about travel visas. Attendees requiring a letter clarifying the purpose of travel should contact the MDAnalysis project manager.

Health and Safety

We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment for the MDAnalysis UGM and have looked to local and international entities and other organizations in the open source community to develop onsite safety measures for UGM attendees.

Testing

A limited number of rapid self-tests will be made available at check-in for those who would like to test themselves for COVID-19 during the meeting.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

Individuals who are COVID-positive should not attend the UGM. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result during the UGM, please notify the MDAnalysis UGM organizing committee and do not return to the event while you are still COVID-positive.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required, but are welcomed. We view face coverings as a personal choice and will support attendees in their choice to wear or not to wear a face covering.

Social Distancing and Hygiene

While we will be unable to enforce social distancing guidelines during the UGM, there is extra seating capacity at the venue that allows for voluntary distancing. At check-in, you will have the option to indicate your comfort level with social distancing on your name tag.

Code of Conduct

All members of the MDAnalysis community and participants in this UGM are expected to abide by the MDAnalysis Code of Conduct (CoC).

If you are attending the UGM and wish to make a report, you may contact the CoC Committee members or other event staff/organizers so that they can take any appropriate immediate response. If you would prefer not to do that, please submit a report to MDAnalysis.

Who to Contact

If you have any questions or special requests related to the UGM, you may contact the organizing committee.

Sponsors

A special thanks to our supporters:

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