ECA webinars – stay tuned !

The ECA kindly invites you to the 1st ECA Lunch webinar:


Andrea Thorn – Understanding COVID-19 through Molecular Structures



When: 10th of June 2021 at 13:00 CET/CEST (i.e. 1 p.m. in Paris/Berlin/Vienna… on June 10th).
Intro + ~45min + ~15min Q&A
Where: zoom

E-mails will be sent from For inquiries please send a message to

About person and talk:

Dr. Andrea Thorn is a crystallographer and structural biologist based in Hamburg. She is a driving force behind the so-called corona structural task force (

Andrea did her PhD from 2008-2011 in George Sheldrick’s lab at the University of Göttingen on the topic: “Practical approaches to macromolecular X-ray structure determination”. She then went for a postdoc to the UK, first with Prof. Dr. Randy Read and then as a Marie Curie Fellow with Garib Murshudov. She did then software development at the Diamond lightsource synchrotron while working on Cryo-EM. After a one-year stay at the XFEL in Hamburg she became a junior group leader in Würzburg for 3 years. Since October 2020 she is a group leader at the University of Hamburg.

Andrea is a computational crystallographer working on the development of models to handle structural analysis of proteins and macromolecules by Cryo_EM. In her talk she will talk about her perspectives on the achievements of crystallographic research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past events:
About the ECA Lunch webinars:

The ECA lunch webinars with an educational or scientific focus were invented following the strong wish to strengthen and vitalize the European crystallographic community. They are a monthly webinar series by the European Crystallographic Association (ECA) and involve all GIGs/SIGs.

The webinars are organized in an online setting such as Zoom (45min + 15min Q&A) and are taking place every first or second (depending on the schedule of other ECA activities) Thursday of a month at lunchtime (1:00 PM CET). Webinars will be announced via social media, mailing list, and here.

The webinars are organized by a steering committee of GIG01-members:
Breternitz, Joachim
Gaidamaka, Anna
Germann, Luzia
Hans, Philipp
Mazzeo, Paolo P.
Morana, Marta
Pisacic, Mateja


Advisory board:
Heinemann, Udo
van der Lee, Arie