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September 23-26, 2019

Convento dell'Annunziata, Sestri Levante (GE), Italy

Computational Advances in Drug Discovery

Conference Aim

As for the past editions, this fifth edition of the SBDD conference aims at discussing the state of the art of computational methods as effective tools for drug discovery. Toward this end, we will integrate topics that are, and will remain, central to the field, such as structure-based drug discovery and molecular modeling and simulations for drug design. 
Come and join us !


Registration Deadline 31st August 2019


  • Postdocs / Researchers / Professors:

    450 euros

  • PhD Students :

    300 euros

The registration package for the participants includes:
  • conference pack
  • access to the conference sessions and exhibitions
  • coffee breaks


There are a few fellowships for PhD students (50% discount), if interested, contact us via the link below.
NOTE: There are a few fee waivers for PhD students that are a member of the ACS COMP division.

Poster Session

There will be a poster session. Thus, participants are encouraged to present their poster!.
Poster Dimensions
Posters should be no larger than size A0 (119 cm high x 84 cm wide). The size at your disposal on the poster board is 90 cm width x 120 cm height.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. William L. Jorgensen - (Yale University)

Dr. Michele Parrinello - (ETH Zurich, IIT)

Invited Speakers

Dr. Alessandra Magistrato
CNR Trieste, Sissa
Dr. Giorgio Colombo
Uni Pavia
Dr. Alessio Lodola
Uni Parma
Dr. Francesco Gervasio
UCL, London
Dr. Zoe Cournia
Academy of Athens
Dr. Adrian Roitberg
Uni of Florida
Dr. Victor Guallar
BSC, Barcelona
Dr. Kenneth Merz
Michigan State University
Dr. Ursula Rothlisberger
EPFL, Lausanne
Dr. Paolo Carloni
FZJ, Julich, Germany
Dr. Adrian Mulholland
Uni of Bristol
Dr. Gerhard Klebe
Philipps-University of Marburg
Dr. Giulia Palermo
UC Riverside
Dr. Eleonora Gianti
Temple University
Dr. Giulia Rossetti
RWTH Aachen, Germany
Dr. Edina Rosta
King's College London
Dr. Valerio Berdini
Astex, Cambridge, UK
Dr. Ross Walker
Dr. Woody Sherman
Silicon Therapeutics, US
Dr. Attilio Vittorio Vargiu
University of Cagliari
Dr. Vittorio Limongelli
USI - Switzerland
Dr. Walter Rocchia
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Dr. Emilio Gallicchio
Brooklyn College, USA
Dr. Margot Paulino Zunini
Dr. Sergio Decherchi
Day by day
Monday 23th September

Registration and Welcome 09:00-10:00
Session 1 – Computations and drug design

Edina Rosta, King's College London  10:00-10:30
 Victor Guallar, BSC, Barcelona   10:30-11:00
 Coffee break  11:00-11:30
 Kenneth Merz, Michigan State University  11:30-12:00
 Ross Walker, GSK, USA  12:00-12:30
 Woody Sherman, Silicon Therapeutics, USA  12:30-13:00
 Lunch  13:00-15:00
 Zoe Cournia, Academy of Athens  15:00-15:30
Adrian Roitberg, University of Florida 15:30-16:00
Coffee break 16:00-16:30
Emilio Gallicchio, Brooklyn College, USA 16:30-17:00
Steven Jerome, Schrödinger 17:00-17:30
Poster Session and Cocktail Party 17:30-19:30
Wednesday 25th September

Session 3 – Computations and drug design

Giulia Palermo, UC Riverside 09:30-10:00
Ursula Rothlisberger, EPFL, Lausanne 10:00-10:30
 Coffee break 10:30-11:00
Paolo Carloni, FZJ, Julich, Germany 11:00-11:30
Gerhard Klebe, Philipps-University of Marburg 11:30-12:00
Alessio Lodola, University of Parma 12:00-12:30
Lunch 12:30-14:30
Attilio Vittorio Vargiu, University of Cagliari  14:30-15:00
Giorgio Colombo, University of Pavia 15:00-15:30
Jacopo Manigrasso, IIT Short Talk 15:30-15:50
Coffee break 15:50-16:30
Eleonora Gianti, Temple University 16:30-17:00
Alessandra Magistrato, CNR Trieste, SISSA 17:00-17:30
Tuesday 24th September

Session 2 – Computations and drug design

Walter Rocchia, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 09:30-10:00
Valerio Berdini, Astex, Cambridge, UK 10:00-10:30
 Coffee break 10:30-11:00
Adrian Mulholland, University of Bristol 11:00-11:30
Vittorio Limongelli, USI – Switzerland 11:30-12:00
Francesco L. Gervasio, UCL, London 12:00-12:30
Free time 12:30-18:00
Michele Parrinello, ETH Zurich, IIT 18:00-18:45
William Jorgensen, Yale University 18:45-19:30
Thursday 26th September

Session 4 – Computations and drug design

Giulia Rossetti, RWTH Aachen, Germany 09:30-10:00
Elisa Donati, IIT (Short Talk) 10:00-10:20
 Coffee break 10:20-11:00
Giulia Fonti, EPFL, Lausanne 11:00-11:30
Margot Paulino Zunini, DETEMA, UdelaR 11:30-12:00
Sergio Decherchi, IIT 12:00-12:30
Closing remarks 12:30-13:00

Conference Partners

Conference Sponsors

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Andrea Cavalli
    University of Bologna and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  • Prof. Matteo Dal Peraro
    EPF Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Dr. Marco De Vivo

    Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy


Reservation Code: SBDD2019

Bed and Breakfast

  • Calma di Vento

    Double room single occupancy €100 + €7 for breakfast
    Single room €80 + €7 for breakfast
    Address : Via della Chiusa, 60/1 16039 Sestri Levante (GE)
    Tel. : +39 0185 1771901
    Mobile: +39 348 2350360
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  • Hotels Albergo Marina ***

    Double room single occupancy €80 B&B + city tax Euro 1.50
    Address: Via Fascie n.100 16039 Sestri Levante (GE)
    Tel.: +39 0185-487332 Fax: +39 0185-41527
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  • Grand Hotel del Castelli ****

    Double room single occupancy €200 B&B + city tax €2,00 (parking fee included)
    Single room €125 B&B + city tax €2,00 (parking fee included)
    Address: Via Penisola di Levante, 26 - 16039 Sestri Levante (GE) Italy
    Tel.: +39 0185487020 Fax: +39 018544767
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In case you prefer staying in Genova (50 km from Sestri Levante)
  • Astor Hotel ****

     Double room single occupancy €100 B&B + city tax €3,00 (parking fee included)
    Address: Viale Delle Palme, 16, Nervi, 16167 Genova GE
    Tel.: +39 010329011
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    Walking distance Hotel Astor- Nervi railway station: 2 minutes
    Train trip Nervi- Sestri Levante: 50-60 minutes