A Practical Introduction to
June 12th - June 15th, 2012
Information School, University of Sheffield


This intensive short course is intended to provide an introduction to the major aspects of chemoinformatics, with particular emphasis on applications in modern drug discovery. The course will comprise a mixture of hands-on workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. A key focus will be on the underlying rationale/theory, rather than teaching which buttons to press in a particular piece of software. Two key learning objectives are:


The course commences at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday 12th June at the Rutland Hotel (details below) and will finish at about 1:30 pm on Friday 15th June in the Information School. All lectures and practical sessions will be held within the Information School.

A brief timetable is as follows:

Tuesday 12th June

Wednesday 13th June

Thursday 14th June

Friday 15th June

Topics Covered


The course will be organised and run within the Information School at the University of Sheffield, which is recognised as one of the world’s leading centres in chemoinformatics. A variety of commercial software packages will be used for the hands-on elements of the course.

En-suite accommodation for the evenings of Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th will be provided at The Rutland Hotel, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2PY.

Directions to Sheffield

For directions to the Information School have a look at the following maps.

Course Tutors

The course tutors have many years of practical experience in the field, in both academic and industrial environments. There will be ample opportunity for participants to discuss their own chemoinformatics problems with the tutors during the course.

Course Fee

The registration fee of £900, or £750 at the student rate, covers all accommodation, meals and refreshments, tuition, the necessary computing facilities and handouts, and the special course dinner on Thursday 14th June.

Student Bursaries

Two student bursaries have been made available through generous support provided by the Chemical Structure Association Trust and the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society. The bursaries include registration, accommodation and meals throughout the course, but do not include travel costs to Sheffield.

To apply for a bursary please send a 500 word summary indicating how attendance at the course will benefit your current studies and future career plans, together with a letter of support from your academic supervisor, to Val Gillet (v.gillet@sheffield.ac.uk) before Friday March 16th.


Please contact Prof. Val Gillet (email: v.gillet@shef.ac.uk or phone: 0114 222 2652) for further details or to register for the course.