Aims and Objectives

Understanding Movement and Mechanism in Molecular Machines

The main objective of the Action is to bring together European researchers at the forefront of methodological developments in structural biology, spectroscopy and simulation in order to stimulate the development of these methods to the point where they can be routinely applied to resolve structure-dynamics-function relationships in complex biomacromolecular assemblies.


The specific objectives of this Action exceed the capability of any individual group and are as follows:

  • Improve dissemination and interactions between European spectroscopic and structural biology communities.

These groups are often tackling similar biological problems from different angles and hence share a common challenge. Although there is some coordination on the national scale, as well as pockets of pair-wise collaborations between countries, these groups predominantly act independently and hence as yet do not benefit from one another.

  • Improve transnational access to advanced and expensive equipment as well as expertise that currently exists in only a few specialised labs across Europe or in centralised facilities.

This Action will make broadly available the knowledge and equipment scattered over these labs and create added value to the large amount of national funding already received.

  • Provide training and mentoring to ESRs.

Using Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs), Training Schools and Workshops we will enable ESRs to travel between world-leading European groups in the area of biomolecular structure, function and dynamics. This is a growing area of science, and ESRs trained in this area will have the opportunity to move into careers across biomedicine, biotechnology and fundamental bioscience.

Follow this link to access COST Action 1306 Memorandum of understanding.

Follow this link to access the home page of Action CM1306 in the e-COST Portal