Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society


Welcome to the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS) website. The society was formed in 1981 to bring together scientists working in different fields of study (such as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and computer science) that have a common interest in molecular modelling and graphics. The MGMS is a charity run by volunteers (both from academia and industry) who also have a keen interest in the subject. The society's core activities involve the organising of conferences relevant to its community, as well as developing and encouraging scientists at the start of their careers. Anyone with an interest in the subject field can join, and members receive discounts on conference/courses that are organised by the society.

Latest News


11th-12th April 2018

Structure Activity Relationships - a joint MGMS / UKQSAR Meeting

Some Sad News...

It is with great sadness that the MGMS has learned of the death of Dr Frank Blaney on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Frank was a founding member of the MGMS and remained intimately connected to it ever since. He served as Chair of the MGMS and was also responsible for the organisation of many successful conferences throughout his life. He was a long-standing member of the computational chemistry community and had a particularly strong interest in membrane proteins including GPCRs, ion channels and transporters. He also had an interest in using QM methods to understand cytochrome P450s. Following a long career at GSK, his interest and substantial expertise in GPCRs led to his becoming a consultant, working closely with Heptares Therapeutics. He was a fount of knowledge for computational chemistry and was a strong advocate for its use where he knew it could provide something useful for drug discovery.

He will be sorely missed by the entire computational chemistry community.

Phil Biggin, Chair of the MGMS.

Young Modellers' Forum 2017 Prize Winners

Talk Prizes Poster Prizes
Adam Baskerville
University of Sussex

Hannah Bruce Macdonald
University of Southampton

Nick Fowler
University of Manchester
Marc Daemgen
University of Oxford

Ricardo Parra-Cruz
University of Nottingham

The programme and abstracts for YMF2017 are still available to view

10th MGMS Silver Jubilee Award (2017)

The MGMS is delighted to award the 10th Silver Jubilee Prize to Dr David Glowacki. Dr Glowacki graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, but then moved to the UK, obtaining an MA from Manchester University in 2004 and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Leeds in 2008. He currently holds a Royal Society Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Dr Glowacki’s work embraces both the sciences and the arts, exploring the interface between the two in terms of human perception; he has published in the fields of dynamics and non-equilibrium system simulations, but also scientific visualisation and digital aesthetics. The award recognises his ongoing, interdisciplinary work.

MGMS Co-opted Committee Member, Prof. David Winkler, wins the ACS Division of Chemical Information Herman Skolnik Award

Prof Dave Winkler, CSIRO, Australia, has been selected to receive the 2017 Herman Skolnik Award. For his seminal contributions to chemical information in the development of optimally sparse, robust machine learning methods for QSAR and in leading the application of cheminformatics methods to biomaterials, nanomaterials, and regenerative medicine. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines.

Further details on the nomination and Prof David Winkler may be found on the ACS Division of Chemical Information web site

The MGMS committee would like to pass on their warmest congratulations to Dave.

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About the MGMS

The MGMS organises around 3-6 meetings per year. They can range from one-day meetings on a specific topic, to a multi-day international conference on a broader subject field, such as "Biomolecular Simulations." Our community has a broad range of interests in the field of molecular simulations and graphics, including the modelling of biological systems, graphical representations of molecules, bio- and chemoinformatics, small molecule modelling, method developments, as well an interest in new computer architecture development.

The MGMS supports scientists at the start of the career through a number of initiatives. The Young Modellers' Forum (YMF) is a free one-day conference which runs towards the end of each year, and provides the opportunity for research students to present their work - either as a talk or a poster - to audiences with an interest in the field. The MGMS also sponsors events organised by other societies, providing the organisers with a number of student bursaries, thereby enabling students to attend the conference. The MGMS silver-jubilee prize, which was set-up to commemorate our 25th anniversary, recognises a post-doctoral scientist, who in only a few years has demonstrated significant scientific impact.

In conjunction with Elsevier, the MGMS publishes the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. The journal is published 8 times a year and is devoted to high quality practical and theoretical papers on the use of computers for the investigation of molecular structure, function and interaction.

Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society, 2018
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