2020 Martini Workshop

Announcing the 2020 Martini Coarse-Graining Workshop

Where: University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Links to the venue and city:

  1. Address and info of the venue
  2. Location of the venue
  3. Directions from Martini hotel to the venue

When: August 23-28, 2020. The workshop starts on Sunday, August 23 at 8 pm (welcome reception), first lecture on Monday, August 24 at 9 am, and finishes on Friday, August 28 at 1 pm.


  • Lectures about background, philosophy and theory of coarse-grained models in general but mostly specifically about the Martini coarse-grained model.
  • Hands-on sessions where one can experience the aspects of the model, get practical experience with setting-up, running and developing new or refined Martini models. Experienced users are available for guidance and discussion.

Who: Anyone interested! However, we assume that you have a working knowledge of the Linux operating system and some experience on running MD simulations. The idea is that everyone, from beginner to experienced modeller will be able to work and progress on their own. Keep in mind that you will gain more from the workshop if you invest time in some modelling tools before the workshop starts. All hands-on exercises use a recent GROMACS version. We advise you to get some practice with GROMACS before the workshop, in this way you will spend more time on learning coarse-graining than on learning GROMACS.

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Honorary doctorate

DOCTOR-HONORIS-CAUSA.jpg Largely based on the success story of Martini, the University Polytechnica of Bucharest has awarded Prof. Marrink a honorary doctorate ("honoris causa").

See here for more details of the ceremony, which took place on January 15th in Bucharest in the presence of the rector and several local professors, as well as the embassador of the Netherlands in Romenia.

Stress, stress, nothing but stress ....

Do you find working with lipid membranes stressful ? No wonder ! Check out this new paper from the Deserno group, and learn about how difficult it is to get rid of stress in membranes ....

Hossein & Deserno, Spontaneous curvature, differential stress, and bending modulus of asymmetric lipid membranes. Biophys. J., 2019, in press.

Lipid shape and tuberculosis

The team of Matthieu Chavent has elucidated the role of a specific class of lipids, phthiocerol dimycocerosate (DIM), in phagocytosis of macrophages such as mycobacterium tuberculosis. Read all about it in: Augenstreich et al., The conical shape of DIM lipids promotes Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection of macrophages, PNAS 2019, in press.

Allosteric pathway unravelled


Martini-based simulations of a superoxide dismutase protein reveal an allosteric pathway involving an important mutation site. Apart from the biological relevance of this finding, the study is a showcase of how the new Martini 3.0 model is able to capture allosteric coupling in proteins.  For details, see: P.C.T. Souza, S. Thallmair, S.J. Marrink, R. Mera-Adasme. An Allosteric Pathway in SOD1 Unravels the Molecular Mechanism of the G93A ALS-Linked Mutation. J. Phys. Chem. Letters, Just Accepted, 2019.