Well, HEC21 has come to a close, and everyone should be back at work getting ready for HEC22… It was a great pleasure hosting you, even if at times it looked like things were going belly up… Particular thanks go to Michael G. Rossmann for coming to Quedlinburg to present the HEC Lecture, his participation was central to the success of the meeting and his presentation an inspiration to us all! Next of course to our sponsors, who provided the finances that got Michael to Quedlinburg while allowing us to keep the registration fees attainable for students. I’d also like to thank Felix Hafner and his team at the Wyndham Garden Stadtschloss, and Doreen Post and Nico Reischke of the Quedlinburg-Tourismus-Marketing GmbH for their assistance in organizing this meeting – especially for providing their Stadtrallye, which was transformed into the Quedlinburger Quiz by Constanze Breithaupt (thank you Constanze!).  Special mentions also go to Luise Quil and Christoph Parthier, who put in many hours both in front and behind the scenes, as well as Team HEC21, who each just got a T-shirt out of it (although thanks to Anke Piechotta’s logo design these were highly sought after!)….

Finally, thanks to all of you for your talks, your questions, and your good humour – even when the rain came down or when the police arrived ;-). I have it from a good source that the hotel staff found you a very pleasant group… I look forward to seeing you again in 2019 at HEC22 in Obergurgl, which is being organized by Klaus Scheffzek – good luck Klaus!

Below you will find a few photos from the meeting (thank you, Tobias Hasler!); links to further ones will be made available to HEC group leaders.

Milton T. Stubbs, Halle, 26th September 2018

HEC Prize 2018

This year’s HEC prize winner was awarded to Saša Petrović (centre) of the Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine for her talk “Structural basis of ASPL-mediated regulation of p97 methylation by METTL21D”, with Florian Hamann (second from left) from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen coming a close second for his presentation “Crystallographic insights into the translocation mechanism of DEAH-box ATPases”. The first prize was a copy of the “International Tables for Crystallography Volume F: Crystallography of biological macromolecules” signed by the Editor Michael G. Rossmann (right), which was kindly sponsored by IUCr Journals. The award was presented by Kristina Djinovic-Carugo (second from right); also shown is the HEC21 Organizer, Milton T. Stubbs.

Group photo

With a total of 126 regular participants (and a market square blocked by a giant stage), it was not easy getting a group photo – but with the help of Bohdan Schneider, a ladder, and a little bit of discipline, we managed it…

Team HEC21

Without you, nothing would have been possible – thank you!