CCK-14 Hackathon-2: 13 December 2018

TL;DR: CCK-14 Hackathon-2:  Thursday, December 13th, 2018, from 10 am – 5 pm in the Computer Suite, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU, will be followed by a wrap up in Biochemistry’s Seminar Room 5-6 pm. Bring your own ideas and programming problems, and join experts from the Cambridge Structural Database to learn about their Python API. Pizza provided. Hackathon tickets are limited, so please book by December 11th, 2018. Hackathon tickets are limited, so please book by December 11th, 2018.


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please join us for our next “Comp Chem Kitchen” CCK Hackathon, 10 am – 5 pm on Thursday, December 13th, 2018, in the Computer Suite, Department of Biochemistry, South Parks Road, Oxford. Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre will be present to help out on projects using the the CSD Python API.

Registration now open: places are limited; please register before December 11th, 2018.

The hackathon will follow this format:

In advance: assembly of ideas and teams via website. On the day:

  • 10.00 am: Introduction. 
    • Assemble 4-8 teams with some expertise in each.
  • 10.30 am – 12.30 pm: Hacking – design and tools
  • 12.30 – 1.00 pm: Five min updates / requests for input and help
  • 1.00 – 2.00 pm: Lunch
  • 2.00 – 5.00 pm: Hacking
  • 5.00 – 6.00 pm: Lightning summaries of hacked projects.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.


We would like to thank the University of Oxford MPLS Network and Interdisciplinary Fund for making CCK possible.

About CCK

Comp Chem Kitchen is a regular forum and seminar series to hear about and discuss computational methods for tackling problems in chemistry, biochemistry and drug discovery. It focuses principally on cheminformatics, computational chemistry, and molecular modelling, and overlaps with neighboring areas such as materials properties and bioinformatics.

We’re keen to encourage people involved in coding and methods development (i.e. hackers, in the original untarnished sense of the word) to join us. Our hope is that we will share best practices, even code snippets and software tools, and avoid re-inventing wheels.

In addition to local researchers, we invite speakers from industry and non-profits from time to time, and occasionally organize software demos and tutorials.

If you’re interested in giving a talk, here are some possible topics:

  • Software development (e.g.: Python, C, C++, CUDA, shell, Matlab);
  • Optimizing force field parameters & EVB models;
  • Cheminformatics (e.g.: RDKit);
  • X-ray and NMR crystallography, including small molecule and macromolecular;
  • Protein & RNA modeling, including Molecular Dynamics;
  • Virtual screening and Docking;
  • Machine Learning;
  • Quantum Methods, including DFT.

Bring your laptops, by the way, if you have something you’d like to show!

Please pass this message on to friends, colleagues, and students who may be interested too!

The main CCK web site is:
Follow us on Twitter: @CompChemKitchen
See you soon! We’re looking forward to seeing and hearing about the diverse range of computational molecular science that you’re cooking up…

—Garrett, Richard, Phil

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Forthcoming CCK schedule

Meetings this term

CCK-8 Thursday 26th October (3rd week) 5-6pm Biochemistry Seminar Room

CCK-9 Thursday 9th November (5th week) 5-6pm Biochemistry Seminar Room

CSD / data visualisation hackathon & CCK-10 Wednesday 6th December (9th week) Biochemistry Computer Suite and Seminar Room

All welcome. Beer and refreshments provided. Please register in advance to help keep our catering projections accurate.

Request and suggestions for speakers

Suggestions for speakers are always welcome. Five-minute talks on any CCK related topic are welcome. These range from introductions to your research, and requests for help and collaborations, to expounding the virtues of your favourite programming environment, or a quick analysis of a recent comp chem paper.

Drop us a line if you wish to get involved or make any suggestions.


Phil Biggin (Biochem) [email protected]

Richard Cooper (Chem) [email protected]

Garrett Morris (Stats / SABS) [email protected]



The next Comp Chem Kitchen for computational chemists, cheminformaticians, and molecular modelers will be on Thursday January 12th, 2017, at 5.00 pm in the Abbot’s Kitchen in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory. Our main speaker will be: Dr Russell Viner from Syngenta, UK, on Structure-Based Design of a Novel Class of Herbicidal HPPD Inhibitors. You can register here.

Refreshments will be provided.

We will also have a lightning talk:
  • Anthony Bradley (Chemistry / DLS)  MMTF: Faster access to protein structure data from the PDB
Please get in touch to volunteer (or nominate) anyone (students, postdocs, professionals, PIs, Emeritus Professors) to give a “lightning talk” of up to 5 minutes. The talks usually resemble one of the following styles:
  • an overview of computational chemistry in your research
  • a (live!) demonstration of some software that you are developing or using
  • a summary of a computational chemistry paper, method, or tool that you’ve seen recently

See previous CCK announcements for examples. Contact Garrett M. Morris, Richard Cooper, Phil Biggin or Rob Paton to volunteer.

CCK-5 [including RDKit workshop]

evotecukCCK-5, on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, will be another “two-parter” comprised of CCK-5.1 and CCK-5.2. We would like to thank Evotec(UK) Ltd. for supporting this event.

For our fifth meeting, CCK-5.1, on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, we are honoured to be hosting Greg Landrum; he is the leading developer of the open source cheminformatics toolkit, RDKit.

RDKit is an open source C++ toolkit for cheminformatics with Python, Java and C# wrappers and a number of KNIME cheminformatics nodes. A full overview of its functionality is provided in the documentation.


2:00-4:00 pm
Abbot’s Kitchen, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR:

  • Dr Greg Landrum (VP Life Sciences,; and Managing Director,T5 Informatics GmbH) will run a hands-on workshop and hackathon on RDKit. Please bring your laptop (Windows, Mac or Linux): and don’t worry if you do not have RDKit installed. We will help you get set up.

A total of 35 places are available, please register early to avoid disappointment. Registration  for CCK-5.1.


5.00 – 6:00 pm
Talks and refreshments/beer, will again be held in the Abbot’s Kitchen in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR:

Register for CCK-5.2.


The fourth Comp Chem Kitchen for computational chemists, cheminformaticians, and molecular modelers will be on Tuesday October 4th, 2016, at 5.30 pm in the ICL Abbot’s Kitchen. Confirmed speaker: Dr Nathan Brown from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, who will speak about his recent paper on the origins of three-dimensionality in drug-like molecules.

Lightning talks (5 minutes or fewer):
Refreshements provided. Five-minute lightning contributions welcome – contact Garrett M. Morris, Richard Cooper, Phil Biggin or Rob Paton.

CCK-2 (Tuesday 14th June)

Our second meeting, CCK-2 will be held in the Abbott’s Kitchen in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QR at 5 pm on Tuesday June 14th 2016 (8th Week). Free tickets are available.


  • Mike Bodkin (Vice President, Research Informatics, Evotec), “Chemical space and how to warp drive discovery”.
  • Jonathan Yates (Department of Materials, University of Oxford), Lightning talk,  “A brief introduction to the Collaborative Computational Project for NMR Crystallography (CCP-NC)”.
  • Jonny Brooks-Bartlett (Elspeth Garman Group, Department of Biochemistry); Lightning talk: “The Julia Programming Language”.
  • Fernanda Duarte (Rob Paton Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford): Lightning talk: “Exploring biochemical systems using the Empirical Valence Bond (EVB) approach”.
  • Matteo Degiacomi (Justin Benesch Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford): Lightning talk: “The Python package BiobOx: a collection of data structures, tools and methods for biomolecular modelling” BiobOx is used for manipulation, measurement, analysis and assembly of atomistic and super coarse-grain structures as well as EM maps.

Talks will take place between 5pm and 6pm, please stay for refreshments and chat afterwards.

We would like to thank Prof. Philip Biggin and the MRC Proximity to Discovery Fund for supporting CCK.