Welcome to the
Computational Biophysics Workshop

University of Western Australia, Perth
June 7-18, 2004

Modeling the molecular processes of biological cells is a craft and an art. Techniques like theoretical and computational skills can be learned via training, but meaningful applications are achieved only with experience and sensitivity. In response, the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group offered a workshop in computational biophysics, attempting to teach both the craft and art of modeling through learning by doing. Twenty-seven participants attended the workshop at the University of Western Australia in Perth, to stretch proteins, pull water through molecular channels, mine genomic data, and to study their favorite biomolecules. After lectures and discussions in the morning, afternoons and evenings were devoted to learning by doing, assisted by 300 pages of tutorials, in computer laboratories humming with computational biology software, e.g., VMD and NAMD