In December, MarPipe PhDs attended the second short scientific course in the framework of their training activities on the analysis of organic structures held in Fundación MEDINA (http://www.medinadiscovery.com/) in Granada, Spain.

General aim of the course was to introduce the elements of structural elucidation techniques, including HRMS and one-dimensional and multidimensional NMR spectroscopy and how to combine these to elucidate the structure of organic compounds, with a special focus on natural products.

The first part of the course included formal lectures to introduce the techniques and strategies for structural determination, kindly provided by Prof. Marcel Jaspars, Dr. Rainer Ebel, Dr. Sylvia Soldatou (Marine Biodiscovery Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, https://www.abdn.ac.uk/ncs/departments/chemistry/marine-biodiscovery-centre-112.php) and Dr. Fernando Reyes, Dr. Ignacio Pérez-Victoria, Jesús Martín (Department of Chemistry, Fundación MEDINA, Granada, Spain).

A workshop followed focusing on the elucidation of specific structures and challenges. Students were first introduced to appropriate software tools to aid data and structure analysis and then divided into groups to solve structural problems of different complexity.

At the end of the course, Dr. Fernando Reyes gave MarPipe students a tour of the facilities of MEDINA where they had the chance to visit the laboratories and learn about all the innovative techniques applied.