Rendering of (bio-) molecules with Blender for beginners
Have you found yourself wondering how all those fancy semi-realistic looking journal covers are made? The answer to this question is 3D-rendering! Most of you taped into this topic when using, for example, Pymol or Chem3D for rendering. These programs are perfect when you only want to create one single 3D molecule or protein. However, if you want to spoil your molecule or protein with a complete “photo shoot” including perfect lighting and a suiting surrounding, we need some advanced rendering technique.
And this is where blender comes in!

Blender is an open source 3D rendering program that can also be used for scientific purposes. Thanks to the Blender-Community, the download and the use of Blender is completely free for all common platforms and the project is continuously improved. In this course, you will learn how to use Blender to create stunning 3D-images (examples see below) for your next presentation or poster. The only thing you need to have is a laptop and a 3-button mouse with scroll wheel to bring along. All software used in the course if open source. In this 2-day course (approx. 2x8h) you will learn the basic functions of Blender and how to use it for scientific purposes in a hands-on manner. You can even bring your own project that you would like to work on. I hope to see you in the course! So long and happy rendering.

2-day-intensive-course on Blender
Here you see some simple examples or scientific illustrations created with blender. You can expect to be able to create images like this by the end of the 2-day course.