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EMBO Practical Course

Image processing for cryo-electron microscopy

05 – 15 September 2017 | London, United Kingdom

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15th May 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1st June 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16th June 2017

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About the Practical Course

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Structural analysis by cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM) is now a major tool for studying heterogeneous macromolecular complexes. Field emission gun microscopes, acquisition of images using Direct Electron Detectors (DEDs) and automated systems for data collection now allow almost routine biomolecular structure determination at 3-4 Å resolution. In structural studies by electron tomography the resolution has improved to the subnanometer range. For studies of multiprotein complexes, cryo EM single particle analysis is now competitive with X-ray crystallography and NMR. Fitting of individual structures into cryo EM maps of macromolecular complexes reveals interactions of their components and conformations of different functional states. Hybrid approaches combined with structural genomics uncover biological mechanisms. New approaches in analysis of thin cells and cryo-sections by tomography extend the range of EM from isolated complexes to cellular structures in situ.

The aim of this EMBO Practical Course is to teach the basic principles and practical aspects of image processing to bioscientists and structural biologists wishing to determine macromolecular structures by cryo EM. The course will concentrate on processing of data collected by DED, for both single particle images and tomograms, and will be aimed at advanced PhD students and postdocs using cryo EM for structural analysis.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15th May 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1st June 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16th June 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course materials
  • Group excursion

Does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights of accommodation before or after the course.


Accepted participants will receive a payment link.

Selection criteria

Applications are invited from PhD students and researchers in EM.

Applications should include: a CV; a publication list; a short description of your current work and future plans; an explanation of why attendance at the course would further the applicant's own research. Please upload this as a single PDF in the 'CV Upload' section.

We will also require a reference letter from your supervisor.

Poster specifications

  • Please bring one printed copy of your poster, size A0, portrait format.
  • Posters should have a border of a few centimetres to allow for the frame.
  • Please prepare an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, approximately 10-15 mins long. This should be on a USB stick or uploaded to the internet ready for download.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Other Registration Information

We will endeavor to put students up in single rooms but due to availability we may have to ask them to share. Bathrooms will be shared with a few other students.



Charise Rawlinson






Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street



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Passfield Hall

1-7 Endsleigh Place



Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5925

Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 0552




Birkbeck College is in central London, with access via four international airports and is well connected to rail/coach/bus services.

The nearest Underground station is Russell Square which can be reached directly from Heathrow airport on the Piccadilly Line.

If travelling from Gatwick, take the train to London Victoria, then the underground from Victoria to Warren Street.

The nearest mainline railway stations are King’s Cross or Euston. However, all the major stations are served well by the Underground.

There are many buses that come through the Bloomsbury area of London; checking the Transport for London website would be recommended.

To plan your journey go to: TFL Website

About the Area

Supermarkets, chemists, shops and restaurants are located nearby at the Brunswick Centre (Website) and Tottenham Court Road.

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