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EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course

Structural and biophysical methods for biological macromolecules in solution

06 – 14 December 2017 | Singapore, Singapore

  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 September 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 02 October 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 06 November 2017

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About the Global Exchange Lecture Course

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Structural methods applicable to solutions facilitate structural and functional studies on biological macromolecules under close to native conditions. Fully exploiting this opportunity allows one to extract the maximum amount of biologically meaningful information and to relate the structural results to the function of the system. The main objective of this EMBO course is to train graduate students and postdocs in state-of-the-art methods to study biological macromolecules in solution. We aim at a comprehensive coverage of the major structural and biophysical techniques employed for characterization of high and low resolution structure and structural transitions, macromolecular complex formation, protein folding, stability, interactions and enzymatic mechanisms.

The EMBO course will include lectures on:

  • Small-angle X­-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS)
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)
  • Light scattering, hydrodynamic, calorimetric and spectroscopic approaches.
  • Cryo­-electron microscopy (cryo­EM)
  • Bioinformatic tools to analyse protein­-protein interactions
  • Macromolecular crystallography (MX)

Special attention will be paid to interdisciplinary approaches, where the synergistic use of complementary techniques leads to a comprehensive description of macromolecular systems.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 September 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 02 October 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 06 November 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Catering


Payments will be accepted via bank transfer only. The details will be sent to accepted participants by email

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants active in structural biology, mostly late PhD students and early postdocs. However, more senior scientists, depending on circumstances will be considered. Non-academic applicants are also encouraged to apply.

Poster specifications

A0 posters in portrait orientation are preferable, width should not exceed 85 cm, height should not exceed 120 cm.

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.



Margret Fischer

Phone: +49 40 89902 110





NTU School of Biological Sciences

60 Nanyang Drive,

Singapore 637551


NTU Halls of residence (on-site)

Double occupancy room equipped with a shower and a toilet. Two participants will share one room.



Service 17​9 & 199

SBS Transit Ltd, a public bus company, provides two services, 179 and 199, between Boon Lay Bus Interchange (next to Boon Lay MRT Station) and the University. The services operate from 0600-2400 hrs on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 0630-0020hrs on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Service 179A​

179A provides seasonal weekday short trips supplementing Service 179.

NTU shuttle bus service

Campus Rider

Campus Rider is a free shuttle bus service to and from Pioneer MRT station.

Free shuttle service for NTU students only:

  • Ang Mo Kio Shuttle Service from Ang Mo Kio MRT station to NTU
  • Choa Chu Kang Shuttle Service from Choa Chu Kang Lot 1 Shopping Mall to NTU
  • Marine Parade Shuttle Service from Marine Terrace to NTU
  • Pasir Ris Shuttle Service from Pasir Ris MRT station to NTU
  • Punggol Shuttle Service from Punggol MRT station to NTU
  • Sengkang Shuttle Service from Sengkang MRT station to NTU
  • Tampines Shuttle Service from Tampines MRT station to NTU

Train & Bus

The nearest train stations to NTU are Boon Lay (EW27) and Pioneer (EW28) on the East West Line operated by SMRT Corporation.

From Boon Lay station, make your way to the adjacent bus interchange. Services 179 & 199 will take you in to NTU.

From Pioneer station, hop on the Campus Rider which stops in front of BLD 649A.

If you are coming from Changi Airport and are travelling light, you can get on at Changi Airport (CG2), transfer at Tanah Merah (EW4) and take the train all the way to Boon Lay or Pioneer station. The journey takes just over an hour.


There are various taxi companies operating in Singapore. Comprehensive information on Singapore taxis is available at: Taxi Singapore


The university is flanked by the PIE to the south and Jalan Bahar to the east. There are two entrances, the Jalan Bahar entrance and the Pioneer North entrance. It you're coming via the PIE, you want Exits 36 or 38 respectively.

About the Area

The Nanyang Technological University Campus is located within walking distance from the nearest public transport hub and University Shuttle buses. The campus is conveniently located in Singapore, and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the center of Singapore from the campus by public transportation. It takes about 35 min to reach the campus from the Singapore International Airport.

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