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EMBO Practical Course

Small angle neutron and X-ray scattering from proteins in solution

11 – 15 September 2017 | Grenoble, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • Registration closed
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1st July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1st September 2017

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About the Practical Course

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This EMBO Practical Course will cover the use of small angle scattering (SAS) of both neutrons and X-rays for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Particular attention will be paid to sample preparation and the analysis and interpretation of SAS data in a biological context. The aim of this course is to enable the participants to maximise the information gained from the SAS technique in their future experiments.

Small angle scattering is a powerful technique for determining the structures of biological molecules in solution. Not only can small angle scattering provide precise information concerning the size, molecular weight, volume and shape of single molecules but it can also provide detailed information from large, multi-component macromolecular complexes. For these purposes the scattering properties of neutrons are particularly well suited. Through the use of specific isotope labeling techniques and solvent contrast variation it is possible to determine the structural organisation of specific components within a large macromolecular assembly.

Taking advantage of the location of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) on the same scientific campus in Grenoble, this EMBO course will focus on the complimentary use of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Through the use of lectures, tutorials and practicals it is intended to teach scientists new to the technique how to optimize their experiments to gain the maximum amount of information from these techniques. In particular the EMBO course will focus on:

  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering theory
  • Sample requirements for a successful small angle scattering experiment
  • Data analysis, model building and interpretation
  • Isotope labelling strategies for small angle neutron scattering
  • Analysing small angle scattering in conjunction with data obtained from other techniques (NMR, AUC, EM, SEC-MALLS)

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
  • Registration closed
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1st July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1st September 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (lunch, dinner, wine & cheese, coffee breaks)


A payment link will be sent to all successful participants on July 1st 2017.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their CVs, publication lists, university grades (for PhD students), the quality of their scientific projects and the intended use and/or interest of small angle X-ray (SAXS) and neutron (SANS) scattering.

Applicants should therefore submit:

  • a short CV
  • a publication list
  • a description of the scientific project and the intended use of SAXS/SANS in that project (maximum: 1 page of A4).

Please upload your CV, publications and one-page description of the scientific project(s) and intended use of SAXS/SANS to the registration system after registering. Please combine these into one document and upload as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in A0 format.

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.



Mrs. Alison Mader

Phone: +33 (0)4 76 20 76 35





European Photon and Neutron Science Campus

71 avenue des Martyrs

38000 Grenoble




All participants will be housed together at the Hotel des Alpes at Grenoble


Information concerning travel to the EPN Campus can be found here:


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