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EMBO Practical Course

Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions

02 – 06 July 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 May 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2018

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About the Practical Course

Proteins and their intricate network of interactions are the mainstay of any cellular process. Dissecting these networks at atomic detail is invaluable, as this paves the route to a mechanistic understanding of biological function and provides the first essential step toward the development of new drugs. Because of the challenges associated with experimental techniques, structural biologists have to resort more and more these days to complementary computational methods.

This EMBO Practical Course will present docking-based computational methods and related bioinformatics approaches, aiming at predicting how proteins interact with other biomolecules or ligands. Lectures will provide the theoretical background on state-of-the-art algorithms for sampling and scoring docking models, describe the use of low- and high-resolution information, and conservation- and coevolution-based interfaces prediction methods. Further, protein-peptide and protein-ligand interaction, as well as the young field of genome structure determination from sequencing information will also be covered to broaden the scope of the course beyond traditional protein-protein interactions.

Roughly half of the EMBO Practical Course will consist of practical sessions, during which the students will run computations on interesting biological problems. Finally, to encourage interaction between instructors and students and stimulate discussions, students will be prompted to present their own research and problems during dedicated sessions.

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 May 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 June 2018



Registration includes:

  • Course materials
  • Accommodation for 6 nights (July 1st – July 7th)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • The welcome reception and dinner
  • The poster buffet dinner
  • The conference dinner

Not included: travel to and from the venue, eventual additional nights and dinners outside the three organized events.

Selection criteria

Students registered in a Master or Ph.D. program of a European university in structural biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, computational biology or computational chemistry will be selected based on a letter of application and their tutor's recommendation. Applicants with a Ph. D. will be asked for a CV and list of publications.

Please note that students will have to log back into the registration system in order to upload your letter of recommendation before your application is considered complete.

We will maintain a balance between genders and between countries in Europe. Non-European applications will be considered if recommended by scientists actively engaged in the analysis of protein-protein interaction.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should contain the title, author list with affiliation and a text of maximum 300 words.

Poster specifications

Please bring one copy of your poster, A0 size, portrait format


Payment instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.



Alexandre Bonvin

Phone: +31 30 253 2652



Maria Jose Garcia

Phone: +34 934137969





Barcelona Supercomputing Center

c/ Jordi Girona,

29 08034 Barcelona,


Phone: (+34) 93 413 77 16 (Switchboard)

Fax: (+34) 93 413 77 21


Students and instructors will be housed at Residencia Universitaria Torre Girona, a mere 5-minute walk from the site of the course. The Barcelona Supercomputing Center and MareNostrum supercomputer are located in a nice and quiet neighbourhood of the city, close to the University and the Metro station. The rooms have free internet connection, TV, telephone, en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and a fully-equipped kitchen. Course participants will in principle share a room (2 persons per room).

Torre Girona Residence Hall
Passeig dels Tillers, 19
08034 Barcelona
Telephone: (+34) 93 390 43 00
Fax: (+34) 93 205 69 10


Details of how best to reach Barcelona Supercomputing Centre can be found here.

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