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EMBO Practical Course

CEM3DIP 2018: of macromolecular assemblies and cellular tomography

18 – 29 March 2018 | New Delhi, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 November 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 November 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 December 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 December 2017

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About the Practical Course

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Structural Biology using Single Particle Cryo Electron Microscopy (SP CryoEM) has become a major tool for studying macromolecular assemblies. Visualising unprecedented details of cellular components, and solving in-situ protein structures are now possible with advancement in CryoEM methods. Developments in Field Emission Gun (FEG) Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and other TEM hardware, CryoEM specimen preparation methods, automated data acquisition systems, Direct Electron Detectors and improved image processing software have led to regular < 4 to 3 Å resolution structures of asymmetric proteins/protein-DNA/RNA complexes larger than 80 kDa in size being routinely solved. These cutting edge CryoEM methods for structural biology are relatively new in India, with a very few groups currently working in this field. However, there is intense interest in the Indian scientific community, particularly among structural biologists, about applications of this technique, which makes this course timely. This EMBO course will deal with Single particle Cryo Electron Microscopy of biological macromolecular assemblies and Cryo Electron Tomography of Cellular structures.

After the immense success of the first CEM3DIP CryoEM course at IISER Thiruvananthapuram in 2016, this course will be taught for the second time in India at IIT Delhi and it will be the First CryoEM EMBO Practical course. This EMBO Practical Course will be of interest to molecular biologists, cell biologists, microbiologists, structural biologists (crystallographers), theoretical/computational biologists and biologists in many other areas. It is mainly aimed at advanced PhD students or postdoctoral researchers and faculties.

The principal themes and objectives of this EMBO Practical Course are:

1) To promote the newly developing field of macromolecular structure determination by CryoEM and Cellular Tomography in India and other EMBC member states.

2) To teach scientists (biologists, structural biologists etc.) wishing to determine macromolecular or cellular structure by cryo Electron Microscopy the basic principles and practical aspects of TEM in structural biology/structural cell biology.

3) To provide hands on practice on specimen preparation, Fourier transform in image analysis, image processing for three-dimensional reconstruction. 3D Image Processing of Macromolecular Assemblies and cellular Tomography.

4) The main objective of this EMBO Practical Course is to enable participants (at student, postdoc and laboratory PI level) to implement novel techniques learnt in this course, in their home laboratories and create an avalanche effect.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 November 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 November 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 December 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 December 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course Material
  • Local Travel
  • Group Excursion

The registration fee does not include extra nights of accommodation before or after the course.


Payment by participants should be made to account by online bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Selected PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and early career PIs will be expected to have the following characteristics:

  1. A project that requires application of cryoEM or cryotomography – all participants will be requested to submit abstracts for posters. The submitted abstracts will be screened by a committee
  2. Having some preliminary data or exposure to electron microscopy/cryoEM/tomography will be preferred – submitted abstracts and applicant’s CV will be screened by a committee

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be of a maximum length of 300 words. It should contain a description of the research problem that requires application of CryoEM/tomography. Description of preliminary data, if available, accompanied by one figure (maximum).

Poster specifications


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.

Additional Information

  • Students will share double rooms.
  • All selected participants will be asked to present posters on their research work, relevant to this course
  • A selected set of participants may be requested to conduct an oral presentation in addition to the poster presentation
  • Only selected participants will be contacted by email


Dr. R. Natesh or Dr. Manidipa Banerjee


Tel: +91-471-2599403
Tel: +91-11-26597538
Tel: +91-471-2778087




Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi)

Hauz Khas,

New Delhi,

Delhi 110016




Accommodation will be provided at a nearby hotel (tentatively Jaypee Vasant Continental) near IIT-Delhi. Participants will be transported to and from IIT-Delhi during the course. Some participants will also be accommodated at IIT Guest Houses and student hostels.


New Delhi, the capital city of India, is very well connected to all major international cities by air. All international flights operate out of Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is a few kilometers to the south of the city. IIT-Delhi is located approximately 10 km from the airport and can be reached via taxis and metro or public buses. People travelling from within India can also utilize the country’s vast railway network. The New Delhi railway station is approximately 14 km away from IIT-Delhi.

About the Area

New Delhi is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with many historic and modern tourist attractions such as the Red Fort, Lotus temple, Gandhi Smriti, Jantar Mantar and a variety of museums. IIT-Delhi, located in the southern part of New Delhi, is situated in a vibrant, urban environment. An excursion to nearby attractions like the Taj Mahal is also possible.

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