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EMBO Practical Course

Advanced electron microscopy for cell biology

12 – 22 June 2018 | Würzburg, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2018

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About the Practical Course

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Modern EM allows structure-function analysis by combining multidisciplinary approaches with physiological, genetic and biochemical data. Current advances in EM are wide ranging and focus on improving resolution, efficient 3D imaging, molecular mapping, correlative imaging and quantitation. Together they combine to make this approach amongst the most popular in biology. This EMBO Practical Course will provide the students with competence in a wide range of techniques, and then to learn how to integrate these effectively with other approaches in cell biology. Moreover, this EMBO Practical Course offers the opportunity to acquire a portfolio of cutting edge EM methods, allowing the participants to integrate EM tools and readouts into the workflow of their own cell biological research projects.


  • State of the art fixation including cryo-methods
  • Correlative light and electron microscopy
  • Molecular mapping (immuno-EM)
  • Three-dimensional EM imaging using tomography and serial imaging
  • Advanced quantitative image analysis (stereology, nanomorphomics)

Learning Outcomes

You will gain an intensive overview of the most advanced methods in electron microscopy for cell biology. We will provide training in project/experimental design, often adapted to each of the students projects. Moreover, the course has been running for over 30 years and has contributed to the creation of a wide community of electron microscopists (both students and teachers) all over the world.

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
  • 31 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2018



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Course Material


Payment should be made via bank transfer. More details will be announced.

Selection criteria

The criteria we use are outlined by EMBO, i.e. predominantly PhD's and postdocs (approximately 80% of the course participants). However, we also give opportunities to more senior and established scientists provided they indicate a real practical need for (at least some of) the techniques we offer that can then be applied to their own problems. We also accept technicians or engineers if they are responsible for providing a service for scientists at their home lab. As the techniques we are teaching rely on the use of advanced material, we try to select students who will have the chance to access such equipment in their own institution. Aware that this is not always the case, we strongly promote scientific interactions among the participants to allow anyone to have a chance to use EM in their projects.

Submission guidelines

Please describe concisely your scientific project, your EM background and how EM helps or will help to reach your goals (max. 900 words) and a short CV (max. 500 words).

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.



Christian Stigloher


Phone: 0049 (0)931 31 89850




Biocenter of the University of Würzburg

Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany


The Schönstattzentrum Marienhöhe will accommodate all participants and teachers. It is a conference center of the Catholic Church and situated at a 5 min walking distance to the Biocenter.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the Schönstattzentrum. Lunch and coffee breaks will be served at the Mensa/Canteen of the University Campus at a 3 min walking distance to the Biocenter.

Students will share rooms.


The closest international airports are Frankfurt and Nürnberg, both reachable within 90 min by train or car.

There is also the option of a bus connection from Frankfurt to Würzburg Railway Station.

The University Campus is very well connected by public transport to the city center and the train station.

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