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EMBO Practical Course

Targeted proteomics: Experimental design and data analysis

11 – 16 November 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 08 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 08 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 July 2018

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About the Practical Course

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Different targeted proteomics strategies have recently emerged in the field of proteomics that enable the detection and quantification of a predetermined subset of proteins with a high degree of sensitivity and reproducibility across many samples. This EMBO Practical Course aims to fill in the gap between theory and the actual implementation of the targeted proteomics workflow, so that by the end of the week the students have the necessary know-how to implement the targeted proteomics workflows in their own research laboratories. The course will offer a daily keynote talk by a high-profile speaker introducing the topic of the day with examples of his/her own research, followed by "Practical demonstrations" (20%), and "Practical work and exercises" (40%) that will cover the complete workflow for experimental design and data analysis of targeted proteomics assays (i.e. targeted method design, optimization of instrument settings, manual and automated quantitative analysis, and statistical analysis of the data). Moreover, these sessions will be followed by "Poster Sessions" (10%) and "Social Events" to introduce informal discussion tables to adapt the technology to each participant's particular interests.

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
  • 08 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 08 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 July 2018



Registration includes:

  • Participation in all course sessions
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation
  • Lunches, some dinners and coffee breaks
  • Welcome dinner
  • Excursion


Selected participants will receive an e-mail with a link to the payment portal. The payment has to be done no later than 16 July 2018.

Selection criteria

In case more than 25 applicants register for this practical course, the following criteria will be applied to select the participants:

  • Each applicant will be requested to submit a short abstract summarizing his/her project and how SRM might be useful in the future. Abstracts will be used to assess which applicants could benefit the most.
  • Each applicant will be requested to upload a motivation letter (in the Document upload section).
  • Each applicant will be expected to have a basic prior knowledge in MS-based proteomics.
  • Fair distribution of applicants from different countries and scientific institutes
  • Fair gender distribution.
  • Fair background distribution: students, postdocs, scientists and industry participants.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted online no later than 04 June 2018. Abstracts must be written in English. Submission of an abstract does not ensure an acceptance to the course. Abstracts should include a title, authors, author's institution addresses and body.

Bibliographic references should only be used if quoted in the abstract body.

If abstract is not submitted, application form will not be considered.

Motivation Letter

For selection purposes, please attach a motivation letter (in the Document upload section). The motivation letter should include:

  • Your relevant skills, experience and qualifications showing why you would be suitable for the course
  • And you should explain why would you like to attend the practical course, including what you can contribute and how you think you will benefit from the course

Poster specifications

The course includes several poster sessions in which participants will explain their research projects. Each participant will be provided with a A0 poster board to display their poster.

The poster board surface area is approx. 90 cm wide and 120 cm high. This is a portrait/vertical format. Materials should be printed on thin poster paper or cardboard, anything heavier will not stay in position. You will be provided with velcro tabs and pins to use for adhering your poster to the board. All participants will present their poster.

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.

Additonal Information

Participants will be provided accommodation in double shared rooms with other participants in the course (the organizers will prepare the rooming list based on gender).



CRG Training Unit


Phone: +34933160375




CRG – Centre for Genomic Regulation

c/Dr Aiguader 88

08003 Barcelona


Accommodation will be arranged and covered by the organizers for both speakers and participants at the following hotel:

Hotel – H10 Marina

Av. Bogatell 64-68

08005 Barcelona


By plane

Barcelona’s main airport is El Prat

However, there are two other airports nearby, Girona and Reus that offer you access to Barcelona.

By train

The city's main station is Estació de Sants, which is where national and international trains arrive, as well as the high-speed train, the AVE, which links Barcelona with Madrid, Lleida, Camp de Tarragona, Zaragoza and Seville.
Although all trains stop at Sants, the city has a number of other stations.

Long distance journeys are best booked in advance but for short journeys, including those in Barcelona on the local rodalies (Catalan) or cercanías (Spanish) services, you can buy a ticket before boarding the train.

Barcelona is also served by the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). Although they run short and medium distance inter-city train services, these are integrated into the city's underground network, the Metro, which means you can use the T-10, a combined ticket for ten journeys on city buses and the underground as well as the FGC trains.

By bus

The main bus station is Barcelona Nord, which is by the Arc de Triomf, very near to the centre, although most buses stop at Sants station. There are national and international services and usually it is not necessary to book in advance. If you want more information, go to the Barcelona Nord bus station website. The bus station is linked to the city’s underground system. Look at the map with the different underground lines and bus routes on the TMB website.

You can also get to the city from the airport via the Aerobús, which stops at Plaça d’Espanya, Urgell, Plaça de la Universitat and Plaça de Catalunya. There is also a night bus, the N17 or the new underground line L9. List of the Metro stations at the Airport can be found here.

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