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EMBO Practical Course

Solution scattering from biological macromolecules

19 – 26 November 2018 | Hamburg, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 October 2018

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About the Practical Course

The EMBO Practical Course is aimed at young scientists working in the field of structural biology including biochemists, biophysicists, and those specializing in macromolecular crystallography (MX), electron microscopy (EM), NMR or bioinformatics. Small angle scattering (SAS) of X-rays and neutrons (SAXS/SANS) experiences a renaissance in structural biology allowing one to study native particles and complexes and to monitor structural changes in response to variations in external conditions (temperature, pH, salinity, ligands). Novel data analysis methods and a broader accessibility to high brilliance instruments on large scale facilities significantly enhanced resolution and reliability of structural models provided by SAS. Emerging automation of the experiment, data processing and interpretation made solution SAS a streamline tool for large scale structural studies in molecular biology. The method provides low resolution macromolecular shapes ab initio and is readily combined with other structural, biochemical, and computational techniques in hybrid approaches. The extremely broad range of molecular sizes accessible by SAS, from kDa to GDa, allows one to monitor the interactions in hierarchical systems at different levels of structural organization.

The Course participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to perform synchrotron solution scattering experiments on-site, the results will be used for practical tutorials and discussed on the last day of the course.

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 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 October 2018



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Catering


Payments will be accepted via bank transfer only. The details will be sent to accepted participants by e-mail.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants who are active in structural biology, mostly late PhD students and early postdocs. However, more senior scientists, depending on circumstances could also participate. We will also consider non-academic applicants.

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 organizers who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Margret Fischer


Phone: +49 40 89902 110




EMBL Hamburg


Notkestr. 85, building 48e

22607 Hamburg



The on-site accommodation at DESY will be offered to the participants, which is within a few minutes walk from the Petra III experimental hall.


From Hamburg airport take line S1 to Othmarschen (18 stops, 45 min), change to bus number 1 towards Rissen or Schenefelder Holt to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (5 stops, 10 min).

From Hamburg-Altona train station take bus number 1 to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (15 stops, 25 min).

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