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EMBO Practical Course

Image processing for cryo electron microscopy

02 – 12 September 2019 | London, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 03 June 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 June 2019

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About the Practical Course

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Cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM) is a major structural biology method for studying macromolecular complexes and cellular structures in their native states. It can be used to sort out heterogeneous conformations to capture steps in the operation of macromolecular machines. Stable high resolution cryo microscopes, direct electron detectors and automated systems for data collection now allow almost routine biomolecular structure determination at atomic or near-atomic resolution. In structural studies by electron tomography the resolution has improved to the subnanometer range. Fitting of individual structures into cryo EM maps of macromolecular complexes reveals interactions of their components and conformations of different functional states. Hybrid approaches combining EM with optical microscopy and dynamic studies uncover biological mechanisms. New approaches in analysis of thin cells and cryo-lamellae by tomography extend the range of EM from isolated complexes to cellular structures in situ.

The aim of the course is to teach the basic principles and practical aspects of image processing to structural and molecular biologists wishing to determine macromolecular structures by cryo EM. The course will concentrate on processing of high-resolution image data, for both single particle images and tomograms, and will be aimed at advanced PhD students and postdocs using cryo EM for structural analysis.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 03 June 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 June 2019



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course materials
  • Group excursion

Does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights of accommodation before or after the course.


Accepted participants will receive payment information by email.

Selection criteria

Applications are invited from PhD students and researchers in EM.

Applications should include: a CV; a publication list; a short description of your current work and future plans; an explanation of why attendance at the course would further the applicant's own research. Please upload this in a single PDF in the 'CV Upload' section.

We will also require a reference letter from your supervisor.

Poster specifications

  • Please bring one printed copy of your poster, size A0, portrait format.
  • Posters should have a border of a few centimeters to allow for the frame.
  • Please prepare an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, approximately 10-15 mins long. This should be on a USB stick or uploaded to the internet ready for download.

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.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Tyler Shepherd




Birkbeck College, University of London

Malet Street




Passfield Hall

1-7 Endsleigh Place



Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5925

Fax: +44 (0)20 7380 0552


We will endeavor to put students up in single rooms but due to availability we may have to ask them to share. Bathrooms will be shared with a few other students.


Birkbeck College is in central London, with access via four international airports and is well connected to rail/coach/bus services.

The nearest Underground station is Russell Square which can be reached directly from Heathrow airport on the Piccadilly Line.

If travelling from Gatwick, take the train to London Victoria, then the underground from Victoria to Warren Street.

The nearest mainline railway stations are King’s Cross or Euston. However, all the major stations are served well by the Underground.

There are many buses come through the Bloomsbury area of London; checking the Transport for London website would be recommended.

To plan your journey go to:

About the Area

Supermarkets, chemists, shops and restaurants are located nearby at the Brunswick Centre and Tottenham Court Road.

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