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EMBO Practical Course

Practical integrative structural biology

03 – 09 November 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 September 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2019

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About the Practical Course

Characterizing the structure of macromolecular complexes is crucial for understanding their function. For many complexes, however, solving their structure using a single structural biology technique is very challenging. Integrative structural biology combines different experimental techniques with computational modeling to build structural models of such challenging complexes.

Application of integrative structural biology requires an in-depth understanding of both different experimental approaches and computational modeling. To provide advanced training in such a highly interdisciplinary skill set, this EMBO Practical Course will teach how to interpret data from major structural biology techniques and how to integrate this data using computational methods. The course location at the Hamburg Unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the Center for Structural Systems Biology on the DESY campus will provide on-site synchrotron SAXS and MX beamlines for training. Hands-on practicals will use a well-studied model system, for which data from all main structural biology techniques are available. The participants will learn both how to collect at on-site structural biology facilities, how to analyze these data and how to subsequently build integrative models using major software packages developed by invited speakers. A guided visit to the European XFEL site is also included into the program, in part to trigger discussions on future integrative structural biology approaches.

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
  • 15 August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 September 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2019



Registration includes:

  • Single room on-site accommodation at DESY will be offered to the participants, which is within a few minutes walk from the Petra III seminar room.
  • Course materials
  • All meals are included


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

Selection criteria

The course aims mainly at researchers in the early stage of their careers (Ph.D. students and early postdocs).

Preference will also be given to applicants who:

i) are entering the field of integrative structural biology

ii) plan to integrate multiple structural techniques within their own projects or plan to develop integrative modeling methods

iii) work on projects that will clearly benefit from an integrative approach.

iv) are familiar with working in Unix-based environment and molecular visualization tools (PyMol, UCSF Chimera)

This will be assessed based on the submitted abstract, motivation letter and a letter of reference from their current supervisor.

Abstract guidelines

Applicants are asked to provide a maximum 300 word abstract describing the applicant's current or planned project in integrative structure biology, 1-page letter describing their motivation for the course, and a brief reference letter from the current supervisors. The applicants should address the above selection criteria in their applications.

Poster specifications

A0 paper size

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.



Margret Fischer

Tel +40 4089902110

Mobile: +1754105760




EMBL Hamburg and Centre for Structural Systems Biology

Notkestrasse 85, Building 48e and 15

D-22607 Hamburg, Germany


Single room on-site accommodation at DESY has already been booked on the DESY Campus for all participants of the course. Rooms are about 5 minutes walking distance to the lecture hall/poster presentation area.


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).

About the Area

EMBL is situated in the west of Hamburg but very accessible from the train station Altona or Main Station. Ticket costs Eur 3.30. Taxi will be around Euro 45,-

We will send each participant an information package two weeks before the course commences.

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