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EMBO Practical Course

Small angle neutron and X-ray scattering from biomacromolecules in solution

23 – 27 September 2019 | Grenoble, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 21 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 September 2019

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About the Practical Course

This EMBO Practical Course will cover the use of small angle scattering (SAS) of both neutrons and X-rays for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Particular attention will be paid to sample preparation and the analysis and interpretation of SAS data in a biological context. The aim of this course is to enable the participants to maximise the information gained from the SAS technique in their future experiments.

Small angle scattering is a powerful technique for determining the structures of biological molecules in solution. Not only can small angle scattering provide precise information concerning the size, molecular weight, volume and shape of single molecules but it can also provide detailed information from large, multi-component macromolecular complexes. For these purposes the scattering properties of neutrons are particularly well suited. Through the use of specific isotope labeling techniques and solvent contrast variation it is possible to determine the structural organisation of specific components within a large macromolecular assembly.

Taking advantage of the location of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) on the same scientific campus in Grenoble, this EMBO course will focus on the complimentary use of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Through the use of lectures, tutorials and practicals it is intended to teach scientists new to the technique how to optimize their experiments to gain the maximum amount of information from these techniques. In particular the EMBO course will focus on:

  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering theory
  • Sample requirements for a successful small angle scattering experiment
  • Data analysis, model building and interpretation
  • Isotope labelling strategies for small angle neutron scattering
  • Analysing small angle scattering in conjunction with data obtained from other techniques (NMR, AUC, EM, SEC-MALLS)

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
  • 21 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 September 2019



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (lunch, dinner, wine & cheese, coffee breaks)


A payment link will be sent to all successful participants on July 1st 2019 by email.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their CVs, publication lists, university grades (for PhD students), the quality of their scientific projects and the intended use and/or interest of small angle X-ray (SAXS) and neutron (SANS) scattering.

Applicants should therefore submit a short CV, a publication list, a description of the scientific project and the intended use of SAXS/SANS in that project, merged into a single PDF document.

Abstract guidelines

A scientific abstract is not requested. Please submit a short CV, a publication list and a description of your scientific project and the intended use of SAXS/SANS as a single PDF for the selection process.

Poster specifications

Poster format should be A0.

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.



Mrs. Alison Mader


Phone: +33 (0)4 76 20 76 35




European Photon and Neutron Science Campus

71 avenue des Martyrs

38000 Grenoble



All participants will be housed together at the Hotel des Alpes at Grenoble.


Information concerning travel to the EPN Campus can be found here.

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