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EMBO Practical Course

Biomolecular interaction analysis 2021: From molecules to cells

25 – 29 October 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 29 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 October 2021

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About the Practical Course

A comprehensive and integrated characterization of molecular interactions is key to the understanding of life processes at a molecular level. Due to their complexity the study of binding events requires the gathering of data from multiple methods in order to build a complete picture of their function.

This EMBO Practical Course aims at a multidisciplinary approach to the study of molecular interactions from and in biological systems, integrating biochemical/biophysical methodologies with live cell microscopy techniques.

In this 5th edition, this EMBO Practical Course will cover a range of methods used in the kinetics and thermodynamics characterization of binding events, such as:

  • Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC),
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR),
  • Electrically Switchable nanolevers (switchSENSE), and
  • Microscale Thermophoresis (MST)

The bridge to in vivo will be crossed with the introduction of advanced

light microscopy techniques, e.g.:

  • Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and
  • Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM),

to study the dynamic interactions of proteins within the living cell.

Practical sessions

The practical sessions will be organized in rotations. Each group will rotate through sessions focused on the topics of the course.

Practical sessions will include pre-recorded talks/tutorials made available before the course including introduction to the technologies, equipment and best practices. Practical sessions will focus on sample preparation, experimental design and execution and various data analysis workflows.

Participants samples and data

Participants will be invited to:

a) propose hypothesis/questions within their work that could be addressed using one or more of the techniques focused in the course;

b) send data previously acquired to process, analyze and discuss (troubleshooting); or

c) send their samples to assay.

Acceptance of samples and data is dependent on a pre-feasibility assessment.

Poster Sessions

Successful applicants who are selected to attend the course will be requested to present a poster describing their project. Posters will be made available before the course in PDF format and a poster session is scheduled.

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
  • 24 September 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 29 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 October 2021



Registration includes:

  • Access to course virtual platform
  • All course material and reagents


Payment details will be sent to accepted applicants via email.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected according to their research interests, level of knowledge and potential use of the techniques in view of their project work as specified in a motivation letter. Additionally, a fair gender balance will be considered and significant regional bias will be avoided.

Applicants need to submit:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages, PDF format)
  2. a motivation letter giving a concise description of your research, your reasons for wishing to attend and your experience of techniques taught on the course (max. 2000 characters, PDF format).
  3. a PDF copy of a signed Letter of Recommendation on organization letter headed notepaper from an academic referee, preferably PhD supervisor or Head of Laboratory. This letter should indicate how your research, the laboratory in which you work and the area of research that you intend to pursue will benefit from your participation on the course (max. 1 page)
  4. Abstract for poster presentation

For selection purposes, please note that your application will only be considered with documents A+B+C+D

E - Optional (and not relevant for selection purposes):

If you wish to analyse data or run samples during the course please fill in the form here, and upload it during the application process along with the 3 mandatory files A, B, C and D.

Successful applicants (maximum of 25) who attend the course will be requested to send a poster describing their project, which will be presented during the poster session.

Abstract guidelines

During the poster sessions participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work and to stimulate lively discussions and exchange of ideas between participants and speakers.

Abstracts for this poster presentation should be submitted at the moment of application, but please note that only up to 25 candidates will be selected to attend the course.

Poster specifications

The poster will be presented online and should be sent as a PDF file before the course (precise date do be defined).

Registration Fee Waivers

In lieu of travel grants, a number of fee waivers will be available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for fee waivers for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a fee waiver. 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 grants

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.



Paula Sampaio

Frederico Silva

+351 22 220408800


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