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EMBO Practical Course

Integrative modelling of biomolecular interactions

30 May – 05 June 2021 | Izmir, Turkey

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to 30 May–5 June 2021 in Izmir due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 January 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 February 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2021

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About the Practical Course

Proteins and their interactions are the mainstays of any cellular process. Studying these interactions at atomic detail is invaluable, paving the route to a mechanistic understanding of biological function and providing the first essential step towards the development of new drugs. Because of the costs and challenges associated with experimental techniques, structural biologists often turn to computational methods.

This course will present docking-based computational methods and related bioinformatics approaches, aiming at predicting how proteins interact with other biomolecules or ligands. Lectures will provide the theoretical background on state-of-the-art algorithms for sampling and scoring docking models, describe the use of low- and high-resolution information, and conservation- and coevolution-based interface prediction methods. Further, to broaden the scope of the course beyond protein-protein interactions, we will cover protein-peptide docking, data-driven molecular simulations, and other relevant topics in the field, including modeling of large assemblies and membrane proteins. Roughly half of the course wil consist of practical sessions where the students will run computations on interesting biological problems. Finally, to encourage interaction between all participants and stimulate discussions, students will be prompted to present their own research, both in flash presentations and poster sessions, and bring their own research problems to dedicated troubleshooting sessions.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 January 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 February 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2021



Registration includes:

  • Course materials
  • Accommodation for 6 nights (10 May - 16 May)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • The welcome reception and dinner
  • Excursion and conference dinner
  • Daily transfer from hotel to course location

Not included:

  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Additional nights at the hotel
  • Dinners outside the organized events


Payment instructions will be emailed to succcessful applicants.

Selection criteria

All applicants should upload a motivation letter containing of a short description of their current research and a CV with a list of publications (if available).

Master students should in addition provide a recommendation letter from their tutor.

All documents should be uploaded in the registration system.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for the selection process.

We will maintain a balance between genders and between countries in Europe. Non-European applications will be considered if recommended by scientists actively engaged in the analysis of protein-protein interaction.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should contain the title, author list with affiliation and a text of maximum 300 words.

Poster specifications

Please bring one copy of your poster, A0 size, portrait format.

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.



Alexandre Bonvin





Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG)

Dokuz Eylül University Health Campus

Mithatpasa St. 58/5 35340

Balcova, Izmir/TURKEY


The course participants will stay at the Wyndham Grand Izmir Ozdilek. Wyndham Grand Izmir is in close vicinity to the course venue.

Course participants will in principle share a room (2 persons per room).


From the airport to our course hotel, participants can take free shuttle buses offered by the Wyndham Grand Izmir.

From the airport to the course venue (IBG), the participants can take:

  • A taxi (should take 30 mins and cost around 20 EUR)
  • The airport bus (number 202) to reach Fahrettin Altay. At Fahrettin Altay, they can take buses 5, 8, 551, 950 or 82. IBG is located in close vicinity to the Dokuz Eylul University bus stop.

About the Area

IBG is located within the campus of Dokuz Eylül public hospital, location of which is very well known in the region.

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