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EMBO Practical Course

Deciphering tumour heterogeneity and evolution by integration of multi-omics data

06 – 10 July 2020 | Caparica, Portugal

This EMBO Practical Course has been cancelled.

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 April 2020

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About the Practical Course

This EMBO Practical Course on "Deciphering tumour heterogeneity and evolution by integration of multi-omics data" aims to provide practical insights for cancer researchers regarding the potentials and challenges of using high throughput sequencing to estimate intra-tumoral diversity in its multiple facets. The course will start by covering advanced topics in the determination of somatic variants (single nucleotide and structural variants), focusing on the practical challenges of the process. This will include the detection of mutational patterns, selection pressures and driver mutations. Using this as a prior, the course will then focus on techniques for the determination of subclonal diversity and clonal evolution in tumour compared to normal tissue, and its impact on disease outcome. The course will explore techniques to infer the immunogenic potential of a tumour and its impact on tumour evolution, by the integration of genetic and transcriptomic data. We will end by delving into novel single-cell multi-omic techniques to explore intra-tumour diversity and evolution.

Participants will have extensive hands-on practice with state-of-the-art techniques discussed in the course, and discussions between lecturers and participants will be actively promoted to enable participants to use novel techniques to enhance their projects.

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 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 April 2020



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (5 nights) in shared room
  • Meals (apart from free evenings)
  • Reception Dinner and Gala Dinner


Accepted participants should pay by bank transfer to NOVA.ID.FCT. Contact the course admin for payment details, invoices and receipts.

Selection criteria

Participants should ideally be cancer researchers actively using high-throughput sequencing in their projects. Namely, they should already have some experience in using bioinformatics tools, such as the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data to detect mutations in gene panels, whole-exome or whole-genome sequencing. Preference will be given to PhD students and early postdocs. Care will be taken to maintain gender balance and diversity of country of origin. Up to 4 travel grants will be offered for participants coming from eligible countries according to EMBO guidelines.

Applicants should submit a short abstract of your most relevant projet, a brief CV with academic background and technical capacities (eg. bioinformatics experience, particularly with tools relevant for the content of the course) and a motivation letter (1 page maximum) stating why you think you’re a good fit for the course, and how you think attending the course will benefit your research. An optional reference letter is favorably considered, particularly for students.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than 1 page, and should demonstrate that the participant is working in a topic relevant for this course. Particularly, it should include the use of high throughput sequencing in the study of human diseases such as cancer. Ideally, it should be a project which would clearly benefit by integrating information from cellular heterogeneity and evolution.

Poster specifications

Physical poster is optional. Poster size can be up to Standard A0 (84.1cm x 118.9cm). Posters will be on display for the full duration of the course. Participants will have a specific time slot to briefly introduce their project to everybody and sufficient time will be given throughout the course to enable deeper discussion of specifics of your project with lecturers and other participants.

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.



Teresa Carlos




Sala Àgora

Biblioteca FCT-UNL

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Campus de Caparica

2829-516 Caparica


All participants will be hosted in the TRYP Lisboa Caparica Mar Hotel, in shared prebooked rooms.


About the Area

The hotel's Caparica & Lisbon page

Go Portugal's page on the Costa da Caparica

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