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EMBO Practical Course

Characterisation of post-translational modifications in cellular signalling

05 – 12 May 2022 | Odense, Denmark

  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 3 April 2022

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About the Practical Course

Modification of proteins is a crucial mechanism in cellular regulation. In addition, PTMs of a given protein can affect other PTMs, leading to distinct functions of the protein, a phenomenon termed PTM cross-talking. Linking PTM dynamics and cell biology is an expanding area and one fraught with technical difficulties. In collaboration with EMBO we are looking forward to hosting yet another practical course in Odense, Denmark. Attending this course will provide you with hands-on experience within the field of protein post-translational modifications (PTMs) and you will obtain a new and solid network of scientists having interests similar to yours.

This EMBO practical course aims to provide a theoretical and practical overview of state-of-the-art techniques for the characterization of various PTMs, such as phosphorylation, acetylation, cysteine PTMs and glycosylation, and their cross-talking in controlling dynamic cellular mechanisms. The laboratory part will focus on a case study of EGF stimulated SILAC labeled HeLa cells. You will be introduced to enrichment, identification and quantitation of the PTM peptides and to mass spectrometry analysis as well as data interpretation and bioinformatics. This will provide you with knowledge needed to perform quantitative large-scale PTMomics from small amounts of sample material yourself. You will be taught in methods developed in the laboratories of the speakers and they will provide you with their own tips and tricks.

In addition to lectures and laboratory work the program contains poster sessions, group discussions, learning activities, and social events. Our bright new laboratory and large mass spectrometry instrument park will provide the physical framework for the 8-day course. All students will be accommodated together in a central hotel in H.C. Andersen's city of birth.

Some comments from participants from the previous years:

"I would like to highlight the speaker’s expertise and willingness to share knowledge with everyone."

"I was feeling very well all the time, which surely contributed to my steep learning curve."

“It was great to discuss the ideas of my study through the poster session with the scientists and participants from different research backgrounds. I got some important suggestions which I could implement in my study.”

“Great speakers and everyone were so welcoming, helpful and spent time answering all our questions. I really felt like I learnt a lot about the different methodology.”

"There were also 10 minutes oral presentations of each participant, which was a great opportunity to exchange ideas."

“The organization was excellent and the venue was of the highest standards. “

“I think the meeting was just excellent! I got the best from it and I will honestly recommend it to my colleagues. We learned a lot, we had excellent speakers and I met great people with whom hopefully I am planning meetings in future!”

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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
  • 20 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 March 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 3 April 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (except 1x lunch and 1x dinner)
  • Social event


Accepted participants will receive a link to the payment site.

Selection criteria

Selection will be made based on your written application, including description of your experience (if any) in the topics covered by the course as well as a description of your current projects and your motivation for applying. In addition to the official selection criteria set by EMBO we aim to select a group of people with comparable levels of experience.

Abstract guidelines

The selected participants will be asked to submit an abstract. Accepted participants will receive abstract guidelines by e-mail.

Poster specifications

The selected participants will be asked to prepare and bring a poster for the course. Poster board size: approximately A0 (841 × 1189 mm).

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.



Martin R. Larsen


Pia Jensen





Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Southern Denmark

Campusvej 55 DK-5230

Odense M Denmark


City Hotel Odense
Hans Mules Gade 5
5000 Odense C

Students will be staying at the same hotel but in separate rooms.


Travelling by train within Denmark

Copenhagen airport

Odense City

Public transportation, bus – detailed info will be given to the participants prior to the course.

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