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EMBO Practical Course

Solution scattering from biological macromolecules

25 October – 03 November 2021 | Hamburg, Germany

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2021
  • Sample Measurements
  • from 15 October 2021

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About the Practical Course

The EMBO Practical Course is aimed at young scientists working in the field of structural biology including biochemists, biophysicists, bioinformaticians and those specializing in macromolecular crystallography, electron microscopy or NMR. Small angle scattering (SAS) of X-rays and neutrons (SAXS/SANS) allows one to study native particles and complexes and to monitor structural changes in response to variations in external conditions (temperature, pH, salinity, ligands). Novel data analysis methods and a broader accessibility to high brilliance instruments on large scale facilities significantly enhanced resolution and reliability of structural models provided by SAS. Emerging automation of the experiment, data processing and interpretation made solution SAS a streamline tool for large scale structural studies in molecular biology. The method provides low resolution macromolecular shapes ab initio and is readily combined with other structural, biochemical, and computational techniques in hybrid approaches. The extremely broad range of molecular sizes accessible by SAS, from kDa to GDa, allows one to monitor the interactions in hierarchical systems at different levels of structural organization.

The EMBO Practical Course participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to perform synchrotron solution scattering experiments on-site, the results will be used for practical tutorials and discussed on the last day of the course.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2021
  • Sample Measurements
  • from 15 October 2021



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Catering


Payments will be accepted via bank transfer only. The details will be sent to accepted participants by e-mail.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants active in structural biology, mostly PhD students and early postdocs. However, more senior scientists, depending on circumstances could also participate. We will also consider applicants from industry.

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.



Christiana Franke






Notkestr. 85, Geb. 48e

22607 Hamburg



The on-site accommodation at DESY will be offered to the participants, which is within a few minutes walk from the Petra III experimental hall.


From Hamburg airport take line S1 to Othmarschen (18 stops, 45 min), change to bus number 1 towards Rissen or Schenefelder Holt to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (5 stops, 10 min).

From Hamburg-Altona train station take bus number 1 to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (15 stops, 25 min).

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