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EMBO Practical Course

Advanced electron microscopy for cell biology

27 June – 06 July 2022 | Tromsø, Norway

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2022

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About the Practical Course

Course overview
This EMBO Practical Course offers the opportunity to acquire a portfolio of cutting-edge electron microscopy (EM) methods, allowing the participants to integrate EM tools and readouts into the workflow of their own cell biology research projects. The Practical Course focuses on teaching the theoretical background and the latest practical developments in the field.

Students, early-stage post-docs, and technicians are encouraged to apply.
● State-of-the-art fixation, including cryo-methods
● Correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM)
● Molecular mapping (immuno-EM)
● 3D EM using tomography and serial imaging
● Advanced quantitative image analysis (stereology, nanomorphomics)

Learning Outcomes
You will gain an intensive overview of the most advanced methods in electron microscopy for cell biology. We will provide training in project/experimental design, often adapted to each student’s project. Moreover, the course has been running for over 30 years and has contributed to the creation of a wide community of electron microscopists (both students and teachers) all over the world.

Scientific image: Randi Olsen

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
  • 1 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation between hotel and venue
  • Course materials
  • Meals (except free afternoon/evenings)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Excursion/social event


After being notified, selected participants should pay the course fee through the EMBO website.

Further, we advise selected participants to book travel as soon as possible after receiving notification, and to have proper travel insurance in place. The organizers cannot reimburse travel expenses should a participant be unable to attend the course due to sudden events (publicly enforced travel restrictions, closed borders, etc.).

Selection criteria

We will choose applicants who show strong interest in microscopy, who can argue the need for electron microscopy methods in their research, and who show potential to make an impact in their field using the skills obtained at the practical course.

Based on the motivation letters, we will assess the following:

  • The candidate’s need for electron microscopy methods to succeed in her/his project
  • The impact on a candidate’s future career by being trained in electron microscopy

Abstract guidelines

Candidates must submit a motivation letter no longer than one A4 page. The selected candidates are expected to be involved in a high-quality research project, as a PhD student, postdoc, or researcher, with or without some prior experience in electron microscopy. They should provide a concise background to this project, which is expected to have a strong microscopy aspect. It is important that candidates describe a need for one or more electron microscopy methods in this project.

Poster specifications

No poster

Any other registration information (motivation letter, CV, reference letter)

Motivation letter (max. one A4 page)

CV (max. two A4 pages)

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. Priority is given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. More information is available on the 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.



Kenneth Bowitz Larsen





UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Advanced Microscopy Core Facility
Dept. of Medical Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences
Universitetsvegen 61, 9019 Tromsø


The registration fee includes hotel accommodation for 10 nights (27 June – 6 July 2022) at Scandic Grand Tromsø, in shared double rooms. Any additional nights need to be booked and paid personally at the hotel.


Several daily domestic flights to Tromsø (TOS) from Oslo (OSL) by SAS, Norwegian, and Flyr. It is also possible to connect from other Norwegian cities, e.g., Bergen (BGO) and Trondheim (TRD).

International flights to Tromsø on selected days from Munich, Frankfurt, London, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Gdansk.

From Tromsø airport to the city center: By bus or taxi (10 min).

From city center to venue: By bus or taxi (10 min).

About the Area

Tromsø (population approx. 75 000) is Norway’s capital of the high north, located at 69 degrees northern latitude. The city is known by many names, among them “gateway to the arctic” and “Paris of the north”. Tromsø is very much a student city, strongly influenced by its university (founded 1968). In tourism, the city is known for its majestic surroundings with dramatic fjords and mountains, the midnight sun during summer, and the northern lights during winter.

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