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EMBO Practical Course

Small angle neutron and x-ray scattering from biomacromolecules in solution

03 – 07 May 2021 | Grenoble, France

This EMBO Practical Course has been postponed to 2022 due to the Coronovirus pandemic.

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About the Practical Course

This EMBO Practical Course will cover the use of small angle scattering (SAS) of both neutrons and X-rays for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Particular attention will be paid to sample preparation and the analysis and interpretation of SAS data in a biological context. The aim of this course is to enable the participants to maximise the information gained from the SAS technique in their future experiments.

Small angle scattering is a powerful technique for determining the structures of biological molecules in solution. Not only can small angle scattering provide precise information concerning the size, molecular weight, volume and shape of single molecules but it can also provide detailed information from large, multi-component macromolecular complexes. For these purposes the scattering properties of neutrons are particularly well suited. Through the use of specific isotope labeling techniques and solvent contrast variation it is possible to determine the structural organisation of specific components within a large macromolecular assembly.

Taking advantage of the location of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) on the same scientific campus in Grenoble, this EMBO course will focus on the complimentary use of X-ray and neutron small angle scattering for the determination of the structures of biological macromolecules. Through the use of lectures, tutorials and practicals it is intended to teach scientists new to the technique how to optimize their experiments to gain the maximum amount of information from these techniques. In particular the EMBO course will focus on:

  • Small angle X-ray and neutron scattering theory
  • Sample requirements for a successful small angle scattering experiment
  • Data analysis, model building and interpretation
  • Isotope labelling strategies for small angle neutron scattering
  • Analysing small angle scattering in conjunction with data obtained from complementary techniques (NMR, EM, SEC-MALLS)







  • Registration Deadline
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Registration includes:

  • Accomodation
  • Meals (lunch, dinner, wine and cheese, coffee breaks)


A payment link will be sent to all successful participants by February 28th 2021 by email.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their CVs, publication lists, the quality of their scientific projects and the intended use and/or interest of small angle X-ray (SAXS) and neutron (SANS) scattering.

Applicants should therefore submit a short CV, a publication list, a description of the scientific project and the intended use of SAXS/SANS in that project, merged into a single PDF document.

Abstract guidelines

A scientific abstract is not requested. Please submit a short CV, a publication list and a description of your scientific project and the intended use of SAXS/SANS as a single PDF for the selection process.

Poster specifications

Poster format should be A0.

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.

Specific travel grants and fee waivers are available for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. To apply, please send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request or use the alloted section in the registrations form.

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.



Mrs. Alison Cross


Phone: +33 (0)4 76 20 76 35




European Photon and Neutron Science Campus

71 avenue des Martyrs

38000 Grenoble



All participants (students and speakers) will be accommodated in the Hotel des Alpes in individual rooms. Please note that the hotel will be renamed "Kyriad DIRECT Grenoble Centre" soon.


Information concerning travel to the EPN Campus can be found here.

About the Area

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