Your browser does not support or is disabling JavaScript.


EMBO Practical Course

Image processing for cryo electron microscopy

06 – 16 September 2021 | Virtual

  • Virtual event icon
    Virtual event
  • Registration Deadline
  • 7 July 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 7 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2021

Apply now!

Find us

Tweet #EMBOcryoem21

Download calendar invitation



About the Practical Course

Practical Course illustration

Cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM) is a major structural biology method for studying macromolecular complexes and cellular structures in their native states. It can be used to sort out heterogeneous conformations to capture steps in the operation of macromolecular machines. Stable high resolution cryo microscopes, direct electron detectors and automated systems for data collection now allow routine biomolecular structure determination at near-atomic resolution. In structural studies by electron tomography the resolution has improved to the subnanometer range. Fitting of individual structures into cryo EM maps of macromolecular complexes reveals interactions of their components and conformations of different functional states. Hybrid approaches combining EM with optical microscopy and dynamic studies uncover biological mechanisms. New approaches in analysis of thin cells and cryo-lamellae by tomography extend the range of EM from isolated complexes to cellular structures in situ.

The aim of this EMBO Practical Course is to teach the basic principles and practical aspects of image processing to structural and molecular biologists wishing to determine macromolecular structures by cryo EM. The course will concentrate on processing of high-resolution image data, for both single particle images and tomograms, and will be aimed at advanced PhD students and postdocs using cryo EM for structural analysis.

Image credits: Katerina Toropova and Anthony Roberts (header)
Ya Zhou and Helen Saibil (small figure)

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
  • 7 July 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 7 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2021



Registration includes:

  • Advance access to pre-recorded lectures
  • Access to all live sessions
  • Participation to practicals with remote access to Birkbeck computing facility
  • Virtual Social events


Participants will pay either by credit card or bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be chosen based on:

  • Motivation
  • Level of expertise (some familiarity with structural EM and image processing/linux)
  • Commitment to cryo-EM in the long term
  • Supervisor recommendation

We will select a maximum of 1 applicant per institution, and ensure a balanced geographical and gender distribution.

We require a motivation cover letter, a CV and a reference from current supervisor.

Abstract guidelines

Max 200 words describing the contents of the flash talk presentation.

Flash talks

Max 2 slides for 2 minutes of presentation.

Registration Fee Waivers

In lieu of travel grants, a number of fee waivers will be available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for fee waivers for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a fee waiver. 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 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.

Child care grants

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.



Scientific contacts:

Giulia Zanetti:

Helen Saibil:

Admin contact:

Tyler Shepherd:


2021-06/ccpem.png 2021-06/gatan-ametek.png 2021-06/gsk.jpg 2021-06/jeol.png 2021-06/dectris.png 2021-06/quantifoil_master_cmyk(large).jpeg 2021-06/spt_labtech_master_cmyk(large).jpg