Your browser does not support or is disabling JavaScript.


EMBO Practical Course

Developmental neurobiology: From stem cells to circuits

16 – 29 July 2023 | London, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2023

Apply now!

Find us

Tweet #EMBOdevNeurobio

Download calendar invitation



About the Practical Course

Developmental neurobiology is a rapidly developing area of research that has a profound impact on our understanding of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Modern neurodevelopmental research includes in vitro approaches using stem cells, experimental studies in model organisms, and computational approaches. The participants of this EMBO Practical Course will learn state-of-the-art techniques in modern developmental neurobiology, covering multiple stages of neural development from neural induction to neural circuit formation and plasticity. They will acquire in-depth knowledge of experimental approaches in stem cells, in five different model species (C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, chick, and mouse), in vitro and in silico. A key feature of this EMBO Practical Course is to provide participants with an opportunity to network and closely interact with internationally leading neuroscientists and future colleagues in the field.

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 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2023



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, snacks, and dinner
  • Participation in seminars and workshops
  • All teaching materials


Accepted participants will be sent payment details via email. They should pay by bank transfer or PayPal.

Selection criteria

  • Scientific interest
  • Academic ability and achievements
  • Strong motivation to work in developmental neurobiology
  • Equal opportunity regulations and guidelines will be taken into account

Apart from the abstract, please also submit your CV, a personal statement/motivation letter (1 A4 page), and contact details of two academic referees.

Abstract guidelines

300 words maximum length.

The abstract should provide an overview of the applicant’s research project and should be understandable to a broader scientific readership.

Poster specifications

A0 (portrait)

Make sure the poster is legible from the distance.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

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

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are availablefor scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare 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 childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

At EMBO, we believe that harassment and discriminatory behaviour are unacceptable in any setting. EMBO's code of conduct is applicable for all participants of this EMBO meeting and can be found here.



Ms Emma Hartill

+44 (0)20 7848 8435




MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders

4th Floor, New Hunt’s House
Guy’s Hospital Campus
King’s College
London SE1 1UL


The participants will be housed in King’s student accommodations (Great Dover Street), a short distance from our department. Each participant will have their own room.


Plane: London can be reached via four international airports (London City, Gatwick, Heathrow, and Luton). London City and Heathrow Airport are connected to central London via the underground network (‘the tube’), Gatwick, and Luton via regional trains.

Our campus is a 1 min walk from London Bridge tube/train station (Jubilee and Northern tube lines).

A large number of bus lines travel to and from London Bridge.

About the Area

Guy’s campus is in close proximity to famous Borough Market and has a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs in its neighbourhood. The West End is easily reached by public transport (10 – 15 min on the tube).

EMBO Journal