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EMBO Practical Course

Cryo electron microscopy and 3D image processing (CEM3DIP)

04 – 16 December 2022 | Pune, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2022

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About the Practical Course

Each passing year unveils new and path-breaking developments in various aspects of applications of cryo-EM in structural biology, which needs to reach the user community. The practical course features not only intensive training for the participants, but also includes research talks, discussions, and brain-storming sessions on the use of cryo-EM to address difficult biological questions, which will help the participants address their research problems. The course will be an essential component of the various activities occurring periodically in capacity building and future developments in cryo-EM.

The EMBO practical courses on cryo-EM image processing have been organized in India since 2018 (alternate years), which has introduced and provided training to PhD students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the globe on the emerging areas of cryo-EM that have revolutionized structural biology.

The course will be of interest to researchers working in the fields of cell and molecular biology, structure determination of macromolecular complexes, theoretical/computational biology. The course is aimed at participants at the levels of students, postdoctoral researchers, and principal investigators from academic institutions or industry, who would like to apply cryo-EM in their scientific research mainly related to biological problems.

Course Objectives

  • To impart training in state-of-the-art techniques for structure determination using cryo-EM
  • Introduction to the best sample preparation and data collection strategies (including hands-on experience of sample preparation and demonstration of remote data collection)
  • Training in basic principles of structure determination using cryo-EM, including single particle analysis, helical reconstruction and tomography applications
  • Hands-on practical training in the latest software suites for image processing of electron micrographs for high resolution structure determination and tomography application
  • Exposure to the latest scientific advances in the field through research talks from eminent researchers from across the globe
  • Developing problem solving skills through brainstorming sessions, panel discussions and independent practice sessions on participant's data in the presence of experts in the field
  • Networking with experts, software developers, and researchers for gaining exposure to the global status of the research in cryo-EM and learn of not only the latest but also upcoming developments

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 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Course Material
  • Local group excursion

The registration fee supports accommodation from 3rd December 2022 till 16th December 2022 and does not include extra nights of accommodation before or after the course dates.


Payment by participants should be made to account by online bank transfer.

Accepted participants will receive a payment link. They should pay the registration fee before the deadline.

Selection criteria

Applications will be shortlisted for the CEM3DIP 2022 course based on the CV, including current research project, relevant skills, and future research goals.

The information in the application will be used to judge the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability to comprehend the topics of the course

Applicants having preliminary data or exposure to electron microscopy/cryo-EM/tomography or expertise in macromolecular structure determination will be preferred.

  • Requirement of cryo-EM-based tools in the applicant’s immediate and future research goals.

Requirements of cryo-EM applications in the research project will be judged based on the poster abstracts.

Submitted abstracts and applicant’s CV will be screened by members of the organizing committee.

Selection of the applicants will also be based on their statement of purpose.

* Student/Postdoctoral applicants should have to support their application with their supervisor’s reference. The applicant must request his/her supervisor to send directly an email reference letter about the applicant to the email address quoting the applicant's application number, before the abstract submission deadline.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be a maximum length of 200 words. It should contain a description of the research problem that requires the application of cryo-EM.

Poster specifications

These details will be conveyed to the selected participants.

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. More information is available on the EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, 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 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.



Dr. Gayathri Pananghat


Telephone: 0091-20-25908128




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Credit: Science Media Centre, IISER Pune for the venue images and video

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road
Pashan, Pune


IISER Pune Guest House and student hostel rooms (all within the IISER Pune campus) will be used for accommodation.

All participants will be provided single occupancy rooms.

IISER Guest House is popular with both local and international visitors and maintains international standards. Practical sessions and research talks will be held at the Lecture Hall Complex (LHC), while the conference lunches and dinners will be arranged at the Dining Hall Complex, all within a 200 metre distance from the Guest House.

Child care facilities are available on IISER Pune campus at the daycare facility open from 9:00 AM till 6:30 PM Mondays to Fridays, and from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM on Saturdays.


How to Reach Pune

Pune is well connected by air, rail, and road to other major cities in India. The airport is located in Lohegaon. When arriving by train or bus, you can alight at either Pune Junction (main railway station and bus stand) or at Shivajinagar station/bus stand. Another option, particularly for international visitors, is to travel to Mumbai and then take a taxi, bus, or train to Pune.

How to reach IISER Pune

IISER Pune is located in between Pashan and Baner areas, in the north-western part of Pune city. It is about three kilometers from Pune University circle. If you take Baner road from Pune University circle, you will reach the Baner Gate of IISER Pune on your left, after about 3 km (between ITI Road junction and Someshwar Wadi junction). On the Pashan side, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) is a known landmark very close to IISER. Going from Pune University towards Pashan, the Pashan Gate of IISER Pune is located about 200 metres from NCL gate, on the same side of the road.

Pune Municipal Transport buses halt at Baner Road opposite to Baner Gate and at the Panchavati bus stop located just opposite to the Pashan gate. We would advise that if you are coming by autorickshaw or taxi, please get the vehicle inside the campus as it can be a fairly long walk from the gate with luggage.

From the Airport

By taxi/autorickshaw, IISER Pune is about 18 km from the airport. An autorickshaw will cost around INR 300 to INR 400 while a taxi will be around INR 350 – INR 700.

From the Railway Station

IISER Pune is about 10 km from Pune main railway station and an autorickshaw will cost between Rs. 100/- to 150/-.

From Shivajinagar, the distance to IISER Pune is about 6 km and an autorickshaw will cost about Rs. 100/-.

If you are coming by PMPML bus, please alight at the Panchavati bus stop (for Pashan gate) or at Someshwar Wadi stop (for Baner gate).

Pune from Mumbai

From the Mumbai airport, take a taxi to Pune (Coolcabs for example). One can also go to the Mumbai CST station and take a train to Pune. Tickets may be booked in advance - please visit the Indian Railways site.

One can also travel from Dadar or Borivali by a Volvo bus to Pune. This can cost between INR 500 to INR 600.

About the Area

Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. There are a number of places of historical and national importance like Aga Khan Palace, the temple of Dagduseth Halwai, Pataleshwar caves, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, and Shaniwar Wada. Okayama and Osho gardens are ideal for peace and serenity lovers. Lonavla and Kamshet are tourist hubs popular for adventure sports and majestic views. There are approximately 350 forts near Pune which are a trekkers’ paradise during monsoon and winter, the most popular ones being, Raigad, Rajgad, Sinhagad, and Harishchandragad. Apart from the beauty of the Sahyadris, the Konkan coast is no less mesmerizing and worth exploring, with Goa being one of the most popular holiday destinations.

Links to a few places of interest are given below.

Places to visit in Pune
Trekking near Pune
Beaches near Pune
Other links

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