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EMBO Practical Course

Hands-on course in genome sequencing, assembly and downstream analyses

04 – 10 September 2022 | Brussels, Belgium

  • Registration Deadline
  • 6 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 June 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 July 2022

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About the Practical Course

The field of genome assembly has been revolutionized by the availability of long reads (Nanopore, PacBio) and scaffolding approaches using chromosome conformation capture (3C-seq, Hi-C), making it possible to generate chromosome-scale assemblies for virtually any organism. The proposed EMBO Practical Course will focus on these developments, with the aim of equipping each participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical know-how to be able to sequence their genome of interest and analyze it, all the way to publication.

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
  • 6 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 June 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 6 July 2022



* student with reduced financial means (5x)

Registration includes:

  • Course registration
  • Course material
  • Accomodation
  • Lunches, dinner, coffee breaks
  • Transportation cards
  • Welcome dinner, group excursion, social events


The selected participants will receive an email with the acceptance letter together with information and details regarding the payment procedure on 22th June 2022. Payments will be made through bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the CVs and motivation letters of the applications, with the aims of favouring (1) early stage researchers (i.e., PhD students and postdocs), (2) balanced geographical origin with an emphasis on countries and institutions where genomic expertise is currently scarce, (3) gender balance. Applicants who demonstrate in their motivation letter that knowledge of genome assembly and downstream analyses is important for their short-term research and/or career plans will be favoured. Multiple applications from the same group are discouraged - instead, we expect participants to share with the other members of their groups the knowledge and know-how they will have acquired during the course.

A working knowledge of the shell environment will be required by the beginning of the course but is not a prerequisite for selection - selected applicants with no prior knowledge of command line tools should get acquainted with the shell environments by following the online tutorial prior to arriving in Brussels.

Abstract guidelines

In order to facilitate interactions between participants, the course will start with a poster session on the first day and the posters will remain on display in the breakout room throughout the course. Posters should provide a general overview of each participant’s present research, with abstracts less than 300 words in length.

Poster specifications

Maximum poster size (A0 format) - 841 mm (width) x 1189 mm (height). A passport-style photograph of the presenting participant should be included in the upper-left corner of each poster.

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.



Alice Mouton





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Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Solbosch campus, Building U
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles, Belgium


Everybody, including speakers, organisers, and students, will be accommodated in the same hotel (B&B Hotel Brussels Centre Louise, Rue Paul Spaak 15, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium). The 30 students will be accommodated in 10 single rooms and 10 shared double rooms (twin beds), on a first-come first-served basis. The organisers will prepare the rooming list (based on the registration date of the participants, their accommodation wishes and their gender) right after the payment deadline.


Public transportation, including the metro, tram and bus lines, is a convenient way to travel through Brussels. Metro and bus passes are available for single rides, and on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

From the AIRPORT to BRUSSELS (city):

From Brussels International Airport Zaventem, it takes about 50 minutes.

Brussels Airport-Zaventem Station is located on level -1 of the terminal, at a short distance from the arrivals hall (2nd floor) and the departures hall (3rd floor). Take the train to Brussels and get off at Brussels Central Station:

Belgium RAIL or Brussels METRO

From Brussel South Charleroi Airport:

Direct bus to Charleroi-South Station (approx. 20 min) and then a train to Brussels Central Station/Brussels Midi Station

Brussels City Shuttle is also available every 30 minutes. Information and online purchase of tickets can be found here.



The hotel is a 2 minute walk away from Bailli station.

  • From Brussels Central Station, take Tram 93 towards Legrand Debroux. Exit at Bailli after approximately 10 minutes.
  • From Brussels Midi Station, take Tram 81 towards Montgomery. Exit at Bailli after approximately 17 minutes.


The hotel is a few minutes away from Bailli tram station (lines 94 and 81 from Brussels Midi Station) and Louise Metro Station (lines 2 and 6). The approximate fee per ride is 2.50 EUR.


The exact location of the entrance to the building where the computer room is located is here.

From the Hotel BB, take the tramway 94 in the direction "Musée du Tram," and exit at the 6th stop ("ULB"). Enter the campus, take the first left and then the first right and walk straight till you reach the "C" entrance of building U (the A entrance is on your left, across the square).

From the Etterbeek train station, take the tramway 25 in front of the station in the direction Bondael Gare and exit on the 4th stop ("ULB"). Then follow the same directions as mentioned above.

About the Area

The practical course will be organised on ULB’s historical Solbosch campus located in the town of Ixelles. It is right next to the Bois de la Cambre, one of Brussels main urban public park.

Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is within walking distance of many of Brussels' historic and cultural attractions including Avenue Louise, the Horta Museum, the Sablon, and the nearby Rue Neuve.

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