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EMBO Practical Course

Practical integrative structural biology

06 – 13 November 2022 | Hamburg, Germany

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

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About the Practical Course

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Integrative structural biology has become a state-of-the-art approach to determine the structure of biological macromolecules and their complexes. The approach involves characterizing the 3D structure using multiple complementary experimental techniques and combining the resulting data using computational methods.

This EMBO practical course will give a practical introduction to integrative structural biology. Through lectures and hands-on practicals, the participants will learn about the fundamentals of X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM, small-angle X-ray scattering, NMR, and structural mass spectrometry. The invited tutors will show how to analyze and interpret the experimental data, and how to use the data for building structural models across different resolution scales. The course will also explore how experimental and computational methods aiming at resolving dynamics can be integrated to characterize flexibility in macromolecular structures. Finally, we will discuss the future of integrative structural biology approaches in light of the most recent advances in experimental and computational methods.

The course location at the Hamburg Unit of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Center for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) on the DESY campus will provide on-site synchrotron SAXS and MX beamlines for training. A guided visit to the European XFEL site is also included in the program.


About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.

 

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Programme

 

Registration

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

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 250
  • ACADEMIC EUR 250
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000

Registration includes:

  • Single room on-site accommodation at DESY will be offered to the participants, which is within a few minutes walk from the Petra III seminar room.
  • Course materials
  • All meals are included

Payment

Payments will be accepted via bank transfer only. The details will be sent to accepted participants by e-mail.

Selection criteria

The course aims mainly at researchers in the early stage of their careers (Ph.D. students and early postdocs).

Preference will also be given to applicants who:

i) are entering the field of integrative structural biology
ii) plan to integrate multiple structural techniques within their own projects or plan to develop integrative modeling methods
iii) work on projects that will clearly benefit from an integrative approach
iv) are familiar with working in Unix-based environment and molecular visualization tools (PyMol, UCSF Chimera)

This will be assessed based on the submitted abstract, motivation letter, and a letter of reference from your current supervisor.

Applicants are asked to provide a maximum 300 word abstract describing the applicant's current or planned project in integrative structure biology, a 1-page letter (Arial 11 pt) describing their motivation for the course, and a brief reference letter from the current supervisors.

Abstract guidelines

Applicants are asked to provide a maximum 300 word abstract describing the applicant's current or planned project in integrative structure biology, 1-page letter describing their motivation for the course, and a brief reference letter from the current supervisors. The applicants should address the above selection criteria in their applications.

Poster specifications

A0 paper size

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.

 

Contact

Margret Fischer

Tel +40 4089902110

Mobile: +491754105760

 

 

Venue

EMBL Hamburg

EMBL c/o DESY

Notkestr. 85, building 48e

22607 Hamburg

Germany

Accommodation

Single room on-site accommodation at DESY has already been booked on the DESY Campus for all participants of the course. Rooms are about 5 minutes walking distance to the lecture hall/poster presentation area.

Transport

From Hamburg airport take line S1 to Othmarschen (18 stops, 45 min), change to bus number 1 towards Rissen or Schenefelder Holt to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (5 stops, 10 min).

From Hamburg-Altona train station take bus number 1 to Zum Hünengrab (DESY) (15 stops, 25 min).

About the Area

EMBL is situated in the west of Hamburg but very accessible from the train station Altona or Main Station. Ticket costs Euro 3.30. Taxi will be around Euro 45.00.

We will send each participant an information package two weeks before the course commences.

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