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EMBO Workshop

When predictions meet experiments: The future of structure determination

05 – 08 September 2022 | Palermo, Italy

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2022
  • Registration Deadline
    (virtual only)
  • 15 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2022

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About the Workshop

Figuring out the “protein folding problem”, that is predicting protein structure from the amino acid sequence, has stood as a grand challenge in biology for the past 50 years. Thanks to the efforts of several generations of structural biologists, bioinformatics experts and artificial intelligence (AI), the organisers of the biennial Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP) competition have declared the AlphaFold program as a solution to this grand challenge. This major breakthrough has demonstrated the impact that AI can have on scientific discovery and its potential to dramatically accelerate progress in fundamental fields. At the same time, however, predictions should not be perceived as a way to substitute experimental work. Important challenges are still ahead of us: intrinsically disordered or multidomain proteins, large complexes. The new tools should be used not to stop structural biology but to push its frontiers. The present workshop is thus meant to fill the gap between experimentalists and computational scientists, provide mutual feedback and constitute a forum to promote and facilitate the dialogue on how AI predictions can be integrated in the normal practice of structure determination to increase the capabilities of both experimentalists and computational scientists.

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.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2022
  • Registration Deadline
    (virtual only)
  • 15 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2022


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (virtual) EUR 150
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 150
  • INDUSTRY (virtual) EUR 400
*(8 waivers available)

Registration includes:

  • 5 Coffee breaks
  • 2 Lunches
  • Tour of Branciforte and Lampedusa Palaces
  • Contribution for social dinner
  • Welcome snacks and drinks
  • Nibbles and wine during poster section
  • Accommodation included only for the 8 selected students/postdocs
  • Stationary

For suggestions about accommodation and info on the city of Palermo, please access our Welcome Guide for you.


Payment should be made via bank transfer to the following bank details:

Name of bank account holder: Comitato Organizzatore EMBO Workshop Palermo 2022
Name of bank: CREDEM
Swift code: bacrit 21453
IBAN number: IT69Z0303204602010000764330
Reference: NAME SURNAME Fees EMBO Workshop

Selection criteria

Selection will be made in terms of a gender and geographically balanced distribution as well as an approximately equal representation of experimentalists and computational scientists.

A short CV (up to 2 pages) and motivation letter (up to 1 page) must be submitted.

Abstract guidelines

Up to one page (max. 3500 characters), a description of what they could contribute to the workshop. Title, authors, affiliations, content, and up to one image.

Please note that the participants who do not want to submit an abstract should simply skip that step, and fill out the personal information form.

Poster specifications

27.5’’ wide, 39.3’’ height
(70cm x 100 cm)

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

Update (as of 21 July 2022): All fee waivers have already been allocated and are no longer available.

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.



Caterina Alfano
+39 3205904702




Palazzo Branciforte
Largo Gae Aulenti 2
90133 Palermo


Selection of Hotels located within 15min from the conference Venue is provided in our Welcome Guide


By plane landing to the Palermo Airport Falcone-Borsellino

Train and bus transfers are easily available from the airport.

Palermo is also reachable by train from the main land (see Trenitalia).

About the Area

The venue is in the city centre, 1.5 km (ca. 18 minutes by foot) from both the train and bus stations. It is surrounded by all the amenities and historical locations.

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