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EMBO Lecture Course

Structural biophysics of biomolecular complexes

04 – 08 September 2023 | İstanbul, Türkiye

  • Registration Deadline
  • 3 September 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 3 September 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 3 September 2023

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About the Lecture Course

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Structural biology, through its hybrid approach encompassing diverse techniques, illuminates the fundamental intricacies of life. From experimental tools like X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography to cutting-edge computational approaches such as AlphaFold and Molecular Simulations, the lecture course delves far beyond conventional boundaries. The course is primarily designed for the graduate students and higher level scientists. The course will feature exclusive lectures that provide comprehensive introductions to various principles and applications of structural biophysics of macromolecular complexes across diverse subjects.

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
  • 3 September 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 3 September 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 3 September 2023


    (excluding accommodation)
    EUR 150

Registration includes:

  • 4 nights’ accommodation (from 4 – 8 September)
  • Catering (all breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the meeting)
  • All excursions (including Bosphorus boat tour & memorial forest trip)
  • Transfer from/to airport


Participants are requested to pay the registration fee via money transfer using the IBAN method.

Selection criteria

This course is intended for PhD students and early career postdocs who are interested in learning experimental and computational approaches for determining the structure of a protein. The priority will be given to students who plan to use both experimental and computational approaches in their own projects. Applicants will be required to submit an abstract, motivation letter, CV, and a reference letter from their current supervisors. Selection will be made in terms of a gender and geographically balanced distribution.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must be focused on topics related to structural biology, biophysics, and computational structural biology.

The abstract topics should pertain to various techniques within the field of structural biology, such as macromolecular crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and computational structural biology.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in A0 size (70 × 100 cm) and oriented in portrait format.

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.



For any questions please contact Merve Yılmaz.


Phone number: +905076344703





Koç University campus was built on an area of 230 thousand square meters with its main campus in Rumelifeneri, Sariyer. The campus includes the guesthouse which will provide easy access to all lectures during the practical course. All speakers will be placed in single rooms with a private bathroom while students will be placed in double rooms with shared bathrooms in the Henry Ford building, Koç University Main Campus. The rooms will be equipped with basic furniture (refrigerator, bed, closet, desk, chair, bed stand, lamps, and pillows).


Istanbul Airport is the main international airport serving the city. It is located on the European side of the city. Access to Koc University, located in Rumelifeneri in Sariyer, from Istanbul Airport has a few transportation options. The fastest way to Koç University campus is to take the H-8 Haciosman/Sariyer bus from the Istanbul Airport stop and get off at the Acarlar stop. From there, the 150/154 Rumelifeneri bus can be taken directly to the Koç University stop. Other than that, our guests can take the subway from Istanbul Airport to go to Gayrettepe and transfer to another subway line (M2) to eventually arrive at Hacıosman.

Additionally, service HVİST-15 from Istanbul Airport goes to 4. Levent, which is again connected to the M2 subway line. From Hacıosman, they can take 150/154 buses or minibosses to be welcomed at Koç University. Also, Istanbul hosts an international train station in its Halkalı district, at the European side, which welcomes guests from Belgrade, Bucharest, and Sofia. From Halkalı, our participants can take the ferry directly to Sarıyer, or Marmaray, which is the intercontinental commuter rail line, to Yenikapı, which is the initial station of M2 subway line to reach Hacıosman again to follow the same route to reach Koç University.  

After 22:00, public transportation services are no longer available. An alternative option is the bus, which requires a special card that cannot be recharged within the school. Another option is the minibus, which only accepts cash as opposed to card payment.

After 21:00, markets and kiosks are no longer operational.

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