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EMBO Practical Course

Integrative modelling of protein interactions

17 – 22 September 2023 | Izmir, Türkiye

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 7 July 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 July 2023

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About the Practical Course

Proteins and their interactions are the mainstays of any cellular process. Studying these interactions at atomic detail is invaluable, paving the route to a mechanistic understanding of biological function and providing the first essential step towards the development of new drugs. Because of the costs and challenges associated with experimental techniques, structural biologists often turn to computational methods.

Within this context, this EMBO Practical Course is designed to teach computational approaches for predicting how proteins interact with other biomolecules or ligands. For this, we will provide theoretical and applied background on state-of-the-art algorithms for sampling and scoring docking models, the use of low- and high-resolution experimental data, molecular dynamics information, coevolution-based interface predictions, as well as AI-based structure prediction techniques. By uniting different computational expertise under the umbrella of this course, we aim to create a platform to stimulate discussions on modeling challenging systems, such as molecular machines.

Roughly half of this EMBO Practical Course will consist of practical sessions where the participants will run computations on interesting biological problems. To encourage interaction between the tutors and participants and stimulate discussions, the participants will be prompted to present their own research, both in flash presentations and poster sessions and to bring their own research problems to dedicated troubleshooting sessions.

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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
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 7 July 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 July 2023



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation for 6 nights (17 Sep – 23 Sep)
  • Course materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Welcome reception
  • Excursion and conference dinner


Payment instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Students registered in Master or Ph.D. programs in structural biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, bioinformatics, computational biology or computational chemistry will be selected based on (1) their abstracts (describing their research and motivation to attend our course) and (2) their tutor's recommendations. Applicants with a Ph.D. should supply (1) an abstract and (2) their CV (including their publications).

We will maintain a balance between genders and between countries in Europe and also associated EMBO countries. Non-European applications will be considered if recommended by scientists actively engaged in the field.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should have a title, author list with affiliation and a text of maximum 300 words. The abstract should contain the motivation of the applicant in applying this course, as well as a brief description of the scientific problem h/she is investigating.

Poster specifications

Please bring one copy of your poster, A0 size, 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.



Ezgi Karaca





Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center (IBG)

Dokuz Eylul University Health Campus

Mithatpasa St. 58/5 35340

Balcova, Izmir/TURKEY


Accommodation will be at the Ramada Encore Izmir Hotel, which is within walking distance of course venue.


From the airport to the venue, participants can take:

• A taxi (should take 30 mins and cost around 25 EUR),

• The airport bus (number 202) to reach Fahrettin Altay. At Fahrettin Altay, they can take buses 5, 8, 551, 950 or 82. IBG is located in close vicinity to the Dokuz Eylul University bus stop.

About the Area

IBG is located within the campus of Dokuz Eylul public hospital, location of which is very well known in the region.

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