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EMBO Practical Course

Preparation and biophysical/MS characterization of multiprotein complexes for cryo-EM analysis

19 – 25 November 2023 | Illkirch, France

  • Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 21 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 September 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 October 2023

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About the Practical Course

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The rise in popularity of structural approaches, in particular the advent of the cryo-EM “resolution revolution” has resulted in a dire need for improved strategies for sample production and characterization to prevent congestion in the workflow. This advanced EMBO course will train participants (mainly PhD students and postdocs) with the state-of-the-art approaches for the preparation of large macromolecular assemblies in view of structural studies.

Special emphasis will be placed on:

(i) The latest advances in recombinant expression for reconstitution of multi-component samples and in the development of pipelines for purification of complexes from endogenous sources using CRISPR/Cas9 edited cell lines or high affinity nanobodies.

(ii) Biophysical techniques for quality assessment of protein samples (homogeneity, stability, hydrodynamic radius, mass), for characterization of protein interactions (affinity, kinetic parameters, size of complexes), and for a first structural characterization using mass spectrometry (stoichiometry, accessibility, and spatial proximity).

(iii) Specimen preparation for cryo-EM grids by standard and latest-generation high-speed freezing and their evaluation on cryo electron microscopes & image analysis.

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 and Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 21 September 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 September 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 October 2023



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation from 19 – 25 November in a shared room (2 people in a room)

  • Lunches, coffee breaks, and 4 dinners

  • Workshop material

  • Local sightseeing tour


Via bank transfer.

The selected participants will be contacted by email for payment details.

Selection criteria

Apart from the abstract, please also submit your CV, a personal statement/motivation letter, and a letter of support from an academic referee.

Include your relevant skills, experience, and qualifications showing why you would be suitable for the course.

Explain why you would like to attend, including what you can contribute and how you think you will benefit from the course.

Selection will be based on

  • Scientific interest
  • Academic ability and achievements
  • Strong motivation to work in integrated structural biology
  • Equal opportunity regulations and guidelines will be taken into account

Abstract guidelines

300 words maximum length.

The abstract should provide an overview of the applicant’s research project and should be understandable to a broader scientific readership.

Poster specifications

Your poster should be printed in a portrait layout.

Dimensions: 1.20 x 0.90 m

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.



Marie-Christine Poterszman






1 Rue Laurent Fries
67404 Illkirch


Accommodation in twin room, 2 people in a room at the 7Hotel&Spa

The hotel is a 5 minutes walk distance from IGBMC.


Information on how to get to IGBMC can be found here.

About the Area

From IGBMC in Illkirch, it is easy to reach Strasbourg by tram.

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