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EMBO Practical Course

Image processing for cryo-electron microscopy

05 – 12 September 2023 | London, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2023

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About the Practical Course

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Cryo electron microscopy (cryo EM) is a major structural biology method for studying macromolecular complexes and cellular structures in their native states. Stable high resolution cryo microscopes, direct electron detectors and automated systems for data collection now allow routine biomolecular structure determination at near-atomic resolution using both single-particle and tomography approaches. Atomic models are routinely built or fitted into cryo EM maps revealing interactions of their components and conformations of different functional states. On the other hand, hybrid approaches combining EM with optical microscopy and Scanning EM allow unprecedented insight into targeted cellular structures. Cryo-EM is therefore very powerful as it provides structural information across a wide range of sizes and resolution, bridging from molecules to cells. It can moreover be used to sort out heterogeneous conformations to capture steps in the operation of macromolecular machines.

The aim of this EMBO Practical Course is to teach the basic principles and practical aspects of image processing to structural and molecular biologists wishing to determine macromolecular structures by cryo EM. The course will concentrate on processing of high-resolution image data, for both single particle images and tomograms, and will be aimed at advanced PhD students and postdocs who use cryo EM for structural analysis.

Image credits: Kévin Macé, Gabriel Waksman, Sander Van der Verren and Giulia Zanetti

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 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2023



Registration includes:

  • Access to the course lectures, practicals, and relevant material
  • Accomodation
  • Meals, including course dinner


Participants will pay either by credit card or bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be chosen based on:

  • Motivation
  • Level of expertise (some familiarity with structural EM and image processing/linux)
  • Commitment to cryo-EM in the long term
  • Supervisor recommendation

We will select a maximum of 1 applicant per institution, and ensure a balanced geographical and gender distribution.

We require a motivation cover letter, a CV and a reference from current supervisor.

Abstract guidelines

Max. 200 words describing the contents of the flash talk presentation.

Flash talks

Max. 2 slides for 2 minutes of presentation.

Any other registration information

Motivation letter stating your level of expertise, what you will gain from participating to the course, what you would bring to the course, and how you plan to transfer your knowledge in your home department. CV, and supervisor reference.

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

This EMBO meeting shall maintain an environment free of harassment and discriminatory behaviour for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, beliefs (religious or otherwise) or manner of articulation.

Harassment and discrimination of attendees in any form, either in person or online is not tolerated.

Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and all communication and behavior should conform to a respectful environment for all.



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Birkbeck College,

Malet St. London, UK



The Goodenough Hotel

23 Mecklenburgh Square,
London WC1N 2AD
United Kingdom

Speakers will be provided with single rooms whilst participants will share twin rooms. Breakfast is provided and all rooms are en-suite.


London is served by major international airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. Public transport links are available with airport and the rest of the UK

About the Area

Located in vibrant area of central London.

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