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EMBO Practical Course

LINdoscope: Neuroimaging and data analysis

04 – 15 September 2023 | Magdeburg, Germany

Registration deadlines have been extended!

  • Registration Deadline
  • 17 April 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2023

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About the Practical Course

Advanced optical techniques ushered in a new era of modern neuroscience, enabling basic scientists to interrogate neural activity in behaving animals in unprecedented molecular and anatomical detail. This annual two-week intensive EMBO Practical Course hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology in Magdeburg, Germany, bridges experimental and data science to give you theoretical knowledge of advanced optical interrogation techniques, practical hands-on experience of planning, preparing and conducting neuroimaging experiments, and sophisticated computational skills to process and analyze such complex datasets. The course will focus on single-photon microendoscopy, two-photon microscopy, and optogenetics, in freely moving or head-fixed behaving animals.

This EMBO Practical Course includes lectures from a range of international experts on the development and use of optical interrogation techniques, as well as daily practical and data analysis sessions. The course is principally aimed at mature graduate students, but applications from scientists of all levels are encouraged.

Come join us!

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
  • 17 April 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2023



Registration includes:

  • participation in all theoretical and practical sessions
  • consumable materials
  • meals during course days
  • some social/networking activities
  • accommodation


Selected participants will be sent payment details by email, and are expected to pay via bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Motivation for attending

2. Level of previous experience

3. Excellence of CV and/or project

4. Foreseeable benefit from course

Participants will be ranked by the six panel members. In case of ties, priority will be given to applicants from historically underrepresented groups and from underprivileged countries.

Five of the next highest ranked participants will be waitlisted.

Application guidelines

  • Abstract outlining a past, current or future project related to the course content (max. 250 words)
  • Statement of motivation (max. 500 words)
  • Statement of past experience (max. 200 words)
  • Statement of applicability of course content to current or future work (max. 200 words)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)

Poster specifications

Physical posters should not exceed 1 m in width (A0 size format) and should be in portrait orientation.

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.



LINdoscope Team

See website for further details.




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Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN)

Brenneckestraße 6

39118 Magdeburg

Phone: +49-391-626393381



Apartments with shared rooms will be arranged for you and costs are included in the registration fee. A limited number of single rooms may be arranged on request at an additional expense to the applicant.


There are two airports within a short train trip from Magdeburg (Berlin and Leipzig, approximately 1-2 hours by train). Magdeburg is well connected by train to all of Germany and most European countries (e.g., Paris to Magdeburg is 8 hours by train). Germany also has extensive bus services that may be equally convenient. The Leibniz Institute is well connected to the rest of the city via public local transport (tram). We will advise successful applicants on their best route of travel to and from Magdeburg.

About the Area

Magdeburg has many attractive sightseeing options including the historic cathedral or the famous Green Citadel built by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Additionally, Magdeburg has many large centrally located parks and a long riverside, inviting visitors for strolls and runs. We will organise social events on Saturday and invite you to explore the city and surroundings independently on Sunday.

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