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EMBO Practical Course

Cryo electron microscopy and 3D image processing (CEM3DIP)

30 June – 07 July 2024 | Bangalore, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 March 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 May 2024

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About the Practical Course

Cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) as a technique has been steadily growing with numerous research groups using it to address interesting biological problems. Since 2018, CryoEM practical courses have been conducted in India every alternate year, covering most topics in cryoEM including single particle analysis, tomography, sub-tomogram averaging and model building. These courses have become an essential part of capacity building and knowledge dissemination in this rapidly growing field. By next year, India will have ~9 facilities operational across the country catering to the needs of researchers, further highlighting the need to train young minds.

This course is catered towards researchers in structural biology as well as cellular and molecular biology who are interested in structural analyses of macromolecular complexes in vitro as well as in situ. Students and post-doctoral researchers from academic institutions or industry who are interested in using cryo-EM in their biological research questions are encouraged to apply. The course will have intense hands-on practical sessions on all aspects of cryo-EM sample preparation and data acquisition. It will also include research talks and discussions on basic principles of cryoEM, applications as well as cutting-edge methods encompassing cryoEM such as correlative light and electron microscopy, focused ion beam (FIB) milling and integrative modeling.

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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
  • 30 March 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 May 2024



Registration includes access to all sessions in the practical course, accommodation, and meals for the whole duration of the course from June 30 till July 7, 2024 (8 nights).

Registration fees does not include accommodation or meals for any days before or after the specified course dates.


Accepted participants will receive a payment link with details on how to pay fees. Registration fee must be paid before the payment deadline. Payments will be accepted via online bank transfer or international credit cards.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be shortlisted for the CEM3DIP 2024 practical course based on their CV, current research project, relevant skills, and applicability of cryoEM in their research goals.

Applications will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s ability to comprehend the topics of the course.
  • Applicants having preliminary data or exposure to electron microscopy/cryo-EM/tomography or expertise in macromolecular structure determination will be preferred.
  • Requirement of cryo-EM-based tools in the applicant’s immediate and future research goals.
  • Student/Postdoctoral applicants will have to support their application with their supervisor’s reference letter. The applicant’s supervisor must send an email reference letter about the applicant to the email address: quoting the applicant's application number, before the abstract submission deadline.

Submitted applications will be screened by members of the organizing committee based on the abstract for poster, motivation letter, CV and reference letter.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should have maximum of 250 words limit (excluding title, author list and affiliations). It should clearly state applicant’s research aims and highlight applicability of cryoEM methods to achieve them.

Poster specifications

Posters should be printed and presented in standard A0 size (portrait mode).

Further details on posters will be sent directly to selected applicants.

Additional Information

A short motivation letter should accompany the application with maximum length of 250 words explaining the applicant’s current skill level with cryo-EM, interest in cryo-EM and how they plan to apply cryo-EM in their research project.

Supervisor’s reference letter should also accompany student/post-doctoral applications. Reference letter should include supervisor’s letter head and include the applicant’s application number. Letters should be sent directly to:

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.


Some invited speakers from other continents will give their talks remotely to save on travel. The venue is centrally located with good public transport and connected to major transport hubs. The venue location is also pedestrian-friendly.

The venue will take some energy efficiency measures such as serving predominantly vegetarian food on all days with locally sourced ingredients. Bottled water and single-use wares will be not be used and alternate, sustainable options provided.

Participants are requested to offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

Abstract books and programs will be shared in electronic form only. Venue locations are walkable and bicycles can also be arranged upon request. Group transportations will be arranged to reduce vehicle use.

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.



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DBS Auditorium Hall,

Ground floor, Division of Biological Sciences,

Indian Institute of Science,

CV Raman Road, Bangalore 560012



Specific accommodation details will be shared separately to selected participants.

All participants will be accommodated in student hostels. Speakers, tutors and other academic and industry attendees will be accommodated in guest houses. All accommodation will be on Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus. IISc’s campus is very pedestrian-friendly, and all locations are walkable. In addition, transportation between the accommodation venues and practical course venue will be provided.


Bangalore is well connected by air to both domestic and international locations. It also has very good connectivity to major cities in India by road and train.

Google Maps directions to IISc campus work very well and will help you reach locations easily.

To reach IISc Bangalore:

From Kempegowda International Airport:

Easiest way is to hail a taxi or cab to take you to the Tata Institute (which is what IISc is locally known as).

Specific directions: From Mekhri Circle, take the CV Raman Road towards Yeshwanthpur. Keep straight at the first traffic signal (at Sadashiva Nagar Police Station). About 500m beyond this signal, you'll see the gates of IISc on the right-hand side.

It is recommended that you take one of the metered taxis that are available as you exit the airport terminal building ( A taxi from the airport to IISc should cost you approximately Rs. 800 (plus possibly a 10% extra charge at night). Payment might be in cash, so make sure that you have sufficient cash (Indian Rupees) in hand when you leave the airport. Also, please be aware that you will be asked to pay a toll of Rs. 120 as you enter the highway leading to the city.

You can also choose to use one of the cab services such as Ola/Uber/Meru Cabs by installing the respective app on your smartphone.

From airport by bus: Shuttle bus service (KIAS - 4, 4A, 5, 5A, 5B, 5G, 6, 7, 7A, 9-12), operated by Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), runs from the airport to various areas in Bangalore city every 15 minutes. Details of the schedule can be found here: Most buses stop at Mekhri circle, which is around 2km from IISc. From there, you can take an autorikshaw to "Tata Institute".

By train:

The KSR Bengaluru city railway station is ~7 kms from IISc campus. You will have to get out of the station from platform number 1 and reach the prepaid taxi stand and hire a city taxi (costs about Rs 150).

The Yeshwantpur railway station is located at less than 2 km from the institute campus. You can take a 'pre-paid' auto from the counter located outside the exit gate of platform number 6.

By Bus:

Majestic (or Kempegowda Bus station) is 7kms from IISc and is the central Bus stand in Bangalore. It is also opposite to the KSR Bengaluru City Railway station. If you happen to reach Majestic, Bangalore by bus, go to platform number 22 from where almost all buses come to the Institute.

You can also choose to use one of the cab services such as Ola/Uber/Meru Cabs.

About the Area

Bangalore, the vibrant Silicon Valley of India, blends tech Innovation with cultural treasures. Amidst its IT prowess, landmarks like Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace stand as testaments to its historical depth. Cubbon Park offers an oasis within the city, while Bangalore Palace showcases architectural wonder. This metropolis, brimming with innovation, harmonizes ancient heritage with modern aspirations, making it an enticing destination for visitors seeking a blend of technology, history, and cultural richness.

Places to visit in Bangalore

Beyond the city limits, Bangalore also has a host of other scenic and culturally rich locations within short driving distances:

  • Nandi Hills: Known for its stunning sunrise views, it's a popular getaway offering hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

  • Mysore: Famous for the opulent Mysore Palace, this city is rich in heritage, culture, and has historical landmarks like Chamundi Hill.

  • Bannerghatta National Park: Known for its safari rides, butterfly park, and a zoo, offering a close encounter with wildlife.

  • Savanadurga Hills: Known for its trekking trails and the Savandurga hill, providing panoramic views from the top.

  • Ramanagara: Famous for its rocky terrain and ideal for trekking, rock climbing, and birdwatching.

  • Makalidurga: Known for its trekking trails and the Makalidurga fort, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

  • Devarayanadurga: Famous for the Bhoga Narasimha Temple and the Yoga Narasimha Temple atop hills, offering a spiritual and scenic retreat.

  • Manchanabele Dam: Ideal for a peaceful day trip, offering boating, birdwatching, and serene views of the reservoir.

  • Avalabetta: Famous for its hilltop offering panoramic views and a serene temple, making it a great spot for a peaceful getaway.

  • Chunchi Falls: A picturesque waterfall near Kanakapura, providing a refreshing escape into nature.

  • Sri Siddhalingeshwara Yoga Vana: Located in Nelamangala, it's a serene ashram offering yoga, meditation, and spiritual retreats.
  • Wonderla Amusement Park: A thrilling destination for rides and entertainment, perfect

for a fun-filled day trip.

  • Adiyogi Shiva Statue Chikkaballapur: Situated amidst the calming nature at the foothills of Nandi hills, the statue of Adiyogi Shiva is one of the major attractions of Chikkaballapur.

Links to a few places of interest are given below

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