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EMBO Practical Course

iCLIP2: An advanced technique for protein-RNA interaction mapping

07 – 12 April 2024 | Genoa, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 4 December 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 4 December 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 January 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2024

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About the Practical Course

RNA has an emerging role as a therapeutic target, and RNA therapeutics are being developed to treat a wide range of diseases. RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) are essential regulators of RNA function, and identifying their RNA targets and molecular networks is crucial to understanding their role in cells. High-throughput RNA- interaction mapping techniques such as UV crosslinking and immunoprecipitation (CLIP) with high-throughput sequencing have revolutionized our understanding of RNA regulation. In recent years, new CLIP protocols have been developed, which are faster, more efficient, and allow for more sophisticated analysis of protein-RNA interactions.

This course aims to provide hands-on training in the iCLIP2 protocol, an advanced CLIP protocol for transcriptome-wide RNA-interaction mapping. The course objectives are to (i) guide the students through the complete iCLIP2 protocol, (ii) introduce and apply the bioinformatics in CLIP analysis, and (iii) discuss and evaluate alternative as well as more specialized protocols such as seCLIP, kinCLIP, and miCLIP2. The theoretical sessions will cover the principles of iCLIP2 and other CLIP protocols. The course will also cover the application of bioinformatics in CLIP analysis, which is essential for interpreting these large-scale data sets. The course is aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and scientists interested in RNA regulation and transcriptomics.

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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
  • 4 December 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 4 December 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 January 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2024



Registration includes:

  • All course material
  • Lunches, coffee breaks, and social activities
  • Welcome dinner
  • Additional meet-the-speaker dinner
  • Accommodation


Payment will be done through an external link that will be sent to the selected participants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on their:

  • Their background in Protein-RNA interactions (CV)
  • Research experience in the RNA field (Abstract)
  • Motivation and genuine interest in the course and how it relates to their research or career goals (Motivation letter)

We will take into account diversity and inclusivity, gender balance, geographic representation, as well as researchers from underrepresented regions or backgrounds.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be less than 250 words, including a brief summary of the research topic and the main findings.

Poster specifications

Length: 110 cm
Width: 80 cm

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.


Since 2014 IIT implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) with the aim of increasing environmental performance and of promoting responsible behavior.

So, in 2022 IIT decided to start CCT Carbon Footprint calculation. This project was awarded during the first edition of the Genoa Global Award, an event conceived by the Municipality of Genoa to reward the commitment to achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

During the course, we will follow the IIT standards for CO2 footprint. we will apply a combination of measures


  • Sustainable accommodations: we chose eco-friendly and sustainable hotels with green certification, that use eco-friendly toiletries, and are equipped with a system to turn off lights and electronics when not in use, and adjust the temperature to save energy.
  • Sustainable transportation: If we must rent a shuttle bus, we will choose the most fuel-efficient option available.
  • Reduce food waste: The dinners will be held at restaurants that prioritize sustainability and reduce food waste.
  • During the course we will avoid single-use plastics and plastic water bottle and cutlery. We will have at least one vegetarian meal.
  • Reduce energy consumption: We will turn off lights, machines, electronics, air conditioning when not in 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.



Eva Ferri





Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Center for Human Technologies
Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
16152 Genova, Italy


Students will be at the Best Western City hotel, they will have shared rooms.


Genova can be reached by plane (Genova, Columbus Airport), by train via two main stations (Genova Piazza Principe, Genova Brignole), or by bus (Flixbus, Genova Piazza Fanti).

About the Area

Genova is one of the biggest cities of Liguria region, in the northwest of Italy. It is a Mediterranean city hosting the biggest aquarium in Italy, several museums, and historical parts that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Genova is very close to the famous Cinque Terre villages, they can be easily reached by train and a hike between the villages is highly recommended to appreciate the beauty of the Mediterranean coast. It is also close to Santa Margarita and Portofino.

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