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EMBO Practical Course

Structure, dynamics and function of biological macromolecules by NMR

30 August – 06 September 2024 | Grenoble, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2024

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About the Practical Course

NMR spectroscopy is an essential technique that allows to study the structure, dynamics and interactions of macromolecules at atomic resolution. It is unique in extracting dynamic information over a large range of time scales and, therefore, in revealing the molecular mechanisms that control biological function. Recent developments in the NMR field include the study of intrinsically disordered proteins and their interaction mechanisms, atomic resolution insight into dynamics of RNA, real-time monitoring of megadalton nano-machines in action and studies of the conformational behaviour of proteins in living cells (in-cell NMR). The course will contribute to the advancement of this important field by providing a solid knowledge foundation for the next-generation NMR spectroscopists. It will include the theory of NMR and pulse sequence building blocks, structure determination strategies, relaxation techniques to study multi-timescale dynamics as well as the latest developments in in-cell NMR. The emphasis of this EMBO Practical Course is on practical skills i.e. hands-on experience in the setup, processing and analysis of NMR experiments and in deriving quantitative structural and dynamic information.

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
  • 10 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2024



Registration includes:

  • Course registration
  • Course material
  • Accommodation (in twin rooms)
  • All meals
  • Excursion and other social events


Payment will occur by bank transfer. The selected participants will receive an e-mail with the acceptance letter together with information and details regarding the payment procedure no later than the 31st of May 2024.


The applicants need to provide:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. Description of research interests
  3. Publication list
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. A letter of recommendation from supervisor or head of laboratory
  6. Poster abstract

Selection criteria

The course is intended for 25 Ph.D. students and early post-doctoral researchers who use NMR spectroscopy as the main experimental technique in their research.

The participants will be selected based on:

1. Relevance of their research interests as described in the candidate’s motivation letter

2. Demonstration that the candidate is performing successful research

3. Expectations for the course and how the potential knowledge gain will be beneficial for the candidate’s research project.

Abstract guidelines

The poster abstract should be less than 300 words and should summarize the research topic and the main findings.

Poster specifications

Poster size is A0 format: 841 mm (width), 1189 mm (height)

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 available for 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.


We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the course through the following measures:

  1. The EPN campus canteen, which provides catering for most meals during the course, gets most of its groceries from local suppliers. There are vegetarian options available and no plastic cutlery, cups or plates are used by the canteen.
  2. No bottled water will be supplied to participants. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles/cups onsite.
  3. Speakers and participants from Europe traveling to the EPN campus are encouraged to travel by train to reduce the carbon footprint of the course.
  4. All course material will be provided digitally (no printouts).
  5. No plastic badges/name tags will be provided. Instead, we will opt for stickers.

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.



Malene R. Jensen





Institut de Biologie Structurale

71, avenue des Martyrs

CS 10090

38044 Grenoble CEDEX 9



All participants and speakers will be housed at the ESRF guest house located on the EPN science campus in close distance to the Institute of Structural Biology. The students/postdocs will be housed in shared rooms. Upgrade to single rooms at the expense of the participants may be possible upon request and according to availability.


The Institute of Structural Biology is located on the EPN science campus. The campus is described here:

The campus and the city of Grenoble are well served by the international airport at Lyon (LYS), located 90 km away, with a convenient direct shuttle bus connection (Flixbus or Blablacar). The bus trip takes 1 hour and occurs with a frequency of 30 or 60 min, depending on time of day. The bus stops right at the EPN campus.

The airport of Geneva (GVA) can also be conveniently used. It is located 160 km away and is connected by a direct bus shuttle service. The bus trip takes 2.5 hours and occurs with a frequency of 4 bus trips per day.

Participants and speakers arriving by train at Grenoble central station can easily reach the EPN campus by tram way (line B, direction Oxford). The EPN campus is located a short walking distance from the station Oxford.

About the Area

Grenoble is located in the heart of the French Alps with multiple possibilities for hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities.

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