Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 15 - 23 Mar 2015
Deadlines Application closed

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The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.

We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.

Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

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Why apply?

  • Topics
    • Structural Biology & Biophysics
    • Cell & Tissue Architecture

  • Summary
    Fluorescence is a light-based molecular phenomenon that is inherently non-invasive; it thus finds broad application in the studies of living matter - from the observation of isolated proteins in buffer to complex machinery in living animals. Detection of fluorescence offers highest signal to noise, such that even single molecules can be investigated. This coined the development of myriads of fluorescence-based experimental strategies in biology and biophysics. Progress in biological research is directly linked to the development and subsequent application of new spectroscopic/microscopic techniques. Researchers in biology are mostly question driven – their aiming at using novel light-microscopy often reflects the hope to gain new insights, based on the promises of publication on the methods. This typically causes a misperception, e.g. that certain experiments performed under controlled biochemical conditions might not be easily adaptable to studies in cells, or that high-resolution methods do frequently not match the demands of in cell studies. Vice versa, in cell studies frequently lack the insights into the molecular mechanism. To achieve the necessary understanding to integrate seamlessly fluorescence tools across different resolution levels and laboratory scales (biochemical-cell-organism) in their research projects, the participants will receive hands on training and specialized training across a large range of high-resolution fluorescence studies. In particular, the course aims to teach the common concepts but also what requirements distinguish a large set of advanced fluorescent spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, from biochemical conditions to complex cellular systems. Experts in different fields will introduce principles, challenges and guidance of their fields. In this surrounding the participants will be able to directly perform small research projects in teams of two people on state of the art equipment and discuss their results with invited investigators, instructors, local teachers and editor.

Who should apply?

Participants will be advanced PhD students or postdocs. They will be selected based on scientific excellence, judged from their application, CV and the thereof derived estimation of the immediate impact this training will have on their current projects and future career perspective.