Location & dates Virtual 19 - 23 Oct 2020
Deadlines Application closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

Registration Fees and Motivation Letter

The course is limited to 20 participants. For selection purposes, please note that your application will not be considered without a letter of motivation.


Registration Fees (include admission, course materials):


170 Euro

PhD Student

170 Euro


300 Euro

Confirmation and Payment

The registration fee should be paid only after acceptance to the course. The results will be announced approximately 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.

Motivation Letter Submission

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your motivation letter. Click on the link provided and enter your motivation letter in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your motivation letter by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.


  1. Include your level of experience with the taught techniques as well as relevant background knowledge, skills and qualifications to show why you would be suitable for the course.
  2. Explain why you would like to attend, including what you can contribute and how you think you and your research will benefit from the course.

Please note:

Motivation letter length:
The maximum limit of 2000 characters (ca. 200 words) refers to manually typed text (spaces included).

Free field text length: The maximum characters for your answers in the free field text boxes is 255 (spaces included).

Text only: If you copy-paste the text, hidden formatting might still be included and you will be informed that your text exceeds the character limit. We recommend either:

  1. saving your text as text only in your editor or Email programme, OR
  2. copy-pasting it into Notepad and then onto the website.

Browsers: Our system only supports Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Some web browsers do not accept letters close to the 2000 character count.

If you have special symbols in your text make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised by the tool.

Additional Application Questions

During the application process you will be asked to provide your level of experience with different tools. Additionally, given the following output, the organisers would like you to provide the smallest number of commands to copy the file chapter1.txt into the directory /home/barbara/ready:

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Further Details

For further information about registration and motivation letter submission please refer to the FAQ page.

Application is no longer possible. The course was limited to 20 participants.

The results will be announced approximately 2-3 weeks after the application deadline.

Registration Fees (included admission, course materials, meals and coffee breaks):


170 Euro

PhD Student

170 Euro


300 Euro

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