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Current methods in cell biology – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Practical Course

Current methods in cell biology

Overview

Course overview

In the past decade, cell biology has undergone transformational changes resulting from improvements in single molecule imaging technologies and in-situ structural biology. At the same time, the emergence of deep learning approaches that have revolutionised the field of image analysis together with techniques that complement imaging approaches to e.g. dissect the mechanical properties of cells have provided a wealth of quantitative high-dimensional data for cell biologists. The wealth of data available to cell biologists also comes with new challenges in data handling, data analysis, and data interpretation. To allow researchers to design appropriate experiments and translate the data into meaningful knowledge requires insight into which techniques are best suited to address a specific question, which techniques can or must be combined, and how the output is best analysed and interpreted. The ‘Current methods in cell biology’ course aims to expose researchers with different backgrounds to the diverse cutting-edge methods developed for cell biology to showcase how integrated approaches can address the current “big” questions in cell biology. By attracting a diverse group of participants and exposing them to the recent advances in cell biology, the course will equip the participants with the tools to further advance the field.

The practical sessions will take place in parallel and groups will rotate . Participants must select 3 topics out of 11 for practicals 1 – 3 and 2 topics out of 3 for practicals 4 – 5.

Audience

The course will be targeted primarily for postdocs and advanced graduate students who have developed an interest in cell biology. We aim to attract a diverse group of scientists who want to expand their expertise by acquiring cutting-edge  quantitative cell biological, biophysical, and computational methods to address current problems in cell biology. We aim to balance the number of participants with a background in biology and participants coming from other disciplines. A key criterion for selection is the potential benefit of adding novel cell biological methods to the participant’s own research plans.

Preference will be given to applicants where there is little or no possibility that the applicant can acquire these technologies at their home institution.

What past participants say about the course

This course has changed my perspective in many aspects of cell biology, and allowed me to rethink how to perform crucial experiments. The interaction with other participants and the speakers has been without a doubt the best, providing an excellent platform for networking during the 10 days of the course. Highly recommended in the next editions!” – Anchel de Jaime Soguero, COS Heidelberg, Germany

A wonderful way to learn about and be inspired by new advances in cell biology research. The enthusiasm of those teaching made the course stand out as a unique opportunity.” – Victoria Hart, University of Sheffield, UK.

This course is kindly supported by the Cell Biology and Biophysics Unit of EMBL.

Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations for testing and other requirements to attend this on-site course.


This event has been granted the following EMBO sustainability badge:

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Speakers

Speakers, trainers, and staff

Kate McDole

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

United Kingdom

Trainers

LabPeople
Banterle GroupEnrico Salvatore Atorino – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Anna Lippert – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Cuylen GroupBanafsheh Golchoubian – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Yuki Hayashi – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Dey GroupMargarida Araujo – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Felix Mikus – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Hiral Shah – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Diz-Muñoz GroupSrishti Dar – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Linda Decker – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Filipe Nunes Vicente – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Eva Pillai – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Ruben Tesoro Moreno – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Ellenberg GroupHairuo Dang – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Marina Makharova – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Koki Watanabe – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Erzberger GroupRoman Belousov – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Jenna Elliott – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Köhler GroupCristina Pineiro Lopez – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Kreshuk GroupBenedikt Best – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Dominik Kutra – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Pepperkok TeamGeorge Galea – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Muzamil Majid Khan – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Prevedel GroupLing Wang – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Quail GroupShilpi Dhar – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Natalia Lopez – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Juliette Sebellin – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Watt GroupMirsana Ebrahim – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Schwab TeamChandni Bhickta – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Inés Romero Brey – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Zimmermann TeamDietrich Walsh – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Scientific organisers

Course organisers

Catherine Casas

Catherine Casas-Saavedra

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Irena Provaznikova

Scientific Training Manager

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Preliminary programme

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  • Some pre-course work (such as watching pre-recordings, protocol reading and computational exercises) with estimated time 0-10 hours will be required and will be shared in advance of the course.
  • Some speakers may need to join virtually to give their lecture or Q&A, and the programme is subject to change.
Day 1 – Sunday 1 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
15:30 – 16:00Registration and WelcomeISG Hotel
16:00 – 16:30Welcome, Safety introductionISG Hotel
16:30 – 18:00Flash TalksISG Hotel
18:00 – 18:45Challenges and ExpectationsISG Hotel
18:45 – 19:00BreakISG Hotel
19:00 – 20:00DinnerISG Hotel
20:00 – 22:00Networking with DrinksISG Hotel
Day 2 – Monday 2 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Microscopy basics
Robert Prevedel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:00Lecture: Single Molecule Localization Microscopy and Minflux
Jonas Ries – Max Perutz labs, Austria
Seminar room 202
11:00 – 14:00Poster session 1 (odd numbers)
Lunch and open discussion
Operon Foyer
14:00 – 14:30Responsible Conduct of Research – Practical 1
Conducted by the respective trainers
14:30 – 19:00Practical 1 (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
19:00 – 20:15Dinner at EMBL canteenEMBL Canteen
20:15Return to hotelATC entrance
Day 3 – Tuesday 3 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Microscopy applied I
Jan Ellenberg – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:00Lecture: Heterogeneity in Human Skin cells
Fiona Watt – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
11:00 – 14:00Poster session II (odd numbers)
Lunch and open discussion
Operon Foyer
14:00 – 19:00Practical I (continue) (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
19:00 – 20:30Tapas dinnerTBC
20:30Return to hotelATC entrance
Day 4 – Wednesday 4 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the day
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Super-resolution microscopy introduction
Timo Zimmermann – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:00Lecture: Emerging model systems for cell biology
Gautam Dey – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
11:00 – 11:30Break
11:30 – 12:15Lecture: Cell mechanics
Alba Diz Muñoz – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
12:15 – 13:30Lunch and NetworkingEMBL canteen
13:30 – 14:00Responsible Conduct of Research – Practical 2
Conducted by the respective trainers
14:00 – 18:30Practical 2 (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
18:45 – 19:45DinnerEMBL canteen
19:45Walk to hotel
Day 5 – Thursday 5 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Phase separation in cell biology
Sara Cuylen-Häring – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:15Seminar: DNA PAINT
Ralf Jungmann – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
Small Operon
11:15 – 11:45Meet the SpeakerSeminar room 202
11:45 – 12:45Career lunchEMBL canteen
12:45 – 13:15Group Photo
13:15 – 14:15Seminar: Lattice Light Sheet
Kate McDole – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
Seminar room 202
13:30 – 14:00TBC
14:00 – 19:00Practical 2 (continue) (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
19:00 – 20:15Pizza DinnerTBC
20:15Return to hotelATC entrance
Day 6 – Friday 6 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Theory
Anna Erzberger – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:15Seminar: Simulations
Florian Berger – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Small Operon
11:15 – 11:45Meet the SpeakerSeminar room 202
11:45 – 12:45LunchEMBL canteen
12:45 – 13:30Seminar: Computational modelling
Alejandro Torres Sánchez – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
Small Operon
13:30 – 14:15Responsible Conduct of Research – Practical 3
Conducted by the respective trainers
Seminar room 202
14:15 – 18:45Practical 3 (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
18:45 – 19:00Return to hotelATC entrance
19:00 – 21:00Dinner and drinks at ISG HotelISG Hotel
Day 7 – Saturday 7 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Small-molecule fluorophores for biological imaging
Claire Deo – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:00Break
10:00 – 10:45Lecture: Expansion Microscopy
Niccolò Banterle – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 11:45Lecture: Meiosis
Simone Köhler – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
11:45 – 12:45LunchEMBL canteen
12:45 – 18:00Practical 3 (continue) (parallel sessions)
1. High speed AFM
2. Using Expansion Microscopy in cell biology
3. Dissecting the role of membrane-to-cortex attachment in cortical mechanics
4. Live-imaging of mouse pre-implantation embryos and bio-image analysis
5. Simultaneous labeling of DNA, RNA, and proteins preserving chromosome morphology. Is that possible?
6. Build your fluorescence microscope (DIY)
7. High Content Screening (HCS) Microscopy: Investigating the interplay between DNA damage response (DDR) mechanisms and inflammation
8. Random walks in Biology
9. Characterizing stem cells from human epidermis
10. Volume CLEM unravels the sub-cellular architecture of selected marine unicellular plankton
11. Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
18:00 – 18:30Bus to DowntownATC entrance
18:30 – 22:30Downtown Heidelberg visit with course dinnerTBC
Day 8 – Sunday 8 September 2024

Free day

Day 9 – Monday 9 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Machine Learning for Image analysis
Anna Kreshuk – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:15Seminar: Cell Profiler
Beth Cimini – Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Small Operon
11:15 – 11:45Meet the speakerSeminar room 202
11:45 – 12:45LunchEMBL canteen
12:45 – 13:30Lecture: Correlative Light & Electron Microscopy
Yannick Schwab – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
13:30 – 14:15Responsible Conduct of Research – Practical 4: Image analysis and Theory
Conducted by the respective trainers
14:15 – 18:45Practical 4: Image analysis and Theory (parallel sessions)
1. Cell Profiler
2. Machine learning for image analysis
3. Linking models across scales in computation and theory
18:45 – 20:00DinnerEMBL canteen
20:00Return to hotelATC entrance
Day 10 – Tuesday 10 September 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)SessionLocation
08:40 – 08:55Bus from ISG hotel to EMBL ATC Entrance
08:55 – 09:00Overview of the daySeminar room 202
09:00 – 09:45Lecture: Optical tweezers
Thomas Quail – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
09:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:15Seminar: Cell sorting
Keisuke Goda – Goda Lab, Tokyo, Japan
Small Operon
11:15 – 11:45Meet the speakerSeminar room 202
11:45 – 12:45LunchEMBL canteen
12:45 – 13:30Lecture: TBC
Rainer Pepperkok – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Seminar room 202
13:30 – 14:15Responsible Conduct of Research – Practical 5: Image analysis and Theory
Conducted by the respective trainers
14:15 – 18:45Practical 5: Image analysis and Theory (parallel sessions)
1. Cell Profiler
2. Machine learning for image analysis
3. Linking models across scales in computation and theory
18:45 – 19:30Feedback sessionSeminar room 202
19:30 – 20:30DinnerEMBL canteen
20:30Return to hotelATC entrance

Practical information

Registration fees and motivation letter

The course is limited to 30 participants. For selection purposes, please note that your application will not be considered without a letter of motivation.

Registration

Registration fees include admission, course materials, meals and coffee breaks. This EMBO course includes accommodation and transportation to and from the ISG Hotel to the venue.

Academia€500
PhD Student€500
Industry€1000

A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.

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.

Instructions

  1. Include your relevant skills, experience and qualifications showing 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 will benefit from the course.

Please note:

  • The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).
  • If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.
  • If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

For detailed instructions, please watch our video on how to submit a course motivation letter.

Further details

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

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of registration fee waivers, travel grants and childcare grants

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration fee waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:

– up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course within Europe.

– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course from outside Europe.

– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course.

– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course.

– up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Practical Course.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses

The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.

Childcare grant

There is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants, speakers, trainers and organisers when attending a course. Eligible costs include (but are not limited to) fees for a babysitter or child-care facility and travel costs for a caregiver. Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers. There is a limited amount of funding available for the childcare grants and funds will be distributed amongst eligible applicants.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant

Applies to selected courses only. Availability will be indicated during the motivation letter submission process.

This grant covers costs related to your attendance at the course (registration, travel and accommodation costs). The grant is restricted to PhD students and postdocs who conduct basic biomedical research.

Whether you are eligible to apply for a travel grant, depends on when you received your university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, A-Levels, High School Diploma, Final State Examination):

– for PhD and MD students, as well as graduates, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 11 years ago at the time of the envisaged course

– for postdocs, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 13 years ago at the time of the envisaged course

Application

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your motivation letter for courses. In your application, you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.

For the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant, there is a pre-application question during the motivation letter submission process, and if selected you will be requested to complete a standard form and documentation consisting of your travel expense estimation.

Selection

The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers and travel grants during the motivation letter or abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6 – 8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection for registration fee waivers and travel grants is based on scientific merit, your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support, and the impact this event will have on your career.

Childcare grants will be allocated in the same timeframe (6-8 weeks before the event start date). Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers.

Reimbursement

Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

See our list of external funding opportunities and for further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and travel

Travel information

For travel information, please see here.

If you are travelling to the conference within Germany then you are eligible for the Deutsche Bahn ‘Event Ticket’ (called the ‘Veranstaltungsticket’ in German). This will result in a lower ticket price if your travel distance to Heidelberg is more than 100 km. You need to provide proof of your event attendance when purchasing the ticket.

For more information in English see here or in German see here.

You can book your ticket here.

Hotel

Accommodation in twin rooms, including breakfast, is included in the registration fee. Accommodation has been booked for you at the ISG Hotel for the default dates of 1 to 10 September (10 nights). In case you would like to have a single room, please let the hotel know and note that you will be required to pay directly an additional cost of €24 per night (availability of single rooms may be limited). Any additional nights need to be booked and paid for by you. We recommend that all course participants stay at the ISG Hotel which is the dedicated hotel for the course.

Local transport

Shuttle buses will go from the ISG Hotel to EMBL and back, mornings and evenings. A bus schedule and location of the bus stops will be made available prior to the meeting.

Further details

Address: EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

For more information about accommodation and travel, please refer to the FAQ page.

On-site information

Catering

All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the laboratories.

Electricity and charging station

In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). An adaptor and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.). A USB charging station for electronic devices is available at the registration desk.

EMBL Merchandise

If you are interested in purchasing EMBL merchandise (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please email the EMBL shop to place an order or get in contact with your Course Organiser.

Kindly note the EMBL shop is only open upon request and all purchases must be made in cash (Euros only).

Health and safety notes

Please read EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events.
Do not smoke in any EMBL building.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in all laboratories.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • The first aid room is located next to the ATC Registration Desk (room 10- 205).
  • Dial the Emergency number 222 from any EMBL internal phone only.
  • Where is the accident? What happened? How many injured?
  • Emergency number 06221-387 7821 from mobile phones.
  • Please report all accidents to the conference officer at the registration desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or the Emergency number 222 from any internal phone.
  • A loud fire alarm will go off if an evacuation is required. On hearing the alarm leave the building immediately following the escape route and fire wardens and head to one of the meeting points
  • Do not use the lifts.

Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference. Note that the next pharmacy is a 4-minute drive from the EMBL, but for many medications you will be required to see a doctor to get a prescription.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor while in Heidelberg. In any case, the EMBL Course and Conference Office will assist you to get to the pharmacy and a doctor of your choice if necessary.

Internet

Wi-Fi is available on campus. Log in using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ items are kept at the registration desk until the end of the conference.

Luggage

There are lockers available on-site to store your luggage, which require a 2 EURO coin to operate. There is another luggage room on level E0, which is free to use but remains unlocked during the conference.

Nursing room

There is a nursing room available in the ATC Rooftop Lounge on level A29.

Photography

During the conference, an EMBL Photographer may be taking photos. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.

Printing

We can help to print your boarding pass/train ticket. Please send it to events@embl.de and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.

Room for prayer, yoga, and meditation

There is a room for prayer, meditation, and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of others using the room.

Sightseeing

A variety of activities in Heidelberg can be found on the website of Heidelberg Marketing.

Travel to and from the venue

During the event, we provide conference shuttle buses to and from EMBL. In addition, there is the public bus 39A that serves the EMBL campus and taxis can be easily booked at any time. Information on the shuttle buses can be found on the individual event website and more detailed information on travelling to EMBL can be found on our Travel Information page.

Additional information

Address: EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for Participants page.

Technical requirements and event software

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Technical requirements

Below you will find the software and technical requirements for this course.

  • Participants need to bring their own laptops, which will be used to remotely access EMBL virtual machines with pre-installed software.
  • You will need admin rights to install the software required to access the virtual machines. If you do not have admin rights, please contact your technical support team in advance to make sure the software can be installed.
  • If you have a non-standard HDMI port (other than type A), you need to bring an adaptor.
  • Keyboard and PC mouse are available for use with a standard USB port. If you have a different port type, such as USB-C, you will need to bring your own.

Event software

The EMBL eCampus learning platform will be used to collaborate, communicate and network with all of the course participants. All participants will receive information on how to join shortly before the course. We recommend using Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox browsers for eCampus. 

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for Participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other events, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.

Warning

EMBL wishes to warn sponsors of EMBL conferences and courses of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer sponsorship opportunities on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. One current scam campaign of which we are aware is conducted using the name ‘Judy Eastman’ (judy@gopcontact.a2hosted.com) and entails approaches to sponsors offering sponsorship opportunities on EMBL’s behalf. Please be kindly advised that all relevant communication regarding sponsorship of EMBL conferences, symposia and courses is handled by EMBL directly and is sent from an official EMBL account. EMBL does not work with any external providers on sponsorship acquisition.

Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.

Media kit

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Date: 1 - 10 Sep 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Deadline(s):

Closed


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