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Metabolite and species dynamics in microbial communities – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Practical Course

Metabolite and species dynamics in microbial communities

Overview

Course Overview

Metagenomics studies are rapidly uncovering the compositional richness of microbial communities in diverse habitats ranging from the oceans to the human gut. While their fundamental role in our health and environment is undeniable, there is an urgent need for unravelling molecular mechanisms underlying the dynamics of these communities. This requires a combined experimental and computational approach. Recent studies (including those from the organisers’ and speakers’ labs) have underlined the success of such integrative approaches. For example, emergence of cell subpopulations (Varahan et al. eLife 2019, 2020), and long-term stability (Blasche, Kim et al. Nat Microbiol. 2021) through metabolic cross-feeding.

As researchers world-wide map species dynamics in the ecosystems of their interest, this course will provide the necessary overview and tools for moving from cataloguing to identifying key interaction agents, especially metabolites. This will include integrating species and metabolite dynamics data, as well as leveraging the power of genome-scale metabolic models to predict community interactions.

Audience

This course is aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers who would apply the methods covered in the course. Applicants are requested to send a motivation letter summarizing their current research and their need for the methods addressed in this course. Furthermore, there is a specific questionnaire to query the background and access to the relevant methods. We aim for a broad geographical distribution of participants to identify needs for applying the methods in different countries, this includes newer EU member states. To ensure optimal tutoring during the practicals, we
target for 20 participants (10 each site). The course will bring together participants from various disciplines (microbiology, metabolomics, modelling, ecology) and ensure a distribution on both sites.

Modules / Practical sessions

  • Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
  • 16S analysis of kefir communities using Nanopore sequencing technology
  • Metabolite changes during kefir fermentation using Metabolomics
  • Interaction mapping plating experiment
  • Computational analysis introduction using R-studio/Python
  • 16S and metabolomics data analysis (computational)
  • Metabolic modelling of community interactions (computational)

Learning Outcomes

The main goal of the course is to equip the participants with the state-of-the-art concepts in microbial ecosystems and introduce them to the key tools towards gaining mechanistic insights in community dynamics. The central learning objective is that the participants will be able to apply these concepts and tools in their own research. Further, we also aim at enabling scientific networking among the participants (including speakers and trainers) and foster dialogue between scientists from different areas (microbiology, metabolomics, modelling, ecology).


Speakers and Trainers

Speakers and Trainers

Deepa Agashe

National Centre for Biological Sciences

India

Course site: Bangalore

Sonja Blasche

University of Cambridge

UK

Course site: Bangalore

Rachel Dutton

University of California, San Diego

USA

Course site: Remote

Amrita Hazra

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

India

Course site: Bangalore

Ece Kartal

University of Heidelberg

Germany

Course site: Heidelberg

Sandeep Krishna

National Centre for Biological Sciences

India

Course site: Bangalore

Sunil Laxman

Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine

India

Course site: Bangalore

Daniel Machado

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Norway

Course site: Remote

Nitish Malhotra

National Centre for Biological Sciences

India

Course site: Bangalore

Sara Mitri

University of Lausanne

Switzerland

Course site: Heidelberg

Aswin Seshasayee

National Centre for Biological Sciences

India

Course site: Bangalore

Rajalakshmi Srinivasan

Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine

India

Course site: Bangalore

Daphne Welter

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Course site: Heidelberg

Scientific Organisers

Sandeep Krishna

National Centre for Biological Sciences

India

Course site: Bangalore

Sunil Laxman

Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine

India

Course site: Bangalore

Kiran Patil

University of Cambridge

UK

Course site: Bangalore

Course Organisers

Irena Provaznikova

Training Lab Technician

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Course site: Heidelberg

Nathalie Sneider

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Course site: Heidelberg

Yvonne Yeboah

Yvonne Yeboah

Training Laboratory Manager

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Course site: Heidelberg

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.
  • All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.
Day 0 – Onboarding day
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Bangalore
10:00 – 10:30On-Boarding Day: Welcome and short introduction13:30 – 14:00
10:30 – 11:00Course overview on eCampus /introduction to pre-course work
Access to inspiration virtual lecture form Rachel Dutton / Diversity in Microbial comunities
14:00 – 14:30
11:00 – 12:00Software test for pre-course work14:30 – 15:30
Day 1 – Sunday 16 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Banglore
12:00HD and BA: check-in also technical set-up15:30
12:30 – 12:45Welcome and house notes (shared via Zoom) at both sites – jointly.16:00 – 16:15
12:45 – 13:15Course overview (Introduction to format, expectations, timelines)16:15 – 16:45
13:15 – 14:45Flash Talks by participants, organisers, trainers, speakers (concurrent coffee break)16:45 – 18:15
14:45- 15:45Lecture: Sara Mitri – Evolution and ecology in synthetic microbial communities18:15- 19:15
15:45- 16:30Practical introduction Kefir experiments (sequencing and metabolomics via zoom)19:15- 20:00
BA: Dinner followed by networking20:00 – 21:30
15:30 – 16:00HD: Coffee break
16:00 – 18:00HD Networking: Challenges and Expectations followed by networking time
18:00 – 20:00HD: Dinner followed by networking
Day 2 – Monday 17 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Bangalore
BA: Overview of the day09:15 – 9:30
BA: Networking: Challenges and Expectations concurrent coffee break9:30 – 10:30
BA: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Ece Kartal (Bangalore campus) + Sonja Blasche (Bangalore campus)
10:30 – 12:30
BA: Lunch12:30 – 13:30
09:00 – 09:15HD: Overview of the day
09:15 – 10:00HD: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
13:30
10:00 – 11:00Lecture: Deepa Agashe / Inter-species interactions in the insect gut13:30 –
14:30
11:00 – 11:15Coffee break14:30 – 14:45
11:15 – 12:15Lecture: Aswin Seshasayee / Evolution of bacterial regulatory systems14:45 – 15:45
12:15 – 12:30HD: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
12:30 – 13:30HD: Lunch
BA: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Ece Kartal (Bangalore campus) + Sonja Blasche (Bangalore campus)
(coffee break on demand)
15:45 – 18:00
13:30 – 14:30HD: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
14:30HD and BA connected via Zoom18:00
15:15- 15:45Group work: the 4 cross site teams will discuss their practicals18:45 – 19:15
BA Dinner19:15
15:45-
17:00
HD: Experimental design and kefir culture set-up and sampling
Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
(coffee break on demand)
17:00HD and BA connected via Zoom20:30
18:30 onwardsHD: Dinner followed by drinks and networking22:00
Day 3 – Tuesday 18 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Banglore
BA: Overview of the day and
16S analysis
Tutor: Nitish Malhotra (Bangalore campus)
metabolomics
Tutor: Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (Bangalore campus)
09:00-10:30
BA Coffee break10:30-10:45
BA: 16S analysis
Tutor: Nitish Malhotra (Bangalore campus)
metabolomics
Tutor: Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (Bangalore campus)
10:45- 12:15
08:45-09:00Cross site VC team catch up12:15-12:30
09:00- 10-30HD: Overview of the day
16S analysis
Tutor: Laura Villacorta (EMBL Heidelberg), Nayara Trevisan Doimo de Azevedo (EMBL Heidelberg), Jan Provaznik (EMBL Heidelberg)
metabolomics
Tutor: Denise Selegato (EMBL Heidelberg), Maria Zimmermann (EMBL Heidelberg)
BA: Lunch12:30- 13:30
BA: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutors: Sonja Blasche (Bangalore campus) + Ece Kartal (Bangalore campus)
13:30 – 14:15
10:30 – 10:45HD coffee break
10:45 – 12:15HD:16S analysis
Tutor: Laura Villacorta (EMBL Heidelberg), Nayara Trevisan Doimo de Azevedo (EMBL Heidelberg), Jan Provaznik (EMBL Heidelberg)
metabolomics
Tutor: Denise Selegato (EMBL Heidelberg), Maria Zimmermann (EMBL Heidelberg)
BA: 16S analysis
Tutor: Nitish Malhotra (Bangalore campus)
metabolomics
Tutor: Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (Bangalore campus)
14:15- 15:45
12:15 – 12:30Cross site VC team catch up with coffee15:45- 16:00
12:30 – 13:30HD: Lunch break
BA: 16S analysis
Tutor: Nitish Malhotra (Bangalore campus)
metabolomics
Tutor: Rajalakshmi Srinivasan (Bangalore campus)
16:00 – 17:30
13:30- 14:15HD: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutor: Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
14:15- 15:30Coffee break and chance to interact cross sites 17:30 – 19:00
15:30- 17:00HD:16S analysis
Tutor: Laura Villacorta (EMBL Heidelberg), Nayara Trevisan Doimo de Azevedo (EMBL Heidelberg), Jan Provaznik (EMBL Heidelberg)
metabolomics
Tutor: Denise Selegato (EMBL Heidelberg), Maria Zimmermann (EMBL Heidelberg)
BA: dinner followed by networking and drinks19:00 onwards
17:00 – 17:15HD coffee break
17:15- 18:45HD:16S analysis
Tutor: Laura Villacorta (EMBL Heidelberg), Nayara Trevisan Doimo de Azevedo (EMBL Heidelberg), Jan Provaznik (EMBL Heidelberg)
metabolomics
Tutor: Denise Selegato (EMBL Heidelberg), Maria Zimmermann (EMBL Heidelberg)
18:45- onwardsHD: dinner followed by networking and drinks
Day 4 – Wednesday 19 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Banglore
BA: overview of the day09:30- 9:45
BA: Campus/and close city area- treasure hunt09:45- 12:00
BA lunch12:00- 13:00
09:15- 09:30HD: Overview of the day
09:30- 10:15Lecture: Sunil Laxman / metabolic networks and interactions in cell populations13:00- 13:45
10:15- 11:00Lecture: Maria Zimmermann / uncovering metabolic potential of microbes that shape community interactions13:45- 14:30
11:00- 11:30HD and BA connected via zoom and continued discussions14:30- 15:00
11:30- 13:00Computational analysis introduction using R-studio/Python
Main trainer: Sandeep Krishna / Maria Zimmermann
15:00- 16:30
13:00- 14:00HD: lunch
BA: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutors: Sonja Blasche (Bangalore campus) + Ece Kartal (Bangalore campus)
16:30 – 17:15
BA coffee break17:15- 17:30
14:00-15:3016S and metabolomics data analysis (computational)
Main trainer: Sandeep Krishna / Maria Zimmermann
17:30- 19:00
15:30- 15:45HD coffee break
15:45- 16:30HD: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutor: Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg)
BA: Dinner followed by casual networking19:00 on wards
16:30- 18:00HD: 16S and metabolomics data analysis (computational)
Maria Zimmermann, Denise Selegato
18:00HD Bus downton
18:30 – 19:30HD City tour
20:00HD: Dinner followed by networking

Day 5 – Thursday 20 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Bangalore
BA: overview of the day09:30- 9:45
BA: 16S and metabolomics data analysis (computational)
Sandeep Krishna
09:45- 11:15
BA: treasure hunt continued11:15- 12:15
BA lunch12:15- 13:00
09:15 – 09:30HD overview of the day
09:30- 10:15Lecture: Amrita Hazra / Chemical biology of microbes13:00- 13:45
10:15- 11:00Lecture: Daniel Machado / Modelling microbial community interactions13:45- 14:30
11:00- 11:30HD and BA connected via Zoom and continued discussions14:30- 15:00
11:30- 13:00Metabolic modelling of community interactions (computational)
Main trainer: Daniel Machado / Kiran Patill / Eva-Maria Geissen
15:00- 16:30
13:00- 14:00HD: lunch
BA: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutors: Sonja Blasche (Bangalore campus) + Ece Kartal (Bangalore campus)
16:30 – 17:15
BA coffee break17:15- 17:30
14:00- 15:30Metabolic modelling of community interactions (computational)
Main trainer: Daniel Machado / Kiran Patil / Eva-Maria Geissen
17:30- 19:00
15:30- 15:45Evening break19:15
15:45- 16:45Coffee break and chance to interact cross sites19:15- 20:15
16:45- 17:30HD: Interaction mapping plating experiment
Tutor: Matthias Gross (EMBL Heidelberg), Emily Putnam (EMBL Heidelberg), Eva-Maria Geissen
17:30- 18:30HD: EMBL campus and treasure hunt
BA: Dinner followed by networking20:00 on wards
18:30 onwardsHD: Dinner followed by networking
Day 6 – Friday 21 October 2022
Time
Europe/Berlin
SpeakerTime
India/Bangalore
BA: core facility tours10:00- 11:00
BA: coffee break11:00 – 11:30
08:00 – 10:00Cross site – preparation time in teams for practical presentations and treasure hunt journey11:30 – 13:30
BA Lunch break13:30 – 14:30
10:00 – 11:00HD: group work and facility tours continued
11:00 – 12:30Cross site team presentations (10 minute presentation + 10 minute discussion per team)14:30 – 16:00
12:30- 13:30Joint break BA: coffee break; HD: lunch break tables build up to network on specific topics16:00 – 17:00
13:30- 14:30Lecture: Daniel Segre / Computation of Microbial Ecosystems in Time and Space17:00- 18:00
14:30 – 15:30Joint summary and closing remarks18:00 – 19:00
BA: course dinner (impressions shared via eCampus)19:00 onwards
16:00- 19:00HD: Bus downtown followed by free time in the city
19:00 onwardsHD Course dinner (impressions shared via eCampus)

Practical Information

Registration fees and motivation letter

The course is limited to 20 participants in total (10 participants at the Bangalore Life Science Cluster site and 10 participants at the EMBL Heidelberg site) . For selection purposes, please note that your application will not be considered without a letter of motivation.

Registration

Registration fees include admission, course materials, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. This EMBO course includes accommodation and transportation to and from the XXXX Hotel to the venue.

EMBL Heidelberg
site (Germany)
Bangalore Life Science
Cluster campus site (India)
Academia€500 € 150
PhD Student€500 € 150
Industry€1000 € 1000

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

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 both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

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 or conference.

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, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or EMBO Workshops

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 (EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops only)

For EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at a course or conference. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers. A maximum amount of 500 EUR can be awarded per participant applying for an EMBO Childcare Grant. In order to apply for this grant for EMBO Workshops, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant

Applies to selected courses only. Availability will be indicated during the abstract or 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, and abstract for conferences. 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 all financial assistance 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 is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.

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 information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and shuttles

Hotel

EMBL Heidelberg site participants
Accommodation for participants attending the course at EMBL Heidelberg has been pre-booked for you at the ISG Hotel for the default dates of 15 to 20 October (6 nights). Please note that the course registration fee includes coverage of accommodation costs in twin rooms, including breakfasts, for your stay at the ISG but that you will be required to pay an additional cost of 21 EUR per night for a single room. This should be paid by you directly to the ISG during your stay. Any additional nights need to be booked and paid for by you. We recommend that all course participants for the EMBL Heidelberg site stay at the ISG Hotel which is the dedicated hotel for the course.

Bangalore Life Science Cluster site participants

Accommodation for participants attending the course at the Bangalore Life Science Cluster campus site has been pre-booked at the hotel on campus for the default dates of 15 to 20 October (6 nights). Please note that the course registration fee includes coverage of accommodation costs in twin rooms, including breakfasts. Any additional nights need to be booked and paid for by you. We recommend that all course participants for the BLiSC campus site stay at the campus hotel which is the dedicated hotel for the course.

Local transport

EMBL Heidelberg site participants
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.

Bangalore Life Science Cluster site participants

The accommodation on campus is within walking distance of the buildings where the course will take place.

Further details

Addresses:

EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Bangalore Life Science Cluster Campus: Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065, Karnataka, India

For further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit our Travel Information page.

Further information on getting to Bangalore Life Science Cluster Campus will be provided to selected course participants.

For EMBL Heidelberg only: for enquiries about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

Technical requirements and event software

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.

Registration fees and motivation letter

The course is limited to XX 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, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. (***EMBL course)Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses. 
(***EMBO course)This EMBO course includes accommodation and transportation to and from the XXXX Hotel to the venue.

Academia€XXX
PhD Student€XXX
Industry€XXX

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

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 both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

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 or conference.

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, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or EMBO Workshops

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 (EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops only)

For EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at a course or conference. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers. A maximum amount of 500 EUR can be awarded per participant applying for an EMBO Childcare Grant. In order to apply for this grant for EMBO Workshops, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grant

Applies to selected courses only. Availability will be indicated during the abstract or 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, and abstract for conferences. 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 all financial assistance 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 is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.

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 information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and shuttles

Hotel

EMBO Courses with FULL COST paid by EMBL(please delete what is here in italics): The registration fee includes accommodation for X nights (XX – XX) at the ISG Hotel in a single room, including breakfast. Any additional nights need to be booked and paid for by you to the hotel. We recommend that all course participants stay at the ISG Hotel, which is the dedicated hotel for the course.

EMBO Courses with TWIN ROOM COST paid by EMBL but SINGLE ROOM UPGRADE to be paid for by participants(please delete what is here in italics): Accommodation has been pre-booked for you at the ISG Hotel for the default dates of XX to XX (X nights). Please note that the course registration fee includes coverage of accommodation costs in twin rooms, including breakfasts, for your stay at the ISG but that you will be required to pay an additional cost of 21 EUR per night for a single room. This should be paid by you directly to the ISG during your stay. 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.

Non-EMBO Courses(please delete what is here in italics): Single rooms have been reserved for X nights (XX-XX Month 2022) at the ISG Hotel. After the selection process, selected participants should contact the hotel directly to make a booking (booking code XX22-01). 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 further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit our Travel Information page.

For enquiries about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ 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 conferences, 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.

Date: 16 - 21 Oct 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Bangalore

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre and Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSC) Campus


Deadline(s):

Application: 25 Jul 2022


Organisers:

  • Sandeep Krishna
    National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
    • Sunil Laxman
      Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, India
      • Kiran Patil
        University of Cambridge, UK

EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme

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