Solution scattering from biological macromolecules – Course and Conference Office

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Solution scattering from biological macromolecules


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This course consists of two parts: virtual and onsite. The virtual course takes place 6 – 10 November 2023 and the onsite part takes place 27 November – 1 December 2023.

Course overview

The virtual course will cover the basics of SAXS/SANS, instrumentation, data collection, modelling techniques and complementary use with other methods. The students are encouraged to sign-up for a self-paced practical tutorial that covers basic and advanced SAXS data processing steps (including quizzes to keep track of successful participation).

In addition, students are encouraged to apply to the ‘add on module’ which includes an on-site visit (5 days) in Hamburg to participate either in track 1: X-ray beamline operation or track 2: sample optimisation for SAXS. Students not travelling to Hamburg can sign up for small discussion groups to discuss their SAXS data in more detail.


The course is aimed at young biochemists/biophysicists and researchers active in related structural methods with little or no experience in solution scattering.

Online: early career scientists interested in expanding their knowledge in SAXS.
On-site: track 1: scientists with a background in physics/engineering and interest in X-ray technology; track 2: scientists with previous experience in SAXS looking for ways to improve their data collection


  • SAXS data collection
  • Data processing
  • Basic analysis
  • Novel SAXS data analysis methods
  • Integrative structural biology
  • Reporting and quality assessment

Learning outcomes

During the virtual course, we will take a look at all essential steps of SAXS data analysis, from applying for beamtime, collecting, processing, and analysing SAXS data, as well as proper reporting and quality assessment. At the on-site part, deeper insights into beamline operation or optimization of measurements can be gained.


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Date: 6 - 10 Nov 2023

Location: EMBL Hamburg

Venue: Centre for Structural Systems Biology


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