Application Guidelines & Procedures for Joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses
Format of Joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses
The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) will support 3–5 Annual Joint Lecture Courses on relevant, timely scientific topics in biochemistry and molecular-, cell and developmental biology and related areas such as systems biology. Organizers are also motivated to consider gender as well as science & society issues in the course programmes if possible or applicable. Courses can be organized in any country of a FEBS Constituent Society or in any of the EMBC (European Molecular Biology Conference) member states.
Joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses intend to provide students and postdoctoral fellows with opportunities for career development and mentoring by meeting experts in their fields. Because the focus is on training, lecturers should also deliver introductory lectures followed by state-of-the-art scientific talks. Joint lecture courses may host a limited number of lecturers (18-24), who should strongly interact with students (up to 120) in poster sessions, oral presentations and round-table discussions, as well as tutorials. Furthermore, joint courses are eligible to receive EMBO additional funds to support one EMBO Plenary Lecture, one EMBO Young Investigator Lecture, one Science & Society Lecture, as well as one Women in Science Lecture if applicable and upon request. Finally, joint courses are eligible to receive Youth Travel Fellowships (YTF), based on FEBS YTF guidelines.
Organisers have to complete the appropriate FEBS/EMBO Application Form, which can be retrieved from the download area on FEBS homepage as a ”FEBS/EMBO Application/Reporting Form Package”. Please follow the step-by-step application guidelines also available on the FEBS/EMBO homepages.
Organizer(s) are asked for the following details in the application:
EMBO Science & Society Lecture
EMBO Young Investigator Lecture
EMBO Women in Science Lecture
Advertisement & Administrative Support
After approval, joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses will be advertised through the annual FEBS & EMBO Course Posters and announced in the FEBS Journal, in FEBS Letters, and in the FEBS e-newsletter, EMBO Encounters, EMBO Reports, EMBO Journal, in NATURE events, as well as at the FEBS/EMBO websites.
Course organisers may also receive administrative support (course poster, website & registration) through the EMBO online helpdesk at no cost. All organisers are also encouraged to advertise their courses by other means at their own discretion.
Conditions of Award
The award of a FEBS/EMBO grant is contingent on the following commitments by the organizer(s):
1. A comprehensive course report has to be provided after the joint lecture course. The report must include (i) a scientific report, (ii) statistical data, (iii) a questionnaire evaluation summary and (iv) a financial report. All reporting must use standardized forms found in the Application/Reporting Package available on the FEBS and EMBO homepages.
2. Electronic copies of all report forms (Scientific Report, Statistics Form, Evaluation Summary of Questionnaires, Financial Report) must be uploaded through the FEBS online system using the Log-In and Account Information obtained for application submission.
3. An original financial report, duly signed by the principal applicant, documenting all major items of expenditure, as well as all income (i.e. any other sponsor support) has to be sent by surface mail to the FEBS ACC Office in Vienna no later than 3 months after the course. The standard Financial Report Form must be used for finance reporting – no other financial reports will be accepted. Furthermore, all original Questionnaires returned by participants must also be mailed to the ACC Office in Vienna. We need to receive 75% of the original Questionnaires filled out by participants and returned to organizers.
Youth Travel Funds
Attention of the course organizers is drawn to the possibility that participating students (Ph.D. and postdoctoral fellows within five years of obtaining Ph.D.) may apply for financial support through the FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) to participate in a FEBS Advanced Courses / Workshops. The YTF grants support travel, registration as well as accommodation and food.
YTF grants may be awarded to all participants of practical courses, but only to a maximum of 25% of the participants of Advanced Lecture Courses and Workshops. The organizer(s) should select appropriate candidates (for details, see below). All financial matters (including the YTF grants) will be handled by the FEBS Treasurer.
Youth Travel Fund Applications
The Course / Workshop organizers will be asked to help select and identify appropriate YTF recipients. Course Organizers will receive YTF application forms corresponding to the number of YTF grants allocated to that particular FEBS Course / Workshop. The numbered original YTF forms will be forwarded to the selected students by the organizer.
Through the YTF Application Forms the selected candidates are asked to provide information on:
Further Conditions for a YTF Grant – Eligibilty Criteria can be found here.