2017 Advanced Courses
FEBS Advanced Courses 2017 encompass lecture courses, practical courses and workshops. Explore summaries on this page, and see the individual event websites for speaker programs and more details.
A limited number of FEBS Youth Travel Fund grants will be available for each course to assist participation of early-career scientists.
Download the 2017 Advanced Courses poster here.
FEBS ADVANCED LECTURE COURSES
Matrix pathobiology, signaling and molecular targets
Spetses Island, Greece
May 25–30, 2017
This Advanced Lecture Course is designed to provide PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, as well as academic and institute research fellows/seniors, with insights into the structure–function relationship and therapeutic potential of extracellular matrix (ECM) macromolecules, ECM-mediated tissue organization in health and disease, ECM-mediated cell signaling and behavior, methodological challenges in expression and determination of various macromolecules with biopharmaceutical importance, and novel aspects of cell imaging.
Organizer: Dr Nikos K. Karamanos
Application deadlines: YTF applicants, 15 February 2017; registration and abstract submission, 28 February 2017
FEBS Advanced Lecture course and ECF2017 meeting on “cytoskeleton: mechanical coupling from the plasma membrane to nucleus”
June 4–8, 2017
European Cytoskeletal Forum (ECF) acts as an interaction platform for researchers studying different aspects of the cytoskeleton. The 32nd ECF meeting will focus on the biomechanically coupled continuum from extracellular matrix to plasma membrane and nucleus. The main aim of this lecture course is to provide the participants with an overview of the cytoskeletal interactions that mechanoresponsively connect the entire cell to a functional entity. Young researchers will have plenty of opportunities to present their own work, both as short talks and in two poster sessions.
Organizers: Dr Maria Vartiainen, Prof. Johanna Ivaska and Prof. Pekka Lappalainen
Application deadline: April 10, 2017
Oncometabolism: from conceptual knowledge to clinical applications
Figueira da Foz, Portugal
June 18–24, 2017
This course on oncometabolism addresses a timely subject that has a strong potential for innovation. The programme covers a wide range of topics, from basic knowledge to clinical applications. By combining tutorials with lectures on the latest developments, it will benefit both young and more senior scientists. Poster sessions, selected short oral talks and meet the expert sessions, all taking place in a very informal and comfortable atmosphere, will encourage a strong interaction with the invited scientific leaders. The social programme, including beach sessions and half-day trips, will further promote scientific networking.
Organizer: Dr Ana Urbano
Application deadline (update March 2, 2017): regular application deadline is now April 21, 2017 (YTF application period has closed)
Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction and cancer
Spetses Island, Greece
August 16–24, 2017
International leaders in the field of signal transduction and cancer research will present and discuss the latest in technology and model system development for cancer research. This includes biochemical and genetic approaches, integration of signaling pathways in multifactorial processes (cell cycle, DNA damage, metabolism etc.), and resulting possibilities to treat cancer. Also new approaches such as adult stem cell-derived organoid cultures for signaling and cancer studies will be discussed. The course includes introductory and state-of-art lectures, extensive beach discussion sessions in small and large groups, poster sessions, student talks and free time for networking.
Organizer: Prof. dr. Boudewijn Burgering, with Co-organizers Prof. dr. Richard Marais and Prof. dr. René Medema
Application deadline: Registration and abstract submission, April 1, 2017
Nuclear receptors and epigenomic mechanisms in human disease and aging
Spetses Island, Greece
August 27 – September 1, 2017
Our lecture course will provide PhD students and postdocs from different fields an adequate introduction and latest insights into the role of nuclear receptor signaling pathways and epigenome alterations in human diseases, many of which are aging-related. Renowned lecturers will in particular discuss the role of nuclear receptors in linking key regulators of aging: epigenetic chromatin states, tissue metabolism and cell growth. The course program and the idyllic surroundings will stimulate scientific and social networking during beach workshops, short talks, poster sessions, afternoon breaks and tutorial dinners.
Organizer: Dr Eckardt Treuter
Application deadline: May 8, 2017
Immune system: genes, receptors and regulation
Hvar Island, Croatia
September 23–30, 2017
This course focuses on recent developments in cellular, molecular and organismal immunology. It will cover fundamental basic immunology as well as newly emerging areas, including, among others: in vivo fate mapping of the generation and maintenance of the immune system from stem cells; the impact of immunity on metabolism, and vice versa; metabolism within immune cells; the role of microbiota on immunity, and vice versa; mechanisms of malignant transformation of lymphocytes; human and murine T and B cell biology; molecular control of inflammation and infection (including parasites); transcriptional control of lymphocyte development and functions; origins and functions of tissue-resident macrophages; and epigenetic control of immunity.
Organizer: Dr Hans-Reimer Rodewald
Application deadline: June 15, 2017
FEBS PRACTICAL AND LECTURE COURSE
Chemistry of metals in biological systems
May 21–28, 2017
Metal ions play key roles in biochemistry. Approximately half of all enzymes require metal ions for their activity. Metal homeostasis is essential for health and metal-containing compounds can provide enhanced theranostic tools. Metals can also act as dangerous pollutants generated by biological activity through leaching of geological formations or from anthropogenic action. Competence in this broad range of disciplines is provided by an advanced course that offers an integrated multi-disciplinary training that combines advanced theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experiments.
Organizer: Dr Ricardo O. Louro
Application deadline: January 31, 2017
FEBS PRACTICAL COURSES
8th International practical course in systems biology
June 5–16, 2017
This course offers unique hands-on experience in data collection, modelling, simulation, prediction and verification on the analysis of the dynamics of defined molecular systems. Specifically, it will provide an understanding about which type of biological question can be productively addressed by an integrated experimentation/modelling approach, which types of experimental data are needed, and how modelling can best serve to solve the pertinent research question. Lectures from invited speakers will broaden students' views on systems approaches in life sciences.
Organizers: Dr Stefan Hohmann, Dr Marija Cvijovic
Application deadline: March 25, 2017
Functional imaging of cellular signals
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
June 11–16, 2017
The ability of cells to perceive and correctly respond to their environment is the basis of development, tissue repair, and immunity as well as normal tissue homeostasis, and errors in cell signalling are responsible for many diseases. In order to understand cell signalling, microscopic techniques can be used to elucidate signal complex composition, organization and dynamics. This practical advanced course will provide participants with the theoretical background and give hands-on experience of state-of-the-art microscopy techniques, with guidance from experts in the field.
Organizer: Dr Mark Hink
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Nucleotide excision repair and crosslink repair – from molecules to mankind
May 7–11, 2017
This workshop will bring together up to 100 scientists from Europe, the USA and beyond in a lovely and intimate setting of Smolenice Castle, Slovakia, to discuss our current understanding of nucleotide excision repair (NER) and interstrand crosslink (ICL) repair. Many endogenous agents, environmental toxicants and cancer chemotherapeutic agents cause DNA damage that is repaired through these two pathways. The workshop will move from molecules to man, and includes a discussion of several syndromes associated with premature aging and cancer that are caused by defective NER and ICL repair.
Organizer: Dr Peter McHugh
Application deadline: YTF applicants, March 1, 2017
Biological surfaces and interfaces
Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
July 2–7, 2017
The transdisciplinary concept of biological interfaces is at the cornerstone of research areas as diverse as implant design and control of stem cell differentiation, nanomedicine, cancer, drug delivery and systems biology. This workshop will address biological interfaces from a dynamic point of view. These concepts are key to understand processes such as regulation of stem cell differentiation, cancer metastasis, cellular forces and mechanotransduction. We will bring together research leaders working on these topics and young scientists at the doctoral and postdoctoral level, nucleating new ideas and new directions.
Organizer: Dr Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez
Application deadline: March 24, 2017
JOINT FEBS/EMBO LECTURE COURSES
Biophysics and medicine of channels and transporters: electrifying new insights
Erice, Sicily, Italy
May 14–20, 2017
This course will provide a broad coverage of modern aspects of ion channel and transporter research from single molecule biophysics up to studies involving whole organisms and human subjects. Lectures will cover the fundamental properties of ion channels as well as primary and secondary transporters (e.g. voltage-sensing, ion permeation, lipid regulation, transport mechanisms, role in disease), and methods used to study these proteins (e.g. patch clamp, X-ray crystallography, molecular dynamics, microscopy, optogenetics, high-throughput pharmacology). Young researchers will have many opportunities to present their own work through posters and data blitzes.
Organizer: Dr Paolo Tammaro
Application deadline: March 15, 2017
Molecular architecture, dynamics and function of biomembranes
June 12–22, 2017
This course is an excellent platform and opportunity for graduate students and young postdoctoral scientists from academia and industry to acquire an integrated overview of the structure, function and biogenesis of biological membranes and their components, to gain more insight in the possibilities offered by different disciplines and to discuss and learn about the multiple approaches, techniques and specialties in membrane research. The past (15) courses have shown that the convivial atmosphere of this course stimulates excellent interactions between all course participants, also in part thanks to the location of the course.
Organizer: Dr Eefjan Breukink
Application deadline: April 15, 2017
Image: Artistic adaptation of the transferrin receptor localized in the ER and Golgi (courtesy of the Kirchhausen lab).
Proteins and organized complexity
Spetses Island, Greece
September 24 – October 1, 2017
The course will link a system-oriented view of protein–protein interactions with the molecular principles of these interactions and their implications in human disease. Emphasis will include currently emerging fundamental concepts as well as cutting-edge methods that allow interrogation of biological systems at different scales: from that of single molecules to complex networks. The course will integrate a range of experimental approaches with a more global understanding of the many interactions that proteins can engage in. Selected postdoctoral workers in related fields can use it as a stimulus to change their direction of research.
Organizer: Dr Daniel Otzen
Application deadline: May 25, 2017
Mitochondria in life, death and disease
Selva di Fasano, Italy
October 9–13, 2017
The course will deal with a number of research areas concerning the basic function of mitochondria as well as the novel roles that these organelles play in the context of cellular physiology in both unicellular and complex multicellular systems. Mitochondria interact and communicate with other organelles and are involved in complex metabolic networks mediating cell survival, apoptosis, redox control, calcium homeostasis and many metabolic and biosynthetic pathways. Young students and postdocs will have many opportunities to meet and discuss with established PIs in an informal context, during ‘meet the PI’ sessions, informal round table discussions and poster presentations.
Organizer: Dr Palmiro Cantatore
Application deadline: July 31, 2017
EVENTS WITH FEBS YTF (Youth Travel Fund) SUPPORT
HFP2017: molecular mechanisms of host–pathogen interactions and virulence in human fungal pathogens
La Colle sur Loup, France
May 13–19, 2017
This course will cover the most recent advancements in the field of molecular research into human fungal pathogens. Topics include: genomics, evolution and epidemiology; molecular and cell biology; antifungal therapeutics; impact of the mycobiome in health and disease; host and fungal interactions. The programme includes a broad range of fungal pathogens and the application of state-of-the-art technologies. The course will bring together internationally recognized research leaders and junior scientists to facilitate knowledge exchange and stimulate networking in a convivial setting. There will be lots of opportunities for participants to present and discuss their research in workshops, elevator and poster sessions.
Organizer: Dr Carol Munro
Application deadline: February 1, 2017