2018 Advanced Courses
Course summaries and the event website links will be added over the coming weeks as the websites are launched.
FEBS Youth Travel Fund grants will be available for each course to assist participation of early-career scientists.
FEBS ADVANCED LECTURE COURSES
50 years of molecular life sciences with FEBS Letters
May 24‒25, 2018
FEBS Letters is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. To mark the occasion, we are organizing a scientific symposium featuring twenty exceptional scientists (such as James Rothman, Noboru Mizushima, Joan Massagué or Rob Knight), selected among the authors of outstanding FEBS Letters articles published over the years. The scope is broad and particularly suited to young scientists interested in widening their views and learning about diverse scientific topics first hand by experts in the field.
Organizer: Felix Wieland
Deadline for applications: February 28, 2018
Redox-omic technologies and their application in health and disease
Spetses Island, Greece
September 17‒23, 2018
This Summer School will present the advances in modern omics technologies that enable identification of oxidative changes to biomolecules and their roles in functional redox biology. Introductory lectures will explain the principles of redox biology and omics techniques, including genomics, metabolomics, lipidomics and proteomics, while state-of-the-art lectures will address their applications to redox-mediated processes in biomedical science, including technological challenges and limitations. Participants will have the opportunity to interact in a relaxed setting with prominent senior scientists in the field, and to present and discuss their results in poster and oral sessions.
Organizers: Corinne Spickett, Niki Chondrogianni, Daniela Caporossi and Andrew Pitt
Deadline for applications: May 14, 2018
Extracellular matrix: cell regulation, epigenetics and modeling
September 27 – October 2, 2018
This Advanced Lecture Course will cover a wide range of topics, from basic and applied science to clinical applications. The course will focus on recent highlights in the fields of matrix biology, biochemistry, structural biology, epigenetics, pharmacology and medicine to present PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, as well as academic and institute research fellows, with novel aspects of modeling, design and pharmaceutical targeting. Plenary lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions, flash presentations and speaker’s corner/meet-the-experts sessions will encourage the interaction of young scientists with the invited experts in discussions about science and career development.
Organizer: Nikos K. Karamanos
Deadline for applications: YTFs, May 15, 2018; Registration and Abstract submission, May 31, 2018
Lipid dynamics and membrane contact sites
Spetses Island, Greece
August 31‒September 7, 2018
In this advanced course we have brought together a unique combination of frontiers in science focusing on the role of membrane contact sites and related lipid dynamics. The course includes introductory and state-of-art lectures with special emphasis on the architecture of membrane contact sites and their role in lipid logistics, the role of lipid transport proteins, membrane curvature, and on neutral lipids. In addition, the lipid field is technically complex and recent technological advances will also be addressed. Young researchers will have ample opportunity to meet and to discuss basic and emerging topics with the lecturers as social interactions are an important aspect of the meeting.
Organizer: Bernd Helms
Deadline for applications: June 15, 2018
Biology and pathology of the cytoskeleton: the crossroads of three cytoskeletal systems
Prague, Czech Republic
September 20‒24, 2018
Organizer: Pavel Dráber
Deadline for applications: June 30, 2018
3rd Danube conference on epigenetics
October 9‒12, 2018
Organizer: Tamás Arányi
Deadline for applications: September 7, 2018
FEBS PRACTICAL AND LECTURE COURSE
Ligand-binding theory and practice
Nove Hrady, Czech Republic
June 24‒July 1, 2018
Organizer: Rüdiger Ettrich
Deadline for applications: April 1, 2018
FEBS PRACTICAL COURSES
Integrated approaches to biomolecular interactions
May 7‒11, 2018
Currently, the quest for novel biomolecular interaction networks relies on multidisciplinary and high-throughput biochemical, biophysical and computational approaches. In this practical course, experts within the field will introduce young researchers to the analysis of protein–ligand and protein–protein interactions by lectures, open discussion sessions and hands-on training experiments using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Spin Labelling, Isothermal Titration Calorimetry, Surface Plasmon Resonance, Dynamic Light Scattering, Mass-Spectroscopy and complementary calculative analyses.
Organizer: Antonio J. Díaz-Quintana
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2018
8th International practical course in systems biology
June 4–15, 2018
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: Stefan Hohmann, Marija Cvijovic
Application deadline: March 15, 2018
Advanced methods in macromolecular crystallization VIII
‒ cosponsored by Instruct
Nove Hrady, Czech Republic
June 10‒16, 2018
The practical crystallization course is in fact the eighth run of the FEBS practical courses named “Advanced methods in macromolecular crystallization“, organized since 2004 at the Academic and University Center at Nove Hrady. The planned course (for undergraduate, postgraduate students and postdocs with an interest in macromolecular crystallization) is rather different from the established courses in protein crystallization. The course is designed to bring over the message of the benefits of more rational approaches to macromolecular crystallization and is aimed at a healthy mixture of advanced theoretical discussions and laboratory experiments. To achieve this goal, we have invited a number of prominent experts in the field as a teachers and tutors.
Organizer: Ivana Kuta Smatanova. Co-organizers: Pavlina Rezacova, Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
Deadline for applications: March 31, 2018
Microspectroscopy: functional imaging of biological systems
Wageningen, The Netherlands
September 11‒20, 2018
This course covers several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to study biomolecular processes in living cells such as: (multiphoton) confocal microscopy, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), super-resolution microscopy, total internal reflection microscopy (TIRF), fluorescence correlation microscopy (FCS), and single-molecule detected fluorescence.
Organizer: Jan Willem Borst
Deadline for applications: June 1, 2018
Hydrodynamic and thermodynamic analysis of biological macromolecules and their interactions: multi-method approaches and global data analyses
Prague, Czech Republic
September 23‒28, 2018
Organizer: Ondřej Vaněk
Deadline for applications: May 15, 2018
Emerging issues of breast cancer research: tumour heterogeneity, immunotherapy, and cellular metabolism
April 4‒6, 2018
This workshop will cover the most recent advancements in the field of breast cancer research including issues related to tumour heterogeneity and cellular metabolism as well as to topics related to immunotherapy and targeted therapy. The main goal of the meeting is to enhance basic research by bringing together basic researchers, clinicians and translational scientists. The planned meeting will be a good occasion for young scientists to discuss, brainstorm, get inspiration and form research co-operations with the lead scientists in these respective fields.
Organizer: Balázs Győrffy
Deadline for applications: December 31, 2017
The molecular basis of diseases: can we infer phenotypes from protein variant analysis?
May 23‒25, 2018
Organizer: Pier Luigi Martelli
Deadline for applications: April 15, 2018
Proteases, inhibitors and biological control
September 8‒12, 2018
Organizer: Boris Turk
Deadline for applications: May 31, 2018
Resurrection plants: hope for crop drought tolerance – REHOPE
September 20‒22, 2018
It has been estimated that half the world’s population will live in areas of high water scarcity by 2020, with serious implications for food shortages. This workshop focuses on a unique flora of 130 known species that can survive extreme water shortages for years. It will provide an excellent platform for participants to develop a comprehensive understanding of ‘resurrection plant’ system biology, exchange ideas, and advance concepts. The stimulating program will feature a diverse range of topics, including: biodiversity and environment interaction of resurrection plants; physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of drought tolerance; genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics of resurrection plants; genomics-assisted breeding; and bioengineering of drought-tolerant crops. We invite established and up-and-coming researchers to share exciting new findings.
Organizer: Galina Yahubyan; E-mail: email@example.com
Deadline for applications: July 1, 2018
FEBS SPECIAL MEETINGS
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins: from multidrug resistance to genetic disease – ABC2018
March 6‒12, 2018
ABC2018 will cover all basic and applied aspects of ABC proteins, both in normal and in cancer cells, as well as their important roles in genetic diseases and also drug resistance phenomena in cancer or infectious diseases. Leading scientists will present and discuss latest news on ABC proteins operating in bacteria, fungi, plants, parasites and humans. This special meeting is the only one in the world focusing exclusively on this medically and biologically important transporter family. Poster sessions, selected short and workshop talks by young scientists, junior investigators, a poster bullet session and moderated round-table discussions will ensure a strong interaction between speakers and participants.
Organizer: Karl Kuchler
Deadline for applications: YTFs, December 1, 2017; Other, December 15, 2017
The 2018 Golgi meeting: Membrane trafficking in cell organization and homeostasis
October 15‒19, 2018
This Golgi meeting, the 3rd in the series started by Golgi enthusiasts on the 100th anniversary of Camillo Golgi’s report of the organelle, is dedicated to the discussion of the following topics: autoregulation and homeostasis of organelles, cargo processing in the Golgi apparatus, lipid biosynthesis and trafficking, interorganelle signalling and coordination with complex cellular responses. This meeting will provide an overall perspective on the regulatory aspects of membrane trafficking that is lacking in either the big congresses or in too narrowly focused workshops. It will also provide a platform for the young researchers to exhibit their work as oral presentations as well as posters and offer ample opportunities for networking.
Organizer: Daniela Corda. Co-organizers: Alberto Luini, Antonella De Matteis, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
Deadline for applications: June 15, 2018