2020 Advanced Courses
Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on events in the 2020 Advanced Courses programme:
FEBS has been supporting postponement of several FEBS Advanced Courses that were scheduled to run this year. Organizers will be in touch with registered participants about new arrangements. Some events previously listed on this page now have new dates in 2021 and are shown on the 2021 Advanced Courses page.
As the coronavirus threat and government actions continue to evolve this year, for events below please check website homepages for notices or contact the organizers of the course you are interested in to receive the most current information before registration and making travel arrangements.
For a general FEBS statement in relation to coronavirus, click here.
FEBS ADVANCED LECTURE COURSE
4th Danube conference on epigenetics: now a 'Danube Epigenetics Webinar Series'
Webinar series kick off: October 6, 2020
For the 4th time the Danube Conference on Epigenetics was aiming to bring together scientists studying a range of topics in the field of Epigenetics: from transcriptional regulation, through chromatin modifications, nuclear architecture, transgenerational inheritance and metabolism to DNA methylation. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers are transforming the planned conference into a 'Danube Epigenetics Webinar Series', check the website for more details.
Organizer: Tamás Arányi
JOINT FEBS/EMBO LECTURE COURSE
Cancer systems biology: promises of artificial intelligence (now a virtual meeting)
September 28 – October 2, 2020
The objective of the course, which will be run as a virtual meeting, is to promote better integration of computational approaches into biological and clinical labs. The course will particularly focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) approaches in cancer research. The participants of the course will be exposed to various approaches for omics, imaging, clinical data analysis and interpretation, combining signalling networks together with multi-scale data and associating it to clinical data. In addition, drug sensitivity prediction algorithms, biomarkers and cancer drivers identification; patient stratification approaches; application of mathematical modelling and image analysis in cancer with focus on AI/ML approaches will be demonstrated.
Organizer: Inna Kuperstein
Deadline for applications: August 20, 2020
POSTPONED EVENTS AWAITING NEW DATES
FEBS ADVANCED LECTURE COURSES
Structural Drug Design 2020: biology, chemistry and computers
May 29 – June 6, 2020; POSTPONED to 2023
The course aims to provide an overview of the current structural, biophysical, informatics and chemical techniques used in disease biology understanding and drug discovery and design. A combination of lectures and workshops will provide theoretical background and hands-on experience. Poster sessions and short talks, as well as the very informal atmosphere typical of the beautiful town of Erice, will encourage networking and interactions with leaders in the field.
Organizers: Giovanna Scapin, Charlotte Dean, Frank von Delft
Deadline for applications: TBC
Cellular stress and ADP-ribosylation
July 12–18, 2020; POSTPONED; awaiting new dates
This course focuses on the mutual relationship between ADP-ribosylation research and our current knowledge of molecular mechanisms underlying cellular stress responses. It will cover a wide range of topics including recent highlights in the fields of ADP-ribosylation, ubiquitinylation, heat shock and nutritional as well as oxygen stress responses, to present PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, as well as academic and institute research fellows, with novel aspects of pharmaceutical targeting. Plenary lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions and speaker’s corners / meet-the-experts sessions will address and encourage the interaction of young scientists with the invited experts in discussions about science and career paths.
Organizers: Daniela Corda, Michael O. Hottiger
Deadline for applications: TBC
JOINT FEBS/EMBO LECTURE COURSES
Ion channels and transporters: from molecule to man
May 17–23, 2020. POSTPONED; awaiting new dates
This course is designed to provide an overview of the latest aspects of ion channel and transporter research. Topics covered will include structural, functional and computational aspects, as well as more general themes, such as publishing and the role of women in science. Additionally, the course will feature didactic tutorials and some hands-on exercises. There will be ample opportunities for discussion and ad hoc interactions between students and lecturers. Lastly, the small town of Erice provides a relaxed and beautiful setting for the course.
Organizer: Stephan Pless, Alessio Accardi, Paolo Tammaro
Deadline for applications: TBC
COMPLETED 2020 EVENTS
FEBS PRACTICAL COURSES
FEBS INSTRUCT MOBIEU Practical Course on
Hydrodynamic and thermodynamic analysis of biological macromolecules and their interactions: multi-method approaches and global data analyses
January 26–31, 2020
This course provides theoretical and practical training in data analysis in several modern biophysical methods for monitoring and quantifying molecular interactions – analytical ultracentrifugation, isothermal titration calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, microscale thermophoresis, and fluorescence-based techniques; additional related methods are introduced in lectures. The course will put emphasis on the complementarity of these different methods in the field of macromolecular biology and on the combined analysis of datasets coming from different methods.
Organizer: Christine Ebel
Deadline for applications: October 30, 2019
State-of-the-art alternative infection models to study molecular mechanisms of human fungal infections
February 16–23, 2020
This course is designed to train graduate students, post-docs, and young independent investigators in state-of-the-art alternative infection models to study human fungal pathogens. Laboratory exercises include different infection models such as cell culture, interaction with primary immune cells, and alternative model hosts, and a wide array of read-out methods, e.g. adhesion, invasion, damage and phagocytosis assays, immunological methods and imaging. Invited speakers will provide further insight into fungal biology pathogenesis. Social evenings and joined meals provide ample opportunities for informal exchange with lecturers.
Organizers: Ilse Jacobsen, Bernhard Hube, Mark Gresnigt
Deadline for applications: October 31, 2019
FEBS SPECIAL MEETING
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins: from multidrug resistance to genetic disease – ABC2020
March 1–7, 2020
ABC2020 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, 2019; Other, December 15, 2019