2021 Advanced Courses
Courses and workshops to be supported by the FEBS Advanced Courses Programme in 2021 include several events postponed from 2020 as well as new additions. Links to the event websites will be included when these are launched.
Given the Covid situation, 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
FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) grants are available to assist participation of early-career researchers in events in the FEBS Advanced Courses programme; click here for general information and see the individual course websites for more details. For updates on FEBS events and other activities, sign up to the FEBS e-newsletter (via the right margin of our News page).
Download the poster of upcoming FEBS Advanced Courses for your lab/department notice board here. The poster presents events scheduled for 2021 and also some postponed to 2022.
FEBS PRACTICAL COURSES
Advanced methods in macromolecular crystallization IX
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
August 9–14, 2021
This course for students and postdocs with an interest in macromolecular crystallization is a continuation of eight previous successful FEBS-supported crystallization courses. Its main aim and big advantage compared to other established protein crystallization courses is consideration of theoretical aspects of the crystal growth process as well as practical work: there will be a healthy mix of advanced discussions of the theory and of laboratory experiments and the possibility for participants to crystallize their own proteins. Direct contact between participants and experts in the field acting as teachers and tutors ensures participants will have the possibility of discussing and solving their own scientific problems.
Organizer: Ivana Kuta Smatanova; Co-organizers: Pavlina Rezacova, Jeroen Mesters, Jose Gavira Gallardo
Deadline for applications: TBC
Macromolecule MD simulations for interdisciplinary beginners
Nove Hrady, Czech Republic
September 6–12, 2021
In this practical course, young researchers will learn aspects of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of biomolecules and their interactions with ligand. Participants will prepare protein structure files and make force-field parameters of ligands, dock ligands to proteins, simulate the resulting complex and analyze the results. Also they will learn the basics of coarse-grained simulations. Social evenings will provide ample opportunities for participants to discuss and exchange information with lecturers informally.
Organizers: Babak Minofar, David van der Spoel, Victor Guallar, Sarah Harris
Deadline for applications: 1 July 2021
FEBS PRACTICAL AND LECTURE COURSES
Computational approaches to understanding and engineering enzyme catalysis
Oulu, Finland – 'Hybrid' event format
October 19–22, 2021
This course fits in the 3D-Bioinfo ELIXIR initiative. It will bring together computational and experimental (bio)chemistry experts who will give comprehensive lectures on understanding and engineering enzyme catalysis. Hands-on practical sessions will be focused on how to use state-of-the-art software and webservers. The five focus areas are: (i) the EBI enzyme portal, (ii) MD simulations with GROMACS, (iii) FuncLib and PROSS for protein design using structure and sequence alignments, (iv) CAVER, CaverDock and CaverWeb for analysis and visualization of tunnels, channels and cavities in protein structures, (v) DynaComm for the computational prediction of active site and distal mutations for novel function. This will be complemented by lectures on the EVB, QM/MM methods and qFIT for multiconformer modeling. In addition, experimental researchers will give lectures on how these in silico approaches complement their research on enzyme catalysis.
Organizers: Rikkert Wierenga, Outi Lampela, Aleksandra Maršavelski
Deadline for applications: June 30, 2021
FEBS ADVANCED LECTURE COURSES
This advanced course is designed to establish a forum for the community carrying out research on the family of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs). The topics will cover all PARP-related fields from basic molecular and physiological studies to applied clinical research with an explicit aim to cover drug development and clinical studies. The program includes lectures, round table discussions, oral presentations and poster sessions. All this is organized in a way that facilitates the interaction of the students/young researchers with the experts in the different topics included in the course.
Organizers: Peter Bai, Daniela Corda, Nicola Curtin, Ivan Matic, José Yélamos
Deadline for applications: TBC
Matrix pathobiology, signaling and molecular targets
Limenas Hersonissou, Crete, Greece
September 23–28, 2021
This course is designed to cover a wide range of topics, from basic and applied science to clinical applications with a strong focus on recent highlights in the fields of biochemistry, matrix biology, epigenetics, pharmacology and medicine. PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, as well as academic and institute research fellows will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work. Plenary lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions and speaker's corners/meet-the-experts sessions will address and encourage the direct contact of young scientists with the invited experts in discussions about science and career paths.
Organizer: Nikos Karamanos
Deadline for applications: June 1, 2021
360° Lysosome; from structure to genomics, from function to disease: update
Kusadasi, Izmir, Turkey
October 5–10, 2021
The main topics of this course will be lysosome biology and function, new metabolic and signalling insights into the function of lysosomes, and pathophysiological mechanisms of lysosomal dysfunction in living cells. This course will bring together basic scientists studying lysosome function as well as lab researchers and clinicians working in the unique field of molecular and cellular aspects of lysosomal storage diseases.
Organizers: Eser Y. Sozmen, Konrad Sandhoff, Ebru D. Sezer
Deadline for applications: YTFs, July 3, 2021; Other, July 16, 2021
Cellular stress and ADP-ribosylation
November 8–13, 2021
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: YTFs, July 1, 2021; Other, August 1, 2021
The new biology of polyphosphate in health and disease
A virtual meeting
May 10–13, 2021
With this online workshop we aim to create a fertile ground to share different expertise, discuss recent developments, and stimulate new collaborations, to create the foundations for future years of innovative polyP research. The outstanding group of internationally recognized invited speakers will be complemented by talks selected from attendees, and we envisage the exchange of practical tips and opinions on the theoretical as well as practical aspects of polyP research. Gathering together polyP researchers of different backgrounds and career trajectories will be instrumental in building a much-needed community, necessary for the harmonic progression of this novel and exciting research field.
Organizers: Adolfo Saiardi, Felix Ruiz, Roberto Docampo
Deadline for applications (early-bird): April 10, 2021
3rd FEBS Workshop on
Plant Organellar Signalling
September 19–23, 2021
The Plant Organellar Signaling workshop will highlight newest developments on organellar signalling with special focus placed on the emerging role of various organelles, crosstalk between different response pathways and novel (and well-known) types of reversible post-translational modifications to fine-tune responses. We will also address recent advances in live-cell imaging that allow analysis of (sub)cellular, tissue-specific or systemic responses as well as work on non-model organisms, especially crops and algae. The workshop will bring together young researchers with experts from various fields who work at the forefront of organellar signalling. An important aim is to facilitate the intensive contact between young researchers and senior scientists aided by accommodation at the same hotel.
Organizers: Ute C. Vothknecht, Markus Teige
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2021
Nucleotide excision repair and crosslink repair – molecules to mankind
Smolenice, Slovak Republic
September 26–30, 2021
Disruption of nucleotide excision repair (NER) and crosslink repair is associated with devastating heritable human conditions including cancer, bone marrow failure, neurodegeneration and premature aging. Moreover, DNA repair enzymes can counteract the efficiency of many important antitumor drugs during cancer treatment, and the enzymes constitute compelling, but underexplored, targets for drug design. The workshop will address the state-of-the-art scientific progress in the field, moving from molecular science to human biology to explore the basis of disease syndromes associated with defects in NER and crosslink repair as well as investigating strategies to inhibit DNA repair enzymes. It will provide an unparalleled forum for young scientists to meet and engage with experts driving the field.
Organizers: Peter McHugh, Miroslav Chovanec, Caroline Kisker, Bennett Van Houten
Deadline for applications: TBC
JOINT FEBS/EMBO LECTURE COURSES
Molecular mechanisms of ageing and regeneration: from hydra to humans
Spetses Island, Greece
September 5–13, 2021
This course is part of a very successful series of Summer Schools with a 50-year tradition on the wonderful island of Spetses, Greece. It brings together leaders in the fields of ageing and regeneration with PhD students and postdocs. The meeting combines lectures, discussion groups, poster sessions, tutorials under the olive trees or on the beach, and the very popular common dinners. The intense nature of the course creates a familiar and inspiring atmosphere and fosters interactions between participants and speakers. It thus creates a unique training and networking opportunity.
Organizers: Christoph Englert ([email protected]), Frank Madeo, Julia von Maltzahn
Deadline for applications: TBC
Susan Lindquist school on proteostasis
November 28–December 2, 2021
A balanced protein homeostasis (proteostasis) is essential to maintain cellular function and includes processes ranging from protein synthesis, to folding and degradation. The Susan Lindquist School on Proteostasis offers an opportunity for the next generation of scientists (graduate students and postdocs) to learn about the widely faceted aspects of proteostasis. It will contain both review-type and current research presentations from leaders in the field of proteostasis (on folding, stress responses, autophagy, ubiquitin-proteasome-system, ageing, disease, and technologies), career development sessions, and numerous opportunities for attendees to network and present their own projects.
Organizers: Ruth Scherz-Shouval ([email protected]), Christian Münch, Matthias Feige, Rebecca Taylor
Deadline for applications: TBC
4th course on Computational Systems Biology of Cancer: Multi-omics and Machine Learning Approaches
Real-Time Virtual Course (Paris Time, GMT+1)
September 27 – October 1, 2021
The objective of the course is to promote better integration of computational approaches into biological and clinical labs and to clinics. We aim to help participants to improve interpretation and use of multi-scale data that nowadays are accumulated in any biological or medical lab. This year, the course will particularly focus on application of Machine Learning (ML) approaches.
Organizers: Inna Kuperstein, Emmanuel Barillot, Mathur Pallavi, Stéphanie Allassonniere, Kay Nieselt, Denis Thieffry
Deadline for applications: August 10, 2021