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
FEBS PRACTICAL AND LECTURE COURSES
Computational approaches to understanding and engineering enzyme catalysis
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
PARP: Research on the family of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases
September 7–10, 2021
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: YTFs, July 1, 2021; Other, August 1, 2021
Cellular stress and ADP-ribosylation
Naples, Italy / Hybrid format
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; Virtual, October 20, 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
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: YTFs, May 31, 2021; Other, July 15, 2021
JOINT FEBS/EMBO LECTURE COURSES
Molecular mechanisms of ageing and regeneration: from hydra to humans
September 5–13, 2021
This course is part of a very successful series of Summer Schools with a 50-year tradition and in 2021 will take place virtually. The format of this EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course, including talks, tutorials, discussions and poster presentations creates a unique opportunity to improve knowledge about ageing and regeneration as well as obtain an insight into scientific careers and foci of the research labs of the speakers and the participants.
Organizers: Christoph Englert ([email protected]), Frank Madeo, Julia von Maltzahn
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: October 30, 2021
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: September 10, 2021