Course Organizers: general information
Key points for prospective organizers of FEBS-funded events are summarized below. The full 'FEBS Advanced Courses Guidelines' pdf for events to run in 2021 is currently being updated and will be available to download here by end of January 2020. (If you would like to be notified when the pdf is available, please contact [email protected])
Invitation for Proposals to the FEBS Advanced Courses Committee
One of the main goals of FEBS is to foster training and mobility of young scientists within Europe. FEBS therefore provides financial support for ‘Advanced Courses’, covering relevant and timely scientific topics related to biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, cell biology and developmental biology, and usually with an educational emphasis. The FEBS Advanced Courses Committee warmly invites individuals or groups with a proven scientific track record on the course topic to organize such lecture courses, workshops, and especially practical courses with strong hands-on elements in the programme. Larger 'Special Meetings' are also available for funding in the Advanced Courses portfolio.
Deadlines for applications for course funding
There will be two calls for proposals for courses that will run in 2021: application deadlines will be March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020. Please note however that applications to hold Joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture courses must be submitted only at the March 1, 2020 deadline.
The maximum grants available for the different types of FEBS Advanced Courses are currently as follows: FEBS Advanced Lecture Courses, €25,000; FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses, €30,000; FEBS Workshops, €20,000; FEBS Practical Courses, €20,000; FEBS Special Meeting, €40,000.
Youth Travel Fund Grants
As part of their application, organizers of Lecture Courses, Workshops and Practical Courses can request financial support for attendance of a number of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows at the event through FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) grants. The YTF grants cover registration, accommodation and food, and may also support travel. For more details on YTFs, please click here.
FEBS Advanced Lecture Courses, FEBS Workshops, Joint FEBS/EMBO Lecture Courses and FEBS Special Meetings should normally not be scheduled to take place within the 4 weeks before or after the annual FEBS Congress. In 2021, the FEBS Congress (with IUBMB and PABMB) will take place 3–8 July in Lisbon, Portugal.
To be eligible for evaluation by the Advanced Courses Committee, proposals must fully comply with our 'FEBS Advanced Courses Guidelines' pdf (available soon for 2021 events). All applications must be submitted through our online application and reporting system via 'Course Applications and Reporting', using standard forms available from the 'Downloads for Course Organizers' page.
We aim to keep the level of Advanced Courses administration required by FEBS as low as possible, in order to let Course Organizers focus on arranging the scientific content and optimal conditions for the event. Simple scientific, financial and delegate reports prepared as pdfs or Excel files are required to be uploaded through your course account after the event for monitoring of effective and proper use of FEBS funds and to help with continual improvements of the FEBS Advanced Courses programme. Further details on reporting are given in the 'FEBS Advanced Courses Guidelines' pdf, and the Advanced Courses Committee is also ready to offer guidance if needed.
For queries on the FEBS Advanced Courses programme, please contact the Chairperson of the FEBS Advanced Courses Committee through the 'Contact us' page of the website.