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Practical Courses

 

About

EMBO Practical Courses promote the transfer of new methods and emerging techniques in life science-related areas. The aim of these courses is to enable participants to acquire new techniques that they can implement in their home laboratories.

 

Practical courses are limited to between 20 and 25 participants (excluding speakers), who are usually early-stage postdoctoral researchers and advanced PhD students. In order to cover topics and techniques in sufficient depth, courses should last between five and ten days.

 

Benefits

Scientists can apply for funding to organize an EMBO Practical Course. EMBO contributes a maximum of 37,000 euros (€33,500 of core funding plus €3,500 exclusively for travel grants) per course.

 

EMBO supports the organizers and the course by:

  • creating a dedicated practical course webpage, including registration and abstract submission forms.
  • providing a poster and advertising in selected print and social media channels.

EMBO offers travel grants for each event. Participants of EMBO Practical Courses should apply directly to the organizers for travel grants.

Eligibility

EMBO Practical Courses must take place in an EMBC Member State, an EMBC Associate Member State or in countries and territories covered by a cooperation agreement.

 

EMBO may consider applications for EMBO Practical Courses in other regions of the world. Scientists should contact Global Activities before applying ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Organizers of a practical course can be of any nationality and be based in any country.

 

EMBO Practical Courses must cover a topic from the life sciences, and the application should include a list of (mostly) confirmed speakers.

 

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria etc, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).

 

Application

Applications for EMBO Practical Courses are accepted twice a year and must be submitted through the online system. Organizers are advised to apply as early as possible in the calendar year before the proposed date of the practical course.

 

 

Application process

  • The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2018 and 1 August 2018, 14:00 CEST.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete an online application form.
  • All incoming applications are screened by the EMBO office to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • The decision on which proposals receive funding is made by the EMBO Course Committee in May and October, respectively.
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meeting.

Please note: For repeating practical courses, a new application is required for each individual course within a series, which will be evaluated competitively.

 

Required documentation

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A list of the organizers
  • Proposed title and topic of the practical course
  • Reasons for holding a course on the proposed topic
  • Information on any competing or similar courses held in the current, proposed or following year
  • Proposed date and location
  • List of proposed speakers/instructors
  • Draft programme
  • Selection criteria and number of participants
  • Draft budget

For detailed information on the application process, key dates and required documentation, please consult the application guidelines.

 

Selection

Selection criteria

EMBO is looking to fund cutting edge courses that provide high quality training to scientists. In addition, the following aspects are considered by the EMBO Course Committee:

 

Topic

  • The topic/techniques presented must be cutting edge and the course should cover a relatively broad range.

Instructors

  • The selected instructors should cover the topic in sufficient depth and breadth and be experts in the topic.
  • The ratio of instructors to students should be appropriate to allow all participants to receive good tutoring on the topic/techniques presented.
  • Instructors should be confirmed.

Networking aspects

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated for networking (joint meals, coffee breaks and group discussions) and for participants’ presentations of their work

Location

  • The equipment and materials should be state-of-the-art and appropriate to the topic.
  • Instructors and students should be housed together if possible.

For a detailed list of selection criteria, download our application guidelines.

 

Selection process

The selection process involves the following steps:

  • All incoming applications are screened by the EMBO office to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • Each application is assigned to and reviewed in depth by at least two members of the EMBO Course Committee.
  • The final decision on which proposals receive funding is made by the entire committee at meetings in May and October. The success rate of applications to the Courses & Workshops Programme is approximately 50%.
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meeting.