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India | EMBO Symposia

 

About

EMBO and the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (referred to as ‘India Alliance’) jointly fund up to three meetings per year in India. The meetings should address discovery and innovation through an interdisciplinary approach, with the speakers and participants discussing important global challenges in the context of the life sciences.

 

The meetings should be small, with 10 – 15 highly acclaimed international speakers and 50 – 75 participants, allowing early to mid career scientists to interact with leading international experts during a period of three days.

 

Proceedings from the meeting should be drafted as a position paper to advise the India Alliance regarding this area of research. The paper should in particular outline if and how research covered by the meeting could be beneficial to India. India Alliance may consider increasing funding for research in that area following expert advice and review.

 

Benefits

The maximum funding available for an India | EMBO Symposia is 60,000 euros.

 

EMBO also supports the organizers and meeting in the following ways:

 

 

 

Eligibility

India | EMBO Symposia must take place in India, but scientists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply, independent of their nationality.

 

India | EMBO Symposia must cover frontier, pioneering and interdisciplinary areas of life sciences that are underserved in India, and include speakers with interdisciplinary expertise. Furthermore, the application should include a list of (mostly) confirmed speakers. 

 

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, including the format of the meeting, please consult the application guidelines (pdf)

 

 

Application

Applications for India | EMBO Symposia will be accepted twice in 2017 and must be submitted through the online system. Organizers should apply at least 6-12 months before the proposed date of the meeting.

 

Application process

  • The deadlines for applications are 15 February 2017 and 15 July 2017, 14:00 CEST. 
  • Applicants will be asked to complete an online and an offline application form.
  • All incoming applications are screened to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • The decision on which proposals receive funding is jointly made by the EMBO Course Committee and the India Alliance Meetings Committee in May and October. 
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meetings.

Required documentation

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A list of organizers 
  • Proposed title and topic of the meeting
  • Reasons for holding a meeting on the proposed topic
  • Information on any competing or similar meetings held in the current, proposed or following year
  • Proposed date and location
  • List of proposed speakers/instructors
  • Draft programme
  • Participant selection criteria and number of participants
  • Proposal for the position paper 
  • Information on the practical component of the meeting (if applicable)
  • Draft budget

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

 

 

Selection

EMBO and the India Alliance are looking to fund interdisciplinary meetings that cover the latest developments in research areas underserved in India. These are intended to assemble the best experts worldwide. Applications should be timely. Their content should not overlap with other meetings in the same year, and should be as complete as possible. The committees will pay special attention to the following aspects:

 

Scientific programme

  • The programme must cover frontier, pioneering and interdisciplinary areas of life sciences that are underserved in India. 

Speakers

  • The selected speakers should fully cover the proposed topic. 
  • At least 30% of speakers should be women, and there should be a geographic balance. 
  • Speakers should be mostly confirmed.

Networking aspects

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated to poster sessions and networking opportunities.

Organizers

  • The group of organizers should be scientifically and geographically diverse.

Location

  • The location must be suitable for the planned meeting.

Selection process

The selection process involves the following steps:

  • All incoming applications are screened to ensure eligibility requirements are met.
  • The decision on which proposals receive funding is jointly made by the EMBO Course Committee and the India Alliance Meetings Committee in May and October. 
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meetings.

 

Lecture Courses

 

About

EMBO Lecture Courses are original meetings providing scientists from different fields with an opportunity to discuss common themes and exchange cross-disciplinary results. EMBO Lecture Courses are expected to be stand-alone and not satellite meetings. Typically, a maximum of 120 participants (including speakers) should be accepted. EMBO Lecture Courses can take place in EMBC Member States, EMBC Associate Member States or cooperating partner countries, although organizers can be based anywhere. If you wish to apply for an EMBO Lecture Course held in a country that does not yet have a cooperation agreement, you should first contact the programme manager.

 

Application

Annual application deadlines: 1 March and 1 August for lecture courses planned for the following year.

 

The application process is handled via the online application system. In addition to the information in these guidelines it is recommended that you consult the Advice for Organizers.

 

Both the 1 March and 1 August application deadlines are for funding of lecture courses taking place in the following year. However, organizers are encouraged to apply at least twelve months before the lecture course takes place, to ensure enough time for the proper advertising and promotion of their lecture course, in the case of acceptance. 

 

EMBO Lecture Courses can take place in EMBC Member States, EMBC Associate Member States or cooperating partner countries, although organizers can be based anywhere. If you wish to apply for an EMBO Lecture Course held in a country that does not yet have a cooperation agreement, you should first contact the programme manager.

 

Each application is reviewed in depth by at least two members of the EMBO Course Committee. The final decision is made by the entire committee. Applicants are informed of the decision within twelve weeks of the application deadline. All applications are treated in confidence and only publicized following acceptance of the funding conditions by the organizer.

 

The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted to answer any questions concerning applications. Contacting individual members of the EMBO Course Committee to influence the decision process will result in disqualification of the application.

Format

Organizers should indicate a provisional timetable that includes session titles with brief explanations of the subjects covered and how they fit together. The provisional timetable should also include confirmed speakers for each session and the reason for their selection.

 

The EMBO Course Committee considers very seriously the efforts made to optimize the benefits for early-stage researchers. These include, but are not limited to:

  • ensuring that at least 50% of the speakers are different to those who spoke at a similar EMBO Lecture Course in the past (if applicable);
  • ensuring that the number of talks is not excessive, so that there will be time for participants to discuss informally;
  • inclusion of presentation slots for early-stage researchers;
  • including poster sessions and ensuring that poster sessions are not solely relegated to late night slots;
  • including joint meals to encourage interaction between early-stage and established researchers (EMBO Lecture Courses must not include a separate "speakers' dinner");
  • making efforts to accommodate all participants and speakers in the same location;
  • making other conscious attempts to promote interactions amongst attendees.

 

Poster sessions

When planning poster sessions, organizers should ensure that:

  • these are in close proximity to where lectures are being held;
  • the display room is spacious and bright enough;
  • these sessions are not held at the end of the day or at the end of the lecture course;
  • sufficient and dedicated time is provided for poster viewing;
  • a brief oral presentation is given by participants, if possible.

 

Registration fees: 

  • may be charged up to a maximum of €450 per academic participant (excluding accommodation);
  • may be charged up to a maximum of €600 for participants from industry (excluding accommodation);
  • should be paid directly to the organizer, or the organizer's nominee and included as income in the final financial statement;
  • must be waived for one EMBO editor staff wishing to attend the lecture course;
  • may be waived for editorial staff from other scientific journals who attend an EMBO Lecture Course and publish a report in their journal.

 

Participants

When selecting participants, organizers are requested to ensure a wide geographical representation. At least two-thirds of the participants should be based in EMBC Member States with no more than 15% of participants residing in the country where the lecture course is being held. In the case of EMBO Lecture Courses held in EMBC Associate Member States or cooperating partner countries, a greater representation of scientists based in the respective continent is encouraged and the 15 % host country limitation does not apply. Participants should not be restricted to pre-defined participants, whether this be an EU-network or other defined group.

 

Speakers

When selecting speakers, organizers are requested to ensure a wide geographical representation without bias towards the host country. Organizers are strongly encouraged to aim for a minimum of 30% female representation when selecting speakers, if there is a lower proportion, justification must be provided. Applications with an excessive gender imbalance are generally not successful.

 

Both established and early stage group leaders/investigators (researchers with not more than 7 years of experience since completion of their PhD) should be included in the speaker list and clearly indicated in the application form.

 

It is important to list whether the speakers are confirmed or not. Applications without the vast majority of the speakers confirmed are rarely successful.

 

EMBO Young Investigator Lectures

The EMBO Young Investigator Programme offers lecture course organizers the opportunity to apply for support of a lecture to be given by one of the EMBO Young Investigators.

 

Eligibility: Only current EMBO Young Investigators are eligible. A list can be found on the EMBO website.

Maximum funding: €800 (within Europe) and €1,200 (outside Europe).

Please complete the application form and send it to the EMBO Young Investigator office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

EMBO Science Policy Lectures

The EMBO Science Policy Programme offers lecture course organizers the opportunity to include a non-scientific talk from a scientist, sociologist, ethicist or journalist.

 

Eligibility: The lecturer must hold a presentation on 'Science Policy' issues.

Maximum funding: €1,000 (within Europe) and €2,000 (outside Europe).

Please complete the application form and send it to the EMBO Science Policy office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). 

 

EMBO Women in Science Lectures

EMBO offers lecture course organizers the opportunity to include a talk from a scientist to address issues related to women in science.

 

Eligibility: The lecturer must hold a presentation on 'Women in Science' issues.

Maximum funding: €800 (within Europe) and €1,200 (outside Europe).

Please complete the application form and send it to the EMBO Women in Science office ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Further advice is available on the advice for organizers page.

Financials

The maximum funding available for an EMBO Lecture Course is €30,000. Decisions on the amount of funding are made on a case-by-case basis. Organizers are therefore required to justify all major costs in the budget section of the application form. It is expected that participants (other than the speakers) will pay for their travel, accommodation, subsistence and a modest registration fee. EMBO funds must not be used to cover per diem expenses, gifts, poster prizes or dinners organized exclusively for speakers.

 

EMBO funds can be used to cover:

  • economy travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of the speakers and to subsidise the subsistence costs for participants;
  • reasonable administration costs - a maximum of €4,000 of the EMBO funding and registration fee income can be used to cover secretarial/administration costs, including printing costs
  • to reduce environmental impact, organizers are encouraged to consider distributing the abstract book in an electronic format via the lecture course website and to print only a minimum number of hardcopies, if necessary;
  • room hire, audiovisual and IT facilities essential for the lecture course;
  • grants to aid participants from countries in need of scientific strengthening.

 

If there are additional sponsors, EMBO should be informed of:

  • the amount of sponsorship received from each sponsor;
  • what this sponsorship is being used to support (e.g. travel grants, funding a social activity);
  • what promotional opportunities have been offered to the sponsor to recognize their support (e.g. logo on the poster and/or website; stand during the lecture course).

 

Payment of the funding grant

50 % of the allocated funding will be transferred to organizers approximately four months prior to the start of the lecture course. EMBO must be notified of any significant changes to the lecture course budget and/or scientific programme after it has been initially approved.

 

Once the final documentation has been approved by EMBO, the remaining funds (up to 50 % of the allocated funding) will be transferred. The final documentation has to be submitted to EMBO within six months following the end date of the lecture course. Failure to do so will result in the final payment being forfeited.

 

Documentation

  • Short report (1-2 pages) about the lecture course, including a short scientific overview, participants' reaction to the location and organization, and any other relevant comments;
  • Final financial statement, which should include all income and expenditure for the lecture course (please note that the organizer must retain receipts for ten years after the lecture course, for possible auditing);
  • Statistics: total number of applicants, and the number, gender, nationality and/or country of residence of academia & industry participants, and of instructors and speakers;
  • Programme and/or abstract book (preferably electronic);
  • Participants' questionnaires: Participants submit their feedback using the online EMBO questionnaire; results will subsequently be shared anonymously with the organizers.
  • If applicable: List of travel grant and registration fee waiver awardees (including name, institute, nationality (if known), country of residence and amount awarded for travel grants); receipts from the travel grant awardees must also be submitted.

 

Promotion

Advertising & co-funding

The lecture course must be entitled "EMBO Lecture Course". All materials must include the EMBO logo prominently. The website and poster must also include the EMBO Lecture Course stamp as well as one of the EMBO Press logos. Co-sponsors can be acknowledged (e.g. "EMBO Lecture Course on XYZ, with co-sponsorship from ABC") on the lecture course website, but cannot be mentioned in the title of the event on the EMBO Calendar of Events nor in the biannual posters listing EMBO Courses & Workshops.

 

EMBO does not consider co-funding lecture courses when the other funder insists on the proceedings being published, although publications can arise from EMBO Lecture Courses provided that all contributions are solicited voluntarily.

 

All EMBO Lecture Courses are advertised on the EMBO poster, EMBO website and social media channels and through selected other print and online media.

 

Additional advertising is left at the organizer's discretion. It is a strict condition of EMBO support that any additional publicity, as well as the programme, abstract book and report should clearly indicate that the meeting is an EMBO Lecture Course, without subtitles relating to previous similar meetings.

 

Poster and website assistance

EMBO will create the lecture course website, online registration, design a poster and abstract book cover at no additional charge. Full details will be supplied to organizers shortly after funding has been confirmed.

 

Promotional materials

EMBO will send bags (including an EMBO pen and promotional material to the lecture course venue) at no additional charge.

 

Funding and awards

 

Access to funding and awards is essential for young scientists to excel in their research careers. EMBO offers awards and financial support for scientists at all stages of their careers that help to create an environment where researchers can achieve their best work.

 

EMBO Fellowships
Support postdoctoral and predoctoral research experience in laboratories in Europe and around the world. EMBO Fellowships have supported thousands of talented young scientists since they were first offered in the 1960s.

 

EMBO Young Investigators
Talented young group leaders in the first years of establishing independent research laboratories. The first programme of its kind in Europe, young investigators receive financial, academic and practical support and participate in a network of more than 300 young scientists.

 

EMBO Installation Grants
Help promising young scientists relocate and set up their labs in participating countries. Installation Grantees are integrated into the EMBO Young Investigators network to benefit from the offered support.

 

EMBO Courses & Workshops
Funding and support for life scientists to organize meetings. Funding is available for conferences, symposia, workshops, lecture courses and practical courses, as well as for keynote lectures.

 

Lecture Grants
Support and promote the active participation of researchers at national and international meetings.

 

Travel Grants
A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants who are selected to attend EMBO Practical Courses, EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses, EMBO | EMBL Symposia and selected other EMBO events.



 

Gold Medal
Awarded annually to scientists under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to molecular biology in Europe.

 

Women in Science Award
Awarded annually to female researchers who have made exceptional contributions to molecular biology and who have been role models to other scientists.

Lecture grants

 

Meeting organizers can apply for EMBO lecture grants to support:

 

Keynote Lectures by EMBO Members
A keynote lecture by an EMBO Member at major international scientific meetings about their latest research.

 

EMBO Young Investigator Lecture
A research lecture given by an EMBO Young Investigator at national or international meetings.

 

EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Series
A series of lectures at several institutions to enhance collaboration between researchers worldwide.

 

Science Policy
A non-scientific lecture at a scientific event addressing the policy implications of science and technology e.g. discussions about ethics, economics, politics, and law.

 

Women in Science
A non-scientific lecture at an EMBO funded event addressing issues relating to women in science, including discussions about the reasons for the underrepresentation of women in the higher ranks of science/academia; reports on initiatives that redress that imbalance, e.g. institutional change initiatives, special training, support activities, mentoring programmes, etc.

 

With the exception of EMBO Keynote Lecture support, lecture grants can be applied for in addition to EMBO Courses & Workshops funding.

Travel grants

 

A limited number of travel grants is available for eligible participants who are selected to attend EMBO Workshops, EMBO Practical Courses, EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses, EMBO | EMBL Symposia.

 

EMBO Practical Courses, EMBO Workshops and EMBO Conferences

There are travel grants available to attend EMBO Practical Courses, EMBO Workshops and EMBO Conferences. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.  If you have any questions regarding travel grants for a specific event please contact the relevant organizer directly. For a list of all upcoming EMBO Courses & Workshops, please see the Events Calendar. For each event, you will find a link to the corresponding website.

 

EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses

There are FEBS Youth Travel Fellowships available to attend joint EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses. Further guidelines are available on the FEBS website.

 

EMBO | EMBL Symposia

There are travel grants and registration fee waivers available to attend EMBO | EMBL Symposia. Further guidelines are available on the EMBO | EMBL Symposia website.

 

Women in Science Award

 

The FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award highlights major contributions by female scientists to life sciences research. Winners of the award are inspiring role models for future generations of women in science. The award is a joint initiative of EMBO and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) .

 

Each year the exceptional achievements of one woman working in the life sciences in Europe will be rewarded. The winner will receive 10,000 euro, a bronze statue and the opportunity to give a plenary lecture at the FEBS Congress.

 

FEBS EMBO Women in Science Awards since 2008

2016

Fiona Watt UK

2015

Caroline Dean UK

2014

Pascale Cossart FR

2013

Geneviève Almouzni FR

2012

Susan M. Gasser CH

2011

Carol V. Robinson UK

2010

Ingrid Grummt DE

2009

Anne Houdusse FR

2008

Naama Barkai IL

 

Nominate

Nominees should be women scientists working in an EMBC Member State or FEBS member country, who have made outstanding contributions to life sciences research and significantly advanced our understanding of a particular discipline in the last five years. The award is generally not meant to be for lifetime achievements. Their research can cover any area of the life sciences including agricultural and biomedical research.

 

The closing date for nominations for the 2017 award is 1 October 2016. 

 

To submit a nomination, please send the following documents, ideally combined into a single pdf, to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Nomination form
  • Support letter 1
  • Support letter 2
  • Nominee CV (max. three pages)

The nomination form asks the nominee to give details of the nominee's contribution(s) to the field and describe any outstanding achievements. Please include evidence of international recognition, leadership and mentorship qualities, as well as honours and awards. The support letters should come from two additional scientists (i.e. not the nominator). There is no requirement for the nominator or supporters to be EMBO Members.

 

The committee find it informative to have an overview of the candidate's career, but are most interested in contributions within the last five years.

 

 

The award

EMBO | FEBS Women in Science Award

 

The FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award consists of a bursary of €10,000, and a sculpture designed by Marloes Eerden. More details on the artist (pdf).

 

Watch a video about the sculpture designer (in Dutch with English subtitles).

Gold Medal

 

The EMBO Gold Medal is awarded annually to young scientists for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

 

Young independent group leaders play a major role in building a strong research environment. EMBO places a focus on supporting the needs of young researchers at different stages of their careers. By awarding the EMBO Gold Medal, EMBO wishes to acknowledge and highlight some of the remarkable achievements of this group. EMBO Members are invited to nominate candidates, please refer to the nomination procedure.

 

The winner of the EMBO Gold Medal receives a hand-crafted medal and a bursary of 10,000 euros. 

 

EMBO Gold Medal awards since 1986

2016 Richard Benton CH

2001

Matthew Freeman UK

2016 Ben Lehner ES

2000

Christof Niehrs DE

2015 Sarah Teichmann UK  2000

Daniel St Johnston UK

2015 Ido Amit IL

1999

Konrad Basler CH

2014 Sophie Martin CH

1998

Adriano Aguzzi CH

2013

Thijn Brummelkamp NL

1997

Dirk Görlich DE

2012

Jiří Friml BE

1996

Enrico Coen UK

2011

Simon Boulton UK

1995

Richard Treisman UK

2010

Jason W. Chin UK

1994

Paolo Sassone-Corsi US

2009

Revoked

1993

Jim Smith UK

2008

James Briscoe UK

1992

Carl-Henrik Heldin SE

2007

Jan Löwe UK

1991

Patrick Stragier FR

2006

Frank Uhlmann UK

1990

Erwin F. Wagner ES

2005

Dario Alessi UK

1989

Hugh Pelham UK

2004

Maria Blasco ES

1988

Antonio Lanzavecchia CH

2003

Anthony Hyman DE

1987

Barbara Pearse UK

2002

Amanda Fisher UK

1986

John Tooze US

 

 

Gold Medal nominations

 

Eligible candidates
Molecular biologists who are currently working in one of the EMBC Member States and who are under the age of 40 years, or within 10 years of having obtained their PhD or equivalent, on the day of the deadline for nominations (1 February).

 

Please note:

  • For female candidates with children, both eligibility criteria are automatically extended by one year per child.
  • For male candidates with children, the limits can be extended by the actual time taken off as paternity leave or - if their partner is working at least 80% FTE - by 1.5 months per child, whichever is longer. 
  • Severe illness and extended military service are considered as exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. If you feel your circumstances warrant an extension of the eligibility periods, please contact the EMBO office for advice before applying.

 

Nominations
EMBO Members and EMBO Young Investigators are invited every year to nominate candidates for the medal. To be considered, a nomination must be supported by one proposer (EMBO Member or EMBO Young Investigator) and two sponsors (EMBO Members) and must include:

  1. Nomination form
  2. CV of the proposed candidate
  3. Individual statements (letters of support) from the proposer and the two sponsors indicating why they believe the candidate should be considered for the medal

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 1 February.

 

Candidates for EMBO Membership can simultaneously be nominated for the Gold Medal.

 

Selection of the winner
A committee comprising the EMBO Council, the Director of EMBO and the Secretary General of EMBO will be responsible for selecting the winner of the medal.

 

Candidates who do not win the award will automatically be reconsidered for the award in the following year if still eligible.

Workshops

 

About

EMBO Workshops are meetings that cover different and evolving aspects of life-science-related subject areas and bring scientists together to present and discuss their latest findings. Workshops may alternate with corresponding meetings held outside of Europe to facilitate interactions between scientists based in Europe and beyond.

 

Workshops should last between two and a half and five days, and attract between 80 and 450 participants.

 

Benefits

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

 

EMBO supports the organizers by:

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

 

Eligibility

EMBO Workshops must take place in an EMBC Member State, an EMBC Associate Member State or in a cooperating partner country. During 2017 applications for organizing meetings in Chile will exceptionally be considered.

 

EMBO may consider applications for EMBO Workshops 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 can be of any nationality and be based in any country.

 

EMBO Workshops must cover a topic from the life sciences, and organizers must provide a convincing justification that the workshop serves an active and evolving community. Furthermore, the application should include a list of (mostly) confirmed speakers.

 

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, including the format of EMBO Workshops, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).

 

 

Application

Applications for EMBO Workshops are accepted twice a year and must be submitted through the online system. Organizers are advised to apply at least 12 months before the proposed workshop date.

 

Application process

  • The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2017 and 1 August 2017, 14:00 CEST.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete an online and an offline 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 workshops, a new application is required for each individual meeting 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 meeting
  • Reasons for holding a meeting on the proposed topic
  • Information on any competing or similar meetings 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 meetings that facilitate top-level scientific exchange. In addition, the following aspects are considered by the EMBO Course Committee.

 

Scientific programme

  • The programme should cover interesting and original topics or a combination of topics in breadth and depth.

Speakers

  • The selected speakers should fully cover the proposed topic.
  • There should be a balance between leading researchers in the field and early-career researchers as speakers.
  • At least 30% of speakers should be women and there should be a geographic balance.
  • Speakers should be mostly confirmed.

Networking aspects

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated to poster sessions and informal interactions.

Organizers

  • The group of organizers should be scientifically and geographically diverse.

Location

  • The location must be suitable for the planned meeting.

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.

 

EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses

 

About

EMBO and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) support up to five lecture courses each year on timely topics in biochemistry, molecular biology and related areas. With a focus on career development, EMBO | FEBS Lectures Courses provide up to 120 students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to meet, interact with and learn from experts in their fields.

 

Benefits

The maximum funding available for an EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses is 30,000 euros (payment handled by FEBS).

 

In addition to financial support, organizers will receive the following:

 

Eligibility

EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses can take place in any of the EMBC Member States or any country in which a FEBS constituent society is based.

 

The focus of these meetings is on training and career development. In order to achieve this, the course should be facilitated by 18 – 24 lecturers (with a speakers-to-participants ratio of approximately 1:5).

 

The programme should include introductory lectures followed by state-of-the-art scientific talks. Poster sessions, oral presentations, round-table discussions and tutorials should provide opportunities for participants to interact with the lecturers.

 

Application

Applications for EMBO | FEBS Lectures Courses are accepted annually. The deadline is 1 March for the lecture courses planned for the following year.

 

The application process is handled according to the FEBS application procedure.

Selection

Each application is reviewed by at least two members of the EMBO Course Committee and by the FEBS Advanced Courses Committee. The final decision is jointly agreed by both committees.

 

All applications are treated in confidence and only publicized following acceptance of the funding conditions by the organizer.

 

Conferences

 

Note: As of 2018, EMBO Conferences will be renamed into EMBO Workshops. Both labels support meetings of very similar or overlapping formats, so that two distinctive labels are not justified anymore. EMBO will continue to fund repeat and large scientific events as EMBO Workshops.

 

Courses & Workshops

 

Through the Courses & Workshops Programme, EMBO supports and encourages the sharing of scientific knowledge and skills across all career stages and disciplines in the life sciences. EMBO Courses and Workshops are organised by some of the leading scientists in their fields, and enjoy an excellent reputation throughout the world.

 

EMBO funds over 90 events attracting more than 11,000 participants every year, making it the largest funder of scientific meetings in Europe. Funding is available for Workshops, Practical Courses, Global Exchange Lecture Courses, EMBO | FEBS Lecture CoursesKeynote Lectures and India | EMBO Symposia.

 

In addition to providing financial support, EMBO assists organizers with the promotion of the meeting, as well as with the creation of a website with registration system and abstract submission facilities and the design of a poster.

 

EMBO Workshops are scientific meetings that bring together scientists to present and discuss their latest discoveries.

 

EMBO Practical Courses offer training in emerging techniques, taught by experts. Practical courses promote the transfer of new methodologies between laboratories.

 

Travel grants are available to support participants attending an event.

 

To find out more about the topics covered at EMBO meetings, visit the list of upcoming and past events.

 

Global Exchange Lecture Courses

 

About

EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses enable scientific exchange beyond European borders. The aim of a lecture course is to teach participants, primarily PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, about a particular topic in the life science. It should provide participants with background and underlying concepts, thereby making the topic accessible to scientists with diverse scientific background.

 

Lecture Courses can include up to 120 participants and last between three and ten days to provide sufficient time for discussion groups, poster sessions and journal clubs.

 

These lecture courses can take place in EMBC Associate Member States or in countries with which EMBO has signed a cooperation agreement.

 

Benefits

Scientists can apply for funding to organize an EMBO Global Exchange Lecture 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 organizers and the meeting by:

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

Eligibility

EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses must take place in EMBC Associate Member State or in a cooperating partner country. During 2017 applications for organizing meetings in Chile will exceptionally be considered. Applicants who want to organize EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses in other regions of the world should contact Global Activities before applying ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Organizers of a Global Exchange Lecture Course can be of any nationality and be based in any country.

 

EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses must cover a topic from the life sciences, and organizers must provide a convincing justification that the course addresses a need in the local scientific community.

 

For detailed information on the eligibility criteria, including the format of EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses, please consult the application guidelines (pdf).

 

 

Application

Applications for EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Courses are accepted twice a year and must be submitted through the online system. Organizers are advised to apply at least 12 months before the proposed lecture course date.

 

Application process

  • The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2017 and 1 August 2017, 14:00 CEST.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete an online and an offline 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. 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.

Required documentation

Applicants will be asked to provide:

  • A list of the organizers
  • Proposed title and topic of the lecture course
  • Reasons for holding a lecture course on the proposed topic
  • Information on any competing or similar meetings 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 Global Exchange Lecture Courses are aimed at teaching participants, primarily PhD students and post docs, by providing them with background in relevant and timely scientific topics. Underlying concepts of a particular field should be made accessible to participants with varying scientific background.

 

In addition, the following aspects are considered by the EMBO Course Committee.

 

Scientific programme

  • The programme should feature interesting and original topics or a combination of topics in breadth and depth.

Speakers

  • The selected speakers should fully cover the proposed topic.
  • There should be a balance between leading researchers in the field and early-career researchers as speakers.
  • At least 30% of speakers should be women and there should be a geographic balance.
  • Speakers should be mostly confirmed.

Networking aspects

  • Sufficient time should be dedicated to poster sessions, discussion groups, journal clubs and informal activities.

Organizers

  • The group of organizers should be scientifically and geographically diverse.

Location

  • The location must be suitable for the planned meeting.

 

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.
  • All applicants are informed of the outcome of their application by email shortly after the committee meeting.

 

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 a cooperating partner country. During 2017 applications for organizing meetings in Chile will exceptionally be considered.

 

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 at least 12 months before the proposed course date.

 

Application process

  • The deadlines for applications are 1 March 2017 and 1 August 2017, 14:00 CEST.
  • Applicants will be asked to complete an online and an offline 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.

 

Contact

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Tilmann KießlingTilmann Kießling
Head, Communications
T. + 49 160 9019 3839