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New approaches to study ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like modifications

17 – 24 September 2016 | Alghero, Italy

Registration deadline

17 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

17 May 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

01 June 2016

Payment deadline

15 June 2016

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About the practical course

crystalsIn this EMBO Practical Course we will present state-of-the-art methodology to study ubiquitination and related ubiquitin-like (UBL) modifications such as SUMO and NEDD8. The course will be targeted at young scientists who are unfamiliar with this field. It will involve practical experiments demonstrating the use of conjugating and deconjugating enzymes and ubiquitin/UBL receptors in vitro, and familiarize attendees with the power of chemical biology to identify enzymes in lysates of various organisms. Also included will be a section on the bioinformatical analysis and prediction of UBL modification and recognition sites, discussions of emerging new frontiers such as ubiquitin phosphorylation, and other aspects of ubiquitin biology.

cellsBesides the practical teaching sessions, the course will include lectures by invited speakers and daily "meet the teacher at the beach" discussion sessions. A poster session and short presentation of student projects will additionally stimulate the scientific exchange between students and faculty. Topics presented at this course will include:

  • The complexity of ubiquitin modifications
  • Mechanism and Function of protein SUMOylation
  • Regulatory roles of protein Neddylation
  • Ubiquitin signaling in the DNA damage response
  • Mechanism and function of deubiquitinating enzymes
  • Recognition of ubiquitin-like modifiers by protein domains and motifs
  • Phospho-ubiquitin mediated regulated of mitophagy by PINK1 and Parkin
  • Systems biology in the ubiquitin system







Registration deadline

17 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

17 May 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

01 June 2016

Payment deadline

15 June 2016












Registration includes:

  • Accommodation for 7 nights, September 17 - September 24, 2016 (Centre guest house)
  • Meals (Centre restaurant)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Tutorial and practical experiments
  • Transfer service to/from the Airport (Alghero)
  • 2 Excursions (tour to cave at Capo Caccia and visit of downtown Alghero)

Selection Criteria

botuxalThe course is aimed at PhD students and young postdocs in all areas of cellular biology who have already encountered UBL's during their research projects but who do not have much experience in this field and are keen to learn. Priority will be given to students and post-docs in relatively early stages of their projects, as this is expected to provide maximal return for both themselves and their research groups.

Application Guidelines

Students are expected to bring a poster describing their current research project and how it is linked to ubiquitin-related processes. An abstract (up to 300 words) can be submitted within the online system.
In addition, As part of the online registration students will be asked to include the following in the fields provided:

  • Current research interests (max 200 words).
  • An explanation of how this course will help you achieve your scientific goals.
  • Reference letter from your current PI.

Poster Specifications

All poster sizes can be accommodated.


Instructions for payment will be provided upon acceptance to the course.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.




Emma Thurston

Phone: +44 1223 267089




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Porto Conte Ricerche Srl

S.P. 55 Porto Conte/Capo Caccia

Km 8.400 Loc. Tramariglio

07041 Alghero (SS)
 - Sardinia (ITALY)

Tel: +39 079 998400

Fax: +39 079 998567



Accommodation Details

The research centre is located at one of the most fascinating sites of the Coral Riviera. An enchanting place where nature, history and culture form a unique backdrop to one of the most vibrant environments on the Island.
Porto Conte Ricerche, Capo Caccia, Italy ( is the selected location in Alghero, Sardinia. The Research Centre has laboratories, lodgings, lecture halls, as well as a bar and a restaurant. Porto Conte Ricerche is in a secluded area, which will encourage participants to focus on the course content with nature being the only distraction. Free WIFI is available.
Capo Caccia is a small peninsula situated in a beautiful natural reserve that is isolated without being remote. Alghero airport is only a 20 minute car drive away. Two cultural excursions will be organised to give guests the opportunity to appreciate this special location. We have planned a boat excursion to explore the cape and nearby islands and an evening bus excursion to the charming seaside town of Alghero. Participants can tour the historical monuments within the walled city and shop for local specialties.

How to reach Porto Conte (Alghero), Sardinia, Italy

The Alghero-Fertilia (AHO) airport is only (20 km) from Porto Conte and it is served daily by connections with the rest of Italy and many European cities.
For the most up-to-date information visit:, or visit the Alghero Airport Website for a comprehensive list of flights.
Should you not be able to benefit from the direct flights, we recommend that you fly to Rome (FCO) and connect to one of the regularly scheduled flights to Alghero (AHO). A round trip ticket from Rome (FCO) costs 160 Euros if booked well in advance.

It is possible, but it is more difficult to arrive at Porto Conte (Alghero) from Olbia (130 km) or Cagliari (225 km) airports.  From Olbia you could rent a car and drive to the Alghero airport and then get a connecting bus from there. Some local transportation links are provided below.

Helpful public transportation/timetable links in Sardinia:

Public transportation in Sardinia: (in English) (in Italian)
General Tourist Information:
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Alghero Airport | Information: (+39) 079 935282 - 915324 | Reservations: (+39) 079 936051
Tourist Information: (+39) 079935124 |

Bus (from Alghero Airport)
Autolinee Arst | Tel. 079 2639206
Autolinee Deplanu | Tel: (+39) 078430325 | Autolinee Fds | Tel: (+39) 079950458 |
Autolinee Logudoro Tours | Tel: (+39) 079281728 |
Autolinee Nuragica Tours | Tel: (+39) 079510494 | Alghero Bus Station | Via Catalogna, 1 - 07041 Alghero | Tel: (+39) 079950179

Stazione Treni Alghero | Via Don Minzoni (loc. La Pietraia) - 07041 Alghero | Tel: (+39) 079950785
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