Training Course in Complementary Optical Spectroscopies in Macromolecular Crystallography






ESRF, EMBL Grenoble Outstation, IBS - Grenoble  - France

Venue: ESRF room MD-1-21


 Scope of the course

This courses addresses young scientists and students who intend to apply in crystallo optical spectroscopy techniques to macromolecular crystallography. The course will train the selected participants through lectures and practical sessions, including:

  • UV-vis absorption
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence

using both off-line and on-line facilities at the ESRF structural biology beamlines.

Lectures will highlight the importance of combining spectroscopy data to structure analysis and present the facilities available at ESRF, Diamond Light Source and Swiss Light Source. 

A final session will be dedicated to some major results achieved in the field.


 Programme and course tutors

Programme available here


List of course tutors:

Isabel Bento (ITQB-UNL Oeiras, Portugal)
Philippe Carpentier (ESRF Grenoble, France)
Daniele de Sanctis (ESRF Grenoble, France)
Florian Dworkowski (SLS - PSI Villigen, Switzerland)
Martin Fuchs (SLS - PSI Villigen, Switzerland)
Mike Hough (University of Essex, UK)
Max Nanao (EMBL Grenoble Outstation, France)
Robin Owen (DLS Didcot, UK)
Arwen Pearson (University of Leeds, UK)
Alexander Popov (ESRF Grenoble, France)
Antoine Royant (IBS/ESRF, Grenoble, France)
David von Stetten (ESRF Grenoble, France)
Martin Weik (IBS/ESRF, Grenoble, France) 


 Application and abstract submission

  Deadline for application: 20 July 2012
Notification of acceptance: end of July 2012

To apply, please send an email to with the following required information:

  • A letter of motivation
  • A short CV
  • A recommendation letter from your supervisor (including email and contact details)
  • An abstract (for posters)
  • An outline of samples/data you will bring with you if accepted (Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own samples or data and, if you intend to do so, it shoud be stated in your application)


There will be no registration fee (accommodation and meals during the course will be taken in charge by the organisers).
Participants are requested to take care of their travel arrangements.



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The course is funded by BioStruct-X and ESRF.



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Daniele de Sanctis (ESRF) - Max Nanao (EMBL) - Antoine Royant (IBS/ESRF)



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Martin Fuchs (SLS - PSI) - Robin Owen (DLS)