22.-26. October 2018 Aalto (Finland)

The Finnish MC member Päivi Laaksonen and Markus Linder from the Aalto University Finland will offer this Working group 1 training school  to interested ENBA members. Biological adhesives are typically found only in very small quantities in nature.  This makes analysis of the materials challenging and limits their direct application as functional glues.  Recombinant production of adhesive proteins is one approach that could be used to address this bottleneck.  If the sequences of the adhesive-producing genes are known then, in principle, the proteins can be produced in a system optimised for heterologous protein production – e.g. bacteria, insect or mammalian cells, plants, or via in vitro cell-free systems.  Of course, this approach brings its own challenges, including compatibility of the target protein with the production ‘machinery’ of the chosen host, the presence of post-translational modifications and authentic folding/activity of the recombinant protein. Further details about the TS and planned programme could be found here.

Number of participants:
maximum 10, whereas people with background or hands-on experience in transcriptome and proteome methods will be favoured. Also Early Career Investigators (ECI, defining careers with less than 8 years from PhD at the time of involvement in the COST Action) have priority for the Training School. COST Action CA15216 will assure gender balance and promote “women in science and technology” as well as people from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITCs).

Reimbursement aspects:
An amount of EUR 650,-/applicant is awarded on competitive basis. This includes EUR 350,- that will cover accommodation, local transport and meal expenses for the training school. The travel to Aalto (Finland) and back home is funded with maximum EUR 300. For further details, please ask the TS organiser Päivi Laaksonen or contact the Action Chair.

Deadline for submission: 14. September 2018
Selection Result: 18. September 2018
Confirmation by participants: 22. September 2018

Applicants need to provide (2 pages maximum):
– Letter of motivation (which includes current position and research interests)
– Curriculum vitae

Registration (How to apply):
Applications need to be submitted via the following form:

Definition Early Career Investigators (ECI):

  • If you obtained your Phd/doctorate (or similar experience) degree at and after 2008, your are an ECI.
  • If you currently work on your PhD thesis or obtained the degree before 2008, you are NOT an ECI.