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Application and selection

This course is student-oriented with focus on PhD students and postdoc fellows involved in research related to understanding and engineering enzyme catalysis, however applications from senior researchers with experience in enzyme catalysis are also welcome. A limited number of places is available to ensure optimal interactions between students and teachers. 

Participant’s application includes: (i) CV (ii) Motivation letter that consists of a short description of the ongoing research project including participant's research interests and explanation of how participant will benefit from the attendance of this course, (iii) Supervisor recommendation letter.

Selection will be based on provided information using as sole criteria the quality of the application, taking into account the match between the applicant’s interest and objectives of the course. Students with projects that will immediately benefit from the topics addressed in the course will be prioritized. Geographical distribution and gender balance may also be taken into consideration.

Accepted participants should prepare a 2-slides PowerPoint presentation on their current project. Accepted participants that will bring a poster can also provide an abstract for the program book. The abstract should be provided as a Word document and should not exceed one page.

How to apply

By the deadline of June 30, 2020:

1. Complete an application order (see top of the page) through the registration portal on this event website. When you complete an order you will receive an 'order received E-mail' with full instructions on how to proceed with your application and a copy of the order in PDF. Please check your spam or junk mail in case this E-mail is not delivered in your inbox.

2. During this process, upload a single file (accepted format is pdf) containing all supporting documents for your application provided as single document. Please use febs-comp-firstname-secondname as a filename . 

a. concise CV (max 2 pages)
b. motivation letter with summary of your reasons for applying to the event, your research interests and description of ongoing project if related to the topic of the course (max 2 pages)
c. letter of recommendation from your head/supervisor
d. for applicants for FEBS Youth Travel Fund awards, your Constituent Society membership proof, age, ID and proof of status


You will be notifiied of the outcome of your application by July 10, 2020

Registration fees

Registration fee is 300 € which also includes accommodation at Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu

Participants of the course will be provided with name badge, certificate of attendance and teaching material. Coffee/tea, lunch and dinner arrangements during the course will be provided at no extra costs. The costs of the joint dinner-event in the city on Wednesday evening with all participants are also included. Bus transportations between Radisson Blu Hotel Oulu and conference venue in the mornings and evenings are also included.

The local accommodation will be arranged by the organisers in shared rooms in the same hotel as the lecturers. Secretarial assistance will be provided for making travel arrangements. The travel costs are not covered. 

Terms and Conditions

    Travel insurance

    You should seek and follow the advice of your government before registering and booking travel for the event and before travelling to the event. You are solely responsible for making your own appropriate travel and other insurance arrangements before booking travel for the Course.

    Modification and cancellation of the event

    The Course Organizers reserve the right to modify the event programme, which is published as an indication only.

    In the event of cancellation of the event, at any time, as a result of events outside of the reasonable control of the Course Organizers, including (but not limited to) natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports, the registration fee shall be refunded by the Course Organizers but neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS shall be held liable for any other costs or losses incurred.


    The Course Organizers take all reasonable care in making arrangements. They act only as agents in securing hotels, transport and travel services, and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organized through contractors. Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the general public.

    In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by the Course Organizers or FEBS, these parties shall not be responsible for any bodily injury, death or property damages (including theft) sustained by participants during the event.

    In any event, neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS accept liability for damages or costs in the event of bodily injury, death, property damage, disruption to travel plans and costs incurred as a result of events outside of the reasonable control of the Congress Organizers or FEBS, including (but not limited to) natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports.

    Governing law

    Any legal dispute resulting from the accepted terms and conditions will be subject to the law of Finland.

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