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Membrane Fusion in Health and Disease

24 – 28 June 2018 | Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 April 2018

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About the Workshop

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Membrane rearrangements are essential in all forms of life, and in particular in eukaryotic life, which relies in controlled fission and fusion of lipid membranes, both within a cell or between cells. This meeting will focus on one of the two aspects of membrane rearrangements: membrane fusion, which is a key step not only at the cellular level but also at the level of organisms in multicellular eukaryotes (fertilization, placenta formation, embryogenesis, are just a few examples). The principles governing the controlled fusion of two lipid bilayers are expected to be the same, but the regulation of this essential process varies depending on the particular system. This workshop will bring together scientists working in the membrane fusion events occurring in three broad categories: 1 - intracellular (fusion of vesicles, fusion of mitochondria, fusion of inner and outer nuclear membranes to make a fusion pore); 2 -extracellular fusion between cells; 3 - fusion of enveloped viruses with the membrane of eukaryotic cells, including many viruses that are highly pathogenic to humans (HIV, ebola virus, influenza virus, dengue virus, etc). All these apparently disconnected fields come together into a single topic: the membrane fusion event that is central to them all.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 April 2018



Registration includes:

  • Abstract and poster submission
  • Lunches and dinners

Accommodation is not included. Some discounted accommodation will be available.


We will use a Stripe payment solution account that accepts credit cards.

Selection criteria

Each participant will submit an abstract, from which we (together with the Scientific Committee, see below) will select short oral presentations (20 slots in total). The others will be selected for posters if their quality is deemed sufficient by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee will be instructed to pay special attention to generating an appropriate gender balance and to including junior group leaders in the talks selected from abstracts.

Scientific Committee:

Elizabeth Chen (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
Juha Huiskonen (University of Oxford, UK)
Reinhard Jahn (Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany)
Thomas Krey (Institute of Virology, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany)
Heidi McBride (McGill University, Canada)
Judith White (University of Virginia, USA)

Abstract guidelines

Poster specifications

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 but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Fiona Birnie



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Robinson College,

Grange Road,

Cambridge, UK, CB3 9AN

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There are 50 single bedrooms on site at Robinson College for use by the participants. The remaining participants will stay in local area hotels or in other college accommodation available through the city.


Cambridge is within easy reach of all four London international airports. London Stansted is 35 min by rail (2-4 trains per hour). London Luton is 1 h by car or 1.5 h by coach. London city is 75 min by car or 2 h by public transport. Heathrow and Gatwick are both 2 h by public transport. The venue is one of the residential colleges of the University of Cambridge.

About the Area

The venue in in the city centre of Cambridge and within easy access on foot (20 min or less) of several hotels including the DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre, the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, Hotel du Vin, Arundel House Hotel, Royal Cambridge Hotel and Lensfield Hotel.


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