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EMBO Workshop

Nuclear receptors and biological networks

11 – 15 September 2018 | Kolymbari, Crete, Greece

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 11 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 august 2018

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About the Workshop

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Nuclear receptors (NRs) constitute a unique group of transcription factors that play an important role in a wide variety of developmental, physiological and pathological processes and have become important drug targets in many diseases. These receptors regulate transcription in response to small lipophilic biomolecules such as hormones, lipid metabolites, bile acids, heme and xenobiotic compounds thereby functioning as key mediators linking metabolism and external signals to transcriptional regulation. The ability to directly regulate NRs by small molecules makes these transcription factors ideal targets for disease management as well as for mechanistic and system-wide studies of transcription.

This workshop on Nuclear Receptors and Biological Networks continues the very successful EMBO NR conference series. The overall objective of this meeting series is to ensure a European meeting point for current and up-and-coming scientists in the broader field of NRs. The specific objective for the 2018 meeting is to highlight the importance of novel systems approaches for the study of NR functions and to emphasize how NRs constitute excellent tools in systems biology. To facilitate this cross-fertilization of fields, we have invited outstanding speakers with different scientific interests in the NR field as well as world-leading experts in systems approaches.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 11 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 august 2018



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to talks and poster session
  • Drinks and snacks at welcome reception and poster sessions
  • Lunch Day 2, 3 and 4
  • Gala dinner
  • Coffee breaks
  • Conference bag, abstracts book (pdf)
  • WI-FI access throughout the meeting

Excluding accommodation


Successful applicants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

All applicants will be encouraged to submit an abstract as part of the registration. Abstracts will be selected based on relevance and scientific excellence and priority will be given to scientists early in their careers and those that submit abstracts. Geographical and gender diversity will also be considered.

Student and post-doctoral applicants should indicate whether they would like their abstract to be considered for oral presentation.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 300 words (excluding title and author information). Applicants should indicate if they want their abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Maximum poster dimensions are Height: 150 cm Width: 90 cm

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for 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.



Scientific enquiries:

Prof. Susanne Mandrup


Phone +45 6550 2340

Administrative enquiries:

Louise Elmelund-Præstekær


Phone: +45 93507463




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Avra Imperial Hotel

Kolymbari 73006

Chania, Crete, Greece


Participants must arrange their own accommodation.

A selection of accommodations in Kolymbari close to the venue and easily reachable by public transportation will be provided later.


The airport closest to the Venue is Chania International Airport, which is located approximately 40 km from Kolymbari. From the airport, the Avra Imperial Hotel in Kolymbari can be reached by car/taxi (approximately 40 min) or by public bus transportation (approximately 1.5 hours).

If sufficient participants arrive at Day 1 of the conference, we will assist in arranging shared transport from Chania Airport to Avra Imperial Hotel in Kolymbari.

About the Area

Kolymbari is located on the beautiful west coast of Crete at the bottom of Chania Bay nestling between the sea and the cliffs 23 km from Chania and 39 km from the airport, with frequent bus connections. The village is located with comfortable distance to the more hectic neighboring cities - including Platanias in the direction of Chania. The village has grown quietly for the past 35 years, but has remained below 1,000 inhabitants.

Kolymbari is an active coastal town with trade and a nice little fishing port and marina. The beach has a mix of sand and pebbles and stretches from Grand Bay Beach Resort many kilometers eastward past Maleme to Kato Stalo. The village also has a good selection of cozy taverns and a few exclusive restaurants with outdoor seating and sea views.

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