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EMBO Conference

Anaerobic protists: Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology

31 August – 03 September 2017 | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 14 July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 14 July 2017

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About the Conference

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The specific objectives of this EMBO Conference (ICAP VI) are to:

  1. Promote information sharing and support the advancement of research by bringing together researchers with common interests on mucosal microbial parasites, including stimulating collaborations between parasitologists and between parasitologists and mucosal microbiologists and immunologists
  2. Support outstanding junior investigators in the field and promote international communication and collaborations
  3. Promote collegial interactions, open discussion and sharing of methodologies among researchers working on mucosal parasites including parasite interactions with the microbiota and the mucosal immune system.

The central theme of the event will be: "Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology". Two sessions will be dedicated to this theme and complemented by additional talks from other sessions. These two sessions will cover parasites of respectively the digestive and the urogenital tracts, two important cites where health and disease states are increasingly recognised as being influenced by complex interplay between the mucosal immune system, microbial eukaryotes, bacteria and viruses.

Other sessions will cover the most recent development on mucosal parasite genomics and molecular cell biology. Upon completion of the event participants will be able to:

  • Identify major players and pathways in host responses to mucosal microbial parasites
  • Define the term "immunobiome"
  • Generate novel hypotheses for mechanisms driving parasite adaptation to the host human-microbiota environment

Considered parasites will include: Trichomonas, Giardia, Entamoeba, Dientamoeba, Blastocystis, Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and related species.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 14 July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 14 July 2017


  • ACADEMIC £380 (GBP)
  • INDUSTRY £570 (GBP)

Registration includes:

  • Registration / Scientific sessions
  • All meals and coffee breaks (drinks included)
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference gala dinner

Excludes accommodation and travel.


Payment information will be provided once applicants are accepted

Selection criteria

Applicants should write a brief statement in which they indicate why they would like to participate and how their background and current work match the scope of the conference. The statement should include up to three publications of the applicant related to the topic of the conference. This information should take up to one A4 page.

20 applicants will be selected to present an oral presentation (15 min: 10 min + 5 min for questions). The applicants will be selected from the poster abstracts and the statement on why they would like to attend. Applicants will need to specify if they wish their abstract to be considered for an oral presentation or not.

Abstract guidelines

The title of the abstract should be up to 200 characters and the first author must be the person presenting the abstract (poster or oral presentation) at the conference.

The abstract text must be 2000 characters or fewer.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in A0 portrait format (841 mm x 1189 mm or 33.1 in x 46.8 in)

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.

Travel grants will be prioritised for any researcher based in the following countries:

a) €250.00/attendee for up to 6 attendees from: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.
If these funds are no fully allocated researchers from any countries will also be eligible.

b) €400.00/attendee for up to 5 attendees from: India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Registration Grants

Up to 10 registration grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for this grant for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for these registration grants – do so in the section “Statement of motivation”.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. These funds are provided by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and will provide support for up to 10 trainees (PhD students/PostDocs) to cover their registration costs ($300/~£230/per attendee).
Registration grants will be available for researchers based in the following countries:

a) USA and Canada: up to 5 attendees

b) Countries from Latin America: up to 5 attendees



For registration and payment issues
Amanda Temby
Tel: +44 191 20 87142

For hotel bookings and other issues
Wendy Grunson
Tel: +44 191 20 86962




Life Conference and Banqueting
International Centre for Life
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne

Telephone: +44 191 243 8216 or +44 191 243 8284


Twitter: @candbatlife



The NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has secured an allocation of bedrooms with special room rates at the Jurys Inn Hotel Newcastle City Centre, which is situated opposite the conference venue (200 m, 3 min walk). These rooms are bookable until one month prior to the event start date.

A credit/debit card is required to secure your room reservation. Individual bookings may be cancelled up until 2pm on the day of arrival without charge. For bookings of 10 rooms or more, cancellations can be made up until 28 days prior to the date of arrival without charge.

Booking Link

Please note
To reduce costs students/postdocs are encouraged to share rooms
single occupancy £79/room/night
double occupancy £95/room/night
breakfast included

Jurys Inn Newcastle
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Telephone: +44 191 201 4400


Twitter: @JurysInnsHotels


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About the accommodation

Located in the city centre, Jurys Inn is one of the most convenient hotels in Newcastle - perfectly placed to enjoy all the city has to offer. Just a short 8 minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station, the hotel offers easy access to transport links in and around the city.

Jurys Inn hotel in Newcastle has 274 bedrooms in total. More spacious than you’d expect, rooms can accommodate three adults or two adults with two children under twelve, or just one guest. The well-lit, spacious feel is clearly designed around our guests’ comfort.


  • Spacious room for up to 3 adults or 2 adults/2 children sharing
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Flat screen TV with Freeview
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea and coffee refreshment dock
  • Spacious bathroom with complimentary toiletries
  • Spacious well-lit work area
  • Selection of pillows available for your comfort
  • Rooms available for guests with reduced mobility

Accessible wheelchair friendly rooms

Jurys Inn has a number of bedrooms suitable for wheelchair access. These rooms have been designed to the highest specifications and include:

  • Lowered beds for easy transfer from a wheelchair to the bed
  • Wide doorways
  • Sufficient floor space to manoeuvre
  • Fully accessible bathrooms, including either roll-in shower or bath with additional hand rails, lower sink, grab rails and pull cords

Throughout the hotel, additional accessibility features include:

  • Accessible toilets in public areas
  • Lifts to all floors

Getting to Jurys Inn

By Car – Follow the signs for the A1 South, taking A184 exit and following the A189 (Redheuth Bridge)

Central Station – 8 Minute Walk

Turn left out of the station and keep left through the plaza of the Centre for Life. The hotel is directly opposite.


By Air

Newcastle International Airport is served by many airlines providing direct links from top international and UK destinations, and is only 8 miles from the city centre. The airport is connected to the Metro system, which is the quickest and easiest way to get to the city centre. Trains run every 5–15 minutes and the journey takes around 20 minutes to the Central Station. Bus services, car hire and taxis are all also available at the airport. Taxis to the city centre cost around £15.

By Rail

The Life Conference Centre is located just 200 meters from Newcastle Central Station, which provides high-speed rail links to London in under three hours, Edinburgh in one and a half hours and York in an hour. The Metro, Tyne and Wear’s light rail system, connects the station to areas in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside.

If approaching from Newcastle Central Station, turn left onto Central Parkway just before you reach Times Square, and you will find the entrance to Life Conference and Banqueting halfway down the road on your right.

By Road

The Life Conference Centre is situated just a few minutes from the A1(M), linking it conveniently with London and the South, and Edinburgh and the North. There is a multi-storey car park at Times Square which provides over 400 secure parking spaces, with additional parking for disabled visitors just metres from Life’s door. The Sat Nav reference for Times Square Car Park is NE4 7AD.

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