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EMBO Workshop

Brown adipose tissue

24 – 27 May 2017 | Sitges, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 17 March 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 March 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2017

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About the Workshop

The incidence of obesity with more than 600 million people world-wide and associated metabolic diseases has reached pandemic dimensions. However, no effective pharmacological nor behavior-based therapy for obesity is presently available. Mammals have adipose tissue with opposite functions. While white adipose tissue (WAT) serves as crucial energy reservoir to survive periods of starvation, brown adipose tissue (BAT) and brown-like (BRITE) adipocytes in WAT dissipate energy as heat to protect against cold, also known as non-shivering thermogenesis.

Speakers will cover topics from BAT progenitors and stem cells to human BAT and clinical implications for obesity therapies. This range of research topics will permit participants to decipher the underlying regulatory network in brown adipose tissue function and how they may be affected in disease.

The overall aim of this EMBO workshop is to provide an up-to-date insight into the field of BAT metabolism and its therapeutic potential and to bring scientists together to stimulate discussions and the exchange of knowledge, concepts and methodology in this increasingly recognized area of research.

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
  • 17 March 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 March 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 March 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2017



Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • Conference material
  • Lunches
  • Coffee breaks


Bank account details will be sent to accepted participants.

Selection criteria

Acceptance of applicants for attending the meeting as well as the decision of whether an abstract is accepted for a poster or short talk will be based on scientific merit only. Preference will be given to applicants submitting abstracts with non-published work.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations.

Poster specifications

Please bring a printed copy of your poster, A0 portrait format (841 mm width x 1189 mm height). We will have two 2-hour poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers and colleagues.

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.



MANNERS, Conferences & Events Barcelona, Spain


Phone: +34 933196323




Hotel Calipolis Sitges

Av. Sofia, 2-6

08870 Sitges, Barcelona


Tel.: (+34) 938 941 500

The Calipolis Hotel is right on the seafront, in the middle of the Promenade of Sitges.


All speakers will be staying at the venue hotel, and we have reserved additional rooms for participants at the venue hotel.

If you want to book a room, please fill in this accommodation form and send it to the Calipolis Hotel

Price per single room breakfast and Vat included 110€ per night.

Price per double room breakfast and VAT included 126,50€ per night.


The participants are expected to commute via Barcelona El Prat International Airport with excellent transport links to Sitges (distance 25 km), as indicated in the following:

By taxi (30')

By bus (40'):

The company MonBus operates a bus service from Barcelona airport (Terminal 1) to Sitges: (website in English, French, Catalan and Spanish). The nearest station to the hotel is the first stop in Sitges called: "Passeig Vilanova". The hotel is 10 minute walk from the bus stop.

By train (42'):

The airport train station is situated opposite Terminal 2 (T2) and is connected via an airbridge. There is also a bus transit service between the train station and T1. Service from the airport starts at 05:42 a.m. until 23:38 p.m. Trains run every 30 minutes. The hotel is 10 minute walk from the Sitges train station.

Alternatively, Sitges can be also reached via Reus Airport (Tarragona) by train:

There is no train station at Reus Airport, however there is a train station in the city of Reus that can be reached by taxi or bus from the airport.

About the Area

Sitges is one of the most charming and prestigious towns on the Catalan coastline, at only 38 km from Barcelona and 25 km from Barcelona El Prat Airport.

Protected by the massif of the Garraf Natural Park, it enjoys a special microclimate, mild and moderate, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, which makes any time of the year good to come and visit us.

Calipolis hotel in Sitges is a safe bet to visit Barcelona as it is 35 minutes from the city. There’s a good network of public transport (bus and train) besides your car.

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