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EMBO Workshop

Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microbes: Dissecting sources of evolutionary diversity

14 – 19 October 2017 | Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 08 September 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 August 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2017

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About the Workshop

This EMBO Workshop will be focused on comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms.

Unicellular eukaryotes comprise the overwhelming majority of eukaryotic cellular and genomic diversity, pervading all branches of the eukaryotic tree of life. Recent sequencing efforts have significantly increased the number of unicellular eukaryotes for which genomic/cellular/proteomic data are available. Metagenomics, transcriptomics,single-cell genomics, and other approaches are being applied to unravel the ecology, physiology, diversity and evolution of microbial eukaryotes and are shedding light on fundamental questions such as the origin of the eukaryotic cell, endosymbiosis, the origin of multicellularity and the evolution of major cellular systems in eukaryotes.

Although there are conferences devoted to genomics of prokaryotes and that of plants and animals, this EMBO Workshop will be the only forum bringing together this diverse community with a range of expertise and which concentrates on microbial eukaryotes.

There is a need, particularly in organisms without large communities, to have a forum where approaches, new methodologies and datasets can be shared to the advancement of this field.

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
  • 08 September 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 August 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2017



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) at the Eden Roc Hotel
  • Coffee breaks
  • Meeting materials
  • Transfers to and from Barcelona and Girona airports (will only be available if sufficient number of participants travel via Girona)
  • Social activity


Payment details will be provided by e-mail to selected participants. Your place will only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected according to research interests, affinity to the field, mature presentation, recent exciting work, and likelihood of becoming a player of importance in the field, in view of their project work and motivation letter. Additionally, a fair gender balance will be considered and significant regional bias will be avoided.

Selection will be done by a committee composed by the co-organizers.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 300 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations

Poster specifications

The poster space will be 90 x 120 cm (width x height), which corresponds to A0 vertical format (or 16 pages in A4 format).

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.



Laura Prat





Hotel Eden Roc

C/Port Salvi 57
17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols

Costa Brava


This EMBO Workshop will be held at Hotel Eden Roc, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. Sant Feliu is a small picturesque town situated on the northern Mediterranean coast of Spain, 120 km from Barcelona and 30 km from Girona. The hotel overlooks the sea and is located 1.5 km from the centre of Sant Feliu de Guíxols.


Travel by car

Motorway A-7, exit Nº 9 (when traveling from Barcelona), or the exit Nº 7 (when travelling from France).

Travel by plane

The hotel is located 120km from Barcelona (BCN) airport and 30km from Girona (GRO) airport. Sarbus offers bus service between Barcelona BCN airport or Girona GRO airport, and Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Travel by train

Girona is the nearest train station (30 km). Teisa offers bus service between Girona city and Sant Feliu de Guíxols. A taxi from the train station to St.Feliu costs around EUR 50.

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