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EMBO Workshop

Mitochondria, apoptosis and cancer

16 – 18 September 2017 | Bled, Slovenia

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

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About the Workshop

Mitochondria are cells’ energy centers and a central point where a number of signaling pathways leading to cell death converge, leading to activation of apoptotic machinery and impairment of cells’ bioenergetic functions. Moreover, cellular homeostasis is regulated through mitophagy, the specific elimination of mitochondria through autophagy. Since both cellular metabolism and apoptotic pathways are compromised in many cancers, mitochondria-targeting drugs are considered as viable alternatives to eradicate chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells, since they directly initiate mitochondrial perturbations independently of upstream signaling events. This will provide novel insights into the control of mitochondrial functions and their deregulation in human cancers that has a major potential for development of innovative cancer therapeutics.

The overall aim of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together world leaders in several areas of biology and medicine, focusing on mitochondria and cancer from the point of view of cell death, the most efficient way to combat cancer.

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



Registration includes:

  • Admission to all lectures
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Workshop material
  • Admission to Get-together Party
  • Two dinners including Gala dinner

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee


When you have been notified that your application is accepted, please pay your registration fee and make your hotel and transfer bookings. Please complete your booking and registration with the Albatros Agency.

Selection criteria

Presenters of short talks will be selected based on the quality of their submitted abstracts by the program committee. Where possible preference will be given to young scientists at the beginning of their research career and a fair representation of gender will be taken into consideration. Selected poster authors will be asked to provide a short oral presentation.

Abstract guidelines

  • Abstracts should contain 400-500 words, including titles, authors and affiliation and should not exceed one page.
  • Figure, table or other illustrations should not be included in the abstracts.

It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.

Poster specifications

Poster boards will be 90 cm wide by 105 cm high. Recommended poster size is thus 80 cm by 90 cm.

A poster should be simple, self-contained and self-explanatory, clearly presenting the major results and conclusions of the study. Please use clear, visible graphics and large type.

Other Registration Information

Students will be encouraged to share rooms. Airport transportation can be arranged via organizers at a flat rate (will be announced), but is not included in the registration.

Travel grants

Travel grant submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for a travel grant.

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.



Boris Turk





Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec

Ljubljanska 6

Bled, 4260,




Single use room (standard): 91 EUR.

Double use room (standard): 112 EUR

NOTE: Rates are per day and per room incl. breakfast and free internet. There is supplement for local tourist tax of 1,27 EUR per person/day.


The nearest international airport Ljubljana Airport at Brnik is only 36 km away from Bled. Direct shuttle bus service and private transfers between the airport and Bled are organized throughout the year.

Other major international airports are differently distant from Bled: Trieste (170 km), Venice (290 km), Zagreb (200 km), Klagenfurt (80 km), Salzburg (230 km), Vienna (380 km) and Budapest (500 km). To Bled you can get by bus, train or by one of the private transport companies.


The Lesce-Bled international railway station lies on the Villach - Jesenice - Ljubljana - Belgrade - Istanbul - Athens railway line. The distance between the railway station Lesce-Bled and Bled is 4 km. To get to Bled you can use a bus (bus station is just across the street of the railway station), a taxi or you can go by foot on a special path only for pedestrian and bikers.


The distance between Ljubljana and Bled is 50 km, the easiest access is on A2 highway (direction Jesenice), or you can use a regional road passing Medvode, Kranj, Naklo and Radovljica.


Bus station Bled is centrally located northeast, 3 minutes of walk from the lake and the main lake site.

Buses leave from Bus station Ljubljana to Bled (through Kranj and Radovljica) hourly on the hour and return from Bled to Ljubljana hourly on the half-hour. The journey takes app. 70 min. Buses are driving also from the direction of Bohinj and Jesenice.

About the Area

You can read more about Bled here.

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