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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria in life, death and disease

09 – 13 October 2017 | Brindisi, Italy

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  • Application Deadline
  • 31 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2017

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

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Mitochondria are prominent in every textbook of biochemistry and cell biology. It is common knowledge that they are the power plant of the cell, which produces ATP by oxidative phophorylation and that this energy production requires multicomponent membrane complexes in the inner membrane. Moreover, it is also discussed in textbooks that all mitochondria have their own DNA encoding a few essential components of the oxidative phosphorylation system. The mitochondrial genome is then used to introduce the endosymbiontic theory, which explains the origin of mitochondria by a fusion of a bacteria with an archeal prokaryotic host, resulting in a system that subsequently evolved to the ancestor of all present day mitochondria.

Although these textbook knowledge of mitochondria is very important, it does not give justice to the enormous progress and conceptual advances that have been made in the field of mitochondrial biology in the last decade. This results in a wealth of novel information regarding their basic function, but it also revealed many novel roles these organelles play in the context of cellular physiology in both unicellular and complex multicellular systems. Thus mitochondria interact and communicate with other organelles. They are involved in complex metabolic networks mediating cell survival, apoptosis, redox control, calcium homeostasis and many metabolic and biosynthetic pathways.

This EMBO|FEBS lecture course will deal with a number of research areas that have a great impact on the understanding of mitochondrial biology general.

It will be organized in six sessions that include:

1. Mitochondrial DNA maintenance and gene expression

2. Mitochondrial biogenesis and metal biology

3. Mitochondrial protein import Mitochondrial protein import

4. Organelle metabolism, signalling and quality control

5. Mitochondrial behavior and interorganelle contacts

6. Mitochondrial diseases

Young students and postdocs will have many opportunities to meet and discuss with established PIs in an informal context, during ‘meet the PI’ sessions, informal round table discussions and poster presentations.

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  • Application Deadline
  • 31 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2017



Registration includes:

The total all inclusive fee for young scientists includes:

  • Four nights accommodation (9-12 October 2017) in double rooms,
  • All meals, coffees, drinks on a all-inclusive basis,
  • All course materials
  • Transfer from and to airport of Bari or Brindisi (or to Bari railway station).

Cancellation policy

Refund of registration fees will be as follows:

100% refund (less 50,00 € handling fee) if a notification e-mail reaches the Course Secretariat by June 15th, 2017

50% refund (less 50,00 € handling fee) if a notification e-mail reaches the Course Secretariat between June 16th and July 15th 2017

No refund on cancellations past July 15th, 2017

Send all correspondence to:

Mrs. Angela Evangelista (see below)


Wire Transfer to

Bank Name: UNICREDIT S.p.A.

Bank Address: via Amendola Bari, Italy

Bank Branch: Agenzia 03769

Account Holder: Palmiro Cantatore

Account Number: 104397933

Account Number/IBAN:IT48W0200804031000104397933


Copy (pdf) of the payment receipt must be sent by E-mail, within the payment deadline, to the Congress Secretariat.

Selection criteria

To maintain a high degree of interaction between all attendees the number of participants will be limited to 110 for students and postdoctoral fellows (which are the main target of the lecture series) and 24 speakers, (included 9 members of the organization committee)

In addition positions will be available to senior scientists (having a total of 34 PIs) with experience in different areas of mitochondrial biology.

We expect about 80% of applicants to be from Europe, 10% from North America and 10% from other countries. Selection of the participants will be done by the organising committee (MCC). We try to achieve that the participants at the meeting reflect the broad field of mitochondrial biology. Thus we will consider as many different research groups as possible which may require to limit the participants of a single group to two students. Moreover, we will attempt to balance different topics as well as model systems and give special considerations to newly emerging aspects of mitochondrial biology. A balance between male/female participants will be maintained in the selection of applicants.

For the senior scientists In the case their number outnumbers the expected figures, precedence will be given to scientists with experience in mitochondrial biology

Abstract guidelines

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including Title and Headings.

Poster specifications

Each author will have a board space of (HxW) 180 cm x 96 cm (5ft 10in x 3ft 2in), on which to mount the poster. The poster should be designed to summarize current research in graphic forms. Presentations should be self-explanatory so that the author is free to supplement and discuss particular points. For easy identification, provide a poster heading, listing its title and author(s), identical to that on the official program.

The poster board is double-sided with one presentation on each side. Your assigned number will be in the upper left hand corner of the poster board. The boards will be arranged in numerical order outside the conference hall.

  • Poster materials may be mounted on thin poster paper or cardboard and attached to the poster board with blue-tak or plain scotch-tape.
  • DO NOT USE PUSH-PINS OR GLUE (materials for attaching illustrations will be available at the secretariat).
  • Do not mount your poster on heavy or thick backing, as it may be difficult to fasten to the board. If you require assistance with mounting or removing your poster, please notify the secretary of the workshop.
  • Each author is responsible for assembly and removal of his/her own presentation.
  • Please remove your poster promptly. Materials left on the poster boards after the removal deadline will be taken down. The organizers or the hotel staff has no responsibility for materials that may be lost or damaged.
  • The poster sessions have a designated time in which the poster presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss their research with the meeting attendees.

FEBS Youth Travel Fund

A small number of FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) are available for PhD students and Post Doc from FEBS area. These will cover the registration fee, and may also make a small contribution towards travel.

The deadline for YTF application is July 1 2017.

Please note that this deadline precedes that for the general participants to the Course that has been fixed to July 31 2017.

More information can be found here (PDF).


Following the agreement of FEBS with IUBMB is available one trans-Youth Travel Fund Grant (trans-YTF) of maximum 1500 USD to facilitate the participation at the course of a selected participant coming from outside the FEBS area.

The deadline for YTF application is July 1 2017.

Please note that this deadline precedes that for the general participants to the Course that has been fixed to July 31 2017.

More information can be found here (PDF).



Angela Evangelista


Rosanna Longo





Hotel Sierra Silvana

72010 Selva di Fasano, Brindisi


Phone: +39-080-4331322

Fax: +39-080-433-12-07

E mail:


All events of the EMBO Course Mito2017, including lunches and dinners for the participants, will be held in Sierra Silvana Hotel. The hotel is located at Selva di Fasano approximately 55 km from Bari and Brindisi airports.

Hotel Reservation

Registration fees include accommodation in double or single room only for the duration of the course which is 4 nights from 9 of October until 13 October 2017. Accommodation type is all inclusive.

Special Rates for extended stay or accompanying persons

Reduced hotel rates have been arranged with the hotel for your extended stay before or after the course and/or for accompanying persons. Please note that the hotel will accept such reservations at the special course rates, only if booked through the Course Secretariat.

The Course Secretariat should also be contacted for all kinds of special requests or arrangements.

Sierra Silvana Hotel Price List - All inclusive Basis

(valid for extended stay and/or accompanying persons)

Single Room 115 €

Double Room (two adults) 140 €


By train:

All trains from Italy stop in Bari. Then take a train to Fasano; the trip is about 45 min long. Fasano train station is about 10 Km from the hotel

By car:

In Italy: Highway A14 Milano-Bari / A16 Roma-Bari exit "Bari nord" direction Brindisi. / S.S. 16 Bari-Brindisi exit "Fasano - Taranto" direction "Selva di Fasano"

By airplane:

Airports in Bari and Brindisi are 55 km far.Services to those airports are operated by alitalia and by the major International compagnie (Ryanair, Easy Jet, Volotea, Air Dolomites etc.)


Transfers to/from the Bari airport will be provided by the organizers. The schedule will be announced in due time. People arriving to the Bari railway station should take a connecting train to the Bari airport.

Please be aware that no transfer service will be organized for those participants that choose to arrive or depart from the airport or railway station of Brindisi. In such a case participants should provide to the transportation on their own by using public or private services (see below).

In case you would prefer to arrange your own transport, we may arrange a payment pick up taxi service. If you wish to take advantage of the service you are kindly requested to send an e-mail to the Congress secretariat ( indicating your name, your arrival flight number and your arrival date and time in Bari/Brindisi airport or Bari/Fasano railway station.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of the European Union or holders of a valid Schengen Visa do not need a visa to visit Italy

Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa to visit Italy:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua e Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Brasil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Corea del Sud, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Kiribati, Malesia, Macao, Nord Marianne, Marshall, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Santa Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, United States, St. Vincent e Grenadine, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Vatican, Timor Est, Tonga, Trinidad, Tobago, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanatu, Venezuela.

Citizens of all other countries should contact their nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate in order to obtain information, a visa or other necessary documents for their travel.

The organizers will provide any required documents confirming participation to the summer school only after registration is confirmed by fee.

About the Area

The hotel has a unique location with a breathtaking view situated on the hills (about 300m of altitude) in the middle of a Mediterranean forest known as Selva di Fasano. The hotel is very close to Fasano railway station (10 min drive) which can be easily reached by frequent bus connections.

The All-inclusive arrangement provided by the hotel provides an excellent opportunity for people to meet and discuss science in an informal setting. The hotel has top-quality dining services with the world famous Mediterranean cuisine. At lunch many choices from a very large buffet will be offered, while dinner will be served.

The hotel is built in the Mediterranean style. It has 120 spacious rooms organized in 5 mansions that are surrounded by a Mediterranean garden of incomparable beauty. Four trulli (traditional stone-built round houses) are also present for people wishing to stay in an apartment. All rooms include a bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning or heating, mini-bar, satellite tv and wifi. Each room has also a balcony or a small garden. High class amenities including a swimming pool, sport facilities, bars and restaurants, rooms for resting and reading create a unique retreat-like atmosphere with all participants on the site.

The Hotel has excellent meeting facilities with one Auditorium for up to 400 people, air-conditioned and equipped with audiovisual equipment as well as dedicated space for posters that can stay mounted for the entire duration of the meeting. The hotel has also several smaller conference rooms that can be used for round table discussions etc. An AV technician is on-call for the duration of the meeting to solve any technical problems. The Hotel has extensive experience hosting international meetings of various sizes every year.

Invited speakers and organizers will stay in single rooms, whereas students and postdocs will stay in double rooms.

The course has an ambitious program, but in our previous experiences with conferences and lecture series in Aussois and in Fodele, informal interactions at the bar after the end of the sessions are key to the success of the meeting. For this reason we will allocate more time after lunch for free time informal discussion. An additional possibility to further forge many interactions (present and future) is the option for Friday morning trip. Selva di Fasano is on the hills that surround the famous Valle d’Itria. It is situated very close to beautiful natural and touristic attractions. They include the towns of Alberobello, well known for its famous Trulli, and Castellana where it is possible to visit the Spectacular Grotte, which is considered to be the largest and deepest cave in Italy. The city of Taranto is only one driving hour away; there one can visit the famous Archeological Museum, where golden crafts coming from prehistorical ages are exhibited. The place also offers walks in the surrounding Forest and a Zoo-Safari, where children and adults can come into close contacts with all sorts of animals. Beautiful sand beaches of the Adriatic Sea are only 15 min away from Selva di Fasano.

At the beginning of October the climate is one of the mildest and healthier in Europe. Average temperature ranges between 12-22 °C

Selva di Fasano is an ideal resort for extending your stay for holidays!

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