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EMBO Conference

Gene regulatory mechanisms in neural fate decisions

07 – 10 September 2017 | San Juan de Alicante, Spain

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

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About the Conference

The nervous system contains several hundred neuronal subtypes and glial cells with specific gene expression pattern defining each of these cell types. Indeed, a large number of neurological diseases are the consequence of an inappropriate cell fate commitment. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the regulatory mechanisms involved in the establishment of specific transcriptional programs defining distinct cell types during nervous system development. Though this field is rapidly expanding and the implications of this knowledge for development and disease are enormous.

The cell fate commitment in the nervous system relies on the timely establishment of cell type specific transcriptional program. Furthermore, misregulation in the gene regulatory circuitry underlying nervous system development has been observed in many neurological diseases. A number of transcription factors and ‘epigenetic’ modifications are increasingly being implicated in defining these gene expression programs and therefore cellular diversity during nervous system development.

We aim to organize this EMBO Conference to comprehensively discuss these players and mechanisms which will cover the following topics in the context of their function in neural fate specification:

  • Histone modifications
  • Modifications of DNA
  • Noncoding genome
  • Chromatin remodeling
  • Function of distal regulatory elements
  • Nuclear organization
  • Single cell transcriptome and epigenome
  • Systems biology
  • Novel mechanisms, molecular tools and approaches

This EMBO Conference will provide participants with an introduction to the key discoveries and fundamental concepts in gene regulatory mechanisms in neural fate decisions, access to the latest results, ideas and open questions as well as an outlook into the future of this field. The conference will also promote young scientists to interact with pioneers in the field and learn about the latest developments from those driving them. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference would further facilitate establishment of new connections and collaborations between labs.

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.





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


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 500 (shared room)
    EUR 600 (single room)
  • ACADEMIC EUR 600 (shared room)
    EUR 700 (single room)
    (single room)

Registration includes:

  • 3 night accommodation at hotel Complejo San Juan
  • Coffee-breaks
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Course materials

Does not include extra night accommodation


Once you have registered and being accepted, the secretariat will send you a link to make the payment on line by credit card or bank transfer.

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.

Only 9 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation, the rest will be presented as a poster.

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 (maximum 90cm width x 120 cm height). We will have two poster sessions of 3 hours. 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 and Events


Tel: +34 (0)933196323




Complejo San Juan

C/ Doctor Pérez Mateos, 2

03550 San Juan, Alicante


Tel: +34 (0)96 594 20 50



The registration fee includes 3 night accommodation and full board. All those participants wishing to share a room with another participant please specify the name of the other participant in the registration form.


By plane

The closest airport is el Atelet in Alicante. The distance between the airport and the hotel is 23 km and the easy way to arrive is in taxi, which takes 20 minutes and costs about 35€. There are also buses going from the airport to Alicante and then from Alicante to San Juan, but it takes nearly two hours because of the change of bus.

By train

If you get to Alicante by train, you can also take a taxi to San Juan.

About the Area

San Juan de Alicante is located on the East coast of Spain, near Alicante (8 km).

San Juan de Alicante has a privileged climate with average temperatures of over 11 degrees in winter and around 30 in summer.

There is a bus service between San Juan de Alicante, and Alicante with departures every 15 minutes (line 23).

San Juan de Alicante is known for the long and nice beach as a tourist destination.

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