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EMBO Workshop

Enzymes, biocatalysis and chemical biology: The new frontiers

09 – 12 September 2018 | Pavia, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2018

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About the Workshop

Research in biological catalysis and chemical biology continues to make major strides and the field is rapidly expanding due to integration of efforts across different disciplines and application of state-of-the-art methods. The use of enzymes for large scale chemical synthesis is continuously growing. In addition it is true that many validated drug targets are enzymes, and a deep understanding of their reaction mechanism is vital. Especially the combination of experimental and computational approaches will continue to become more powerful and guide the understanding of existing biocatalytic mechanisms and the development of new ones in biology and biotechnology. Topics at this EMBO Workshop will range from basic enzymology (biophysics, physics of enzyme function, computational, enzyme design) to chemical biology and enzyme function (considered as complexes, molecular machines, ribozymes, etc.). Various quantitative methodologies will be covered, including cryoEM, crystallography, spectroscopy, NMR, enzymology, and computing, as well as directed evolution.

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
  • 15 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 May 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • All conference material
  • Welcome drink and social dinner
  • Coffee breaks, lunches and finger food during poster session
  • Accommodation up to 50 early-registration young attendees


Payment will be completed by bank transfer. Details will be provided upon acceptance for participation. Please make sure that all bank fees are paid by the applicants. Your place will only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected according to research interests and affinity to the field. Additionally, a fair gender balance will be considered and significant regional bias will be avoided. Several participants will be selected for short talks from abstracts submitted within the registration deadline.

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.

Additional Registration Information

Students might be asked to share a room.



Dr. Cecilia Osera





Aula del '400,

University of Pavia,

Corso Strada Nuova 52

27100 Pavia PV,


The poster room is stanza Disegno close to Aula del 400, Palazzo Centrale.

The Sunday social dinner will be in Giardino delle Magnolie, Palazzo Centrale.

The lunches and coffee breaks will be in Cortile Sforzesco, Palazzo Centrale.

The Palazzo Centrale main entrance is Corso Strada Nuova 65, Pavia.



Students and post-docs

  • EDISU (Student Facilities) will reserve single and double rooms from Sunday 09 September until Wednesday 12 September for up to 50 early-registration young attendees:

    Collegio Maino, Viale Gorizia 87, Pavia. The college is situated in the city center, at walking distance (about 15 min) from the main lecture rooms (Directions) and about 20 minutes from the train station (Directions).

    Collegio Cardano, Viale Resistenza 15, Pavia. The college is situated in the city centre, at walking distance (about 20 min) from the main lecture rooms (Directions) and about 30 minutes from the train station (Directions).

    Collegio Volta, Via Ferrata 17, Pavia. The college is situated in the university science campus, about 30 minutes walking from the train station (Directions). From the college, it takes about 40 minutes if you want to walk to reach the main lecture rooms (Directions). If you are staying in Collegio Volta, we will provide bus tickets on your arrival to reach the collegio during your stay.

Speakers and foreign co-organizers

  • Speakers and foreign co-organizers will be hosted at Hotel Moderno, Viale Vittorio Emanuele II, 41.




You can fly to one of Milan's three airports: Linate (LIN, 50 km from Pavia), Malpensa (MXP, 90 km from Pavia), or Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY, 70 km from Pavia).


If you arrive at Linate airport, the cheapest and easiest way to reach Pavia is to take the direct shuttle bus, it takes 60 minutes.

As an alternative, you can take a bus to Milan's central railway station (Stazione Centrale) and then a train to Pavia (one every half an hour, direction Genova, for timetable, see website). The Milan-Pavia train ride takes 30-40 minutes.

The cost for a taxi ride Linate-Pavia is about 100 Euros.


If you arrive at Malpensa airport, you can take a direct train to Milan Central railway station (Stazione Centrale) and then a train to Pavia (one every half an hour, direction to Genova, for timetable, see website). Alternatively, you can take a regional train to Milano Bovisa (duration 40 minutes) and the S13 train from Milano Bovisa to Pavia.

As an alternative you can take Malpensa Shuttle Bus to the Milan Central Railway Station (tickets can be bought directly on the bus) and then a train to Pavia (see above).

Taxis are also available from Malpensa to Milan's central station (about 100 Euros) or directly to Pavia (about 160 Euros).


If you arrive to Orio al Serio airport, you can take one of the twenty-five daily bus runs from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm direct to Milan Central Station and then a train to Pavia (see above).


Most European cities are connected to Milan railway stations by direct trains. From Milano centrale railway station you can find direct trains to Pavia (direction Genova). The train ride from Milano to Pavia takes about 30 minutes. See website for timetables and to purchase tickets. You can also find direct connections to Pavia through light rail at Milano Bovisa, Milano Porta Garibaldi, and Milano Porta Vittoria train stations (trains every 30 minutes).

About the Area

The workshop will take place into the historical centre of Pavia that hosts one of the world's oldest and most prestigious universities. The ancient buildings are adjacent to restaurants and shops. In the center of Pavia there are many museums as well as a castle, Castello Visconteo, where permanent and temporary art exhibitions are located.


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