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EMBO Workshop

Physics of integrated biological systems

11 – 21 September 2018 | Cargèse, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 13 July 2018

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About the Workshop

Over the past ten years, physical approaches to biological problems have played a central role in revealing the mechanisms that drive many biological phenomena. However, few courses introduce how this collaboration between fields actually works.

This EMBO Workshop offers young researchers, graduate students or post-docs, a training session centered on interactions at the interface between physics and cell and developmental biology, to gain an integrated view from the molecular scale to the cell to the organism, but also interrogating the scalability of approaches in the context multi-scale systems.

Sessions include:

  • Physics of biological polymers
  • Polymers and molecular motors
  • Dynamic partitioning of the cell
  • Cell mechanics
  • Growth and morphogenesis

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
  • 01 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 13 July 2018



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation for the duration of the meeting (from 11 – 22 September). An extra night can be provided at extra cost if travel arrangements require it.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Evening meals are not included in the registration, except for two evening party dinners.


Participants will be expected to pay by credit card. French participants may use purchase orders.

Selection criteria

Applicants should provide a letter of motivation and a CV (see below for items) through the application portal. Additionally, up to two letters of recommendation may be provided, either as part of the application file on the application portal, or directly by email by the sponsor at The subsequent selection, performed by a selection committee, will emphasize the following criteria:

  • Motivation
  • Track record of the participant and their lab
  • Ongoing research projects focusing on quantitative biology, or future direction of research for individuals planning to implement experiments or initiate collaborations on physical approaches to cell and developmental biology, so as to select individuals who will best benefit from the school

Importantly, applicants will NOT be selected based on previous training in physics or maths, as the objective of the workshop is to provide tools for biologists to interact with physicists.

CV content (less than 1 page), should provide information on:

  • Prior education
  • Research experience
  • Courses and meetings attended
  • Publications (up to 5)

Abstract guidelines

Your abstract should expose your previous and current research interest, in particular:

  • The objective of your work
  • The techniques that you are using, if pertinent
  • Your current results
  • Conclusions

The selection committee will examine the abstract in light of the information provided in the motivation letter. The motivation letter should emphasize current exposure to interdisciplinary approaches and how you think your current or prospective work may benefit from the workshop.

Poster specifications

Poster dimensions are 135 cm x 90 cm.

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.

A limited number of fellowships to cover for attendance and/or travel will be distributed. The participants should indicate in their motivation letter whether they request financial support and should indicate the reason.

Additional information

Participants will share rooms (two beds).



Camille Plancke





Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse




Participants will be hosted on-site in double rooms. No commute will be necessary. Dinner will not be provided (except for two) and can be taken in the room or in the various Cargèse restaurants.


Cargèse is located on the west cost of Corsica. The closest airport and harbor is Ajaccio, at 45 min driving distance. Participants are encouraged to make travel arrangements to Ajaccio airport. Free shuttle transportation to and from Ajaccio will be ensured on first and last days of the meeting.

Other itineraries are possible but please be aware of the scarceness of public transportation in Corsica. Driving through Corsica is scenic but can take a long time.

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