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EMBO Workshop

C. elegans development, cell biology and gene expression

13 – 17 June 2018 | Barcelona, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 07 April, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 07 April, 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification
  • 09 April, 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 April, 2018

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About the Workshop

Caenorhabditis elegans has long been a leading model organism for the study of animal development and behaviour. The C. elegans community continues to produce scientific breakthroughs and technological advances at a high pace. We invite you to attend the upcoming EMBO Workshop: C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression, in association with European C. elegans Meeting, for the latest cutting-edge research. By combining a biannual Topics meetings and European meeting, the workshop will draw a broad international crowd and aims to foster interactions between young C. elegans researchers and global leaders. This EMBO Workshop will cover an attractive range of topics, including embryonic and larval development, cell fate determination, genomics and epigenetics, morphogenesis, evolution, neurobiology, microbe-host interactions, and ageing.

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
  • 07 April, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 07 April, 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification
  • 09 April, 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 April, 2018


Early Registration Fees (until 07 April, 2018)


Late Registration Fees (until 15 May, 2018)


Registration includes:

  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Meeting materials

Accomodation is not included.


Registration is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.

Payment details will be provided by e-mail to registered people.

Your place will only be confirmed only after payment of the registration fee.

30 days before the date of the congress, no change or cancellation will be accepted in the registration. Any cancellation made before this date will have a 50% management fee.

All cancellations must be sent to the Secretariat in writing at

The refund of cancelled services will be made 30 days after the end of the congress.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected for talks based on the quality of their abstract, taking into account the relevance of the topic, previous work and exciting recent results. Additionally, a fair gender balance will be considered and significant regional bias will be avoided. The meeting’s Scientific Committee will select the abstracts for oral presentations.

Scientific Committee Members

  • Erik Anderson, Northwersten University, USA
  • Michael Barkoulas, Imperial College London, UK
  • Henrik Bringmann, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, DE
  • Olivia Casanueva, Brabaham Institute, UK
  • Julian Ceron, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute-IDIBELL, ES
  • Barbara Conradt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, DE
  • Alex Hajnal, University of Zurich, CH
  • Sander van den Heuvel, Utrecht University, NL
  • Thorsten Hoppe, University of Cologne, DE Jane Hubbard, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, USA
  • Sophie Jarriault, IGMC, FR
  • Janine Kirstein, FMP Berlin, DE
  • Ben Lehner, Centre for Genomic Regulation, ES
  • Christian Pohl, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, DE
  • Benjamin Podbilewicz, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, IL
  • Ahna Skop, Wisconsin University, USA
  • Asako Sugimoto, Tohoku University, JP
  • Baris Tursun, MDC Berlin, DE

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should contain fewer than 300 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations

Abstracts received before the due date will be considered for oral presentations and/or poster presentations. If your abstract is accepted for a talk, it will be included in an abstract booklet that will be distributed to all conference participants.

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 Scientific Committee who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Up to 1.500€ will be allocated on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, with priority given to scientists from the countries listed below.

Travel grants may be awarded to participants from anywhere only after qualified applicants from priority countries have been considered. All applicants have to justify the reasons for applying for a travel grant. A maximum of €500 per travel grant can be awarded. At the organizer's discretion, the amount of the travel grant can be lowered to include more participants.

Priority should be given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in:

Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

An additional €2,000 will be allocated to travel grants exclusively for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan (only participants working in these countries are eligible to receive this grant; there are no exceptions:

A maximum of €1,000 per travel grant can be awarded. At the organizer's discretion, the amount of the travel grant can be lowered to include more participants.

Additional Registration Information

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants, especially PhD students and early career postdocs, located in countries in need of scientific strengthening. Priority is given to participants working in laboratories from: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

In addition, a limited number of travel grants are available for participants working in laboratories in India, Singapore and Taiwan. Travel grants will be awarded towards economy travel costs. Visa costs, accommodation and subsistence will not be covered by these funds.



Sander van den Heuvel





World Trade Center Barcelona

Moll de Barcelona s/n,

East building, 1st Floor,

08039, Barcelona


We have some hotel deals for the participants at the meeting at the following hotels:


Prices from 8th to 20th June (taxes and breakfast included) for double rooms (same price if occupied by one person)

Sunday to Thursday 155€

Friday and Saturday 180€

Triple room has a supplement of 50€

First night will be charged at the time of the reservation as deposit. Reservation can be cancelled 15 days before the check-in and deposit will be reimbursed.


Come stay at TSH Campus Marina! We are centrally located with study & lounge spaces, game areas, restaurant and... Rooftop pools? Yes we have 4! All the rooms are singles with private bathroom.

Our special deal for you:

62€/night – Standard room

66€/night – Standard room + breakfast

Please note that TSH Campus Marina can only host students and professors.

Find out more and request a room.

If you are interested in one of these options, please contact Laura Prat for the Promotion Code to get the discount rate.


Promotional Code: EMBO18 (8% discount on fares published in the website)
Approximate prices:
Double: 95€/ night
Double executive: 115€/ night
Triple executive (only two available): 140€/ night
Single: 67€/ night
Single executive: 80€/ night

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


Find the easiest and fastest way to reach WTCB from wherever you are.

WTCB’s well-placed location makes it easy to reach:

If you are coming by public transport:

  • Bus: V11, 91, D20, H14, V13, N0, N6.
  • Metro Drassanes (L3) and Paral·lel (L3 y L2).
  • There’s a bike station located at the entrance to the complex.
  • There’s a taxi stop at the entrance to the complex.

Coordinates: GPS: 41º 22' 17'' N / N 41.371388
 2º 10' 54'' E/ E 2.1816666

If you’re coming by car:

  • From the airport (Llobregat), take the Ronda Litoral and exit at Salida 21 (15 minutes).
  • From the Besós, take the Ronda Litoral and exit at Salida 21.
  • From Barcelona’s high area, Estació de Sants or Fira Barcelona, you can reach WTCB on Avda. Parallel (10 minutes)
  • From the city centre, drive along Vía Layetana, then turn into Moll de la Fusta until you reach Plaça del Carbó, which is opposite the complex (10 minutes).
  • On reaching WTCB, you can park at the WTCB car park. If you’re driving a motorcycle, there’s a free car park outside the complex.

    WTC Barcelona offers short or medium-stay parking, along with long-term parking facilities. The main advantages of the WTC Barcelona car park are that parking is never a problem due to its 900-space capacity for all kinds of vehicles, and that the car park is ideal for cruise passengers since it is very close to the port of Barcelona cruise- ship terminals.

    WTC Barcelona also has a large, free parking area for motorcycles outside the complex.

    WTC Barcelona Car Park Services

  • The car park is covered.
  • 24-hour security guards and TV cameras.
  • Facilities for people with reduced mobility.
  • Interior and exterior car wash service.
  • Credit cards accepted.

Contact the car park by calling or e-mailing us: 
93 508 80 62 and


  • Pricing by minute (€0.0575/min) €3.45/hour (maximum rate)
  • Full day rate: €25/day (including VAT)
  • For monthly subscriptions, please contact us.

2014 cruise promotion rate:

  • €75 including VAT for stays from 3 to 7 days. €10 for each additional day

Further information

More information about how to get there can be found here.

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