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EMBO Workshop

Cilia 2018

02 – 05 October 2018 | Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Registration is now open
  • Early Bird registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2018
  • Standard registration Deadline
  • 30 September 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2018

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About the Workshop

Workshop illustration

Cilia are microtubule-based organelles that are present on the surface of many eukaryotic cells and function in cell motility and sensory signaling. In recent years the cilia research field has grown at an amazing pace, and major discoveries have been achieved in multiple disciplines from molecular, cellular, and structural biology to genetics and medicine. Improved understanding of cilia biology has underscored the importance of cilia in many fundamental cellular and developmental processes, and ciliary dysfunction is now linked to a large number of different diseases (ciliopathies).

This EMBO Workshop will provide a dynamic, inspiring, and interactive forum for discussion of recent results and future directions in cilia research, and will foster interdisciplinary interactions between scientists, clinicians and ciliopathy patients. The principal themes of Cilia 2018 are molecular and clinical aspects of ciliopathies; centrosomes, basal bodies and ciliogenesis; signaling and development; trafficking and intraflagellar transport; structural biology of cilia and basal bodies; motile cilia and flagella.

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 is now open
  • Early Bird registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2018
  • Standard registration Deadline
  • 30 September 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2018


Early Bird Registration Fees


Standard Registration Fees


Patients and patient representatives

Please contact Tess Harris for details if you are interested in attending this conference.

Registration includes:

  • Admission to the scientific sessions
  • Abstract book
  • Coffee breaks and working lunches
  • Welcome cocktails (Tuesday 02 October, 2018)

Optional conference dinner on Thursday, 04 October, 2018. Venue for the conference dinner will be Restaurant Ofelia in the Royal Danish Playhouse, where you can enjoy the most beautiful view of the Copenhagen Harbour. The food is excellent. Price for the dinner is 70 Euros.

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


Registration will be online with possibility to pay with all major credit cards. Eventually bank transfer will also be made possible, if there is need.

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Selection criteria

All abstracts submitted to the conference will go through a peer-review process carried out by the conference Scientific Committee. The highest-scoring abstracts will be selected for short oral talks. Abstracts describing unpublished work will be strongly favoured in the selection for oral talks. The remaining abstracts will be selected for presentations at the poster sessions.

The Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject low quality abstracts, as well as abstracts and registrations not pertinent to the themes of the conference.

All presenting authors (for oral or poster presentation) will be notified via email.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words (excluding authors and affiliations and without illustration or references) and they should adhere to the following format:





Upon submitting the abstract, authors will be asked to choose between oral presentation or poster presentation and indicate for which of the following topics they wish to submit their abstract:

  • Ciliopathies: Clinical aspects and therapeutics
  • Signaling and development
  • Trafficking and IFT
  • Motile cilia and flagella
  • Ciliopathies: Molecular mechanisms
  • Centrosomes, basal bodies and ciliogenesis
  • Structural biology of cilia and centrosomes

Presented abstracts will be printed in the abstract book.

Only abstracts of active participants will be printed in the conference booklet.

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 during abstract submission 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 Information

We recommend that all participants arrange their accommodation in Copenhagen as early as possible.

The currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone.



Conference Contact:

Congress Secretariat:

MCI Copenhagen

+45 70222130

Local Congress Chair:

Lotte B. Pedersen

MCI Registration Manager

Rogier Bakker

Phone : + 31 (0)20 570 1567




Scandic Copenhagen Hotel

Vester Søgade 6

+45 33143535



To book accommodation at the congress hotel please follow below instructions:

  • Follow this link:
  • Select the English or Danish version of the site (otherwise the code will not work).
  • Search on Scandic Copenhagen with the requested dates (2-5 October, 2018 ).
  • Insert booking code BWON021018 in the box, and press search.


The hotel is situated 12 km from the airport. There is a train service from the airport to the Copenhagen central station every 10 minutes and the journey takes 12 minutes. The Scandic Copenhagen is located 700 m from the Copenhagen central station and is only a 5 minute walk.

A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost approx. 30 Euros.

Please note that the currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone.

About the Area

Scandic Copenhagen is centrally located and enjoys a scenic setting with views of the lakes. Just around the corner are various sights, such as Tivoli Gardens, and some shopping opportunities.

From the hotel, most of Copenhagen's sights are within walking distance; however, if you need to travel further, public transport is also available. A few minutes walk from the hotel is the Copenhagen central station and Vesterport station, where trains and buses depart regularly throughout the day and night.

About Copenhagen

Home to the world’s best restaurant three years in a row and the World’s Most Livable City in 2014. These are just some of the titles and awards that Copenhagen has received the last few years.

Copenhagen was in 2016 rated as the 10th most popular congress city in the world. It is a vibrant metropolis, the gateway to Scandinavia and amongst the safest and cleanest cities in the world. Copenhagen is very easy to get to and is, with one of the most efficient transport systems in the world, also very easy to get around in.

Copenhagen Airport is Northern Europe´s main traffic hub with direct flights from approximately 160 destinations all over the world. In recent years, Copenhagen Airport has won numerous prizes for quality, design, customer satisfaction and efficiency. The Airport is situated just eight kilometers from the city center of Copenhagen and the hotel Scandic Copenhagen, which can be reached within 12 minutes by metro or train. This is the fastest transfer time from airport to city center of any European capital city.

As the oldest monarchy in the world and one of the world’s greatest design capitals, the city offers a wide variety of cultural experiences and stunning architecture within its compact city center. Copenhagen is known as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world and pollution is very low. Fall, when the EMBO Workshop Cilia 2018 will take place, is the perfect time to visit for autumn colors in the parks and gardens and to experience Danish “hygge”!

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!

Denmark fun facts

  • Denmark has 406 islands and 7314 km of coastline, which is longer than the Chinese Wall
  • Denmark has more than twice the amount of bicycles (4.2 million) than cars (1.8 million). Copenhageners pedal more than 1.13 million km on their bicycles each day.
  • Healthcare is free when you live in Denmark.
  • The local currency is Danish kroner
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