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EMBO Workshop

Cell and developmental systems

20 – 24 August 2018 | Arolla, Switzerland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2018

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About the Workshop

The last ten years have seen extraordinary technical advances in quantitative analysis, high-resolution imaging and -omics approaches, revolutionizing the way cell and developmental systems can be analyzed. These approaches, complemented with analyses borrowed from physics, have shed unprecedented light onto how molecular and cellular properties are harnessed into emergent organism features.

The objective of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together an interactive group of scientists from different disciplines who will present important avenues of research in cell and developmental biology, genome organization, neurobiology, systems biology, biophysics, and evolutionary aspects. The meeting aims to promote exchanges across disciplines, by fostering discussions and interactions. This workshop takes place every three years, and past editions have demonstrated that its broad spectrum and small size generate a lively atmosphere favoring cross-fertilization of ideas and long-lasting interactions.

In addition to the invited speakers, selected abstracts will be chosen for short talks and presented during poster sessions. Registration is limited to 100 participants.

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 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to the scientific sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Accomodation in a shared room (Additional CHF 100 for a single room if available)
  • Welcome aperitif
  • Four dinners including one gala dinner with entertainment
  • Four lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • Bus back to Sion at the end of the workshop


Accepted abstracts will be announced via e-mail on June 30, 2018.

Upon acceptance of your abstract, please confirm your registration by paying your fee by 15 July 2018 at this link.

Mode of payment:

  • Individual payment by credit card
  • To pay for more than one participant from the same institution. There is possibility to request an invoice and pay by bank transfer (one single invoice by institution)

Refund Policy:

There will be a refund of total amount minus CHF 100 on cancellations announced by 29 July 2018.

There will be no refund on cancellations announced after 29 July 2018.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted abstract and must confirm their registration by paying their registration fee.

Abstract guidelines

250 words maximum (no table, no graphic)

The content is the responsibility of the author and will show as entered in the application.

Poster specifications

The participants bring their printed poster with them to the workshop. Boards will be available on site to hang the posters.

Poster dimensions: maximum width: 90 cm & maximum height: 120 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.



Martine Moreillon


Phone: +41 (0) 79 515 0719




Grand Hotel & Kurhaus

CH-1986 Arolla

Phone: +41 27 (0) 283 7000

Fax: +41 (0) 27 283 7005



Most participants will share a room, as single rooms are very limited. Single rooms, available on a first come first serve basis, will be charged CHF 100.- extra to be paid on site.

The organisers manage the rooming list.

For information and rooming list, please contact Martine Moreillon


The closest airport is Geneva-airport

From Geneva-airport you will have to take the train to Sion and then the bus to reach Arolla Poste. The train station is in the airport.

You can buy your train ticket either at the counter or at the distributor at the train station. You can also buy an e-ticket one month before your travel. Train e-tickets are not refundable if you change the date of your ride. Swiss trains are reliable.

To check your travel itinerary from other Swiss cities, use the interactive map and the train schedules.

About the Area

The venue is a mountain resort and the weather can change quickly and be cold even in the summer. Take a sweater, a raincoat and good shoes (mountain shoes or other sturdy walking shoes) for the excursion. Three different excursions will be proposed, from a short hike to a Glacier hike.

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