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EMBO Workshop

Endoplasmic reticulum function in health and disease

21 – 25 October 2018 | Lucca, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 August 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS
  • 22 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 03 September 2018

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About the Workshop

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The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a complex intracellular organelle bordered by a single continuous membrane. It is the entry site into the secretory pathway allowing folding and maturation of the vast majority of secreted and membrane proteins. Moreover, the ER synthesizes most cellular lipids. The ER is also extremely important in regulating calcium homeostasis and actively maintains gradients for various small molecules across its membrane. By forming the nuclear envelope, the ER impacts on nuclear organization and genomic integrity. Indeed, mutations causing a reduction in ER functions have been reported to play a role in a variety of genetic diseases including neurodegeneration, diabetes and cancer. Recent studies have revealed that the ER is tightly associated with multiple other cellular organelles and these studies are unraveling new and unexpected functions for the ER. The objective of this EMBO workshop is to bring together people from all the different disciplines of ER research. By integrating the knowledge accumulated in the different fields, it will allow the emergence of a new, more holistic understanding of the ER.

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
  • 20 August 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS
  • 22 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 03 September 2018



Abstract Submission

Registration includes:

  • participation in sessions
  • conference material
  • coffee breaks
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners

Excluding accommodation

Accompanying Persons: Optional supplement for lunches, dinners, and banquet will be published at a later stage.


Registration & reservation of accommodation – Full payment is due prior to the conference, as follows:

Full payment will be charged as of 03 September, 2018.

Important: Hotel reservations will only be confirmed for registered participants, and if payment is received as listed below.

Payment Methods
Payment should be made in one of the following ways:

  • Credit Card
    Visa/Diners; Master Card/Eurocard; American Express
    Charges will be made by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.

  • Bank Transfer Payable to: Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism – EMBO Italy
    Account Number: 293342
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Swift Code: FIRBILITXXX
    IBAN Code: IL090310440000000293342

All bank charges are to be paid by participant at source.

Please send copy of the bank transfer to the Conference Secretariat as a cross-reference for our accounts department, and ensure that your name is clearly visible on the bank transfer.

Conference Secretariat: Diesenhaus-Unitours - Convention Department

Fax: +972 -3-5610152 or e-mail:

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing only and sent to the Conference Secretariat:

Diesenhaus-Unitours – Convention Department
Fax: +972 -3-5610152 or e-mail:

Refund for registration and accommodation will be made as follows:

  • Registration Until 14 September, 2018 – Full refund less € 20 handling charges.
    Thereafter – no refund will be made.

  • Accommodation Until 01 September, 2018 – Full refund less € 20 handling charges.
    Until 14 September, 2018 – Full refund less one night charge.
    Thereafter – No refund will be made.

For on-line registration and accommodation form please click here.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on their scientific impact on the conference. It is therefore expected that all participants submit an abstract or, if no poster or short talk is to be presented, a motivation letter, respectively.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract maximum length is 300 words.

Poster specifications

Posters should be a maximum size of 1.2 m by 1.2 m.

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.



Marius Lemberg


Conference Secretariat and Travel Agency: Diesenhaus-Unitours - Convention Department


Fax: +972 -3-5610152




Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort

Via Giovanni Pascoli,

Castelevecchio Pascoli,

Braga Lucca 5051, Italy

Tel: +39-05837691


All participants of the workshop will be accommodated in the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort in single rooms or shared double rooms with private bathrooms.

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the official travel agent and secretariat for this EMBO Workshop and will provide local tourist services for participants. A block of rooms with special rates have been reserved for conference participants and can be booked via Diesenhaus-Unitours (and not directly with the hotel).

Hotel reservation
Since the number of rooms is limited, we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible but at latest by 02 September, 2018. Please use the online Registration & Accommodation Form. Reservations will be confirmed on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please note, the conference venuel is in a remote location, far from the city center, and it is highly recommended that you reserve accommodation at the conference venue.

Rates are in € (Euro) per night on bed and breakfast basis. Rates include all taxes and resort fees per person per night.

  • Single Room: 130
  • Double Room (2 persons): € 170
  • Per person sharing a double room: € 85 *

* If reserving a shared room, please advise with whom you will be sharing the room (if known in advance). The Secretariat will do its best to provide roommates for participants wishing to share a room, however this cannot be guaranteed. If a roommate cannot be found, the participant will be charged for a single room.


Direction form Florence Airport

Direction form Pisa Airport

Conference Transportation

Please note that the transfers will operate with a minimum of 15 participants. Deadline for booking transfers is 02 September, 2018. Confirmation will be sent out shortly thereafter.

Arrival transfers will be provided from Florence Airport and Pisa Airport to the Conference venue, at the following times:

  • From Florence Airport at 11:30 and 14:30

Rate: €45.- per person

Travel Time approx. 2 hours

  • From Pisa Airport at 12:00 and 15:30

Rate: €35.- per person

Travel Time approx. 1.5 hours

Departure transfers will be provided to Florence Airport and Pisa Airport from the Conference venue, at the following times:

  • To Florence Airport at 06:30 and 09:00

Rate: €45.- per person

Travel Time approx. 2 hours

  • To Pisa Airport at 06:30 and 09:00

Rate: €35.- per person

Travel Time approx. 1.5 hours

About the Area

The Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort is situated on 1,700 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds in the heart of Tuscany's unspoiled Serchio Valley.

Indoor and outdoor pools and a fitness center are available on-site.

Please check the hotel website for further information.

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