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EMBO Workshop

Lymphocyte antigen receptor signalling

25 – 29 August 2018 | Siena, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 16 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 May 2018

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About the Workshop

Image 1A remarkable body of knowledge has been accumulated over the last decade on the molecular machinery responsible for antigen receptor signaling, on which initiation and execution of adaptive immunity to infection and cancer crucially relies. Thus equipped, we have been able to study lymphocyte development, activation and differentiation using sophisticated mouse models. With the development of new gene manipulation approaches, high throughput technologies and biophysical tools, we are now able to tackle the complexity of the human lymphocyte responses with high definition.

Image 4

A quantum leap has been achieved with the development of potent imaging and bioinformatic tools that made it possible to to study the immune response in vivo in the complex context of the lymphoid organs, both under homeostatic conditions and during infection, autoimmune disease and cancer. The results of these studies are now being exploited with unprecedented success in the area of translational medicine, with the development of drugs that specifically target these signaling pathways and powerful approaches to engineer T cells for the treatment of immune-related diseases. The principal objective of this EMBO Workshop is to provide a forum to critically assess recent progress in this rapidly moving area of signaling in the immune system.

Image Credits (from the top):
Matthew Krummel and En Cai, Department of Pathology, UCSF, San Francisco, USA
Philippos Demetriou, Kseniya Korobchevskaya and Michael Dustin, University of Oxford, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Oxford, UK
Lakshmi Balagopalan and Larry Samelson, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA
Morgan Huse, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

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
  • 16 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 May 2018


  • REGISTRANT (with Accommodation) EUR 700
  • REGISTRANT (no Accommodation) EUR 500
  • ACCOMPANYING PERSON (with Accommodation) EUR 430
  • ACCOMPANYING PERSON (no Accommodation) EUR 320

Registration includes:

Participant fee includes:

  • Access to sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Meals
 (lunches, dinners, coffee breaks)
  • Twin (shared) room accommodation
 (700 euro option)
  • Local transport
 (shuttle from Florence and Pisa airports or from Siena railway and bus stations)
  • Guided tour of Siena and dinner at a local restaurant

  • Farewell banquet and dance party

Accompanying person fee includes:

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Local transport (shuttle from Florence and Pisa airports or from Siena railway and bus stations)
  • Twin (shared) room accommodation
 (430 euro option)
  • Guided tour of Siena and dinner at a local restaurant

  • Farewell banquet and dance party


Accepted applicants will receive an email with the payment link

Selection criteria

The organizers will select participants on the basis of their CV and abstract (aiming to ensure, compatibly with quality, a fair representation of genders and nationalities).

 Participants will have the opportunity to present their results during the central event of the meeting—a poster session to which a full afternoon will be dedicated. 
 A limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

The list of participants can be downloaded here.


Several scholarships, of which 9 funded by EFIS-EJI and 7 funded by ICGEB (the latter for nationals from developing countries that are ICGEB member states; see here), will be awarded to young scientists (PhD students and early career post docs) who the reviewers feel have produced abstracts of outstanding quality. The scholarships of 700 euros each will be awarded in the form of no-cost registration.

A small number of grants-in-aid to cover partial living and travel expenses might also become available depending on the final calculations of the costs. The organizers will notify the applicants after the conference and grants will be paid in the form of reimbursement of conference related expenses on submission of the original travel or registration receipts.

The list of EFIS grantees can be downloaded from here.

The list of ICGEB grantees can be downloaded from here.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 500 words (body of text) and should be submitted through the application system.

Poster specifications

Size of posters: 70 cm width x 100 cm height

Poster Prizes

The presenters of the 3 best posters will be awarded a certificate and a prize consisting of a 1-year personal subscription to Immunity, Science Signaling or Nature Reviews Immunology.

Travel grants

EMBO will provide a limited number of travel grants for a total of 3,500 euro, of which 2000 euro are reserved for participants from institutions from EMBC Associate Member States and co-operation partner countries (India, Singapore, Taiwan; see here). 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.

Additional Registration Information

Participants who have chosen the twin room accomodation option can indicate their preference to share the room with another participant (list of accepted applicants can be downloaded from here). Alternatively, they will be matched by gender and age range.



Cosima Tatiana Baldari

Phone: +39 0577 234400


Elisa Scali (for logistics and administrative questions)

Tel: +39 0577 1521104





Certosa di Pontignano

loc. Pontignano, 5

53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI),


Tel: 0577-1521104


The conference will be held at the Certosa di Pontignano, a beautiful abbey in the heart of the Tuscan hills. The Certosa offers three large lecture halls, arranged around two cloisters and surrounded by beautiful gardens. A number of smaller rooms will be freely available for quiet discussions or taking a pause in comfort. Given the usually mild weather in August, participants will have the possibility to enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the site, with its quiet walks around the cloisters and the beautiful landscape which surrounds it. Weather permitting, coffee breaks and meals, as well as the poster session, will be held outdoors, in the cloisters and gardens.

Invited speakers will be lodged at the Certosa di Pontignano. Participants who have chosen the double occupancy basis accomodation option will be lodged either at the Certosa di Pontignano or at the Hotel Executive* in Siena. For the latter, a daily shuttle service will be provided to and from the venue. Participants who prefer to be lodged on a single occupancy basis should arrange their reservation personally. For these participants a convenient shuttle pickup site will be arranged.

All meals will be served at the restaurant of the Certosa di Pontignano, except breakfasts for participants lodging in hotels. More details on the Certosa di Pontignano are available at this website.

*Hotel Executive
Via Nazareno Orlandi 32
53100 Siena (Italy)

Tel +39 0577 331210



By plane

Siena is within reasonable distance of several cities with major airports (Rome, Pisa, Florence, Bologna). We strongly suggest using, where possible, the airports of Florence (Firenze-Peretola) or Pisa (Galileo Galilei), which are the closest to Siena and where shuttles will be available for transport to and from the conference center (group transport based on arrival/departure schedules). Alternatively participants will be provided with a shuttle service from Siena railway station and bus station.

By train

From Roma Fiumicino Airport: a train, leaving every 30 min, takes you to the central railway station, Stazione Termini. From there take a train to Siena (see this website for timetables; note a change at Firenze Santa Maria Novella).

From Bologna Airport: a shuttle takes you to the the central station. A timetable is available here. From there you can take a high velocity train (Freccia rossa/Freccia argento) to Florence Santa Maria Novella, then a local train to Siena (see Trenitalia for timetables).

By bus

From Rome Fiumicino Airport: direct bus transport to Siena, arrives at Siena railway station. See timetables at this website.

About the Area

The conference center is located 8 km from Siena, a beautiful medieval city that blends architectural masterpieces with the surrounding landscape of hills and vineyard and that has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the city during the free afternoon. A complimentary guided tour of the city will be offered to all participants.


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