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EMBO Workshop

Neural development

02 – 06 March 2018 | Taipei, Taiwan

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 December 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 January 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2018

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About the Workshop

Dissecting the building blocks of the brain and the nervous system in general is a fundamental step to further understand the function of this complex tissue and its defects in disease. Recent advances in the study of neural development are astonishing, providing an extraordinary number of new insights into its underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms. These advances involve the use of multiple models and include research in neural stem cells, patterning, neuronal morphogenesis, synaptogenesis, circuit formation, glial-neuronal interactions, and neurological diseases related to these processes.

The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to provide a platform for discussion on recent advances in these fields, intended to build ties and foster collaborations in the near future. The following major topics will be included:

  • Circuit Formation and Function
  • Fate Specification from Cell to System
  • Neural Differentiation
  • Neuron-glia Interaction
  • Stem Cell
  • Synaptic Plasticity

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.





To download the provisional programme click here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 December 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 January 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 January 2018


  • ACADEMIC NT$10,000
  • INDUSTRY NT$22,000

For Local Applicants

Registration includes:

  • Participation in all talks and poster sessions
  • Conference lunch
  • Welcome Reception

Excluding accommodation


The fee should be paid in NT dollars by credit card directly to the local organizers upon the confirmation of acceptance. The details will be sent to accepted participants by email.

Selection criteria

Participation at the conference is limited to 300. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. We encourage participation of PhD students and Postdocs.

Abstracts could be chosen for short talks or for poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 250 words excluding title, authors, and affiliations. Please enter your abstract via the online registration system. Applicants should indicate if they want their abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the entire meeting. Presenters are asked to be by their posters during the poster sessions. Poster boards are 85 cm (W) × 145 cm (H). We recommend posters to be 80 cm (W) and 110 cm (H).

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.

Travel grant application should include (1) abstract (submit online), (2) personal cv, and (3) a recommendation letter from your current lab/department head. Please send the documents 2 and 3 to us directly.

The deadline for the grant application (including all required documents) will be on 20 December, 2017.


Scientific Advisory Committee

Paola Bovolenta CBMSO, CSIC-UAM and CIBERER, Spain
Michela Matteoli CNR Institute of Neuroscience and Humanitas University, Italy
Tullio Pozzan University of Padua, Italy
Alain Prochiantz College de France, France
Henry Y. Sun Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Antoine Triller Inserm, France

Scientific Committee

Yijuang Chern Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Daniel Choquet CNRS-University of Bordeaux-INSERM, France
Shen-Ju Chou Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Cagla Eroglu Duke University School of Medicine, USA
Francois Guillemot Francis Crick Institute, UK
Cyril Herry INSERM, France
Yi-Ping Hsueh Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Yi-Shuian Huang Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Hung-Chih Kuo Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Cheng-Chang Lien National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan
Stephan Sigrist Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Pierre Vanderhaeghen Université Libre de Bruxelles ULB, Belgium



Ya-Jen Cheng


Phone: +886 2 2787 3281




Institute of Molecular Biology & Interdisciplinary Research

Building for Science and Technology

Academia Sinica

128, Section 2, Academia Road

Taipei 11529 Taiwan


For applicants who need an accommodation during the conference, please specify the request upon registration. Accommodation is arranged in the guesthouse of Academia Sinica. Single and double rooms are limited and will provided on first-come, first-serve basis.

Single occupancy: NT$6,250

Double occupancy: NT$4,250 for sharing by 2 people. NT$7,750 for single.

Room charges must be paid at check-in. If you need to cancel the reservation, please inform us 10 days before the meeting to avoid cancellation fees.


After you arrive at the airport, you can choose one of the following ways to reach Academia Sinica.

Taxi Services
It takes 40 mins -1hr from the airport to Academia Sinica and costs around NT$ 1,500 (1 USD ~ 30 NTD). Showing the address of Academia Sinica to the taxi driver will help direct him to your destination.

Airport Bus (to the Taipei City)
Airport bus ticket counters are located at the arrival passenger reception area. Tickets usually cost between NT$ 125 and 150, depending on the bus company. These buses are available every 20 minutes. At Terminal I the bus platform is on the southwest side of the arrival passenger reception area. The Terminal II bus platform is on the northeast side of the arrival passenger reception area on the first floor of the terminal.

By MRT Taoyuan

Take Taoyuan Airport Metro Train to Taipei Main Station.

When you are in Taipei City, you can get to the Academia Sinica by the following transportation.

By MRT (highly recommended)
Take Blue Line (Banqiao-Nangang Line) to Kunyang Station; Leave Exit No 4, cross the street for bus 212- Straight Line, 270, 270 (Shuttle), BL25, get off at Academia Sinica Stop. For more information click here.

By Bus
205, 212, 212-Straight Line, 270, 270 (Shuttle), 276, 306, 306 (Shuttle), 620, 645, 645 (Extended), S1, S12, S12 (Shuttle), S5, BL25, get off at Academia Sinica stop. For more information click here.

By Train
Take the train to Nankang train station, take the front door exit and take the bus, 306 (Shuttle), 205, 212- Straight Line, 276; back door exit and take bus 212, 270, BL25, get off at Academia Sinica Stop. For more information click here.

About the Area

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