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EMBO Workshop

Mechanisms of neuronal remodelling

08 – 12 December 2018 | Kibbutz Ein-Gedi, Israel

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 August 2018

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About the Workshop

Developmental neuronal remodelling is essential for the formation of functional nervous systems across species. Remodelling involves specific elimination of existing connections, typically followed by strengthening of surviving synapses or even axon regrowth to form new, adult-specific connections. While altered remodelling has long been suspected to contribute to neuropsychiatric conditions, such as autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD, studies only recently established firm molecular similarities between such disorders and developmental remodelling. Thus, understanding how neurites are remodelled during development should provide a broader insight into the process of axon destruction and regeneration during development, disease and following injury.

This EMBO Workshop will focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal remodelling across different animal models and their relation to the proper function of the nervous system.

Specific topics that will be covered in this workshop include:

  • What are the cell biological mechanisms and signaling pathways that control remodelling?
  • Are the same pathways activated in different paradigms and across species?
  • What is the role of remodelling in circuit formation and does it relate to learning and memory?
  • What is the role of non-neuronal cells during remodelling?
  • What is the role of neuro-neuron interactions during remodelling, and do different circuit elements remodel in a concerted manner?
  • What are the mechanisms of regrowth during developmental remodelling and how do they relate to post-traumatic regeneration?

This EMBO Workshop is also supported by the DFG-funded Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy), and the Aharon Katzir-Katchalsky Center. Further support comes from the Benoziyo Center for Neurological Diseases and the faculties of Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 August 2018



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in single or shared (students and postdocs) rooms
  • Free shuttle bus transportation (on the first and last day) to and from the workshop to designated destinations (Airport, Tel-Aviv and the Weizmann Institute) at designated times
  • Participation in sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Meals during session days (only dinner or breakfast on first day and last day, respectively)
  • Welcome reception
  • Poster session, including drinks and snacks
  • Gala dinner
  • Local sightseeing tours

Please note that participants from Israel must pay an addition VAT surcharge on top of the registration fees.


Accepted participants will receive a payment link. Payment will be possible either through a credit card or a PO and will be performed in Euros (for international participants) or in NIS (for Israeli participants).

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on availability, with priority given to participants submitting a relevant abstract. A dozen short talks will be selected from abstracts based on quality, novelty, and the inclusion of unpublished data.

Abstract guidelines

The purpose of this intimate workshop is to foster discussion on open questions in neuronal remodelling. Thus, abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

Poster specifications

The poster should be printed in a portrait layout of dimensions 1.20 x 0.90 m.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants.

Application procedure:

If you wish to be considered for a travel grant please send an email to with the following documentation:

  • Letter of support from the applicants supervisor/mentor/department head
  • A brief (one page) curriculum vitae
  • A statement in the cover application email that the applicant agrees to present a poster at the meeting

An abstract should be submitted through the online submission system.

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted in English by 1 July 2018.

Additional Information

Students and postdocs will be housed in shared (double) accommodation. A limited number of upgrades to single occupancy might be possible depending on the availability and with an extra cost of 365 Euros.



Irit Veksler


Phone: +972-(0)8-9344245

Scientific Advisory Committee

Marc FreemanVollum Inst, US
Rosalind SegalHarvard, US




Kibbutz Ein-Gedi

Dead-Sea Area


Phone: +972-8-6594222

Fax: +972-8-6584328


Students and postdocs will be housed in standard rooms based on double occupancy. A limited number of upgrades to single occupancy may be possible depending on availability and with an extra charge of 365 EUR.

Other participants will be housed in Superior rooms based on single occupancy. Accompanying persons will be charged a bulk sum of 700 EUR that will include accommodation, meals and excursions.


Flights to Israel land at Ben-Gurion International Airport (TLV).

Free shuttle busses to and from Ben-Gurion International Airport, Tel-Aviv and the Weizmann Institute will be provided for participants at the beginning and at the end of the workshop.

The distance between Ben-Gurion airport and Ein-Gedi is approximately 130 km/80 miles. The trip takes about 2.5 hours.

This service should be reserved via the registration page.

Alternative transportation to and from Ein-Gedi
If your arrival or departure does not coincide with the three arranged shuttle buses, or you wish to travel independently, you can take a private taxi that can be hired with no prior arrangements directly from the taxi stand at prices starting at 150/180 Euro for a day/night trip and depends on the number of people, suitcases and specific route chosen (For more information see here).

Do not hire an unofficial taxi. Rather, go directly to the taxi stand by following the signs.

About the Area

Kibbutz Ein-Gedi offers a unique country hotel and a fully equipped modern convention center. The Kibbutz is situated inside a magnificent botanical garden, on a cliff plateau, overlooking the Dead Sea—the lowest point on earth. It is a true oasis within the Judean Desert.

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