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EMBO Workshop

Molecular advances and parasite strategies in host infection

30 September – 03 October 2018 | Les Embiez Island, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 June 2018
  • Chosen Candidates for Presentation Will Be Notified By
  • September 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 June 2018

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About the Workshop

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The study of parasitic organisms at the molecular level has yielded fascinating new insights of great medical, social, and economical importance, and has pointed the way for the treatment and prevention of the diseases they cause. Pathogenic organisms are varied in their morphologies and astoundingly complex on their life cycles. They have developed many mechanisms to survive intra or extracellularly, or are vectors for other pathogens. These mechanisms are wide ranging and include many cryptic factors such as; modification of host immunity, diverse and virulence specific differentiation, expression of pathogenic molecules, control of gene expression, antigenic variation, and unique metabolic pathways.

One main objective of the EMBO Workshop “Molecular advances and parasite strategies in host infection” is to understand in detail how these mechanisms are controlled, developed and organised. By bringing together an internationally recognised group of world leading, cutting edge scientists who, have parasitology as a common resource, we aim to clarify common and distinct pathways employed during infections by different classes of pathogenic agents. The workshop is envisioned as a forum to provide a unique environment for crosstalk between scientists from wide ranging subject areas such as epigenetics to vector control, that will fertilise new ideas and subsequently new approaches in dealing with pathogenic organisms.

We look forward to welcoming you to our workshop.

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 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 June 2018
  • Chosen Candidates for Presentation Will Be Notified By
  • September 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 June 2018



Registration includes:

  • Meeting attendance
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Gala dinner
  • Coffee breaks


It is not possible to stop in the middle of the registration procedure or to modify your registration later. Please make sure you have all the necessary information, including payment, before you start the registration procedure!

Possible payment methods are:

  • credit cards (no AMEX & « carte achat CNRS »)
  • bank transfer/order form

Please take all the necessary information and payment tools with you before beginning the registration process.

If you pay by card, you will receive a confirmation of registration by email. For other payment methods, you will receive a document with payment instructions

Please note that the listed registration fees include VAT.

Selection criteria

Candidates for oral or poster presentation will be selected on the quality of the abstract in terms of the summary of the results, data and potential scientific contribution to the relative fields and to the EMBO Workshop. This information should be based on the general subject areas covered by the research laboratories in the Labex ParaFrap.

The information used to decide on accepting the abstract will be the content, which should be based on an important aspect of parasitology. The information to be used will also be based on quality, clarity and focus of the description of the work and whether the abstract covers one or more of the following domains; Molecular parasitology, molecular biology, modification of host immunity, immunity, diverse and virulence specific differentiation, parasite escape, expression of pathogenic molecules, epigenetics, control of gene expression, antigenic variation, metabolic pathways, drug discovery, epidemiology and vector biology.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 350 words (body of text) and should be submitted through the application system.

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract.

The abstract book will be available online in open access after the meeting

Poster specifications

Poster boards are 2 m high x 1 m wide (portrait orientation). Posters should be A0 format portrait

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.



Yoann Millerioux





Île des Embiez

83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages



Accommodation is included in the registration fees. Housing will include many twin rooms (2 single beds) and some single rooms in the Hotel Helios (4*) or apartments.


Participants will have to reach Marseille Saint Charles Train Station, on Sunday, September 30, 2018 (2:45 pm). Several buses will take all the participants from Marseille to Six-Fours-les-Plages/Port du Brusc. Then, participants will take a boat (4:30 pm) to reach Les Embiez island.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (after the breakfast), participants will take a boat (10:00 am) to reach Six Fours, then a bus (10:30 am) to return to Marseille Saint Charles Train Station (12:00).

By Plane

Marseille/Marignane airport at 70 km. A bus transfer will be available between Marseille Saint-Charles Train station and Six-Fours. To take this bus, you have to reach the train station on your own (before 2:45 pm). Then, a ferryboat runs from Six-Fours to the island. The cost of these bus and boat transfers is included into your registration fees.

To reach Marseille St. Charles Train Station from the airport, go directly to the bus station. This one is located between Terminal 1-Hall A and Terminal 2 (more details). This is an express service (line 91) between Marseille Provence Airport and Marseille St. Charles train station with no intermediate stops. The journey is a direct route by motorway of about 25 minutes (in normal traffic). The departures of the shuttle are every 15/20 minutes, every day, platforms 6 or 8.

You can buy your bus tickets (Single ticket 8,30€/Round trip ticket 13.40 €) at the two ticket offices:
- The airport office is located in the bus station and is open every day from 6:05 a.m. to 10:10 p.m.
- The St. Charles office is located in the train station and open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are sold on board when the ticket office is closed.

By train

Marseille Saint-Charles TGV Train station … 60 km/1h.

Aix-en-Provence TGV Train station… 85 km/1h 15 min

Toulon TGV train station … 15 km/25 min

By car

From Lyon/Aix /Marseille ou Toulon/Nice by A50 motorway, exit 13 "La Seyne/ Six-Fours"

GPS coordinates of the dock : 43.07 05.80 latitude 43°04’30’’N, longitude: 5°47’00’’E.

Quai Saint Pierre/ Le Brusc/83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages, France

About the Area

The island has a strict environmental policy. The island also has Blue Flag beaches and the surface is protected under Natura 2000. Birds visible on the island include the avocet, the plover, the grey heron, the cormorant and the kingfisher. Natural attractions include seven beaches, a pine forest and nature trail, and a vineyard.

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