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EMBO Workshop

piRNAs and PIWI proteins

12 – 15 September 2018 | Montpellier, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 04 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 04 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 June 2018

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About the Workshop

The piRNA pathway is an RNA-silencing pathway involving small non-coding RNAs and specific Argonaute proteins, the PIWI proteins. This pathway was discovered a decade ago as a defense mechanism against transposons. The field is progressing rapidly and in recent years, studies on piRNAs have broadened from transposable element regulation to post-transcriptional gene regulation, roles in stem cell biology, and in somatic tissues and cancer biology. The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to discuss the latest findings on all the different aspects of piRNA biology, and thus to cover the entire field. There will be a particular focus to support scientists in early career stages to foster discussions and collaborations. This workshop is the second of the EMBO Workshop series specifically dedicated to piRNA biology.

Topics include:

  • piRNA biogenesis
  • piRNAs/PIWI proteins in genome defense
  • epigenetic regulation
  • regulation of endogenous gene expression programs
  • stem cell biology
  • genome rearrangements
  • somatic tissues and cancer

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
  • 04 June 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 04 June 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 June 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 June 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific and poster sessions
  • Welcome buffet, all meals and coffee breaks
  • Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Gala dinner and social event
  • Congress bag with program and abstract book


Payment details will be provided by e-mail once the acceptance has been confirmed. Your place will only be confirmed after the payment of registration fees. Refund is not possible, however, transfer of registration can be accepted.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their abstracts. Selected participants will give a presentation in the form of either a poster or short talk. A number of abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations. Participants planning to present a poster or a short talk will be given priority; the relevance of the presentation to the conference topic will be taken into consideration.

Review and Selection Process

All abstracts submitted to the workshop will go through a peer-review process carried out by the Workshop Organizing Committee. 
All presenting authors will be notified via e-mail by 22 June 2018.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract should comprise a maximum of 300 words (excluding title, names and affiliations). Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk or a poster.

The abstract should display

  • all authors and their full affiliation
  • a title and
  • a short text describing your research

Poster specifications

A0 Portrait, maximum width 90 cm, height 130 cm

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 (50 words maximum). Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Catherine Larose or Silke Conquet


Phone: (33) 434359962




Le Corum

Place Charles de Gaulle,

34000 Montpellier,



Accommodation for all participants will be at the Mercure Montpellier Centre Comédie, located less than 10 min. walking distance from the workshop venue. Most participants will be asked to share a room due to a limited number of single rooms.


Via plane:

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is the closest airport and takes 15 minutes by car/taxi from downtown. There is an Airport Shuttle, line 120 between Montpellier airport and Montpellier city centre.

Via train:

Montpellier train station is Montpellier Saint Roch. It takes approx. 10 min walking either way from the Mercure Hotel or from the workshop venue, the Corum. A tramway line 1 is also available.

Below are the list of tramway stops at the respective venues:

Train Station stop: Gare St Roch

The Mercure Hotel stop: Antigone

Corum stop: Corum

About the Area

Montpellier is a beautiful and lively city in the South of France, with an old center from the Middle Ages. A visit of the old center will be organized during the workshop.

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