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EMBO Workshop

New shores in land plant evolution

20 – 23 June 2018 | Lisbon, Portugal

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 07 May 2018

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About the Workshop

How plants conquered land remains very poorly understood. From comparison between genomes of the filamentous alga Klebsormidium and genomes from bryophytes represented by the model species Physcomitrella and Marchantia it emerges that bryophytes were instrumental in the conquest of the land. Yet additional ongoing genome projects are still required from algal ancestors and a larger spectrum of bryophytes to understand the major events that enabled the transition from a blue (the reign of algae) to a green (the reign of land plants) planet Earth.

This EMBO workshop will focus on the development and dissemination of resources for a growing community of researchers interested in this topic. It will include not only new development in research in bryophytes but also seminal studies in orphan groups of land plants’ ancestors such a characeans, zygnemataceans and more ancestral species of unicellular algae.

Broad aspects including Phylogeny, Genomics, Development, Physiology, Cell Biology and Ecology will be covered.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 27 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 07 May 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to scientific and poster sessions
  • Meals (2 lunches) and coffee breaks

The registration fee does not include accommodation.


Accepted participants will be sent a payment link by email.

Selection criteria

Selection of participants will be based on their submitted abstracts. Here the relevance of the presentation to the theme of the EMBO workshop will be taken into consideration. Presentations by selected participants will be in the form of posters or as short oral presentations, for which 22 slots have been reserved. Organizers will select participants on the basis of scientific interests and fair representation of genders.

Abstract guidelines

250 words maximum, including references. 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

Posters must be in A0 format.

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.



Mario Santos

+351 214 464 527

Anna Maria Fejfer

+351 214 464 698




Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Avenida de Berna, 45A

1067-001 Lisboa


We have secured rooms at various hotels. Please find details here.


From the airport

By Metro: with the red line until S. Sebastião station (23 min ride, approx. 2€), then 6 min walk.

By taxi: Approximately 15 min and 15€

Public transport in Lisbon

Metro : S. Sebastião station (blue and red lines)

Buses: 713, 716, 726, 742, 746, 756

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