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EMBO Workshop

Size and shape

04 – 08 September 2018 | Bangalore, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 May 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 09 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2018
  • Registration is now closed!

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About the Workshop

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Size and shape are fundamental features of biological systems. Both are multi-level systems properties that ultimately emerge from the interplay between the genetic, molecular, and cellular levels of biological organization. Rather than considering size and shape as sub-aspect of multiple disciplines, this EMBO Workshop takes an inter-disciplinary look at how biological systems gauge and specify spatial dimensions. Topics include size regulation at the subcellular, cellular, organ, and organismal level, and our invited speakers collectively represent the genetic, cell/developmental, biophysical,and evolutionary research communities. Together, we will explore the molecular mechanisms and physical principles underlying size and shape as one of the remaining open challenges in biology.

About the venue:

NCBS/INSTEM constitutes a truly exciting conference location. As one of India’s premier research institutions, the NCBS/INSTEM campus offers excellent conference facilities, beautiful gardens, open architecture and a vibrant and welcoming research community. Add to this the warm, sub-tropical climate of Bangalore, open-air poster sessions in the evenings and bar facilities close to a swimming pool. And unbeatably cheap registration fees and comparatively cheap flight connections to Bangalore airport, ~ 30 min from campus. And, of course, exciting science. In short: Well-worth the trip.

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
  • 13 May 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 09 May 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2018
  • Registration is now closed!



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers between off-campus accommodation and the conference venue
  • All meals and coffee breaks during the conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • For international arrivals: Transfers to and from Bangalore International Airport.


Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the available payment options.

Selection criteria

The organizers will accept participants based on the content of their abstract. We will strive to create a dynamic group of people addressing one of the various facets of size and shape at the molecular, cellular, organismal or evolutionary level.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should contain information on the topic that will be discussed at the meeting and its relevance to size and shape. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Poster specifications

Posters should have a maximal size of 1.2 m by 1.2 m

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.

Additional Information

Please note that ALL overseas conference participants will need to obtain a visa to enter India, even if their passports allow visa-free tourist entries (Reason: The conference venue is a government facility). The conference office will assist with the visa applications in order to make the process as easy as possible. Successful applicants will receive detailed instructions along with the acceptance letter.



Questions related to Visa, Travels, accommodation or other aspects pertaining to the meeting location:

Bhavya Meeting office
National Centre for Biological Sciences GKVK Campus,
Bellary Road Bangalore – 560065

Phone: +91-08023666337

Questions related to the scientific program:

Pfotenhauerstrasse 108
01307 Dresden, Germany

Phone: +49-1725365518




National Centre for Biological Sciences/

Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

GKVK Campus, Bellary Road,

Bangalore – 560065



Accommodation is available in the NCBS/INSTEM guest houses on campus and in a hotel nearby (Liwa hotel; Both are absolutely comparable to intermediate price-range Western hotels.

The NCBS conference office will automatically arrange accommodation for all selected conference participants and the details of your booking will be communicated to you by 06/30. Please note that some of the participant accommodation involves room/suite sharing. Guaranteed single rooms in the hotel are available for a surcharge and can be reserved via e-mail.


International arrivals:

You will be met at Bengaluru International Airport (BLR; Kempegowda airport) and transferred to your accommodation (guest house or hotel) by taxi. Please communicate your flight number, arrival/departure time to the conference office by August 26th at the latest (

Upon arrival, exit the baggage claim area into the arrivals hall and through the main exit to the outside. Your driver will wait for you behind the barrier and identify himself by holding a placard with the conference logo. Note that the arrivals area can get very busy- please be patient and do not leave the exit area until you have spotted your driver.

Domestic arrivals

From Railway Station: Please take a prepaid Auto rickshaw from the railway station. Auto rickshaws can come inside the GKVK Campus directly up to NCBS.

From Airport:

Taxi: Post Paid Airport Taxi fitted with GPS is available at the airport.

Bus: Please take the red/green colour Vayu Vajra Bus from the Airport. All Vayu Vajra busses pass the GKVK bus stop (Gandhi Krishi Vigyan Kendra). Get off here, the GKVK Campus is situated across the road.

About the Area

Bengaluru is modern day India’s higher educational hub. Along with its booming IT industry and high-tech start ups, Bengaluru is arguably one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country that offers fascinating fusions between Indian- and Western culture. This reflects strongly in all walks of life here- from food, to architecture to the attitude of people. In addition, the city is located in close proximity to historical remains from India’s glorious and diverse past. The ancient cities such of Mysore and Hampi date back to 10 and 11th century AD and make for great getaways.

A further worth-while destination within easy reach of Bangalore are the coastal mountains of the Western Ghats, which are renowned as one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. Please visit the following URLs for further inspiration on places to visit and things to see in and around Bangaluru:

Karnataka Tourism


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