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EMBO Workshop

The impact of bacterial infections on human cancer

26 – 29 October 2019 | Berlin, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 October 2019

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About the Workshop

Registration deadline extended until 30.09.2019

Pathogenic bacteria, in conjunction with other microbes, constantly affect our mucosal surfaces causing epithelial damage, particularly under chronic infection conditions. The most serious potential outcome is cancer, and it is almost certainly no coincidence that epithelial carcinomas represent the most common malignancy. While the causality between tumor viruses and human cancers is firmly established owing to the presence of viral transforming genes in the resulting cancer cells, no such clear genetic link has been seen for bacterial infections. Yet, H. pylori, the major risk factor of gastric cancer, is a paradigm for numerous intriguing observations suggesting a much broader relationship between persistent bacterial infections, microbiota, inflammation, and human cancers. Likewise, researchers have identified novel epidemiological relationships, bacteria-driven cancer-related signaling routes and genotoxins, and are beginning to understand the consequences of DNA damage and altered DNA damage repair, disturbed tissue homeostasis, chromosomal genetic and epigenetic changes, and the roles of chronic inflammation and the immune environment as carcinogenic conditions. This first comprehensive meeting with outstanding cancer researchers, medical scientists, micro- and cell biologists, employing diverse pathogen-related cancer models, will be a milestone for elucidating this intriguing relationship from different perspectives.

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
  • 30 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 October 2019



Registration includes:

  • Workshop fee
  • Lunch / Dinner / Coffee Breaks
  • Accommodation is not included


Successful participants will be informed via email.

Selection criteria

Although submission of an abstract is not mandatory, priority will be given to participants selected for a poster or short talk.

Abstracts will be selected by the organizers based on the scientific quality of the research and its relevance to the workshop topic. A minimum of eight abstracts will be selected for a short talk. In addition, a committee composed of the Session Chairs will select a number of posters for presentation as a flash-talk.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should describe unpublished research and consist of a brief description of background, the experimental question, methods and a summary of the main findings.

Abstracts should be submitted online as single-spaced text. The main body of the abstract should not exceed 350 words.

Please indicate if you would like to present a short talk.

Abstract submission is not mandatory but if registrations exceed the number of available spaces, preference will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract.

Poster specifications

Please bring one printed copy of your poster in portrait format, maximum size DIN A0 (height: 120 cm, width: 85 cm).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. The deadline for a travel grant application is August 1, 2019. Applications should include an abstract and motivation letter addressed to

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Notification of financial support will be provided before the official registration deadline.

Additional Information

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing and sent to the conference organizers:

Cancellation after 05/09/2019: A refund of the registration fee will not be possible. Please note that EMBO and the organizers shall not be responsible for, and shall be exempt from any and all liability in respect of any damage, injury or accident of any person or for loss or damage to his or her luggage or any other property.

Cancellation before 05/09/2019: The registration fee will be refunded excluding 50 € administration fee.



Veronika Meier / Rike Zietlow




Harnack House

The Conference Venue of the Max Planck Society
Ihnestr. 16-20
14195 Berlin

Phone:+49 30 8413-3800Fax:+49 30 8413-3801


Call-in allotments are available as follows:

A) 49 rooms available from 25– 30 October, 2019 in the guest house of the Harnack House. Please make your own booking directly with the Harnack House ( under the special booking code “MPI4717“ until August 26, 2019! After August 26, 2019 the call-in allotment will expire!

For more details about the Harnack House please visit their website.

B) 10 rooms available from 25– 30 October, 2019 in SEMINARIS CampusHotel Berlin. Please make your own booking directly with the SEMINARIS CampusHotel Berlin ( under the special booking code “EMBO2019“ until August 25, 2019! After August 25, 2019 the call-in allotment will expire!

For more details about the SEMINARIS CampusHotel Berlin please visit their website.


Berlin runs a comprehensive public transportation system. Standard BVG Tickets include travel on U and S Trains, Regional Express Trains (usually red wagons), Trams, Busses (mostly yellow). The division of travel areas in simply in circles: A (center), B (middle), (outer area). Generally, you need a valid AB Ticket (except for Schönefeld Airport: ABC or BC). Tickets can be obtained from ticket machines, best payed with (small) Euro currency. Public transportation maps are posted at major stops and the BVG provides an App to find suitable connections.

Taxi costs from Airport-Tegel to the Harnack House amounts ~40,00 € one way.

Taxi costs from Airport Berlin-Schönefeld to the Harnack House amounts ~50,00 € one way.

How to get to the Harnack House: You will find all travel routes here.

How to get to the SEMINARIS CampusHotel Berlin: You will find all travel routes here.

The Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin is centrally located in Dahlem in the direct vicinity of the Freie Universität Berlin, easy to reach by car and public transport.

About the Area

From 1912, a "German Oxford" was built in Berlin-Dahlem. On the outskirts of the booming capital, the Kaiser Wilhelm Society founded its first institutes and thus the first German research campus. As its social center, the Harnack House was opened in 1929. The scientific meeting place quickly became a scientific and social center. 35 Nobel laureates, but the political and artistic celebrities of the time were among the guests from all over the world. The Harnack House was always a stage of zeitgeist. Initially committed to democratic goals, it was later subjected to Nazi politics and after the end of the war, as an officer's club of the US Army, it was a place of German-American understanding. After the reunification of Germany, the Max Planck Society had the house renovated and modernized and made it a communicative place of international science again.

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