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EMBO Workshop

Caveolae and nanodomains: Translating structural principles and dynamics into function

12 – 16 May 2019 | Le Pouliguen, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 March 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2019

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About the Workshop

Caveolae have been discovered 60 years ago and intensively studied with over 7,000 publications in PubMed. Yet their functions are still poorly understood and remain often debated. This EMBO Workshop addresses a salient question in cell biology and human pathophysiology: How caveolae and related nanodomains play a structural and dynamic role in plasma membrane organization, and how is this translated into cellular functions in normal and pathophysiological contexts? If many biological functions of caveolae have been uncovered since their discovery in the 1950s, the field is revisiting these functions with the recent discovery of new features and new paradigms.

Our program focuses on the role that caveolae and their structural components, caveolins and cavins, play in membrane trafficking, signal transduction, extracellular matrix remodeling, lipid metabolism, cell mechanics, and development. These activities will be discussed in the context of human diseases since caveolae mutations and dysfunctions have been associated with cancer, pulmonary diseases, lipodystrophies, and muscular dystrophies, albeit with a poor mechanistic understanding and some remaining controversies. Our overall ambition is to identify underlying mechanistic principles to provide a consensual view on the role of caveolae and nanodomains in fundamental and clinical sciences.

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
  • 15 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 March 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2019


    Single Room
    EUR 870
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS Double Room (shared) EUR 700
  • ACADEMIC Single Room EUR 980
  • ACADEMIC Double Room (shared) EUR 850
  • INDUSTRY Single Room EUR 1350
  • INDUSTRY Double Room (shared) EUR 1200

Registration includes:

  • Registration, access to the scientific sessions
  • 4 nights accommodation in single or shared double room
  • Coffee breaks drinks, all meals during the duration of the meeting (except gala dinner)


Successful applicants will be sent payment details via e-mail.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on:

1. The scientific excellence of the abstract submitted and the published work in the area. The priority will be given to applicants representing novel avenues and approaches to studying caveolae and nanodomains.

2. Balancing the participation of junior (PhDs and post-docs) and established scientists.

3. Balancing the representation of scientists working in fundamental and clinical aspects of the field.

4. Representative distribution of gender and geographical location.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts need to include a title, author list (with the presenting author underlined), affiliation of the presenting author, followed by a maximum of 200 words of text, including a brief introduction, results and conclusions.

Poster specifications

Posters should have a maximal size of A0 format (841 mm × 1189 mm), portrait orientation.

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.

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.



Yannick Bono

+33 (0) 1 56 24 66 66




Westotel Le Pouliguen-La Baule

6 /boulevard de la Libération

44510 Le Pouliguen, France


Westotel is a brand new resort opened in June 2018, which offers 4 stars quality all-in-one accommodation, with swimming pool, gym court and spa at walking distance from a sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean seacoast.

Accommodation include single, double or twin rooms. All participants will be housed together, giving many opportunities to discuss science and interact during coffee breaks and the different meals all provided at the Westotel. The on-site restaurant serves French food at lunch and dinner and can provide catering as a buffet in the reception hall.


By plane: Nantes-Atlantique airport is the closest international airport at less than 1h from the venue by road (80km). Shuttles from Nantes airport to the venue will be organized in the early and mid afternoon of the starting day and at meeting disclosure. Outside these dates, private airport shuttling can be scheduled with NaVAirport company.

By train: Several high-speed TGV trains from Paris (2h 30min) arrive daily at Le Pouliguen train station, which is 5 min walk from the venue.

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