Your browser does not support or is disabling JavaScript.


EMBO Workshop

Cell polarity and membrane dynamics

26 – 31 May 2019 | Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

  • Abstract Submission and Early Bird Deadline
  • 15 January 2019
  • Registration Deadline
  • 02 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • End of February 2019
  • Early Bird Payment Deadline
  • 10 March 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 09 May 2019

Apply now!

Find us

Tweet #EMBOcellpolarity

Download calendar invitation



About the Workshop

Workshop illustration

Research on cell polarity has generally focused on the steady state distribution of asymmetric cellular components rather than on the dynamics of polarized membrane trafficking and subcellular forces that underlie polarity while the study of membrane trafficking has principally been conducted in non-polarised cell culture. It is now clear however that the establishment and maintenance of cell polarity requires a complex interplay between membrane trafficking and key polarity cues. The symbiosis between these fields has already driven some major advances in our understanding of polarity, and this EMBO workshop will serve as a further catalyst to foster exciting new collaborations in this fast moving area. To aid this we have included speakers that will bring new ideas to the field including the very latest advances in microscopy techniques and the utilization of organoid cultures as well as speakers that will bring a new biophysical prospective to the field. Moreover, the invited speakers reflect a proper balance of model organisms used in the fields of cell polarity and membrane dynamics.

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.







  • Abstract Submission and Early Bird Deadline
  • 15 January 2019
  • Registration Deadline
  • 02 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • End of February 2019
  • Early Bird Payment Deadline
  • 10 March 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 09 May 2019


  • PHD STUDENT Early Bird EUR 550
  • INDUSTRY Early Bird EUR 900

Registration includes:

  • Registration / scientific sessions
  • Accommodation May 26-31 (5 nights) in twin room (single +150€)
  • All meals and coffee breaks (drinks included)
  • Conference dinner
  • 2–3 bus transfers from Barcelona and Girona airports on arrival day (at specified times according to most arrivals), 1 transfer on departure day (Girona transfer will only be available if sufficient number of participants travel that way)


Payment details will be sent via e-mail to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected from applicants on the basis of their scientific excellence, with strong consideration for PhD students and early-stage postdocs, and paying attention to a proper balance of gender, demographic background, and basic and applied researchers.

A total of 23 applicants for short talks and an additional 15 abstracts for flash-talks will be selected. All flash-talk presenters and all applicants with poster abstracts will present their work during targeted poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be in English. Titles should not exceed 200 characters, and the abstract text should contain no more than 300 words.

Poster specifications

Please bring a printed poster in free design and fonts. Follow the sizes below:

Width: 90 cm

Height: 120 cm

This corresponds to a A0 vertical format

Travel grants

On the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, several travel grants may be awarded to participants any nationality working in laboratories in (1) Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey as well as from lower income economies, and (2) for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

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.



Questions regarding payment, hotel details, or related administrative manners:

María José Gállego

Tel. +34 933196323

Questions regarding scientific content of the meeting, and application for financial support (travel, child care):

Sandra Iden or Pete Cullen




Hotel Eden Roc

Punta de Port Salvi

17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols, ES

Tel: +34 972 32 01 00


The venue hotel has a long tradition in hosting international meetings/workshops, with integrated conference facilities and plenty of seating areas to discuss and connect with each other, both inside and outside. The air-conditioned lecture room can accommodate 200 participants. There is a separate, spacious poster room close to the lecture hall.

Participants are all housed on-site with full board (diverse buffet). Coffee breaks will be held directly outside the lecture room on a sea-view terrace. Lunch breaks can be used for e.g. hiking or swimming in the venue's outdoor pool, or sea.


Distance to airports: 30km from the International Airport Girona-Costa Brava, and 120km from El Prat (Barcelona).

Public transport is available from both airports. However, for convenience we will arrange shuttle buses on the day of arrival and also the departure day.

About the Area

The venue hotel at the Costa Brava is located at a distance of only 1km from Sant Feliu de Guixols in a unique and quiet peninsula. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds the 360 meter coast around the Eden Roc Resort. The climate is mild and pleasant. In summer, it rarely exceeds 30°C.

EMBO Journal 2018-10/cob_logo_aw_rgb_bleed.jpg 2018-12/biochemicalsoc_logo_rgb_aw.jpg 2019-02/logo-alveole2015-cmjn.png 2019-02/cp_logo_blue.jpg 2019-05/logo_impetux.jpg 2019-05/cecad-bildmarke-rgb.jpg