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EMBO Workshop

Bridging cell and tissue mechanics to fate specification in development

02 – 05 April 2019 | Santiago, Chile

  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 February 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 January 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 27 January 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 February 2019

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About the Workshop

This EMBO Workshop will bring together a cross-disciplinary collection of researchers from cell and developmental biology, tissue biophysics and theoretical physics, with the overarching goal of understanding how cells build tissues across scales during development. The workshop aims to establish mechanistic links between cell/tissue mechanics and cell fate specification during development, providing a forum for scientific interactions, the cross-fertilization of ideas, the fostering of new collaborations and the development of strategies to address emerging technical needs and close existing gaps in knowledge. The scientific content will thematically progress from cellular mechanics, to mechanics of tissue morphogenesis, to the integration of mechanics with cell fate, and ending with addressing how cell fate and self-organization can be coupled in an emergent tissue.

In addition to the invited speakers, selected abstracts will be chosen for short talks and presented during poster sessions.

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
  • 10 February 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 January 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 27 January 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 February 2019



Registration includes:

  • Access to the scientific sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Light refreshments during poster sessions
  • Lunch on Day 3
  • Cocktail


Accepted abstracts will be announced via e-mail on January 24, 2019.

Upon acceptance of your abstract, please confirm your registration by paying your fee by 10 February 2019

Mode of Payment: Individual payment by PayPal

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted abstract and must confirm their registration by paying their registration fee.

Abstract guidelines

250 words maximum (no table, no graphic)

The content is the responsibility of the author and will be shown in the abstract book as entered in the application

Poster specifications

The participants should bring their printed poster with them to the workshop. Boards will be available on site to hang the posters. Poster dimensions: maximum width: 80 cm and maximum height: 110 cm

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.



Carolina Cubillos





Auditorium Enrique d’Etigny

Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas

Avenida Almirante Beauchef 851

Santiago, Chile


The registration fee does not include accommodation, but the NovaPark Hotel will have special rate for the workshop participants. For questions and reservations contact Alejandra Requena ( This hotel is located in downtown Santiago, approximately 4 km to the Workshop venue and close to the “Santa Lucía” subway station in Line 1.


The closest Airport is Santiago International Airport (SCL)

From the SCL airport to Santiago downtown:

  • Bus: there are special buses from the airport to the city center. Approx. €2,5.
  • Transfer: several shuttle lines are available. Approx. €7.
  • Taxi: approx. €20.
  • It is recommended that you arrange the transfer or taxi just immediately after customs; there are offices to do that before leaving to the main hall of the airport. It is not recommended that you take a taxi from a non-official driver approaching you at the airport.

From the Hotel to the venue:

  • Metro; closest stations are Toesca and Parque O'Higgins. Please note that between 7am-9AM and 6pm-8pm, the trains stop every other station. Those with a green light will stop at Toesca and those with a red light stop at Parque O'Higgins. Both stop at Los Heroes which is the main transfer stations from NovaPark hotel. For a metro network map click here.
  • Bus: there are several bus stops close to the venue, making it accessible from different points of the city. Google maps can also be used to plan the trip. Santiago’s public transportation system works with a card called BIP! This card allows you to get on the Metro, bus or combinations, and can be re-charged at any metro station.
  • Taxi: yellow-roof cars (regular taxis) and Uber are available in Santiago 24/7. They can be called using apps (easytaxi, cabify, Uber) or taken directly in the street.

About the Area

The venue is located inside the Beauchef Campus of the University of Chile, close to downtown Santiago. The weather in early April is mild, with average temperatures between 8°C and 23°C, and little or no rain.

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