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EMBO Workshop

Intrinsically disordered proteins: From molecules to systems

08 – 13 December 2019 | Bengaluru, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 October 2019

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About the Workshop

After two decades of research, intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs), protein regions that lack stable secondary or tertiary structure, are established as a widespread phenomenon. One-third of the human proteome is intrinsically disordered, however, these regions still remain one of biology’s most intriguing blind spots. Recent experimental advances have resulted in a huge growth in our understanding of the functional role of these regions and their relevance in disease. These studies have revealed that IDRs direct proteins from their synthesis to destruction, by regulating and coordinating their interactome, processing, localisation and degradation.

This EMBO Workshop will highlight recent breakthroughs in IDR research by presenting state-of-the-art research tackling three open questions: What are their functional roles? How do their modification state and dynamic conformations modulate protein function? How are their functions altered in disease and can they be therapeutically targeted?

The EMBO Workshop will assemble researchers that use diverse experimental and computational approaches to study IDRs. Notably, cell biologists characterising the functional modules and their regulation, systems biologists discovering novel interactions on a proteome-wide scale, and bioinformaticians developing in-silico analysis tools and resources. We will highlight complementary aspects of these approaches to promote the cross-disciplinary collaboration crucial for a comprehensive understanding of IDRs.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 September 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 October 2019


    INR 6000
    INR 10000
    INR 25000
* The fees in Indian Rupee only apply to Indian participants.

Registration includes:

  • All meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch, dinner)
  • Bus transfer from airport to venue
  • Social activities

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Accompanying Persons

Optional supplement will be published at a later stage.
To register, please use the on-line Registration & Accommodation Form


Accepted applicants will be contacted with payment details on 15 October 2019.

Selection criteria

We will ensure a fair gender balance and a good distribution of international, regional and local attendees while selecting the participants and the recipients of the travel fellowships. Preference will be given to participants currently working in the field of IDRs, however, participants from outside the field with an interest in learning about the field will also be considered if space allows. The speakers for the available short talks slots will be chosen based on the relevance of their work to the topic of the workshop, the quality of their research, gender balance and geographical distribution.

Applicants will be chosen based on the scientific merit of submitted abstracts, and for the diversity of participants (geographical, gender, career stage). In addition to the abstract, applicants should submit a brief letter outlining what they think they can contribute to the workshop, and how they believe their participation will enhance their career development.

Early career researchers (undergraduate, graduate students and postdoc) will be expected to submit a recommendation letter from their current supervisor(s)

Abstract guidelines

Maximum 250 words explaining their work and its relevance in relation to the workshop topic.

Poster specifications

A0 size, vertical posters. Further details will be provided to accepted applicants by email.

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.

Additional Information

Accepted applicants will be contacted with additional details by email.



Hanudatta Atreya





Indian Institute of Science

Faculty Hall Complex, Main Building,

V Raman Rd,

560012, Bengaluru IN


Organizers will try their best to accommodate participants on campus on shared basis. Hotel accommodation near campus will also be made available at discounted rates. Please note that the registration fee doesn’t cover the cost for accommodation.

Accepted applicants will be contacted with additional details by email.


Bangalore is well connected by both air and train:

Flights: The Bangalore airport is an international hub that receives direct flights from several Indian cities and major European airports including Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Amsterdam. The airport is ~30 km from the IISc. Numerous connecting flight options through other Indian airport and the Middle East are also available for the participants arriving from other countries (e.g. USA/Canada). Transport will be organised for the conference attendees upon request to the IISc campus according to their arrival schedules. Taxis are available from the airport to the IISc for ~€12-15 (Indian Rs. 800-1000) per person.

Train: For local participants arriving by train, the main railway station is about 7 km from the IISc campus and is accessible by local transport.

About the Area

The meeting will be held at the Faculty hall complex at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The venue is a custom-built conference site which holds national and international events on a weekly basis. The auditorium that will host the workshop can accommodate >300 participants in an air-conditioned room. The conference site has space for 100 posters and a foyer is available for registration, session breaks, and exhibitions. Dining areas are available on site to allow attendees to dine together during lunch and dinner.

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