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EMBO Workshop

Histone chaperones: Structure, function and role in development and disease

06 – 10 October 2019 | Crete, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 August 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 August 2019

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About the Workshop

Histone chaperones are the architects of epigenetic inheritance. They are responsible for deposition of histones on DNA to form chromatin, in addition to their removal from DNA to enable genomic processes to occur and be tightly regulated. Therefore, they determine composition and distribution of nucleosomes throughout genomes, defining heritable epigenetic landscapes in eukaryotic cells. Histone chaperones form a separate group of proteins differing in structure and mode of interactions with histones, compared to ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers and enzymes modifying histones post-translationally. In the 40 years since the discovery of the first member of the histone chaperone family, a wide range of studies have determined that their primary function is to accompany and safeguard histones throughout their cellular life. Individual members of this highly diverse family vary widely with respect to molecular structure, specificity, and spectrum of biological functions. Indeed, for some of them, their histone chaperone role was discovered after years of intensive research, and the role of many putative players are waiting to be confirmed. The goal of the meeting is to develop better definitions of the histone chaperones, new approaches to reverse the biochemical consequences of altered histone chaperone function in disease, and a greater understanding of epigenetic inheritance.

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
  • 31 August 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 August 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 August 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 August 2019



Registration includes:

  • Admission to all lectures
  • Coffee breaks
  • Admission to poster sessions and refreshments
  • Workshop material
  • Admission to get-together party
  • Admission to the evening reception at the end of the workshop
  • Guided tour to the Palace of Knossos

Accomodation is not included.


Registration is not complete until payment has been received

Payment options:

By bank transfer to the following bank account:
Bank Address: 1, 62 Martyron Ave, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Bank Branch:0134
Account Holder: Cretan Conference; Business Service LP
Account Number: 0026.0134.00.0200765110
Account IBAN: GR9602601340000000200765110
Currency: EURO

Please include in your payment the name of the participant.

All bank transfers must be made without any charges to the recipient.

By online payment via credit card (Visa / Mastercard only) by using the following link.

For any question regarding payments please contact:

CCBS Greece L.P.

Conference Dept

6, Pediados str, Heraklion

PC71201, Crete

Tel: +30 210 9244499


Att: Mrs. Katerina Dionysopoulou

Please note any changes or cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED by email or fax at +30 2810 330606

Registration Cancellation Policy

Until August 6th, 2019 - Full refund minus 20€ administrative fee

From August 7th until September 6th, 2019 – 50% Cancellation Fee plus 20€ administrative fee

From September 7th, 2019 onwards - No refund of Registration fees

Selection criteria

Quality of science

Relevance to the topic of the workshop

Applicants who submitted an abstract for the workshop will have preference in the selection process. Presenters of short talks will be selected based on the quality of their submitted abstracts by the program committee. Where possible, preference will be given to young scientists at the beginning of their research career and a fair representation of gender will be taken into consideration. Selected poster authors will be asked to provide a short oral presentation during poster walks.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract sections: title, authors, affiliations.

Abstracts should contain 400-500 words in the main body, excluding title, authors and affiliation. A single image and up to 5 references are allowed.

Abstracts should be submitted in clear (American) English.

It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific facts will be reproduced as submitted by the author.

Poster specifications

Poster board internal surface in which they will place their posters has dimensions of 95cm x 180cm. All posters should be formatted vertically, standard A0 size.

The Meeting Secretariat will supply tape for the mounting of posters: Blu tack, Scotch tape, regular tape. Kindly note that screws, glue, pins etc. are not allowed.

List of all posters can be downloaded from here.

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.



Jessica Tyler





The Workshop venue is the Fodele Beach Hotel, and it is located 25km west of Heraklion city on the cliffside overlooking the sea by the Homonymous Beach in Fodele village.

Heraklion Airport (HER) is the closest airport, approximately 28 km to/from the Fodele Beach Hotel.


Accommodation cost is not included in the Registration fee. If you do not want to stay at the venue hotel, please note that there are a few lodgings available at the Fodele Village - mainly apartment style. The next village, called Agia Pelagia, is 8km away and has a lot of hotels and apartments but there is no connection by public transportation or taxi service to Fodele so you will need to rent a car. Finally, Heraklion City also has a lot of options for accommodation but you will have to check public bus schedules and consider the ticket cost for the daily commute when making your reservation.

We have established special accomodation rates for the EMBO Workshop on Histone Chaperones participants at the workshop venue, the Fodele Beach Hotel

Single Room All inclusive: 120€ (for 1 person)

Double Room All inclusive: 142€ (for 2 persons)

The rates are quoted in EURO and are per room per night and include breakfast, lunch, dinner and all services within the “All Inclusive facilities of the hotel”

NOT Included in the rate is the Stayover Tax, which is 4€ per room per night and is paid by the hotel guest upon check in.

It is strongly recommended that you book your accommodation at the workshop venue hotel, as other lodgings are a distance away from the venue.

To book your accommodation click here.

For extension of stay before/after the dates of the conference at the same rate or for accompanying persons etc. please contact Ms Katerina Dionysopoulou at

Hotel Accommodation Cancellation Policy

Please note any changes or cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED by email or fax +30 2810 330606

Until May 31, 2019

Full refund minus 20€ administrative fee

From June 1 until July 31, 2019

Full refund minus 1 night accommodation fee and 20€ administrative fee

From August 1st until August 31, 2019

Full refund minus 2 nights’ accommodation fee and 20€ administrative fee

From September 1, 2019 onwards

No refund of accommodation fees


Getting to Heraklion [HER]

By Air: The principal airport in Crete is Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” (airport code: HER). It is located about 5 km east of the city center of Heraklion and is directly connected to Athens International Airport (airport code: ATH) with several daily domestic flights run by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. The flight duration from/to Athens is about 45min. There are also other direct scheduled airline connections from major European cities as well as many charter flights from most European countries.

Heraklion airport:

By Boat: It is also possible to arrive by boat from Piraeus (major port of Greece) to Heraklion Ferry services are operated daily on the line Athens-Heraklion. Minoan lines and ANEK lines provide daily service from and towards Crete. At least two ferry boats sail daily to Heraklion from Piraeus. The boats sail in the evening (usually around 9-10 pm) and reach the destinations early in the morning (around 5:30-6:00 am) after an 8-9 hour journey.

Heraklion Port

From Heraklion to Venue

Participants will have to use a taxi or public bus service from/to the airport and venue.

Private Transfer Offer:

You can order a private taxi/minivan for your transfer to the venue. The driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name, so you can meet him.

Taxi: A taxi can take up to 4 passengers depending on their luggage.

The special rate for the workshop participants from Heraklion Airport to the venue is 40 € per taxi each way.

Minivan: A minivan can take up to 8 passengers and has a lot of space for luggage. The special rate for the workshop participants from Heraklion Airport to the venue is 70 € per minivan each way.

The private transfer service will be available and confirmed for bookings received by email at until Thursday October 3, 2019.

Payment method with credit card (Visa or Mastercard) online via Livepay by following this link:

Please note that the private transfer service is non refundable.

Once the payment of the transfer service is received, we will email you with a final confirmation of the transfer as well as the contact number of your driver.

Book your transfer here

Please note that Crete has two major airports.

Heraklion airport (HER) is 28 km from and is the closest one to the venue.

Chania airport (CHQ) is 134 km from the venue.

About the Area

Fodele village, 3 km away from the venue, is an idyllic village, which extends in a verdant oasis full of orange and lemon groves, colourful flowers and running waters. The fertile valley of Fodele is crossed by the river Pantomantris and is surrounded by mountains with high wild trees and caves. Historians suggest that Fodele Bay was the original site of the ancient town of Astali, which was the port of ancient Axos. Here, too, the famous Greek painter, Dominicus Theotokopoulos (better known as El Greco) was born in 1545.

Heraklion: Heraklion, located 25km from the Venue, is the capital of Crete, the largest urban centre in Crete and the economic centre of the island with approximately 200,000 people. The town of Heraklion is a vibrant small metropolis and combines urban scenery, archaeological and cultural heritage with natural beauty.

The first European civilization, the Minoan civilization, flourished on this land 5000 years ago and can still be experienced today by visiting the ancient palace of Knossos Archaeological Site and the Archeological Museum of Heraklion.

During the last 20 years the city has also made remarkable advances in the academic and technological fields as it hosts the University of Crete and the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas.

The island of Crete

Crete is the most southern region of Greece and Europe, separating the Aegean Sea from the Libyan Sea it marks a physical boundary between Europe and Africa. It is the largest Greek island and one of the largest in the Mediterranean basin, with a total surface of 8,336 km², 1,100 km of coastline and approximately 623,000 inhabitants.

The island of Crete boasts a long and turbulent history and a fascinating culture. Cultural influences from other civilizations of the West and the East, as well as the remains of the glorious Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), are found across the island. This mix of civilizations has marked contemporary Cretan culture, which is still vibrant and distinctive as it has always been.

The Cretan land encompasses an amazing variety of landscapes and landforms. Crete is renowned for its breathtaking mountain ranges, fertile valleys, plethora of caves, gorges and plateaus of exceptional beauty as well as for its long sandy beaches and clear blue seas. Historic and cultural attractions, Cretan traditions, traditional settlements, monuments, archaeological sites, social mores, the local proceedings, the Cretan cuisine, the natural environment, the folkloric richness, remarkable ecosystems and unique landscapes are waiting to be discovered.

The climate of Crete is characterized as mild and Mediterranean with four distinct seasons. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. Average year temperature is 19°C. During October, expect the temperature to range between 15°C (at night) to 25°C, with occasional rain.

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