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EMBO Workshop

Mesenchymal cells in inflammation, immunity and cancer

19 – 23 May 2019 | Athens, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • A few spots available until 31 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 11 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 March 2019

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About the Workshop

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Mesenchymal cells are important constituents of most organs and have been long recognized for their crucial structural role. Additional functions of these cells in the regulation of immunity, inflammation and cancer has recently gained momentum, owing to a great extent to the development of novel genetic tools in mice. The increased interest in the unique properties of this cell type has led to their proposed utilization both for diagnostic purposes and as targets for novel therapeutic applications in a variety of organs and disease states.

The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together world leaders in developmental biology, inflammation and cancer, focusing on mesenchymal/stromal cell functions. Topics that will be covered include mesenchymal cell heterogeneity and lineage specification during development, homeostasis and disease, stromal-specific functions in innate and adaptive immune responses, with a special focus on lymphoid stromal cells, and the role of activated mesenchymal cells in pathologic conditions, such as inflammation and cancer.

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
  • A few spots available until 31 March 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 11 February 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 March 2019



Registration includes:

  • Workshop attendance
  • Workshop material
  • Lunches and coffee breaks during the workshop
  • Welcome cocktails and dinners, as listed in the programme

Accommodation and travel to and from the venue is not included.


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

Selection criteria

Submitted abstracts will be evaluated based on the significance and novelty of the findings, as well as the relevance to the thematic of the workshop. Prioritization will be given to young scientists wishing to participate, whilst making sure that there is an equal gender representation and a geographically diverse audience. Anyone wishing to attend without an abstract should register and will be selected depending on availability and on a first-come first-served basis.

Abstract guidelines

The abstracts should contain:

  • Title
  • Author list (full names and affiliations)
  • Text Body (Maximum 200 words without references)

Poster specifications

Poster size must be maximum 90cm width x 120cm height.

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 service

Babysitting and childcare service may be offered by experienced and certified hotel staff at the venue. An alternative form of babysitting/child care support may also become available. Interested EMBO workshop participants or speakers, are kindly asked to please complete the respective field in the registration form.”



Christina Chandras


Tel: +30 210 8979628




Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso

Agiou Nikolaou 10,

Vouliagmeni 166 71,


Tel: +30 210 8911100

Fax: +30 210 9658010



Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and has to be arranged by the participants. In order to take advantage of the special accommodation rates arranged specifically for this meeting, participants are advised to make their reservation through the online workshop registration form, handled by Erasmus SA.

The recommended hotel is the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, the venue where the workshop will be held. Alternative accommodation options in nearby hotels include the Amarilia Hotel and Fenix Hotel.

A number of rooms have been reserved for the workshop but sufficient room availability may not be guaranteed, so please try to book your accommodation as early as possible


The venue/hotel is situated 25 km away from Athens International Airport and can be reached by taxi or bus upon arrival as indicated below:

1. TAXI – Taxis are available at the designated area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals level. The cost should be around 38 Euros with single tariff (05:00 am–24:00) and 54 Euro with late night tariff (00:00–05:00 am). Travel time is approximately 20 minutes.

2. BUS – Route X96 (departure point between Exits 4 and 5 of Arrivals level). Buses depending on the time of the day run every 15–30min. The duration of the ride should be approx. 40 minutes and the cost is 6 Euro. Please note you need to get off at the bus stop named "PIGADAKIA."

From there you turn left on the main avenue and walk for 10 minutes before you arrive at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso Hotel on the right hand side of the main avenue.

About the Area

Just 20 km south of the Greek capital lies the alluring Apollo Coast, also known as the Athenian Riviera. This is an ideal place to swim, relax at a waterfront café, walk along the picture-perfect pedestrian streets and marinas, or dine by the sea or shop in one of the area’s modern shopping centres. Places to visit in the surrounding area include:

  • Faliro

Some of the most impressive yachts in the Mediterranean dock at Flisvos Marina, whose pedestrian promenade is the destination for a relaxing stroll, a fancy cocktail, or a great meal with a perfect sea view.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is the newest addition of attractions, thanks to the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts, and recreation destination, serving as the new home to both the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, and also hosts various workshops for adults and children, as well as cultural events.

  • Glyfada

Glyfada’s downtown area is an energetic shopping hub where boutique stores are sprinkled between cafes, eateries, and bars.

  • Vouliagmeni

A marina and a brace of private beaches are the trademarks of the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, whereas the picturesque harbour offers stunning views of the distant Saronic Gulf islands. The suburb name was taken after Lake Vouliagmeni (“Sunken Lake”), renowned for its healing and rejuvenating waters.

The southernmost tip of greater Athens, where the ancient Greeks built the inspiring Temple of Poseidon in honour of the god of the sea. Perched high on the rocky headland jutting out over the Saronic Gulf, the gleaming marble columns once welcomed the ancient Athenians home as they sailed back into the Aegean Sea. Today, Cape Sounion is one of the most coveted spots on the Riviera to admire the sunset.

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