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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

The new microbiology

04 – 12 September 2019 | Spetses Island, Greece

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 April 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 April 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 9 May 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 June 2019

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Spetses Summer courses are well known for covering various specialized topics within the general fields of molecular and cell biology and also microbiology. This latter field has witnessed a real renaissance in the last twenty years and in this particular FEBS/EMBO Lecture Course with support of IUBMB, we intend to cover different aspects of ‘the New Microbiology’, including bacterial diversity, microbial communities/microbiotas, symbiosis, biofilms, small RNAs or bacterial pathogens.

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
  • 20 April 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 April 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 9 May 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 June 2019



Registration includes:

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accomodation (double occupancy)


Bank transfer

Selection criteria

Applicants should be graduate students or young post-doctoral fellows.

Please provide a letter signed by your supervisor explaining why this course will be helpful for your career/studies.

Abstract guidelines

Please provide a 300–500 words abstract detailing your research work.

Poster specifications

Format A0 (84 cm length by 118 cm 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 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

Students will share room.

A limited number of travel grants provided by FEBS are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants



Marie-Thérèse Vicente (Pascale Cossart Secretary)

Bacteria-Cell Interactions Unit

INSERM U604/INRA USC2020, Pasteur Institute

25 rue du Dr. Roux - 75015 Paris - France

Tel: +33(01) 4061 3032

Fax: +33 (01) 4568 8706





Spetses Hotel

Spetses Island, 180-50 GREECE

Phone: +30 2 29 807 26 02

FAX: +30 2 29 807 24 94


Spetses Hotel is a 4-star hotel located 10 minutes away from the port and centre of the island, Dapia, on a unique place on the coastline of Spetses island. With its elegant aesthetic, its multilateral services and respect for each guest’s needs, the Spetses offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Spetses is an island just off the south coast of the Peloponnese mainland about 2.5 hours from the Athens port of Piraeus. If you're flying into the Greece you'll want to land at Athens International Airport.


1. fly to Athens International Airport.

2. go by bus (1 1/2-2 hrs), metro (1 hr. 20 min.), taxi (1 hr. 20 min.) or train (1 hr. 20 min.) to Athens harbour (Piraeus).

3. take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2-2 1/2 hrs) or ferry (4 1/2-5 hrs) to the Island of Spetses

4. take a water taxi (3 min.), a taxi (5 min.), a horse buggy (5 min.) or walk (20-30 min.) from Spetses Harbour to Spetses Hotel.

Athens International Airport (AIA) is located 33 km northeast of Athens, while the Piraeus harbour is in the southern part of Athens.



There is a direct bus (X96) from the Athens International Airport to Piraeus. 24 hr ticket: Euro 3.20

The travelling time varies between one and two hours depending on the traffic.

You can also go via the centre of Athens (bus nos. E94 and E95) or by metro. You must then change at Omonia Square in the centre of Athens and take the direct metro to Piraeus.

All buses depart from the designated area on the inner curbside of the arrivals level of the main terminal building just outside the Schengen Exit (Doors 4-5).


You can also take a taxi, but as there are special lanes for buses, it is not faster to take a taxi. Euro 25-45, depending on travelling time and the amount of luggage. You normally pay extra for the luggage.

The taxi queue starts from Door 4 of the Arrivals Level and extends up to Door 1.



To get to Spetses from Piraeus you can choose to take:

1. A hydrofoil (about 2-3 hrs) (the travelling time varies depending on how many stops the hydrofoil makes on the way)

2. A ferry (4 1/2-5 hrs)

There are two different hydrofoil companies:

Euroseas-Eurofast-1 (with 1-2 daily trips to Spetses) - approx Euro 33

Hellenic Seaways (with 5-6 daily trips to Spetses) approx Euro 37

Tickets can be bought online or you can simply buy the ticket when you arrive at the harbour as there is a ticket office by the hydrofoil. There are not normally any problems getting a ticket except for a few busy weekends during the year.


The distance from the harbour to the hotel is about 1- 1/2 km

Means of transportation:

• On foot

It takes about 20-30 min to walk the distance along the beach.

• Bus - euro 1

There is a bus starting from the main square at the front of the Possidonion Hotel to the right of Dapia Harbour as you look at it from the sea which stops at Spetses Hotel.

• Water taxi - euro 15

A water taxi takes up to around 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel.

• Taxi: ca. euro 8

There are four taxis on Spetses. You can find them in front of the petrol station in the Dapia near the end of the jetty where you disembark from the hydrofoils, ferry or catamaran.

• Horse buggy: ca. euro 8

The horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbour in front of the Possidonion Hotel. Make sure you arrange the price in advance.

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