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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria in life, death and disease

24 – 28 September 2019 | Herceg Novi, Montenegro

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 March 2019 – 1 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 July 2019

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria are prominent in every textbook of biochemistry and cell biology. Classical view to mitochondria is that they are sausage-shape power plants of the cell, that possess their own DNA (mitochondrial DNA-mtDNA), which encodes essential subunits of the oxidative phosphorylation system and is maternally inherited. This unique feature of mitochondria is a reminiscence of the bacterial origin occurs two billion years ago through endosymbiotic event.

Although this textbook knowledge of mitochondria is very important, it does not give justice to the enormous progress and conceptual advances that have been made in the field of mitochondrial biology in the last decade. This results in a wealth of novel information regarding their basic function, but it also revealed many novel roles these organelles play in the context of cellular physiology in both unicellular and complex multicellular systems. Thus, mitochondria interact and communicate with other organelles. They are involved in complex metabolic networks mediating cell survival, apoptosis, redox control, calcium homeostasis and many metabolic and biosynthetic pathways.

This EMBO|FEBS lecture course will deal with a number of research areas that have a great impact on the understanding of mitochondrial biology general. It will be organized in five sessions that include:

1. Mitochondrial protein import and biogenesis

2. Organelle signaling and control of metabolism

3. Mitochondrial DNA maintenance and gene expression

4. Mitochondrial diseases and development of treatments

5. Mitochondrial dynamics and quality control

Young students and postdocs will have many opportunities to meet and discuss with established PIs in an informal context, during ‘meet the PI’ sessions, informal round table discussions and poster presentations.

Download the program here.

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
  • 1 March 2019 – 1 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 July 2019



Registration includes:

  • Four nights accommodation (24-28 September 2019) in double rooms
  • All meals, coffees, drinks on an all-inclusive basis
  • Social program and events
  • Course material

*Registrations fees excl. VAT

Cancellation policy

Refund of registration fees will be as follows:

100% refund (minus 50,00 € handling fee) if a notification e-mail reaches the Course Secretariat by July 10, 2019

50% refund (minus 50,00 € handling fee) if a notification e-mail reaches the Course Secretariat between July 10 and August 10, 2019.

No refund on cancellations past August 10, 2019.

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You can proceed with the payment here.

Please note: If your payment has not been received by 10 July 2019, applicants from the waiting list will move up and will take your place.

Selection criteria

To maintain a high degree of interaction between all attendees the number of participants will be limited to 120 for students and postdoctoral fellows (which are the main target of the lecture series) and 24 speakers, (included 9 members of the organization committee)

In addition, positions will be available to senior scientists (having a total of 30-35 PIs) with experience in different areas of mitochondrial biology.

We expect about 80% of applicants to be from Europe, 10% from North America and 10% from other countries. Selection of the participants will be done by the organizing committee (MCC). We try to achieve that the participants at the meeting reflect the broad field of mitochondrial biology. Thus, we will consider as many different research groups as possible which may require to limit the number of participants of a single group. Moreover, we will attempt to balance different topics as well as model systems and give special considerations to newly emerging aspects of mitochondrial biology. A balance between male/female participants will be maintained in the selection of applicants.

For the senior scientists:

In the case their number outnumbers the expected figures, precedence will be given to scientists with experience in mitochondrial biology

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including Title and Headings.

Abstract guidelines

Poster specifications

Each author will have a board space of (HxW) 180 cm x 96 cm (5ft 10in x 3ft 2in), on which to mount the poster. The poster should be designed to summarize current research in graphic forms. Presentations should be self-explanatory so that the author is free to supplement and discuss particular points. For easy identification, provide a poster heading, listing its title and author(s), identical to that on the official program.

The poster board is double-sided with one presentation on each side. Your assigned number will be in the upper left corner of the poster board. The boards will be arranged in numerical order.

  • Poster materials may be mounted on thin poster paper or cardboard and attached to the poster board with blue-tak or plain scotch-tape.
  • DO NOT USE PUSH-PINS OR GLUE (materials for attaching illustrations will be available at the secretariat).
  • Do not mount your poster on heavy or thick backing, as it may be difficult to fasten to the board. If you require assistance with mounting or removing your poster, please notify the secretary of the workshop.
  • Each author is responsible for assembly and removal of his/her own presentation.
  • Please remove your poster promptly. Materials left on the poster boards after the removal deadline will be taken down. The organizers or the hotel staff has no responsibility for materials that may be lost or damaged.

The poster sessions have a designated time in which the poster presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss their research with the meeting attendees.

FEBS Youth Travel Fund

A small number of FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) are available for PhD students and Post Doc from FEBS area. These will cover the registration fee.

The deadline for YTF application is June 1, 2019.

Please note that this deadline precedes that for the general participants to the Course that has been fixed to July 10, 2019.

More information can be found here.

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.



Aleksandra Trifunovic

Heike Brucherseifer

Phone: 0049-221-47884297 or 0049-221-47884291




Hotel Iberostar Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi, Njivice, Igalo, 85347,

Montenegro 85347

Phone: (00382) 31 340 782



All events of the EMBO/FEBS Course Mito2019, including lunches and dinners for the participants, will be held in Iberostar Herceg Novi Hotel. The hotel is located at a village of Njivice, in the Herceg Novi district, approximately 25 km from Dubrovnik Airport (Croatia) and 30 km from Tivat Airport (Montenegro).

Hotel Reservation

Registration fees include accommodation in double or single room only for the duration of the course which is 4 nights from September 24th to 28th 2019. Accommodation type is all inclusive.

Accompanying persons

Please contact the Course Secretariat ( for any kinds of special requests or arrangements, including accompanying persons.

Extended stay

Extended stay should be arranged directly with the hotel or through online booking systems.


The Iberostar Herceg Novi hotel is on the seafront, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, just 8km from the historic centre of Herceg Novi. The closest airports are Dubrovnik (Čilipi) in Croatia, located 25km away; Tivat 30km away; and Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, 114km away. Services to those airports are operated by the major International companies.


Longitude: 18.5154822

Latitude: 42.4358107


Transfers to/from the Dubrovnik airport by shuttle busses will be provided by the organizers on the day of arrival (24/09) and departure (28/09). The schedule will be announced in due time. Transfer to and from Tivat airport will be organized if there is a significant number of participants traveling to this airport. Help with organizing transportation on other days will also be provided by the Course secretariat and might be subjected to additional payments.

In case you would prefer to arrange your own transport, we would be happy to help you arrange a taxi pick up that will be subjected to payment on site in cash. Please, be aware that public transportation could be unreliable

About the Area


One of the smallest countries in Europe, Montenegro encloses majestic mountains, breathtaking beaches, colorful food and friendly locals. Set in the south of Adriatic Sea with a coast of

not even 300km from tip to toe, that, nevertheless, crams in some of Europe’s most spectacular seaside scenery.

Ever since its beginning, Montenegro has sat on the borderline between east and west. The richness of its cultural history can be seen in the beautiful walled coastal cities with their Roman villas, flamboyantly painted Orthodox monasteries, ornate Catholic churches, elegant minarets of mosques, and the sturdy fortresses built by the numerous powers that have fought over these lands.

The Bay of Kotor or Boka Kotorska

The Bay of Kotor known simply as Boka ("the Bay"), is the name of the winding bay of the Adriatic Sea in southwestern Montenegro. Boka has been inhabited since antiquity. Its well-preserved medieval towns of Kotor, Risan, Tivat, Perast and Herceg Novi, along with their natural surroundings, are major tourist attractions. Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor has been a World Heritage Site since 1979. Kotor is the old coastal and cultural centre. For centuries, it has been a crossroads of commercial roads under the strong influence of Venice. It is protected by mountains with a strong defense structure built during the time of Byzantine Empire.

The bay is naturally divided into four smaller parts - Herceg Novi bay, Risan bay, Kotor bay and Tivat bay. The small towns, as treasuries of history, art and beauty, are strung like pearls on its coastline.

Herceg Novi is a town situated at the end of the bay. Its appearance is an illustration of its turbulent history. The town is a fine combination of romantic, Byzantine and oriental styles interweaved in the Mediterranean appearance of this town. Today, Herceg Novi is the town of flowers with all its windows faced toward the sun and the sea. It is one of the warmest towns on the Adriatic coast. One should visit the City Museum and the Archives, the Modern Arts Gallery, and the Old town with Tower clock.

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