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EMBO Workshop

Molecular mechanisms of unconventional protein secretion in eukaryotic cells

16 – 18 September 2019 | Assisi, Italy

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 26 July 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 26 July 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 9 August 2019

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About the Workshop

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The trafficking of proteins to the extracellular space and the plasma membrane is known to be mediated by the endoplasmic reticulum to Golgi classical secretory pathway. However, an increasing number of cytoplasmic proteins are also delivered to the extracellular milieu in a manner that is independent of this classical route. Recent studies have revealed a number of pathways sustaining the Unconventional Protein Secretion (UPS) and those are being defined


  • The meeting “Unconventional protein secretion in eukaryotic cells” will serve at least three distinct functions:
  • Exposing the UPS field to the life science community and highlighting its connection to broader biology and medicine.
  • Assessing the extent of the community representing this emerging field, and structuring its evolving conceptual framework.

Presenting the latest molecular pathways (and substrates) that have been discovered. This is a key feature of the meeting to gain these molecular insights and to present its relationship to the classical secretory pathway.

We plan a focused 3-day EMBO Workshop that is meant to become the foundation for the growing UPS community dedicated to elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind it. This in turn will have a big impact on the physiological and pathological processes that are driven by unconventionally secreted proteins.

The Abstract Book can be downloaded from here.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 26 July 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 26 July 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 9 August 2019


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS Double Room EUR 360
  • ACADEMIC Double Room EUR 410
  • INDUSTRY Double Room EUR 700
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS Single Room EUR 450
  • ACADEMIC Single Room EUR 500
  • INDUSTRY Single Room EUR 800

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in the meeting venue (single or double room, according to the registration fee selected)
  • The registration fee cover any meals.
  • Social event and workshop material


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

Participants will pay through “Payment module via EMBO supplier” using the COMS system and credit card payments will be collected with Stripe.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on

  • Scientific quality of abstracts with focus on mechanistic aspects of the UPS.
  • Career development (students, postdoctoral fellows and group leaders)
  • Participants from different countries.
  • PhD/postdocs ratio
  • Gender balance will be selected based on the EMBO instructions.

Abstract guidelines

300 words clearly describing

-The biological question or the technical challenge

-Model system

-Which Unconventional cargo is studied?

-What type of UPS is it addressing?

-What kind of molecular advances their study is likely to provide

-Possibly a line or two (that won’t be published) explaining why it is important they attend the meeting

Poster specifications

Posters should be up to a maximum 70 cm width and 120 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.



Maria Teresa Pallotta


Michele Bellucci:





Hotel Il Cenacolo

Viale Patrono d'Italia, 70, 06081

Santa Maria degli Angeli PG


This 4-star hotel is beautiful, clean and serves excellent food in frame with the Italian hospitality and culinary tradition. It is situated in an enchanted setting on the hills, very close to Assisi, the mythical city of San Francesco’s city, where the Gala dinner will be organized.

The hotel specializes in hosting meetings and has outside space available that can be used for coffee break and lunches. It also as a beautiful cloister which is been embedded in the hotel modern design.

The hotel is well equipped with several meeting rooms sitting from 80 to 300 people, a large space for poster display and a top range audio-visual equipment. The WIFI is freely available.

There are 120 rooms available so largely covering the need of the meeting. Everyone can therefore be housed together and share all their meals.

Students will share a double-room, unless they prefer a single room but, as the number of single rooms is limited, it will be on the first come first served basis.

If they want to share the room with someone specific, they should have the space to indicate it clearly.


Flight connections:

- Perugia: some flight connections to the Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria S.Francesco d’Assisi ( are available from some Italian (Catania) and European (London, Bruxelles) airports, even though they are only operated on seasonal basis. A shuttle bus will be available asking to the local organizer (Maria Teresa Pallotta) to join the airport to the Hotel Il Cenacolo (meeting venue).

- Florence: Florence's Aeroporto A. Vespucci, known as Peretola (FLR) (, has many European connections, i.e. Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Milan.

A shuttle bus will be organized the 16th September 2019 (departure time around 12.30) to join the airport to the Hotel Il Cenacolo (meeting venue) and the 18th September 2019 from the Hotel Il Cenacolo to the airport (departure time around 13.30). Please, communicate to the local organizer (Maria Teresa Pallotta) if you are interested in taking the shuttle bus in order to book a seat on the shuttle.

If you can’t take our bus, there are buses (FLiXBUS) from Florence to Assisi: Monday to Saturday: from Florence to Assisi at 16.30 a.m (it is not available on Sunday); Monday to Saturday: from Assisi to Florence at 10.10 p.m (it is not available on Sunday).

Otherwise, you can take a train from Florence airport to Assisi. The airport is connected to the Santa Maria Novella railway station at Florence by bus, tramway or taxi.

Then take a train from Florence Santa Maria Novella Railway Station to Assisi. There are trains from 5.45 a.m. to 23.18 p.m. For the timetable and information, please visit the Trenitalia website.

- Rome: The major international gateway is Rome's Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci, known as Fiumicino (FCO).

Take train Leonardo Express, a non-stop service exclusively for airport passengers to Rome Termini railway station leaving every 15 minutes with a journey time of 32 minutes. At Rome Termini railway station, take a train to Assisi. For the timetable and information, please visit the Trenitalia website.

Otherwise, you can take a bus (Sulga Autolinee). There are daily bus connection from Roma Fiumicino Airport (International Departure Terminal T3) to Perugia (P.le Partigiani bus station) or Assisi (Piazza San Pietro). You will find a timetable on Sulga site, please ask to the local organizer to be sure about it.

How to go to Hotel Cenacolo (meeting venue):

– Bus stop outside the hotel with connections to Assisi and main cities every 20 minutes
– 5 minutes walking from the Assisi railway station
– 5 minutes by car from the SS75 Perugia – Terni and the E45 Perugia – Rome

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