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EMBO Workshop

Organization of bacterial and eukaryotic genomes by SMC complexes

10 – 13 September 2019 | Vienna, Austria

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2019

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About the Workshop

Most genomes are large compared to the cells they are contained in, consisting of two meters DNA in diploid human cells and up to 20 meters in salamanders. At the various stages of the lifetime of a cell, these large amounts of DNA need to be transcribed, replicated, repaired, recombined, condensed and segregated with extraordinary speed and precision, and for many of these processes it is crucial that the genome is folded correctly. In both bacteria and eukaryotes many aspects of these genomic processes are controlled by protein complexes containing SMC proteins. These are elongated molecules, which form homo- or heterodimeric ATPases and assemble with other subunits into ring-forming complexes that can bind and entrap DNA. For many years these SMC complexes were thought to function primarily as passive DNA linking molecules, but recent work indicates that these complexes might actively fold DNA. This workshop will discuss recent advances in understanding how bacterial and SMC complexes perform this and other functions, how these are controlled at the molecular level, how SMC proteins contribute to cellular and organismal physiology, and how defects in SMC complexes can cause human diseases. To achieve this, the workshop will bring together both established and young scientists from a broad range of different fields, ranging from structural biologists to practising clinicians.

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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
  • 15 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2019



Registration includes:

  • Scientific Sessions
  • Lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • Welcome reception 10 September
  • Gala Dinner 12 September
  • Heurigen Evening 13 September

Accommodation is not included. Reduced rates will be offered in hotels near the venue.

Selection criteria

Conference participants will be selected by the organizing committee based on the following criteria, scientific excellence of submitted abstract, gender balance, balance of young and senior scientists, representation of different nationalities, representation of different research groups active in the field.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

Poster specifications

70 x 100 cm (portrait style)

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.



Manuela Steurer


Tel: 0043 1 797303002




Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1

1030 Vienna, Austria


Hotel Doppio****

Rennweg 99, 1030 Vienna

Please book via the following link to get the special meeting rate:

Single room: € 85,00/night including breakfast

Double room: €101,00/night including breakfast

Hotel Savoyen****

Rennweg 16, 1030 Vienna

Please book via the following link to get the special meeting rate:

Single room: € 135,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 155,00/night including breakfast

Gartenhotel Gabriel***

Landstrasser-Haupstrasse 165, 1030 Vienna

Single room: € 74,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 88,00/night including breakfast

Please contact the hotel via e-mail: – booking code: SMC Meeting



Airport to IMP

There are two train connections from the Airport to the City. The metropolitan railway ("S7" = line No. 907 WIEN FLORIDSDORF – FLUGHAFEN WIEN – WOLFSTHAL and back; which usually runs every 30 minutes and takes 19 minutes to travel); and the City Airport Train (CAT), as well as a shuttle bus or taxis.

Regional train S7: The metropolitan railway S7 stops at “St. Marx/Vienna Biocenter”, which is 200 metres from the IMP. When embarking at the airport, the direction is given as “Floridsdorf”. The S7 is generally the fastest and cheapest public transport link to the IMP.

Express Train CAT: The CAT is an express train, but it only stops downtown at “Wien Mitte/Landstraße”, so a second connection is required to get to the IMP: take the 74A bus to the stop “St. Marx”. Combined, the journey may take longer than the S7.

Shuttle Bus: Alternatively, you can take a Vienna Airport Lines shuttle bus, which will take you to Vienna's central train station (Hauptbahnhof Wien). From there, the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”, around the corner from the IMP.

Taxi: If you catch a taxi from the airport to the IMP, the ride will take about 20 minutes and costs around 35 EURO.


Travelling to Vienna by train, you will most probably arrive at one of the city’s two main train stations, either “Wien Hauptbahnhof” or the Vienna Western Train Station – “Westbahnhof”.

From “Wien Hauptbahnhof”, the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”, around the corner from the IMP. The trip should take under 10 minutes.

Also from “Westbahnhof” the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”. The travelling time from Westbahnhof is about 25 minutes.


If you arrive via the motorway A23, take the exit called “St. Marx”. Drivers coming via the A4 should exit at “Knoten Prater”.

Parking near the IMP

On the streets surrounding the IMP (3rd district), parking during the day (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.) is only possible with prepaid tickets and restricted to 2 hours at a time.

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