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EMBO Workshop

ThymE: T cell and thymus biology

19 – 24 May 2019 | Rehovot, Israel

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 7 April 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 April 2019

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About the Workshop

Workshop illustration

The thymus provides a specialized microenvironment for thymocyte development. This complex process ensures the production of a diverse repertoire of T cells capable of protecting their host from an endless array of pathogens, while maintaining tolerance to self-antigens. In recent years, dramatic advances in genomic technologies have shed light upon the development, regulation and function of various T cell populations in the thymus and immune periphery, including rare populations whose characterization and manipulation have not been possible until recently.

During this EMBO Workshop, that will take place at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the key leaders of T cell and thymus immunology research will come together to share and discuss the most recent and unpublished advances in fields such as Thymus organogenesis; Development and/or selection of T cells in the thymus; Development and function of other lymphoid and/or stromal populations in the thymus; T cell-mediated self-tolerance and autoimmunity; T cell differentiation and T cell-mediated responses in the periphery, T cell metabolism; T cell-based immunotherapies and more. We are privileged to host two keynote speakers; Dr. Adrian Hayday (Crick Institute, UK) and Dr. Ellen Rothenberg (Caltech, USA).

Images provided by Julie Sheridan, Thomas Boudier, Lachlan Whitehead and Daniel Gray, WEHI, Australia






  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 March 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 7 April 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 April 2019



Registration includes:

  • Access to all lectures
  • Daily lunch and refreshments
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner party
  • Poster session cocktails and snacks (x2)
  • Excursion/Trip

Accommodations are NOT included in the registration fee


All delegates should complete their payment through the Weizmann Institute of Science using this link.

Please note that registration is not complete until the payment has been made.

Selection criteria

The conference is open to all, however, we will provide travel fellowships to junior scientists (PhD students, post-docs, junior PI) based on submitted abstracts.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should contain all author information, including affiliations, and should be limited to 2,000 characters. Please indicate your abstract category and whether you would like to be considered for an oral presentation or only for a poster presentation

Poster specifications

120cm x 90cm (Height x Width)

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 as students and postdocs will automatically be considered for awards upon abstract submission. 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

The first 30 registered junior scientists will have an option to reserve a room in San Martin Guesthouse on campus. The rooms will be shared by 2 delegates.



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The David Lopatie Conference Centre
Weizmann Institute of Science,
234 Herzl St. Rehovot, 76100,


Accommodations are NOT included in the registration package and should be coordinated separately by the delegates.

Students and post-docs have the possibility to register for shared (2 per room) on-campus accommodations at the San Martin Guesthouse

The reservation can be completed during the registration process based on room availability (first-come-first-serve).

The recommended option for accommodation in Rehovot is The Leonardo Hotel, which is adjacent to the Weizmann Institute of Science and is conveniently located near the Rehovot train station.

As the workshop is planned for the same week as the Eurovision contest we recommend securing accommodations well in advance.

Delegates who are interested in booking a room at the Leonardo Hotel in Rehovot are encouraged to directly contact the Leonardo Hotel ( and provide the group number (#91512) in order receive the conference rate. The conference rate will be available until April 1st, 2019, after this date the conference rate will only be given upon availability.

For delegates interested in staying in Tel-Aviv, which is ~25 minutes by train from the Weizmann Institute, we recommend the following hotels which are situated near the train stations.

Atlas Hotels

Leonardo City Tower

Crowne Plaza City Center


The EMBO Workshop will be held at the Weizmann Institute of Science located in the city of Rehovot. Rehovot is located in the center of Israel, approximately 30 minutes’ drive south from Tel-Aviv. The Weizmann Institute of Science is at the beginning of Herzl Street in Rehovot. On this street you can find restaurants, bars and a variety of shops.

The Ben-Gurion Airport is located approximately 35 minutes by car or taxi from the city of Rehovot.

About the Area

Taxi services
Private taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As you exit the airport building from the main reception lobby, you should see signs for taxis directing you to the left. The fare to Rehovot should be approximately 150 NIS (~43$).

Public buses
Bus stops and free internal shuttle pick-up points are located in Terminal 3, second level of the multilevel road, across from Gates 21 and 23.
Egged bus (the main bus company in Israel) stop at EL AL Junction on Highway 40 (approximately 5 km from Terminal 3 and 2.5 km from Terminal 1). Important: the buses do not go through Ben Gurion Airport.
Egged Line 249 will take you from El-Al Junction to Rehovot. For an up-to-date and detailed information about departure times and frequency of the lines, please contact the Egged's Customer Service Centre: Tel: +972 (0)3-6948888 or go to Egged's website.
The cost of a one way ticket from El-Al Junction to Rehovot is approximately 13 NIS (~4$).
**Egged service does not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon - Saturday evening).

Train services
The train station at Ben-Gurion airport is located on Level S of the Landside Building, adjacent to the Greeters' Hall. There is no direct train from Ben-Gurion airport to Rehovot. To get to Rehovot you need to go from the Ben-Gurion airport train station to Tel-Aviv HAGANA train station (approximately 17 minutes). From there, take a train to Rehovot train station (approximately 30 minutes). The cost for one way ticket from Ben-Gurion airport to Rehovot is approximately 18 NIS (~5$).
Train tickets can be purchased through automated ticket dispensers on Level G of the terminal. For information on schedules and fares call Israel Railways Information Service: +972 (0)77-2324000 or go to the Israel railways website.
**Israel railway service do not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon - Saturday evening).

Other Useful Information

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the official national currency. All the major credit cards are accepted in Israel in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.

The weather in Rehovot in May is generally warm, with an average temperature of 25°C (77° F).

Restaurants in Rehovot and WIS campus
Café Mada – Fish and pasta (Dairy – kosher)
Address: Situated on WIS Campus
Phone: +972-(0)8 -6723994
Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-22:00, Friday 08:00-13:00, Saturday- closed

San Martin Cafeteria (kosher)
Address: Situated on WIS Campus at the guesthouse reception floor.

Phone: +972-(0)8 -9343381
Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-15:00, Friday and Saturday- closed

Moo V Moo Restaurant – meat and grill restaurant (not kosher)
Address: 177 Herzl Street.
Phone: +972-(0)8-9462690
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

César Bistro – (not kosher)
Address: 3 Pekeris Street
Phone: +972-(0)8 -9465444

Important phone numbers
WIS Campus security: +972-(0)8 -9343515
Taxi service (Rehovot taxis): +972-(0)8 -9363333

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