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EMBO Workshop

Toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria

15 – 17 April 2019 | Windsor, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 December 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 February 2019

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About the Workshop

Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are ubiquitous among bacteria and are an emerging topic of high importance in both fundamental and translational research. Initially described as plasmid stabilization elements in bacteria, they have been since shown to be stress responsive elements that enable bacteria to adapt their growth and to thwart some phage infections, acting as an innate immune system that complements adaptive, CRISPR-based immunity. They are also involved in the formation of persister cells, non-growing bacteria refractory to antibiotic treatment. Recent years have seen an explosion in the identification of new toxin families, driven largely by genomic and metagenomic sequencing projects, as well as functional and structural characterizations. Toxins target a range of cellular processes in bacteria to arrest growth. Unveiling these targets highlights bacterial vulnerabilities that could be exploited by next-generation antibiotics. Whether TAs are considered as persistence triggers that need to be silenced or formidable tools to reveal and access new potential drug targets, they are under intense investigation. This workshop will provide a comfortable and stimulating setting to disseminate, exchange, and compare new insights into these systems, while facilitating and reinforcing synergistic interplay between the research groups studying them.

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 January 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 December 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 February 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 February 2019



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Full catering


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

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on scientific merit of their abstract and relevance of their work to the topic of the conference.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum of 150 words

Poster specifications

Posters should be upto a maximum of A0 size.

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 and postdocs will share a double bedroom.



Sophie Helaine





Cumberland Lodge

The Great Park





Cumberland lodge is a historic former royal residence converted as a venue for meetings. It combines the atmosphere of an English country house with all the facilities expected of a modern conference centre. There are 60 double bedrooms onsite to provide accommodation for 90 people. Full catering is offered including breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks.


Distance to airport 27 miles from central London, 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport, close to Gatwick Airport and 15 minutes from regular train services to London Waterloo, Paddington and Reading.

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