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EMBO Workshop

The ubiquitin system: Biology, mechanisms and roles in disease

13 – 17 September 2019 | Cavtat, Croatia

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Short Talk)
  • 1 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Poster)
  • 1 July 2019
  • Travel Grant Deadline
  • 1 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified
  • 3–4 weeks after the submission deadline
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 August 2019

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About the Workshop

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The post-translational modification of proteins with ubiquitin, discovered in the 1980s and awarded with the Nobel Prize in 2004, remains among the most rapidly developing fields in cell and molecular biology.

Virtually every cellular process is regulated by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins (UBLs), such as SUMO. In addition to playing such regulatory roles, ubiquitin mediates disposal of aberrant proteins in various protein quality control pathways. It is therefore not surprising that several hundred E3 ligases (enzymes that confer specificity in substrate modification with ubiquitin/UBLs) are encoded in the human genome, and that mutations affecting ubiquitin pathways lead to many human diseases. Of relevance, thanks to research progress in this field, drugs that interfere with ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis, such as the proteasome inhibitor, Velcade, and the modulator of the SCF E3 ligase cereblon, Thalidomide, are now successfully used for treating cancer. Moreover, there has also been an explosion of deubiquitinase inhibitor drugs announced recently, and PROTACS–compounds designed to direct degradation of specific proteins by acting as adaptors to E3 ligases—are beginning to show great promise.

This Workshop aims to address remaining gaps and stimulate further progress in ubiquitin research, by facilitating scientific interactions among both leaders and newcomers in the field in multiple settings and by other means. Featured research will broadly cover relevant approaches, including novel enabling technologies and different model organisms. In addition to helping expand and deepen our understanding of ubiquitin/UBLs at molecular, cellular and organismal levels, we expect the conference to facilitate translation of basic findings into medical and biotechnological applications.

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 July 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Short Talk)
  • 1 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Poster)
  • 1 July 2019
  • Travel Grant Deadline
  • 1 May 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified
  • 3–4 weeks after the submission deadline
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 August 2019



Registration includes:

  • Conference materials
  • Access to all sessions
  • Welcome buffet
  • Coffee breaks, lunches and finger food during poster sessions
  • Roundtrip transportation to Dubrovnik on excursion date
  • Organized transport from and to the airport on 13th and 17th (if requested on time)

Accommodation is NOT included. Please see hotel registration information under "LOCATION" below.


Please note that only after receiving confirmation that your registration has been accepted payment must be submitted.

At that point, you will receive an email from Heidelberg University Congress and Conference Management (UniKT) with a link to a secure payment website.

Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers (only up to 8 weeks before event) and credit cards (VISA/Mastercard).

Cancellation and registration fee refund policy:

1. Notification of cancellation should be made in writing and sent to the conference organizers:

2. 100% refund (less 50 € handling fee) if a notification e-mail reaches the workshop secretariat on or before August 7, 2019.

3. No refund on cancellations after August 7, 2019.

Selection criteria

Participant selection will be guided by submitted abstracts, according to the expected scientific impact of the work on the conference and the field. It is therefore requested that all participants submit an abstract (at the time of registration, they should also specify whether they wish to present a poster or short talk).

For participants who do not plan to present their work, a CV (for principal investigators) or motivation letter (for students/post-docs) is requested.

In addition, we will seek a proper balance of participants from different countries, genders, and career stages.

Otherwise, selection will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must have a maximum of 2000 characters.

Poster specifications

Please bring one printed copy of your poster in portrait orientation (NOT landscape). Dimensions of the poster boards are 0.95 m wide by 1.35 m high.

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.


Please note that EMBO and the Workshop organizers are not responsible for, and are exempt from, any and all liability in respect of any damages, injuries or accidents of any person or for loss or damage to his or her luggage or any other property.







Frankopanska 10,

20210 Cavtat-Dubrovnik

20000 Dubrovnik

Tel: +385 20 475 555 or 478 055

Fax: +385 20 478213



Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and has to be organized by the participants on their own.

Participants are offered special rates for rooms at the Hotel Croatia Cavtat for the full 4 nights of the meeting. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel using the downloadable registration form, below. You can choose to share a room with another conference participant; you can either indicate your preferred roommate (upon mutual agreement) or request the meeting secretariat to assign one. Each reservation must be guaranteed by credit card.

registration form.doc

A limited number of rooms are secured for the conference, and will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Hotel Croatia Cavtat reservation information

Accommodation rates (including buffet breakfast):

· Euro 150 daily in a single room

· Euro 170 daily in a double/twin room

· City tax: Euro 1,50 per person per day (paid at check-out only)

The Deadline for Hotel Reservation is August 8, 2019. 200 rooms are secured for meeting participants on a first come-first serve basis; after this date, reservation may be accepted on the basis of availability only, although the discounted rates above will continue to be honored.

To register:

  • Step 1: Go on and under "Hotels and Villas" select "hotel Croatia"
  • Step 2: Once the "hotel Croatia" page opens, click "Book your stay"
  • Step 3: At the window that opens next, fill out the dates of your stay and under the "Promo code" window type EMBO2019. Click again on "Book your stay"
  • Step 4: Finish your reservation by choosing your room type and provide additional reservation details requested
  • Step 5: Read carefully "Terms & conditions" to get the information about the cancellation policy

Note 1: Room reservations can only be confirmed once a credit card information is provided

Note 2: City tax is calculated separately and must be paid at the hotel during checkout.

The hotel is walking distance (10-15 min) to the village of Cavtat, and 22 km (ca. 35 min drive) to the city of Dubrovnik.

Alternative accommodations within walking distance to the conference venue can be found, e.g., on or airbnb (search ‘Cavtat’). Please note that the organizers are not responsible for room availability and/or level of service. If you are planning to stay in Cavtat, it is recommended to reserve accommodation as soon as possible as this is a popular holiday region.


Hotel Croatia Cavtat is only 6 km away (ca. 10 min drive) from the Dubrovnik International Airport. A shuttle bus with specified departure times will be available for transport on the first and last days of the meeting at no extra cost. Detailed information will be sent to participants after the registration deadline. Other forms of transportation will be at participants’ own expense (a regular taxi fare should be less than 20 Euro for the airport-hotel itinerary).

Cavtat can be reached by air (Dubrovnik Airport/DBV), by sea (e.g. from Bari or Split) or by car. All guests of the Cavtat Hotel have complimentary access to parking (no need to reserve).

Visa Requirements

Citizens of EU countries may enter Croatia using their national identity cards instead of a passport. Otherwise, passports are required to enter Croatia.

Holders of valid dual or multiple entry Schengen visas are allowed to enter, stay and transit in or through Croatia WITHOUT the need for an additional visa (for tourist purposes).

Travellers holding a dual entry Schengen visa must have one unused entry if travelling to Croatia.

Holders of a residence permit, or certain other types of visa issued by a Schengen Area country, can also visit Croatia without requiring an additional visa.

For more details and up-to-date information, do see the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Citizens of the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

For citizens of other countries, please visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website for visa requirements for Croatia.

If you do need a visa, please contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information.

Per request, the organizers will provide the required documents confirming participation on the Workshop after registration is paid.

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