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EMBO Workshop

Bacterial cell biophysics: DNA replication, growth, division, size and shape

12 – 17 December 2021 | Ein Gedi, Israel


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  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 October 2021

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About the Workshop

This EMBO Workshop will address the question on how macroscopic traits in bacteria emerge from the complex interplay of multiple biophysical and biochemical processes. Physiological traits to be covered include cell volume and shape, biomass growth, the DNA replication cycle and segregation, and the organization of intra-cellular macro-molecular assemblies. These traits unfold in a concerted manner over different spatial and temporal scales, with input from various physical, chemical and environmental factors. Bridging the molecular and macroscopic scales requires combined knowledge from various fields such as microbiology, molecular and systems biology, operations research, biophysics, statistical mechanics and polymer physics.

Much progress and new insights to these fundamental cellular processes have recently been gained by novel single-cell studies in microfluidic channels, single-molecule experiments in vivo and theoretical growth models. Major gaps however still exist towards a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of the central traits. To overcome these shortcomings, the meeting will bring together scientists from diverse fields and different perspectives, e.g., physics, biology, industrial engineering, to spur new experiments and models that are capable of bridging different spatio-temporal scales and to carry our understanding of bacterial physiology to the next level.

Image and credits: The Escherichia coli nucleoid, M. Stouf, M. Mukhina and N. Kleckner






  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 October 2021



Abstract Submission

Registration & Payment

Registration includes:

  • Transportation from Ben-Gurion airport (twice) and back (once)
  • Abstract book, electronic & printed
  • Welcome Reception
  • Drinks during the Workshop
  • Lunch during the Workshop (other meals are included in Hotel fees)
  • Refreshments during the whole Workshop
  • Guided, brief Walking Tour at Ein Gedi Nature Reserve/Oasis
  • Subsidized Guided Excursion at Massada World Heritage site
  • Farewell Party

Does NOT Include accommodation


Participants will pay through the (dedicated) website, with a credit cards option

Selection criteria

1. Relevance to the field

2. Quality of work and presentation

3. Number of registrants from the same institution

4. Number of registrants from the same country

5. Gender balance

6. Stage in registrant’s career

Abstract guidelines

Maximum 300 words that include aim, methods, results and implications

Poster specifications

Not larger than A0 format

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.



Ms. Magali Mizrahi


+972 3 5651313 / 5651344 Direct




Ein Gedi Hotel

Kibutz Ein Gedi

More info here.


The rooms reserved for the Workshop can accommodate and be shared by two or three persons; they are significantly cheaper and will no doubt be the choice of students. Some speakers may also prefer sharing for a cheaper price.

Hotel Accommodations

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the official travel agent of the EMBO Ein-Gedi Workshop and will provide local tourist services for participants.

Diesenhaus-Unitours has secured a block of rooms at the Kibbutz Ein-Gedi resort hotel, the workshop venue, making it possible to offer an accommodation for the duration of the Workshop at special rates. In order to benefit from these reduced rates, reservations, payments and notification of changes must be made directly with Diesenhaus-Unitours and not with the hotels.

Post-workshop accommodation has been arranged in Jerusalem.

Early booking
The number of hotel rooms is limited and we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible and by February 10, 2020. Rooms will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis.

Accommodation at Ein-Gedi (Workshop Venue) May 10-15, 2020

  1. Accommodation is based on half board basis
  2. Israeli participants need to add 17% VAT to these rates.
  3. Foreign participants who are also Israeli Citizens will be required to pay VAT.
  4. All tourist must bring their passport and the B2 card they have received at the airport upon arrival for exemption of VAT.

Superior Room/Superior Graden Room

  • Single US$242 (per night)
  • Double Room US$286 (per night)

Official check-in/check-out time at hotels in Israel:


  • Sunday - Friday 15:00 hrs.
  • Saturday 20:00 hrs.

Check-out: 11:00 hrs.

Sharing Accommodation: If reserving a room to be shared and paid separately by two or three participants, please list the name of your room partner (if known in advance).
The Secretariat will do its best to help find roommates for those interested, but this cannot be guaranteed. If a roommate cannot be found, the single room rate will apply.

Post-Workshop Accommodation in Jerusalem (May 15-16, 2020)

  1. Accommodation is based on Bed & Breakfast basis
  2. Israeli participants need to add 17% VAT to these rates.
  3. Foreign participants who are also Israeli Citizens will be required to pay VAT.

Lady Stern Hotel - website

  • Single Room US$254 (per night)
  • Double Room US$270 (per night)

Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation should be sent in writing only to the Conference Secretariat:
Diesenhaus-Unitours – Convention Department
E-mail: or Fax: +972-3-5610152

Refund of Registration Fees will be made as follows:

  • Cancellations received by April 1, 2020- full refund less US$ 40 handling fees.
  • Thereafter – no refund.

Refund of accommodation will be made as follows:

  • Cancellations received by April 1, 2020- full refund less US$ 40 handling fees.

Cancellations received from April 2, 2020 or non-show – no refund.


Workshop transportation to/from Ein-Gedi

Arrival transfers on Sunday, May 10, 2020 will be provided from Ben-Gurion Airport to the Workshop venue. Exact time to be provided later.

Departure transfers on Friday, May 15, 2020 will be provided to Ben-Gurion Airport from the Workshop venue, at 09:30 hr.

Private Airport Transfers
Arrival transfers from Ben-Gurion International Airport to Ein-Gedi
A shared airport transfer service to Ein-Gedi is available at $55 per person. Possible wait - up to 2 hours. If reserved, please approach the "LIMO CIRCLE LINES" counter at Ben-Gurion Airport situated in the Arrivals Hall, on the upper ground floor near the car rental (accessible by escalators).

Travel time to Ein-Gedi: Approx. 2.5 hours.
This service should be reserved on the Registration & Accommodation Form providing full flight details.

Departure transfers from Ein-Gedi to Ben-Gurion International Airport

A shared airport transfer from Ein-Gedi is available at $55 per person. This service should be reserved on the Registration & Accommodation Form providing full flight details.
Travel time to Ben-Gurion Airport: Approx. 2.5 hours. It is very much recommended to be at Ben-Gurion Airport 3 hours before you return flight.

Optional Tours

Visit Masada Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (07:30-12:00)

The tour is based on minimum 15 participants

Massada, the mountain-top palace and fortress built by King Herod the Great, King of Judea during the Roman era, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. This fortress served as the last refuge for 965 men, women and children, survivors of the ‘Great Revolt.’ Besieged by the Romans, and losing all hope, they chose death rather than surrender.

Rate: $30 per person (subsidized)

For workshop participants)

Click here to visit Masada website.

Tour to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve on Thursday, May 14, 2020 (07:30-10:30) (included in the registration fees)

Ein-Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel, it has springs and waterfalls, and flowing brooks at the foot of the cliffs, home to ibexes and rock hyraxes

David Waterfall – a year-round waterfall along the course of the David Stream, to which there is access by a hiking trail.

Jerusalem Tour (Optional) Friday, May 15, 2020 (09:00-15:00)

The tour is based on minimum 10 participants

Departure: 09:00 from Hotel Lobby

Jerusalem is a meeting place for East and West, new and old, beauty and ruins, sacred to the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam - all adding to its uniqueness. On this tour you will visit the most significant sights of Jerusalem.

  • Experience its religious sanctity, its historical sites, scents and colors.
  • Drive to the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city.
  • Enter the Old City and walk through the Jewish quarter to the excavated and restored Cardo (the Roman ancient road).
  • See the Jewish Wailing Wall and continue to the Christian Quarter.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
  • Proceed to the new city, view the Knesset (Israel’s parliament).

Note: modest dress (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and head covering are required for visiting holy sites. Overnight in Jerusalem is available – please check the post accommodation section.

Rate: $120 per person

The tour is in English and lunch is not included.

About the Area

Ein Gedi is a Kibutz in an Oasis at the banks of the lowest (about 400 meters below see level), saltiest (about 35%) lake on Earth. Kibbutz Ein-Gedi offers a unique Country Hotel and a fully equipped modern Convention Center. The kibbutz is situated inside a magical Botanical Garden, on a cliff plateau, overlooking the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth. It is a true oasis within the Judean Desert.

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