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EMBO Workshop

Systems approaches in cancer

21 – 26 September 2021 | Split, Croatia

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 August 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 September 2021

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About the Workshop

Significant progress has been made in characterizing the genetics of cancer and cellular pathways that are critical for cancer initiation and progression. However, most studies focused on single genes or proteins and highlighting the need to analyze cancers as integrated systems of gene/protein/metabolite networks and the underlying regulatory mechanisms.

Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion in experimental data obtained using high-throughput technologies, such as genomic sequencing, transcriptomics, metabolomics, and proteomics. Quantitative and single-cell data combined with mathematical modeling have been extensively applied to analyze cancer-related processes and cancer cell responses to drug treatments. The focus of this EMBO Workshop will be to gather some of the world’s best scientists working in the above-mentioned fields of cancer systems biology, bringing together scientists applying genome-scale or quantitative biology approaches. The program includes the following main subjects:

  • Application of systems approaches to cancer research
  • Quantitative and single cell cancer biology
  • Drug discovery and cancer therapeutics
  • New methodological developments
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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
  • 30 August 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 September 2021



Registration includes:

  • Conference (promotion and organization costs), venue
  • Welcome reception
  • Lunch
  • Breaks
  • Gala dinner
  • Invited speakers/organisers costs

Not included:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel
  • Accompanying person
  • Excursion


By bank transfer:

Account holder: MEDILS, Mestrovicevo setaliste 45 / 21000 Split, CROATIA

Bank: HPB – Hrvatska Postanska Banka / Bihacka 2 / 21000 Split, Croatia

IBAN: HR49 2390 0011 1003 3168 1


Please reference “Systems approaches in cancer” and your name in the transfer.

Selection criteria

We have already selected speakers who have all confirmed their participation in our workshop. These speakers were selected on the basis of their work at the leading edge of research relevant to the topic, for their qualities as speakers, their ability to communicate with and energize junior investigators and, most importantly, to ensure gender balance. Gender balance and a balanced geographic distribution will be considered in selecting the participants, the speakers for the short talks and the recipients of the travel fellowships.

The scientific program includes a combination of new speakers and established scientists, to promote continuity and community building. Fifteen slots have been reserved for short talks (15 minutes) for which the speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance to the themes of the workshop. We will ensure that the selected speakers include a balanced mix of students, postdocs, and early stage investigators. All participants will be encouraged to submit abstracts on their current research. Those not selected for short talks will get a chance to showcase their work in the flash talk session and poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are now being accepted for lecture (invited speakers), short oral presentation (SOP) or poster presentation in each of the sessions.

You may upload pictures (monochromatic) if you like.

Poster specifications

Poster size is w 90cm x h 110 cm maximum.

Additional requirements

Please submit your motivation letter and CV when applying for this EMBO workshop.

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.



Irena Rajic


Mestrovicevo setaliste 45

21000 Croatia




Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences

Mestrovicevo setaliste 45

21000 Split, HR


Organizers and some invited speakers will stay in the workshop venue (Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, MedILS in Split, Croatia) in the residential part of the institute (up to 20 rooms). The participants and the other invited speakers will be accommodated in nearby hotels. There are a number of fine hotels in the center of Split, which is about 1,5 km from the MedILS. The hotels offer in comfortable single, double or twin rooms equipped with comfortable beds, fine bedding, writing desk, Smart TV and modern bathroom. Transportation to and from the venue will be organised daily.


The Split Airport is located in Divulje, between Trogir and Kaštela, around 25 kilometers from the Split centre. Croatia Airlines provides a shuttle bus directly from the airport exit station to the main bus station in Split. From the main bus station there are public bus lines to the venue.

Taxi: +385 (0)21 1777

For the Bus No. 12 schedule, visit the Promet Split website.

For bus departures and arrivals, visit the Bus station Split website.

All information on flights to and from Croatia are available at the Croatia Airlines website

Traffic information for Croatia can be found at the Jadrolinija website.

About the Area

Additional information on Split is available on our page, The City of Split.

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