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EMBO Workshop

Birth and fission of cellular compartments

21 – 25 September 2020 | Bilbao, Spain

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to a later date due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 June 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 June 2020

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About the Workshop

Growth and division of compartments is a built-in and defining feature of all living systems. The earliest forms of life manage division by mechanisms resembling separation of colloidal particles. More advanced life forms utilize sophisticated and powerful protein artworks to sort, organize and divide molecular ensembles leading to the birth and fission of cellular compartments. That extant life forms display both these phenomena, evidenced in the growth and division of lipid droplets, condensates, organelles and cells, suggests that these pathways have met, competed and possibly developed alliances throughout evolution. We have learned a lot from the birth and fission of compartments, both in its native and reconstructed forms. Recent breakthroughs on the behavior of nanoconfined membrane systems and condensates to structural-function analyses on mechanoenzymes, highlight the interdisciplinary and multifaceted nature of this process that is beginning to be appreciated by a large community. Importantly, such research has inspired technological advances in experimental techniques and the development of smart materials or templates that embody principles of self-replicating living matter. This EMBO Workshop intends to gather leaders in the fields of cell and computational biology, physics and engineering to reveal and discuss the nature and mechanisms by which compartments form and divide. In doing so, we intend to develop a unified language to understand this fascinating phenomenon that is essential to life.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 June 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 June 2020



Registration includes:

  • Admission
  • Conference material
  • All meals and coffee breaks
  • Social events
  • Shuttle bus between the venue and the Silken Indautxu hotel
  • Accommodation is not included. If you wish to stay at the workshops' hotel (Silken Indautxu), you must confirm your booking during the registration process or at least 3 months in advance of the event using this link.


Upon receiving the acceptance letter, the payment will be made via the online payment system, by credit card or bank transfer.

Selection criteria

All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committe for relevance, scientific excellence as well as novelty. The best abstracts from student/postdoc applicants will be considered for short oral presentations.

The Scientific Committe reserves the right to reject low-quality abstracts, as well as abstracts non pertinent to the theme of the EMBO Workshop.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should not exceed 350 words (1300 characters approx.) and should not contain any images.

Poster specifications

Maximum poster size is 150 cm (height) x 94 cm (width), in a portrait format. Fixing material will be provided.

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.



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Bizkaia Aretoa

Avenida Abandoibarra, 3
48009 Bilbao


The participants are kindly asked to stay at Workshop’s hotel Silken Indautxu, located in downtown Bilbao. The special booking prices for the EMBO Workshop are:

  • 125 euro single room
  • 135 euro double room

(Buffet breakfast and VAT included)

Students/postdocs are encouraged to share the rooms if possible.

The booking in Silken Indautxu is to be completed at least 3 months in advance of your stay. We cannot guarantee the availability of rooms/prices without such confirmation made on time. To confirm your booking, please use the following link to our travel agency partner. The booking can also be confirmed during the conference registration.

Free shuttles will be provided to/from the venue at the beginning/end of each conference day.


Bilbao airport is well connected to main EU and Spanish cities. Upon arrival at the airport, you can use one the following options to reach the city center.

By bus
Bizkaibus line A3247 operates from 6:15AM to 12PM every 30 minutes, connecting the Airport with the center of the city in just 15 minutes. There is a customer services desk and ticket office at the arrivals level of the airport. Ticket can be acquired directly in the bus. One-way ticket costs 3€.

By taxi

There are taxis readily available at the arrivals level of the airport. The price from the airport to Bilbao is aprox. 30€.

Dependently of the final budget, shuttle buses will be provided to/from the airport.

About the Area

Bilbao is a modern and dynamic city whose overall business atmosphere contrasts with various tourist attractions, including landmark Guggenheim museum, various places of the Basque cultural heritage and the world-renowned centers of contemporary haute cuisine.

Check here to learn about the many things you can do and to see in Bilbao and its surrounding area.

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