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EMBO Workshop

Birth and fission of cellular compartments

25 – 29 July 2022 | Bilbao, Spain

  • Hybrid event icon
    Hybrid event

  • Registration Deadline
  • Closed
  • Registration Deadline (Virtual)
  • 8 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 8 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 9 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 11 July 2022

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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.

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
  • Closed
  • Registration Deadline (Virtual)
  • 8 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 8 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 9 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 11 July 2022


    EUR 400
  • ACADEMIC (on-site​) EUR 500
  • INDUSTRY (on-site​) EUR 700
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (virtual) EUR 200
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 250
  • INDUSTRY (virtual) EUR 350

On-site registration includes:

  • Admission to the venue
  • Unlimited access to the online platform of the meeting (see below)
  • Conference material
  • All meals and coffee breaks
  • Social events

* Accommodation is not included. If you wish to stay at the workshops' hotel (Barcelo Nervion), you must confirm your booking during the registration process before 1 June 2022.

Virtual registration includes:

All talks by the invited speakers will be streamed live and most will be available on-demand for one week after the meeting. Interactions with the invited speakers will be possible via Q&A in the chat. The abstracts from online participants selected for talks will be prerecorded and made available online throughout the meeting.

  • Unlimited access to the online meeting platform for two weeks starting on 25 July 2022.
  • eBook of abstract
  • Online poster presentations
  • Online prerecorded presentations for the abstracts selected for talks
  • Q&A sessions
  • Online networking opportunities


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.

On-site poster specifications

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

Virtual poster specifications

Both, virtual and on-site participants are encouraged to display their posters throughout the meeting in the online platform. Interactions with the presenters will be available via chat and as on-demand breakout room meetings.

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

  • 135 euro single room
  • 150 euro double room

(Buffet breakfast and VAT included)

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

The booking at Barceló Nervion is to be completed at least 3 months in advance of your stay together with your registration. Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms/prices without such confirmation made on time. The booking can be confirmed during the registration process.

For additional information about the hotel booking process and other available accommodation options in the area, please contact


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 see in Bilbao and its surrounding area.

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