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EMBO Workshop

Centrosomes and spindle pole bodies

10 – 13 October 2021 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Given the predicted positive evolution of the pandemic situation, it is anticipated that the meeting will be held in person, but obviously this will be adapted in due time if need be.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 22 August 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 22 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 August 2021

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About the Workshop


  • Centrosome, centriole and spindle pole body structure
  • Centriole and spindle pole body duplication and function
  • PCM and microtubule nucleation and dynamics
  • Alternative or modified MTOCs
  • Basal bodies
  • Spindle pole bodies and centrosomes in development and disease

Why attend?

Centrosomes and spindle pole bodies are major microtubule organizing centres (MTOCs) of animal and yeast cells, respectively. A specialized centrosome structure also serves as template for cilia and flagella formation. These MTOCs play critical roles in cell division, cell polarity, signalling, immunity, cell motility and animal development. Centrosome abnormalities have been implicated in multiple human diseases including cancer and cilia-related syndromes. The link between aberrant centrosome function and the development of a plethora of human diseases has not only expanded the breadth and scale of the scientific community interested in centrosome biology, but also opened new avenues in centrosome research. This includes an expansion towards a molecular understanding of centrosome/cilia/spindle pole body biogenesis and function supported by the advancement of technological developments in super-resolution microscopy, proteomics, genome editing, and cryo-EM. New developments also include structural insight into centriole biogenesis, assembly of centrosomes and subcomplexes into biomolecular "condensates" through phase separation, signalling functions of centriolar satellites and the role of centrosomes in asymmetric cell division, development, inheritance and evolution.


The aim is to promote the field by offering a multidisciplinary and diverse program to foster collaborations, advance new concepts and exchange technologies.

Who should attend?

Scientists interested in centrosome/SPBs biogenesis, duplication and function, as well as their role in development and disease.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 22 August 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 22 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 August 2021



Registration includes:

  • Admission
  • Conference materials
  • Meals and coffee
  • Excursion
  • Conference dinner

Participants are expected to book and pay for their own accommodation and travel.


Types of payment accepted are international bank transfers (only up to 8 weeks before event) and credit card payments.

Online payment link can be found here.

Selection criteria

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

Abstract guidelines

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract. Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively, you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.

When submitting your abstract, you can also apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations.

Poster specifications

Poster boards onsite will accommodate printed materials 94 cm high and 133 cm wide.

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.



Jens Andersen





Moltkes Palace
Droningens Tvaergade 2 DK-1302


Rooms have been reserved at hotels within walking distance of the conference venue, allowing participants to choose a suitable hotel. Some of these hotels offer a reduced price as part of a government agreement between the hotels and Danish universities. Please contact one of the hotels below before the date indicated.

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade
(400 m from the venue)

Single: 835 DKK/night, including breakfast and free internet. For two persons sharing a double room, add 190 DKK. Rooms reserved until 29 July. When booking, select Copenhagen, dates 06-09-2020 - 09-09-2020, Borgergade 9, and Standard.

Hotel Christian IV
(400 m from the venue)

Single: 970 DKK/night including breakfast and free internet. For two persons sharing a room, add 275 DKK. Rooms reserved until 29 July.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
(450 m from the venue)

Booking promotion code: CSPDGRP

Single: 1535 DKK/night, including breakfast and free internet. For two persons sharing a room, add 370 DKK. Rooms reserved until August 6.


The conference venue is located near Kongens Nytorv and is accessible from Copenhagen international airport by taxi (12 min, €25) or by metro (13 min, €4). The most convenient connection directly from the airport is by metro line M2 towards Vanløse station to Kongens Nytorv.

From the main train station (Hovedbanegården), Kongens Nytorv can be reached by metro line M3 (6 min, €4), by bus line 26 towards Sankt Annæ Plads (16 min, €4) or by taxi (5 min, €11).

About the Area

Moltkes Palace is a historic building from 1702 that has been renovated for meetings and conferences. The venue is located in the heart of Copenhagen near the harbour (Nyhavn) and provides excellent possibilities for exploring the city within short walking distances.

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