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EMBO Workshop

The DNA damage response, immunity and aging

10 – 13 October 2022 | Singapore

  • Hybrid event icon
    Hybrid event
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 30 July 2022
  • Final Registration Deadline
  • 30 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 August 2022

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About the Workshop

DNA damage and inflammation are two major contributing factors of aging that are intimately connected. Indeed, recent ground-breaking studies revealed how DDR can mobilize the immune system by inducing the expression of pro-inflammatory factors as well as ligands for immune receptors. The activation of immune response is induced by different DDR components including DNA damage sensors, transducer kinases, and effectors. For instance, the release of DNA fragments in the cytosol activates the cGAS-STING pathway, the expression of interferon genes and the inflammatory response. Conversely, chronic inflammation has recently emerged as an important mutagenic and cancer promoting process by generating reactive oxygen and nitrogen reactive species. These discoveries have profound implications not only in aging mechanisms but also in cancer therapy and in strategies to prevent age-related diseases. Thus, linking DNA damage response and immunity in the aging process is a novel concept with rapid intellectual advances that deserve intensive interaction between researchers of different fields.

To ensure in-depth coverage of all topics relating to DNA damage, immunity and aging, the following thematic scientific sessions are planned:

  • Session 1: DNA damage and aging
  • Session 2: Inflammation, immunity and aging
  • Session 3: Generation and signaling of cytosolic DNA
  • Session 4: Cancer immunity

This EMBO Workshop on this topic represents the ideal environment to fuel intellectual exchange and build-up of long-term, extensive synergies amongst immunologists and researchers on DNA damage response and aging.

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.





This program is not final, because of the evolving COVID situations around the world, some speakers may not come physically. Hence, the program may change slightly. Since safety of all participants is of paramount interest, we hope the participants will allow this flexibility.



  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 30 July 2022
  • Final Registration Deadline
  • 30 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 August 2022



Registration includes:

  • Admission to all scientific talks

  • Workshop abstract book and materials

  • Coffee breaks and lunch

  • Meet-the-expert closed-room networking lunch session

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


Accepted payment forms include Paypal, credit card, and international bank transfer.

Selection criteria

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

Screening of abstracts for oral presentation: The selection committee comprising of organisers of the workshop will screen the submitted abstracts in terms of originality, quality and relevance to the workshop theme. All oral presentations will be allocated 10 minutes each during the workshop.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract should be not more than 250 words excluding author name and affiliations. For applicants interested in giving an oral presentation during the workshop, the application must be accompanied with a letter of intent clearly stating why you think your abstract should be selected.

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstract submission is via online only. During abstract submission, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. Participants who are selected for oral presentation will be informed by 15 Aug 2022 after the abstract submission deadline.

Poster specifications

No larger than A0 size 841 mm (W) X 1189 mm (H)

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. More information is available on the EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

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.



Eric Gilson





Centre for Life Sciences

Life Sciences Institute

National University of Singapore

28 Medical Dr

Singapore 117456


The registration fee does not include accommodation for the event. However, participants are strongly encouraged to stay at our partner hotel Park Avenue Rochester where they are eligible for a discounted room rate subject to availability. Alternative accommodation options include Pasir Panjang Inn, Ibis budget Singapore West Coast, Santa Grand Hotel West Coast, Fragrance Hotel – Ocean View, which are located in the proximity of the National University of Singapore campus.


Participants are expected to travel to the meeting venue at their own expense. For participants who stay at the Park Avenue Rochester hotel, they will enjoy complimentary shuttle service between the hotel and the workshop venue.

Singapore boasts a highly efficient and well-connected transport network with high frequency of trains and buses as well as taxis.

The Centre for Life Sciences is 30min from Changi Airport by taxi or 1.5 hours by train.

Travel route by train:

  • Board the East West Line at Changi Airport (CG2) and alight after 2 stops at Tanah Merah
  • Change trains at Tanah Merah (CG/EW4) to train heading towards Tuas Link
  • Alight at Buona Vista (EW21) and change to ‘Circle Line’ trains
  • Board train at Buona Vista (CC22) heading towards HarbourFront
  • Alight at Kent Ridge (CC24), take Exit A and head north
  • Turn left at the roundabout and continue on to Medical Drive

About the Area

Singapore is a racially harmonious society with rich diversity of culture and heritage. There is a fusion of traditional heritage and modernity from the quaint architecture of old neighbourhoods and heritage shophouses, iconic landmarks like the Esplanade, Marina Bay Sands, and Changi airport to modern high-rise skyscrapers. Singapore is named “Top International Meetings City” in the Union of International Associations (UIA) 2009 Global Rankings for the third consecutive year and ranks second in the “Top International Meetings Country” category. Thus, Singapore is a strong market leader in international associations meetings.

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