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EMBO Workshop

Enhanceropathies: Understanding enhancer function to understand human disease

06 – 09 October 2021 | Santander, Spain

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

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About the Workshop

Due to the current COVID-19 emergency this workshop might need to be cancelled depending on national and local recommendations. In order to give both organizers and participants more time before making any decision, the registration and payment deadlines have been extended. In case of cancellation, registration fees will be reimbursed. We also recommend all invited speakers and participants to purchase their flight tickets with a cancellation insurance

Mutations within coding genes have traditionally been considered the major genetic cause of human disease. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that the genetic, structural and/or epigenetic disruption of enhancers represent major etiological factors in numerous human diseases (i.e. enhanceropathies), ranging from rare congenital disorders to common diseases associated with ageing and lifestyle (e.g. cancer, diabetes). Although changes in enhancer activity are predicted to have broad pathological and therapeutic implications, we currently have a limited understanding of human enhanceropathies. This reflects, at least partly, our still primitive and partial understanding of the mechanisms whereby enhancers can control gene expression. To overcome these limitations, this workshop will bring together experts in enhancer biology, gene regulation and medical genetics that, during three days, will present their latest work. Our invited speakers and participants will discuss the multidisciplinary approaches required to investigate enhancer function as well as debate about the role of enhancers in fundamental biological processes (e.g. embryonic development, evolution) and in the etiology of human disorders. Ultimately, the goal of this EMBO Workshop will be to provide a complete view of how a deep and systems-level understanding of enhancer function can facilitate elucidating the molecular basis of human enhanceropathies.

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
  • 27 August 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 27 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 3 September 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 September 2021



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks
  • Accommodation (shared). Hotel rooms are pre-booked
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Welcome reception
  • Gala dinner
  • Excursion


Payments will be handled by a Foundation of the University of Cantabria (Foundation Leonardo Torres Quevedo), that will generate a website for this purpose and use a dedicated bank account. Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit card. Selected participants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for the selection of the participants will be the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts as well as the relevance and complementarity to the planned scientific sessions. Furthermore, we will also implement the following criteria during the selection procedure:

• Gender balance: we will aim to at least 40% female participation.

• Junior researchers: we will aim to have >50% junior participants (PhD students, postdocs and young PIs). Moreover, we will prioritize junior researchers as speakers for the selected Short Talks.

• Gegraphical balance: we will aim at having participants from many different countries, favoring participation from economically less privileged countries and avoiding an over-representation of participants from the hosting country (i.e. less than 15% participants from Spain)

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be limited to 200 words, excluding title and author information.

The applicants should indicate if they want their abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Maximum width of 80cm and maximum length of 120cm.

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.



Alvaro Rada-Iglesias


Telephone: 0034 942 203932/ 0034 665 618617




Hotel Chiqui

Av de Manuel García Lago, 9

Santander 39005



The Hotel Chiqui offers not only excellent and modern conference facilities, including state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, but also a privilege location right next to the popular Sardinero beach with magnificent views of the Cantabrian Sea. Thus, the Hotel Chuiqui provides a relaxed and inspiring environment, with ample indoors and outdoors meeting areas that can facilitate scientific networking and interactions.

Participants will share double rooms. Invited speakers will have single rooms. All rooms have ocean views.


Santander Airport is located only 5 Km away from the city center and the workshop venue, which can be easily reached either by taxi or by bus using a shuttle service that operates every 30 minutes from the Airport to Santander bus station. Santander Airport offers direct flights to several major European cities (e.g. London, Dublin, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Lisbon, Rome or Milan) and is well communicated with the major Spanish international airports of Madrid and Barcelona, thus ensuring smooth and efficient connections with multiple

destinations worldwide.

Alternatively, Santander is only 100 Km away from Bilbao International Airport, which can be also reached by taxi or bus, thereby offering additional direct flights to several European cities. From the Bilbao Airport it is possible to get a taxi or bus to Bilbao bus station and, from there, take another bus to Santander. The bus shuttle service from Bilbao bus station to Santander bus station operates every hour and the trip is 1:15 hours long.

From Santander bus station to the workshop venue (Hotel Chiqui) there are only 3 Km and it is possible to take a taxi or use the public buses.

About the Area

The workshop will be held in Santander, the capital and largest city of Cantabria in Northern Spain. Santander is home of a renowned University and University Hospital as well as several museums, including the recently inaugurated Botín Centre. Furthermore, Santander is located in a beautiful harbor, with immediate access to over a dozen sandy beaches and outstanding views of the pristine Cantabrian Sea coastline and the high peaks of the European Mountains range. Therefore, Santander offers a unique combination of academic, administrative and touristic resources that make it an ideal location for international conferences.

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