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EMBO Workshop

The endoplasmic reticulum: The master regulator of membrane trafficking

23 – 28 October 2022 | Lucca, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 18 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 July 2022
  • Payment (Bank Transfer) Received
  • by 28 July 2022

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About the Workshop

This EMBO Workshop will include new discoveries that surround the ER's historical and important role in regulating the translation, translocation and folding of membrane and secreted proteins of the secretory pathway. It will further include new insights into the signaling pathways that allow the ER to correct for cell stress, the unfolded protein response, and maintaining lipid homeostasis. Recent years have also revealed emerging and unexpected new functions for this old organelle in regulating the biogenesis of other organelles at membrane contact sites (MCSs). These MCSs have generated much excitement in cell biology because they are hybrid locations where the elaborate ER network can communicate with other organelles through calcium signaling, lipid metabolism, and the recruitment of machineries that modify membrane shape, trafficking and division. They reveal that not every membrane bound component traffics through vesicles, rather many move directly at positions where the ER is tethered and apposed to the plasma membrane and other organelles to rapidly communicate signals across the cell that can maintain homeostasis. Disruption of ER homeostasis and ER structure is a hallmark of various diseases. Thus, understanding basic mechanisms controlling ER functions may provide insight into a broad range of pathologies.

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.





The full programme can be found here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 18 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 July 2022
  • Payment (Bank Transfer) Received
  • by 28 July 2022



Abstract Submission

Registration includes:

  • Participation in sessions
  • Conference material
  • Coffee breaks
  • 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Farewell party

Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.


Accompanying Persons

Optional supplement for lunches, dinners, and banquet will be published at a later stage.


Registration & Accommodation - Full payment is due prior to the conference, as follows:

Full payment will be charged as of July 28, 2022

Important: Hotel reservations will only be confirmed for registered participants and if payment is received as listed above.

Payment Methods

Full payment of registration fee is required with submission of the registration form.
Payment of registration fees (in EURO) can be made in one of the following 2 ways:

  1. Credit card: Visa/Diners, Master Card/Isracard, American Express
    Charges will be made upon submitting the form, by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.
  2. Bank transfer: in EURO, to be made upon submitting the form (Available until July 28, 2022), payable to:

    Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd. / EMBO ER
    FIBI - The First International Bank of Israel
    Account number: 007922
    Itzhak Sade 7, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Swift Code: FIRBILITXXX
    IBAN Code: IL190310480000000007922

    Please ensure that EMBO ER and the name of the participant are stated on the bank transfer.
  • Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source, in addition to the registration fees.
  • Please send a copy of the bank transfer to the Meeting Secretariat at
  • Payments by bank transfer should be received until July 28, 2022.

Cancellation policy

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing only and sent to the Conference Secretariat: Diesenhuas-Unitours – Convention Department
Fax: +972 -3-5610152 or e-mail:

Refund for registration and accommodation will be made as follows:


Until August 20, 2022 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Thereafter - no refund will be made.


Until July 28, 2022 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Thereafter - No refund will be made.

Before starting to fill out the Registration & Accommodation Form, please have your passport number.

For the online registration & accommodation form, click here.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on their scientific impact on the conference. It is therefore expected that all participants submit an abstract or, if no poster or short talk is to be presented, a motivation letter, respectively.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum abstract length is 300 words.

Poster specifications

Maximum size 1.2 m x 1.2 m.

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.



For scientific/meeting questions:
Gia Voeltz

Conference Secretariat and Official Travel Agent (For registration/accommodation questions):
Diesenhaus-Unitours Travel Agency
Conventions Department
3, Hamelacha St
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel: +972-3-5651344; WhatsApp Messages & Calls: +972-52-8090122 (Magali)




Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

Via Giovanni Pascoli, Castelevecchio Pascoli
Braga Lucca 5051
Tel: +39-05837691


Hotel Description

Discover a home away from home at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. Our hotel sets the stage for an unforgettable retreat; we're situated on 1,700 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds in the heart of Tuscany's unspoiled Serchio Valley. All of our spacious, gorgeously appointed hotel rooms and suites are brimming with luxury amenities, while many boast mesmerizing panoramic views. Indulge in authentic local cuisine at La Veranda, our resort's signature restaurant, treat yourself to a rejuvenating day at our on-site spa or relax in one of our two pools. We also feature a fully equipped fitness center. In addition, our hotel's picture-perfect location is convenient to some of Tuscany's most noteworthy attractions, such as Barga, Lucca and Pisa. Plan your luxury retreat to the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa.

The resort Beauty Spa offers all you need to rejuvenate during your time in Tuscany, Italy. Visit us for a soothing massage, a facial, or a customized treatment package. We also provide excellent deals on spa breaks.

Appointment is required
Phone: +39 0583 769886


Cardiovascular equipment, Free weights, Tapis roulant, fitness machines, weights, cyclette, Indoor Pool, Outdoor Pool, Sauna, Solarium

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the official travel agent and secretariat for this EMBO Conference and will provide local tourist services for participants.

Diesenhaus-Unitours has secured a block of rooms, making it possible to offer special rates to Conference participants. In order to benefit from these rates, reservations, payments, and notification of changes must be made directly with Diesenhaus-Unitours and not with the hotel.

Early hotel reservation

The conference hotel and venue, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, is at a remote location, far from the city center, and no public transportation is available. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you reserve accommodation at the conference venue.

The number of rooms is limited and we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible before July 18, 2022. Rooms will be confirmed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Thereafter, rooms will be allocated upon availability.

Rates are in € (Euro) per night on bed and breakfast basis. Rates include all taxes & resort fee per person per night.

Single Room Double Room (2 persons) * Per Person Sharing
a Double Room
€ 137 € 180 € 90

* If reserving a shared room, please advise with whom you will be sharing the room (if known in advance). The Secretariat will do its best to provide roommates for participants wishing to share a room, however, this cannot be guaranteed. If a roommate cannot be found, the participant will be charged for a single room.

Official check-in /check-out time at hotel
Check-in: 14:00
Check-out: 12:00

The on-line form will be open till October 17, 2022. After that date, registration will be available on-site.


Directions from Florence Airport

Directions from Pisa Airport

Conference Transportation

Please note that the transfers will operate with a minimum of 15 participants.

Deadline for booking the transfers September 4, 2022.

Arrival transfers will be provided from Florence Airport & Pisa Airport to the Conference venue, at the following times:

  • From Florence Airport at 11:30 & 14:30
    Rate: € 45
    Travel Time approx. 2 hours
  • From Pisa Airport at 12:00 **
    Rate: € 35
    Travel Tome approx. 1.5 hours

Departure Transfer transfers will be provided to Florence Airport & Pisa Airport from the Conference venue, at the following times:

  • To Florence Airport at 06:30 & 09:00
    Rate: € 45
    Travel Time approx. 2 hours
  • To Pisa Airport at 06:30 & 09:00 **
    Rate: € 35
    Travel Time approx. 1.5 hours

** When you arrive at Pisa airport see the sign: “PISA MOOVER” go on the left and follow the indication. Take the elevator and go to 2nd floor (PIANO 2) tale the train ticket (€2.70 per person) credit card or cash.

Catch the train, get off at the first Stop named: “THE PARKING LINE”, take the elevator and go to the 2nd floor, at the elevator exit go on the left and follow the indication “PARKING AURELIA”.

Take the elevator and go to the ground floor where you will find the bus shuttle to the hotel.

Driving distance from Renaissance Tuscany il Ciocco Resort & Spa:































About the Area

Climate & Clothing

The weather in Lucca Italy in October is cold during the day and night. Temperatures range from 21°C - 11°C (70°F - 52°F). Occasional rain.

Informal dress code, head cover, and comfortable shoes are recommended for touring.


Participants from most EU countries and the USA do not need visas to Italy. For participants from other countries, we suggest checking with their local Italian embassy or consulate. Invitation letters will be issued upon request.


Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The Conference organizers and/or Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd., shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property that belongs to Conference participants nor for personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the Conference, or during tours.

Tipping Policy

Tipping in Italy is customary.

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