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EMBO Workshop

The endoplasmic reticulum: The master regulator of membrane trafficking

31 October – 05 November 2021 | Lucca, Italy

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed until further new notice. New dates will be announced as soon as they are available.

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  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 August 2020
  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 August 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 August 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 August 2020

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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.







  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 August 2020
  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 August 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 August 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 August 2020



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.


Full payment for registration and accommodation is due prior to the conference and will be charged as of July 2020. Hotel reservations will only be confirmed for registered participants and if payment is received.

Payment Methods

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

Credit card: Visa/Diners, Master Card/Isracard, American Express. Charges will be made upon submitting the form, by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.

Bank transfer: in EURO, to be made upon submitting the form (Available until July 30, 2020), payable to:

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd. / EMBO ER

FIBI - The First International Bank of Israel
Account number: 293342
The Opera Branch 044
Haopera Tower, 1 Allenby Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
IBAN Code: IL090310440000000293342

  • 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 30, 2020.

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 policy

For registration:

Until August 1, 2020 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Thereafter - no refund will be made.

For accommodation:

Until June 1, 2020 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Until August 4, 2020 - Full refund less one night charge.

Thereafter - No refund will be made.

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

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.



For scientific/meeting questions:

Gia Voeltz

For registration/accommodation questions:

Diesenhaus-Unitours Travel Agency




Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

Via Giovanni Pascoli, Castelevecchio Pascoli

Braga Lucca 5051, Italy

Tel: +39-05837691


All participants of the workshop will be accommodated in the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort in single rooms or shared double rooms with private bathrooms.

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.

The conference hotel and venue, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, is at a remote location, the far from 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 1, 2020. Rooms will be confirmed on a first-come first-served 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: €135
Double Room (2 persons): €176
*Per Person Sharing a Double Room: €88

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.

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: 12:00


Directions from Florence Airport

Directions from Pisa Airport

Conference Transportation

Please note that the transfers will only operate with a minimum of 15 participants. The deadline for booking the transfers is September 4, 2020

Transfers will be provided between Florence Airport or Pisa Airport and the conference venue at the following times:

  • From Florence Airport to the conference venue at 11:30 & 14:30
  • From the conference venue to Florence Airport at 06:30 & 09:00
  • Rate: € 32
  • Travel Time: approx. 2 hours
  • From Pisa Airport to the conference venue at 12:00 **
  • From the conference venue to Pisa Airport at 06:30 & 09:00
  • Rate: € 30
  • Travel Time: approx. 1.5 hours

** When you arrive at Pisa airport look for the “PISA MOOVER” sign on the left and follow the indicators. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor (PIANO 2) and purchase a train ticket (€2.70 per person) using credit card or cash. Board the train, get off at the first stop, named “THE PARKING LINE”, and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Upon leaving the elevator turn left and follow the signs to “PARKING AURELIA”. Take the elevator to the ground floor where you will find the bus shuttle to the hotel.

About the Area

Discover a home away from home at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa. This hotel sets the stage for an unforgettable retreat, situated on 1,700 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds in the heart of Tuscany's unspoiled Serchio Valley. 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. Also features a fully equipped fitness center. In addition, the hotel's picture-perfect location is convenient to some of Tuscany's most noteworthy attractions, such as Barga, Lucca and Pisa.

Please check the hotel web site for further information.

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