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EMBO Workshop

Physiology and function of histone variants

22 – 24 September 2021 | Badalona, Spain

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 29 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2021

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About the Workshop

The modulation of chromatin structure and function is the basis of epigenetic regulation. The replacement of replication-coupled histones in the nucleosome by histone variants is still one of the least understood aspects of chromatin regulation. Advances in recent years have made clear that histone variantsplay a pivotal role in development and cancer. We will discuss the latest molecular insights into how histone variants are regulated and how they execute their epigenetic function.

This workshop is the fourth of a focused series on histone variants, and will be the first to be organized in a hybrid format. Given the current health situation affecting travel and our ability to congregate in large numbers, this workshop will consist of 40 in-person participants and 100 additional participants to connect online. These numbers will be revised accordingly if the situation changes. We will adapt the workshop program to make this hybrid format as interactive and intimate as possible for both in-person and virtual participants.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 29 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 29 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 12 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2021


  • ACADEMIC (in-person) EUR 350
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 100
  • INDUSTRY (virtual) EUR 500

Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific lectures, extended meet-the-speaker Q&A sessions and other scientific activities.
  • Access to 'e-poster' sessions and a variety of networking activities.
  • On-demand view of recorded lectures during and after the meeting.
  • Electronic abstract book.
  • In-person participants only: catering before and after each session, shuttle buses to and from downtown Badalona to campus, two dinners and a sociocultural activity.

Excluding accommodation


We accept bank transfer and credit card payments.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts. Selection criteria include:

  1. research excellence
  2. novelty of science
  3. relevance for the histone variant field

Many of the in-person slots will be given to early career scientists. We will prioritise researchers who are at key transition points in their career.

Abstract guidelines

Please indicate all authors and their short affiliation (Institution, City, Country), a title and short text describing your research. Please limit your abstract text to a maximum of 200 words. Selected participants will present an e-poster or a short talk. Please indicate on the abstract submission form if you wish to be considered for one of the short talks by choosing "oral presentation".

Poster specifications and short presentations

In addition to short talks, we will select participants to present in the e-poster session. Selected presenters will be asked to prepare a maximum of 5 slides for a 5-minutes short presentation instead of a poster. All participants will provide a recording of a 1-minute teaser with 1 slide that we will make available to all participants prior to the start of the workshop.

Travel grants

Due to current circumstances, we can accept only a limited number of participants to join us in person and the large majority ofparticipants will be asked to choose the virtual option. Please let us know why we should prioritise you for an in-person slot.

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.

Four European travel grants of 375 Euros are available. Priority will be given to researchers from Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey as well as other EMBC member states with lower income economies.

Two overseas travel grants of 1000 Euros for participants from Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan are also available.

Please justify your need if you wish to apply for any of these grants. 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.

Four grants of 250 Euros each are available.






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Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC)

Ctra. de Can Ruti

Cami de les Escoles s/n

08916 Badalona

Barcelona, Spain


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. The Barcelona-Badalona metropolitan area offers a large selection of accommodations of all types and prices.

Invited speakers who will be joining us in person will be lodged at the Hotel Miramar in Badalona, which has a few additional rooms pre-reserved for other participants (mention the Carreras Institute when booking).

If choosing other accommodation in Badalona or Barcelona, we recommend staying close to the metro line L2.


The venue is located on the Biomedical Campus Can Ruti in Badalona. Travel instructions provided by our neighbouring institute IGTP.

Private shuttle buses will be available to and from the Hotel Miramar.

About the Area

The Josep Carreras Institute and the Campus Can Ruti are located in the coastal mountain range. The natural reserve park adjacent to the institute invites walking and hiking. Please bring appropriate shoes and a refillable water bottle, if you wish to do so.

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