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EMBO Workshop

ImmunoBiophysics: From fundamental physics to understanding immune response

28 June – 03 July 2020 | Les Houches, France

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2020

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About the Workshop

Immune cell responses are triggered by molecular-scale interactions with antigens that are amplified to induce cellular and multicellular responses. Deciphering the complexity of immune cell function has traditionally been the realm of biologists, but as experiments become more quantitative physics is playing an increasingly important role. Researchers specialising in statistical physics, non-linear physics, active matter, and soft matter have been crucial to deciphering and predicting the behaviour of the molecules and cells that participate in the immune response. The principal objective of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together researchers with similar interests but from different fields in the life and physical scientists to create a forum to discuss ideas spanning immune cell biology, biological physics, and mechanobiology to gain a better understanding of the initiation and coordination of the immune response.

Keywords : Immune cell biology / Antigen recognition / Biophysics / Mechanobiology / Multiscale modelling

This workshop is in the frame of the School of Physics of Les Houches.

Les Houches School of Physics logo

Les Houches School of Physics has been welcoming physicists from around the world since 1951. The School has seen the biggest names in modern physics training young researchers at the start of their careers, some of whom have since won Nobel Prizes for physics. The school perpetuates a tradition of excellence, while continuing to adapt to the evolutions of science.

 

Speakers

 

Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2020

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 630
  • ACADEMIC EUR 630
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000

Student, postdoc, and academic fee includes:

  • Access to talk and poster sessions
  • All meals
  • Single room accommodation
  • Local transport (shuttle from Geneva airport/train station)
  • Free WiFi
  • Farewell banquet

A limited number of grants are available to offset the costs of attendance for students and postdocs. To apply for a grant, participants should submit a motivation letter, CV, and a signed letter of recommendation from the supervisor.

Industry fee includes:

  • Access to poster sessions
  • All meals
  • Local transport (shuttle from Geneva airport/train station)
  • Free WiFi
  • Farewell banquet

Payment

Selected participants will receive payment details by email. Payment will be available via bank card or purchase order (‘bon de commande‘)

Selection criteria

The total number of participants for the workshop will not exceed 70. The organizers will select participants on the basis of their CV and abstract, aiming to ensure a fair representation of career stage, nationality, and gender. Additionally, the organizers aim to integrate researchers working in different sub-fields and aim to have participants from four broad research areas: mathematical/theoretical biophysics; experimental biophysics; biophysical chemistry; and immune cell biology. All participants are advised to present a poster, and a limited number of abstracts will be selected for short talks.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 600 words and can include one image and selected references. These will be included in an abstract book available for all participants.

Poster specifications

Posters should be A0 format (841 × 1189 mm or 33.1 × 46.8 inches), oriented in portrait (vertical).

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. To apply for a grant, participants must submit a motivation letter, CV, and a signed letter of recommendation from the supervisor.

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.

 

Contact

Pierre-Henri Puech

immunobiophysics@gmail.com

with “Registration / EMBO workshop” in the subject field

 

 

Venue

Ecole de Physique des Houches

149 Chemin de la Côte,

F-74310 Les Houches,

France

Les Houches Physics School is UMS 2002 run by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA). The 5 school partners of are UGA, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble-INP), and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon).

Accommodation

All participants will be housed in single rooms with their own bathroom/toilets. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available.

For more information see the school's facilities page.

Transport

The closest airport is the international airport of Geneva, Switzerland, which is less than an hour from Les Houches by shuttle service or taxi.

Further information about access can be found at this link.

About the Area

Les Houches is a village located in Chamonix valley, in the French Alps. Established in 1951, the Physics School is situated at 1150 m above sea level in natural surroundings, with breathtaking views on the Mont-Blanc mountain range.

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