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EMBO Workshop

Inter-organelle contacts biology

01 – 06 October 2023 | Fiuggi, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 June 2023

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About the Workshop

For decades, studies in cell biology have focused on discovering the functions and dynamics of individual organelles. However, organelles do not exist only as single units, but also as part of entities formed through contacts between two or more distinct organelles. In fact, the recent years of studies on inter-organelle contacts have revealed that complex cellular functions, biochemical processes and signaling pathways are governed at the sites where heterotypic organelles come into contact with each other. This paradigm shift has spurred a new gold rush of research in cell biology that is transforming our understanding of cell physiology, signaling and metabolism in health and disease.

This EMBO Workshop on inter-organelle contacts biology, now at its 3rd edition, aims at bringing together the community of scientists in this field to share their work, experience, expertise, and vision. It also aims to promote collaborations, to update the nomenclature, and to foster initiatives that, ultimately, will help scientists in biomedical research to capitalize on the opportunities offered by this new field of cell biology. To that end, this year’s edition features an extended program and a large number of long- and short-talks to be selected from submitted abstracts.

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
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 June 2023



Registration includes:

  • Participation in all scientific events at the meeting location
  • Conference materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • Full-board accommodation
  • Spa access
  • Poster session happy hours
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Gala dinner / farewell party

Full-board accommodation includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Ambasciatori Place Hotel. Registration fees listed are for double-occupancy rooms. Single-occupancy room upgrades can be booked within the registration system’s payment interface.

Please note that registration is best done early to secure your participation, as this meeting is typically oversubscribed. Late registrations are accepted space permitting, see policy below


Registration Fee payment and Late Registration Fee

The registration fee should be paid promptly after acceptance to the meeting and no later than 22 June 2023.

Payments in EUR can be done by Credit Card or select internet payment systems (e.g., Giropay, iDEAL), see Registration Fee Payment webpage.

Payments must be received no later than 22 June 2023. After this date, a late registration fee of 90 EUR must be added.

Registration Fee Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be notified in writing to the meeting administrators, Anne Hamacher-Brady and Luca Pellegrini.

For cancellations made before 1 August 2023 the reimbursement will be done in full, minus 100 EUR for management fees; after this date, no reimbursement will be made.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on their scientific impact on the conference, and gender and geographical balance. All academic participants are asked to submit an abstract describing the work they plan to present at the meeting. If no poster or short talk is to be presented, a short statement describing current research interests and reasons for Workshop participation should be provided instead. We will give preference to young scientists and PIs at an early stage of their career in the selection of short talks.

Please note: An application for registration can only be processed by the organizers once the abstract or statement of research interest has been submitted. As the number of participants is limited, we encourage early abstract/statement submission (ideally, alongside registration).

Abstract guidelines

Maximum abstract length is 250 words, not including title, authors and affiliations, and should be submitted through the web interface. Define all non-standard abbreviations at first use.

Poster specifications

Posters must be printed in A0 format (size: 84.1 x 118.9 cm; 33.11 x 46.81 inches).

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 questions related to scientific aspects of the meeting, please contact

Anne Hamacher-Brady

and Luca Pellegrini

For questions related to payments of your Registration Fee, please contact TBD

For questions related to accommodation, please contact

Lynn Wong




Ambasciatori Place Hotel

Via dei Villini, 8
03014 Fiuggi FR


Full-board accommodation is included in the registration fee. The majority of meeting participants will be housed at the Ambasciatori Place Hotel, with double room occupancy for students and Postdocs, and single room occupancy for academic/editor and industry participants (upon payment of single room add-on fee). Additional rooms have been pre-booked for this meeting in the nearby 4-star Hotel San Giorgio. Breakfast will be served at the respective hotel location. Lunches and dinners for all meeting participants will be served at the Ambasciatori Place Hotel.

Details on fees for accompanying guests, with optional participation in non-scientific events of the meeting, will become available at a later date.


Maps for shuttle bus locations

Complimentary shuttle bus transportation for participants arriving at either Rome Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci Airport, FCO), Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA), or Rome's Termini Station on Sunday, will be available on October 1st, 2023.

To help the organization and ensure a seat for everyone in need of shuttle bus service, at your earliest convenience please fill out the shared Google Form (click link here) and see below for detailed information:

(1) Transportation instructions for participants who will arrive in Rome BY PLANE:

Shuttle Departure Schedule from Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO):

11:00 AM / 1:00 PM / 2:30 PM / 6:30 PM

The times are scheduled to ensure everyone can arrive prior to the beginning of the congress (5:00 PM). Note: The 6:30 PM bus has reduced capacity and is reserved for participants who might experience flight delays.

Shuttle Departure from Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA):

After collecting participants from Rome Fiumicino Airport, the shuttle buses will proceed to Rome Ciampino Airport to pick up attendees arriving there.

Therefore, the shuttle schedule from Ciampino Airport to the Ambasciatori Hotel in Fiuggi is as follows:

11:30 AM / 1:30 PM / 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM

**Important Information for Shuttle Boarding:**

1. Meeting Point at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO): The shuttle buses will be parked at the private buses parking area (bays 11-20), located after exiting Terminal 3 (T3), ground level.

2. Meeting Point at Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA): To locate the shuttle departure point, please exit the arrivals area and walk approximately 100 meters ahead. The private buses parking area is situated on the left-hand side.

3. First Come, First Serve: Each shuttle bus can accommodate up to 52 participants. Seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

4. Shuttle Identification: The shuttle buses will have a sign labeled "EMBO Fiuggi" on the dashboard.

5. Prompt Departure: Please ensure that you arrive at the shuttle departure point before the scheduled departure time as the buses will depart punctually.

Travel Time to Fiuggi:

The journey to the Ambasciatori Hotel in Fiuggi from Rome Fiumicino Airport takes ~1.5 hours, and from Rome Ciampino Airport takes ~1 hour.

(2) Transportation instructions for participants who will arrive in Rome BY TRAIN:

Shuttle Departure from Rome Termini (the main train station) Sunday, 1st October:

2:00 PM

**Important Information for Shuttle Boarding:**

1. The private shuttle bus will be parked on Via Giovanni Giolitti, near house number 46. Depending on the number of other private buses, our shuttle might be positioned slightly before or after this point. Via Giovanni Giolitti is the street that runs alongside the station, and it's on the left side when you exit from the main entrance of Termini Station.

2. Please note that due to parking regulations, the bus can only remain stationary for 10 minutes. Therefore, it is crucial for attendees to be ready and waiting at the aforementioned spot by 1:50 PM (13:50). Kindly do not expect the bus to be there before 1:50 PM.

3. Shuttle Identification: The shuttle bus is large (52 passengers) and will have a sign labeled "EMBO Fiuggi" on the dashboard for easy identification.

4. Prompt Departure: Please ensure that you arrive at the shuttle departure point before the scheduled departure time as the buses will depart punctually.

Travel Time to Fiuggi:

The journey from Rome Termini train station to the Ambasciatori Hotel in Fiuggi takes ~ 1.5 hours.

(3) Important Note Regarding Autonomous Train Travel Directly to Fiuggi

Those considering traveling directly to Fiuggi by train, please be aware of the following important details and associated complications.

The train station you would arrive at is Fiuggi-Anagni, which is considerably distant from the Fiuggi city center and lacks taxi services. While there is a "Cotral" bus service that operates from the Fiuggi-Anagni train station to Fiuggi, it's crucial to be aware that you must purchase the Cotral bus ticket *in advance* at Rome's central train station. There are no ticket vendors at the Fiuggi-Anagni station, and tickets cannot be bought directly on the bus.

Given these circumstances, a more viable alternative might be to travel to Fiuggi using the regional "Cotral" bus service starting from Rome Termini. Tickets can be purchased at the newsstands of the station and the cost is ~ 5.00 Euro. This bus stops adjacent to the Termini station near Via Giovanni Giolitti 38, and the trip will take 1h 30min. The schedule can be found on the “Cotral” website (here). However, please be advised that the frequency of these buses is limited, especially on weekends:

Saturday: 7:00, 9:00, 13:00, 15:00, 19:00, and 20:30.

Sunday: 9:00, 13:00, and 19:00.

(Please verify these timings closer to your trip – schedules may vary!)

(4) Transportation – Return travels

Shuttle buses will be provided for return travels and organized depending on participant input on need. To that end, please complete the shared Google Form.

About the Area

The city of Fiuggi is famous for the "Acqua di Fiuggi", which flows from its natural springs that gush from the nearby mountains of the central Apennines. The water has been used since the 14th century, when Pope Boniface the 8th claimed his kidney stones had been healed by the mineral waters from the nearby Fiuggi spring. Two centuries later, the greatest master of Renaissance painting and sculpture, Michelangelo, also extolled the virtues of Fiuggi's water, which cured him of his kidney stones or, as he called them, "the only kind of stone I could not love." In later centuries, Acqua di Fiuggi was bottled and given as a special gift from the pope's ambassadors to the various royal courts of Europe. In Italy, l’Acqua di Fiuggi is still famous for its alleged healing properties.

Owing to its medieval origins, a visit to Fiuggi offers many opportunities for historical, artistic, and cultural enrichment. From here, one can go to visit attractive medieval sites, such as Subiaco, Anagni, Guarcino, and many other small ancient boroughs. Fiuggi offers the possibility of highly picturesque hiking and bicycling in localities that are as ancient as they are beautiful. Finally, it should also be noted that this region of Italy offers unparalleled culinary experiences.

Information on optional excursions and activities to experience the area’s historic, artistic, and culinary traditions will be available closer to the meeting’s date.

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