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EMBO Workshop

Inter-organelle contacts biology

01 – 06 October 2023 | Fiuggi, Italy

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 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 timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 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. Reduced registration fees for students and Postdocs are available for double-occupancy rooms only, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that registration is best done early to secure your participation, as this meeting is typically oversubscribed.


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 can be done only by Bank transfer: in EUR, payable to:

Bank: TBD
Swift: TBD

  • Please ensure that “EMBO IOCB 2023” 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 email a copy of the bank transfer to the meeting administrator, TBD
  • Payments by bank transfer must be received no later than 22 June 2023. After this date, a late registration fee of 200 EUR must be added.

Registration Fee Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations must be notified in writing to the meeting administrator, TBD.

For cancellations made before 15 June 2023 the reimbursement will be done in full, minus 50 EUR for management fees; after this date, no reimbursement will be made.

Selection criteria

Academic participants will be selected by the scientific organizing committee, on the basis of novelty, anticipated impact and scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. Priority will be given to participants actively contributing to the meeting in form of a poster presentation. Participants that do not intent to present a poster should describe their current research interest and the reasons why they would like to attend this workshop.

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. 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.


To reduce the carbon footprint of this meeting, the organizers encourage attendees to reach the meeting location by train from anywhere in Europe, see for instance the websites of Italia Tren or Deutsche Bahn. Alternatively, Flixbus service is available from many European cities to the train station Rome Termini, from where a short train ride will bring you to Fiuggi (see below).

Alternative travel options:

Air: The closest airport to Fiuggi is Rome–Fiumicino International Airport "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO). From FCO, we recommend traveling to Fiuggi using local public transport, via Rome Termini. The direct bus to Fiuggi will take 1h 30 min and leaves from Via Giolitti at the following times: 9.00 AM, 1.00 PM and 7.00 PM. The ticket can be purchased at the newsstands of the station and the cost is 5.00 Euro. You can find more information here.

Car: Fiuggi can be reached via private or rental car from Rome-Fiumicino International Airport in 1h 15 min.

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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