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EMBO Workshop

Lymphocyte antigen receptor signaling

28 May – 01 June 2022 | Castelnuovo Berardenga, Siena, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 17 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 January 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 February 2022

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About the Workshop

"The conference is dedicated to the memory of John L Telford, who was among the scientists who launched this meeting in 1997 and who supported it with enthusiasm and dedication throughout the years."

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A remarkable body of knowledge has been accumulated over the last decade on the molecular machinery responsible for antigen receptor signaling, on which initiation and execution of adaptive immunity to infection and cancer crucially relies. Thus equipped, we have been able to study lymphocyte development, activation and differentiation using sophisticated mouse models. With the development of new gene manipulation approaches, high throughput technologies and biophysical tools we are now able to tackle the complexity of the human lymphocyte responses with high definition. A quantum leap has been achieved with the development of potent imaging and bioinformatic tools that made it possible to to study the immune response in vivo in the complex context of the lymphoid organs, both under homeostatic conditions and during infection, autoimmune disease and cancer. The results of these studies are now being exploited with unprecedented success in the area of translational medicine, with the development of drugs that specifically target these signaling pathways and powerful approaches to engineer T cells for the treatment of immune-related diseases. The principal objective of this EMBO Workshop is to provide a forum to critically assess recent progress in this rapidly moving area of signaling in the immune system.

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Image Credits (from the top):
Image 1: James Felce, Kseniya Korobchevskya and Michael Dustin (University of Oxford, UK)
Image 2: James Felce, Erdinc Sezgin and Michael Dustin (University of Oxford, UK)
Image 3: James Felce, Kseniya Korobchevskya and Michael Dustin (University of Oxford, UK)
Image 4: Audun Kvalvaag, Kseniya Korobchevskya and Michael Dustin (University of Oxford, UK)
Images 5 and 6: Hélène Moreau and Ana-Maria Lennon-Duménil (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)

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
  • 17 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 January 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 01 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 February 2022


With Accommodation


Without Accommodation


* Fee may be subject to a modest increase due to higher costs for implementing safety measures

Participant fee includes:

  • Access to sessions
  • Conference materials
  • Meals
 (Lunches, dinners, coffee breaks)
  • Twin (shared) room accommodation
 (800 euro option)
  • Local transport
 (shuttle from Florence and Pisa airports or from Siena railway and bus stations)
  • Guided tour of Siena and dinner at a local restaurant

  • Farewell banquet and dance party

Accompanying person fee includes:

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Local transport (shuttle from Florence and Pisa airports or from Siena railway and bus stations)
  • Twin (shared) room accommodation
 (460 euro option)
  • Guided tour of Siena and dinner at a local restaurant

  • Farewell banquet and dance party


Accepted applicants will receive an email with the payment link (preferable) or details for bank transfer.


Eight scholarships, of which six are funded by EFIS-EJI, will be awarded to young scientists (PhD students and early career post docs) who the reviewers feel have produced abstracts of outstanding quality. The scholarships, of 800 euro each, will be awarded in the form of no-cost registration.

In addition to these scholarships, EMBO will provide a limited number of travel grants for a total of 3,500 euro, of which 2000 euro are reserved for participants from institutions from EMBC Associate Member States and co-operation partner countries (Chile, India, Singapore, Taiwan; see here for more information). EMBO will also provide childcare grants for a total of 1,000 euro.

A small number of grants-in-aid to cover partial living and travel expenses might also become available, depending on the final calculations of the costs. The organizers will notify the applicants after the conference and grants will be paid in the form of reimbursement of conference-related expenses on submission of the original travel or registration receipts.

Applicants will have the possibility to indicate their interest in a scholarship and/or travel grant and/or childcare grant in the field provided in the registration form.

The list of EFIS grantees can be downloaded from here.

Selection criteria

The Organizers will select participants on the basis of their CV and abstract (aiming to ensure, compatibly with quality, a fair representation of genders and nationalities).

 Given the oversubscription of the conference, applicants who do not present an abstract will be unlikely to be selected.

Participants will have the opportunity to present their results during the central event of the meeting – the two poster sessions scheduled on day 2 and day 4. 
 A limited number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 500 words (body of text) and should be submitted through the application system.

Poster specifications

150 cm height x 100 cm width

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.



Cosima Tatiana Baldari

Phone: +39 0577 234400


Elisa Scali (for logistics and administration questions)

Tel: +39 0577 1521104





Certosa di Pontignano

loc. Pontignano, 5

53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga (SI),


Tel: 0577-1521104


The conference will be held at the Certosa di Pontignano, a beautiful abbey in the heart of the Tuscan hills. The Certosa offers three large lecture halls, arranged around two cloisters and surrounded by beautiful gardens. A number of smaller rooms will be freely available for quiet discussions or taking a pause in comfort. Given the usually mild weather in September, participants will have the possibility to enjoy the beauty and seclusion of the site, with its quiet walks around the cloisters and the beautiful landscape that surrounds it. Weather permitting, coffee breaks and meals, as well as the poster sessions, will be held outdoors, in the cloisters and gardens.

Invited speakers will be lodged at the Certosa di Pontignano. Participants who have chosen the double occupancy accommodation option will be lodged either at the Certosa di Pontignano or at the Hotel Due Ponti* in Siena. Participants who prefer to be lodged on a single occupancy basis should arrange their reservation personally at Hotel Due Ponti, where a quota of rooms has been prebooked (please quote "EMBO 2020"). A daily shuttle service will be provided to and from the venue.

All meals will be served at the restaurant of the Certosa di Pontignano, except breakfasts for participants lodging in hotels. More details on the Certosa di Pontignano are available here.

Palace Hotel Due Ponti​

Viale Europa 12

53100 Siena (Italy)

Tel: +39 0577 46055



By plane

Siena is within reasonable distance of several cities with major airports (Rome, Pisa, Florence, Bologna). We strongly suggest using, where possible, the airports of Florence (Firenze-Peretola) or Pisa (Galileo Galilei), which are the closest to Siena and where shuttles will be available for transport to and from the Conference Center (group transport based on arrival/departure schedules). Alternatively participants will be provided with a shuttle service from Siena railway station and bus station.

By train

From Roma Fiumicino airport: a train, leaving every 30 min, takes you to the central railway station, Stazione Termini. From there take a train to Siena (see timetable; note a change at Firenze Santa Maria Novella).

From Bologna airport: a shuttle takes you the the central station (see timetable). From there take a high velocity train (Freccia rossa / Freccia argento) to Florence Santa Maria Novella then a local train to Siena (see timetable).

By bus

From Rome Fiumicino airport: direct bus transport to Siena, arrives at Siena railway station. See time table.

About the Area

The Conference Center is 8km from Siena, a beautiful medieval city that blends architectural masterpieces with the surrounding landscape of hills and vineyards and that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the city during the free afternoon. A complimentary guided tour of the city will be offered to all participants.


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