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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Workshop

Bacterial membrane vesicles: Biogenesis, functions and medical applications

23 – 26 November 2021 | Ibaraki, Japan

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  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 September 2021
  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 October 2021

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About the Workshop

Bacteria commonly release nanometer scale proteo-liposomes called bacterial membrane vesicles (BMVs). BMVs have versatile functions in bacteria-host interactions by serving as structurally stable vehicles carrying virulence factors, antigens, immunomodulatory molecules, and signals for communication. Recent advances suggest implications for unique immunological and physiological properties of BMVs, as well as a novel mechanism behind the production of BMVs. Of note, the biologically active BMVs would be applicable for therapeutic uses such as vaccines and adjuvants against a wide range of infectious diseases and the related diseases. New generations of semisynthetic BMVs are also emerging by innovative bioengineering technology.

The aim of this EMBO Workshop, which covers current topics in BMV science, is to deepen our understanding about the biogenesis, functions, and medical applications of BMVs. The cutting-edge research and technology will be discussed and reviewed by excellent invited and selected speakers of various fields and nationalities. This EMBO Workshop will require all the participants to contribute in the planning and performance of round table discussions on selected topics and concepts regarding BMVs. It should encourage and promote international/interdisciplinary collaborations and networking to the benefit of BMV science among a wide range of researchers from academic, medical and healthcare sectors.

Please note the new dates of the EMBO Workshop are the 23-26th November 2021. It will be a four-day event.

This EMBO Workshop was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

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.





The programme includes both Central European Time (GMT/UTC +01:00) in the left column and Japanese Standard Time (GMT/UTC +09:00) in the right column.



  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 August 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 September 2021
  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 October 2021


  • ACADEMIC JPY 40,000*
  • INDUSTRY JPY 90,000*
  • ACADEMIC JPY 10,000**
  • INDUSTRY JPY 30,000**

*On-site Fees

**Online Fees

1 Euro is approximately 130 JPY

On-site participants are required to submit a certificate verifying their negative PCR results for COVID-19 prior to the workshop. In addition, the organizing committee strongly recommends that all participants submit a COVID-19 vaccination certificate in advance.

On-Site Registration includes:

  • Beverages and refreshments (during poster sessions for 3 times)
  • Japanese Bento Box or catering (Days 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Abstract book
  • Electronical abstract book
  • Plastic-free badge
  • Conference items (bag, notebook, and pencil)
  • WI-FI access throughout

Online Registration includes:

  • Electronical abstract book


Only credit card payment (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX) is acceptable.

Selection criteria

The topics include: the composition/function of BMVs, vesiculogenesis, secretion/communication via BMVs, BMV vaccines and adjuvants, and bioengineering of BMVs.

The organizing committee of the BMV workshop will consider participation that will provide not only new insights into the interactions via BMVs between bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-hosts, but also reports unprecedented findings regarding BMVs: composition, function, biogenesis, and applied technology. The organizing committee will not consider papers that are preliminary or descriptive studies.

Submitted abstracts will be allocated to the following overall topics.

1. Biogenesis and composition of BMVs

2. BMVs as “secretion and communication pathways”

3. BMVs in mammalian host-interactions

4. BMVs in vaccines and other medical applications

5. Bioengineering of BMVs

Several short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts and at least one short talk will be selected for each topic.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should include title, authors, affiliations and summary and be limited to 250 words. Abstracts should be organized in three sections: Background, Methods, Results & Conclusions. No illustration or image should be included in Abstract.

Poster specifications


Travel grants and Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for both on-site and virtual participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant or registration fee waiver. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Specific travel grants and fee waivers are available for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. To apply, please send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request.

Child Care Grants

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.

EMBO Poster Prizes

EMBO press will offer a limited number of poster prizes to postdoctoral fellows.

Excellent Poster Presentation Awards

A limited number of poster prizes will be awarded by JST/ERATO Nomura Project to students.

Oral Presentation Prizes

A limited number of oral presentation prizes will be awarded by JST/ERATO Nomura Project to young investigators, e.g., students and postdoc fellows.






Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba)

Takezono 2-20-3, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0032, Japan

Tel: +81-29 (861) 0001

Fax: +81-29 (861) 1209


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Participants may directly book the accommodation at the venue hotel:

Hotel Nikko Tsukba

Special price


Tsukuba International Congress Center is 10 min walk from Tsukuba center or station.

Airport limousines

There are airport limousines from the main international airports (Narita Airport and Haneda Airport) to Tsukuba.

Narita Airport
Haneda Airport

Please be aware that the airport limousines are currently out of service due to COVID-19 (June 2021). Please check the latest status when traveling.

Highway bus from Tokyo

It takes approx. 1h from Tokyo station Yaesu South Exit (Bus stop # 2) to Tsukuba Center.

Express train

It takes approx. 45 min from Akihabara Station (Close to Tokyo Station) to Tsukuba Station by express train.

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