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EMBO Workshop

Plant genome stability and change 2020

05 – 08 December 2021 | Leiden, the Netherlands

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 November 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 November 2021

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About the Workshop

The aim of this meeting is to bring together the scientific community working with plants on subjects around genome stability and modification: DNA recombination and repair, chromosome stability, meiosis, replication, epigenetics and applications in plant breeding and genome engineering.

In a world faced with increasing populations and climatic change, the importance of understanding the fundamental processes used by plants to maintain and repair their genomes is of ever-increasing importance and urgency. These processes underlie both "classical" plant breeding and the development of novel technologies for crop improvement. The great success and rapid implementation of CRISPR/Cas approaches in model and cultivated plants underlines the importance of this meeting. Increasing fundamental knowledge on DNA repair and plant genome stability and development of novel biotechnological approaches will lead to optimized applications for crop plants such as cereals and vegetables.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 November 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 November 2021



Registration after 1 November 2021:


Cancellation costs: 40 Euros till 1 November 2021 and 50% of the registration costs till 30 November 2021. Registration costs will not be refunded after 30 November 2021.

Registration includes:

  • Admission to all lectures and poster sessions
  • Refreshments at breaks
  • Lunches 6, 7, and 8 December
  • Dinner 5 and 6 December
  • Conference dinner 7 December
  • Abstract book

Accommodation is not included.

For dinner tickets for accompanying persons please contact the administrative organizer:

Mirella Imthorn (Registration and Logistics)

+31 71 527 3135


Participants will receive payment information by email, once they are notified that they have been selected.

Selection criteria

  • Novel and striking results
  • Presenting data (talk or poster)
  • Presentations by PhD students and post-docs (early stage researcher)
  • Coherence and variety of subjects in the context of the program.
  • Gender balance

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted online and written in English (Maximum length 500 words).

From the abstracts the organizing committee and session chairs will select a limited number for oral presentation of 15 minutes (including discussion). Please indicate if you prefer an oral presentation or poster presentation. Authors whose abstracts are selected for an oral presentation will be notified by 1 October 2021.

Very short oral presentations of 1 minute can be given at the beginning of the poster sessions.

All oral presenters (including invited speakers) are requested to bring a copy of their presentation on a USB memory stick for uploading.

Abstract submission is not mandatory but if registrations exceed the number of available spaces, preference will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract.

Poster specifications

The maximum size for portrait posters is A0 format (120 cm vertical and 85 cm horizontal).

Posters will be displayed during the whole meeting.

The materials for poster mounting will be provided by the organizers.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available foravailable for students from certain countries. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please send a motivation letter, CV and reference letter. The abstract will be leading for obtaining the 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.



Mirella Imthorn (Registration and Logistics)

+31 71 527 3135

Sylvia de Pater (Program and other matters)

+31 71 527 4760 (mobile: +31 6 51426253)




Scheltema Leiden

Marktsteeg 1, Leiden, 2312 CS



Participants will be responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Reservations for selected hotels close to the railway station and congress venue can be made via HMC reservations.


Schiphol International Airport is 15 minutes from Leiden Central station by train. Trains from the airport to Leiden run 6 times an hour. Hotels and the conference venue can easily be reached on foot from the train station. Close to the hotels and conference venue, parking space is available in case participants come by car. A larger car park is present in the center of Leiden with free shuttle busses to any location in the center, including the hotels and venue.

About the Area

Situated at what has traditionally been an important junction where waterways and roads cross stands a city that will enchant you: Leiden. The city is famous for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on here, a place where Rembrandt was born and inspired so many other influential painters. After this era Leiden continued to attract scientists, artists and industry. The canals, the historical buildings, the alleyways, the treasuries of knowledge, culture and science: Leiden is definitely worth seeing.

For more information visit Discover Leiden.

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