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EMBO Workshop

Intercellular communication and plasmodesmata in plant development and disease

12 – 16 July 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 June 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 5 July 2021

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About the Workshop

Plasmodesmata are membranous pores unique to plants that connect neighbouring cells, forming a supra-cellular transport network that is fundamental to plant multicellularity. By regulating the intercellular movement of transcription factors, small RNAs, hormones, pathogens/disease factors, and nutrients, plasmodesmata are decisive for growth, differentiation and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, and integrate signalling at the cell, tissue and organ level. Recent work has identified key molecular actors allowing spectacular advances in our understanding of the complex mechanisms regulating these structures and the multiple signalling pathways that converge onto them.

This EMBO Workshop aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers working on different aspects of plant intercellular communication as well as related fields such as membrane biophysics, lipid signalling, membrane contact sites, cell wall mechanics and computational modelling, to highlight outstanding questions and novel techniques, and advance research into this fundamental area of plant biology.

An Early Career Researchers Forum will provide opportunities to researchers at PhD & post-doc level to showcase their work, network, and deepen their scientific knowledge and "soft" skills.

GARNet are funding a training workshop on computational modelling, as well as supporting the registration of five UK-based ECRs. Further information can be found here.

Virtual meting format

All oral presentations will be pre-recorded and available to delegates throughout the meeting. Poster presentations will consist of the poster file (.pdf) and a brief pre-recorded oral presentation, also available throughout the meeting.

Oral presentations will be grouped into thematic sessions. For each session there will be a live component consisting of 15 min Q&A with each individual speaker, followed by 30 min moderated panel discussion amongst all session speakers. Panel discussions will be recorded and made available to delegates.

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.





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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 June 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 5 July 2021



Registration includes:

  • Access to all oral presentations and posters
  • Access to all live discussion sessions including Early Career Researchers Forum
  • Access to GARNet-sponsored training course: Computational modelling of plasmodesmata (limited spaces)

Selection criteria

Due to the virtual format we will be able to accommodate non-presenting delegates. If you would like to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract.

Applicants will be selected based on the scientific focus and quality of their abstract. Applicants are encouraged to present unpublished material.

Selection will be carried out by the organisers together with an international advisory committee, and will also strive to achieve a balanced diversity of participants.

We particularly encourage early career researchers at PhD student/post-doc level to apply, and will be able to re-imburse conference fees for most student/postdoc delegates.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should not exceed 500 words including references. Full names and affiliations of all authors need to be included. Please specify if you would like to be considered for an oral presentation or a poster.

Oral presentation specifications

Oral presentations have to be pre-recorded, 15-20 min long. (Digital format details to follow).

Poster specifications

Posters should be in portrait orientation and not exceed A0 format. Please prepare the poster file as a .pdf and also record a short (5-10 min) oral presentation to accompany the poster. (Digital format details to follow).

Registration re-imbursements

Thanks to our sponsors we will be able to re-imburse registration fees for most student/postdoc delegates.

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.



Ms Jean Johnson

Tel.: +44 (0)1334 463400


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