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EMBO Workshop

Intercellular communication and plasmodesmata in plant development and disease

12 – 17 July 2020 | St. Andrews, Great Britain

This EMBO Workshop has been postponed to 11 - 16 July 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The organisers of the meeting will be in contact with the participants with further details.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 11 May 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 May 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.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 11 May 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 May 2021



Registration includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • All lunches & coffee breaks
  • Conference dinner
  • Excursion

Accommodation (11 – 16 July 2021 = 5 nights en suite; including breakfasts & dinners) will be charged separately at EUR 300 pp.

To maximise scientific discussion and networking opportunities, accommodation for all delegates will be provided on campus within walking distance from the conference venue.

Selection criteria

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 waive conference and/or accommodation fees, as well as support travel of approximately 10 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.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in portrait orientation and not exceed A0 format.

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.



Ms Jean Johnson

Tel.: +44 (0)1334 463400




University of St Andrews

Medical Sciences Building

North Haugh

St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS

United Kingdom


Agnes Blackadder Hall offers three-star campus accommodation. All bedrooms feature an en-suite shower room, free toiletries, a double bed, a television, tea and coffee making facilities.

Tel.: +44 (0)1334 467000

Accommodation and conference venue are within easy walking distance from the medieval town centre, St Andrews beaches and golf courses.

The conference dinner will be held at a historic university building 10 min walk from the North Haugh campus.


St Andrews is approximately 75 min drive from Edinburgh International airport. Bus transport for delegates will be organised, with several bus choices available through the online registration system.

The conference venue is 5 min by taxi from the train station (Leuchars). Trains to Edinburgh airport (via Edinburgh Gateway station and the Edinburgh tram, ~70 min total), and Edinburgh Waverley (central) station (direct, ~70 min) depart every 40 min.

About the Area

St Andrews is located on the East coast of Scotland, surrounded by beaches and the woodlands and fields of Fife. Once one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe, the town features a medieval centre, castle and cathedral ruins, and Scotland’s oldest university, all within easy walking distance from each other. The world’s oldest golf course and club, and regular hosting of The Open championship have earned St Andrews the name „home of golf“.

Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the Scottish Highlands are all between 1 - 2 h drive away, whilst to the North, across the Firth of Tay, the city of Dundee is home to the recently opened V&A Museum of Design.

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