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EMBO Workshop

Cancer immunometabolism

29 November – 01 December 2021 | Barcelona, Spain

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  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 15 August 2021
  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 November 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 November 2021

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About the Workshop

Tumor cells undergo metabolic changes to cope with the demands of rapid proliferation. But so do immune cells, which reprogram their metabolism when they encounter antigens and inflammatory signals. Drugs targeting cancer metabolism, as well as diets, could therefore also affect the immune system. Yet, if and to what extent cancer and immune cells respond in a similar fashion is currently unclear.

This EMBO Workshop will focus on the multiple interactions of cancer, the immune system, and systemic and cellular metabolism. We will discuss how metabolic disease - including diabetes and obesity - promotes cancer and inflammation. We will evaluate how the low nutrient, hypoxic cancer microenvironment contributes to perpetuating inflammation and even promote metastasis, and which pathways we should target to avoid this. We will discuss the effects of anti-metabolic drugs on tumor cells and also on macrophages and effector immune cells, in order to understand how to better target the tumor while enhancing immune surveillance. Another important aspect will be to orient efforts regarding immunotherapy, in terms of clarifying whether selective diets or anti-metabolic drugs may improve or hamper the effects of checkpoint inhibitors.







  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 15 August 2021
  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 November 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 September 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 October 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 November 2021


  • ACADEMIC Early Bird* EUR 280
* Academic Early Bird rates are applicable until 15 August 2021 only.

Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • All conference materials
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Coffee breaks, lunches and finger food during poster sessions

Excluding accommodation


21% VAT, applicable to conferences in Spain, is included in the price.

Payment will be performed through an online payment service with credit card.

In the case of attendees applying for travel grants and/or fee waivers, payment will be postponed until award resolution.

In case of COVID-19 associated travel restrictions in the area, the event will be postponed.

Terms and conditions of cancellation:

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing and sent to the conference organizer:

Cancellation on or before October 29th 2021: an administration fee applies (1.5% (EU) or 3% (non-EU) depending on your credit card origin).

Cancellation between October 30th and November 28th 2021: the full registration fee applies.

Cancellation will not be possible unless due to force majeure.

Selection criteria

Participants and abstracts to be presented as posters will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until the room is filled.

Short talks will be selected based on scientific merit as the most important criterium. From top-rated abstracts, speakers will be selected based on the specific topic, geographical criteria, career stage diversity and gender balance.

Flash talks will be selected based on scientific merit as the most important criterium. Early stage researchers and postdocs will be prioritized.

The selection committee will be formed by the organizers.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English language through the registration platform. They should include title, authors, affiliations and summary. Summary length limited to 250 words.


  1. Please list all authors.
  2. Please do not provide references.

Selection of participants will be based on abstracts.

Poster specifications

Dimensions of the poster boards are 0.95 m (width) by 1.35 m (height). Poster board stickers will be provided.

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.

Travel grant/fee waivers applicant must send their CV to when registering, and include the motivation letter in the registration form.

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.



Cristina Muñoz-Pinedo





Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38

Barcelona – Sitges



Accommodation will be provided (with limited availability) in the Meliá hotel where the workshop will be celebrated. Rooms can be booked using a link provided by email once registration is made.

Other accommodation options (hotels and apartments) are available in Sitges, both in the old town and close by the EMBO Workshop venue. As recommendations apart from the Meliá:


Sitges is very close to the El Prat Airport in Barcelona (BCN), which has several national and international flights. From the airport there are many train/bus/taxi options (20-30 minutes), also from Barcelona Sants train station. Further information will be provided by email to registered attendees.

About the Area

Located in Sitges, a charming town on the Mediterranean coast just 20 minutes by car from Barcelona airport and 30 minutes from the centre of Barcelona. The hotel is in the heart of the Aiguadolç marina, full of leisure and dining facilities, near La Marina and Balmins beaches and 10 minutes from the beautiful historic centre of Sitges.

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