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EMBO Workshop

Persistent cancer cell: Molecular mechanisms, dynamic models towards therapy

28 June – 01 July 2022 | Cavtat, Croatia

  • Hybrid event icon
    Hybrid event
  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 June 2022

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About the Workshop

The most important factor that limits the success of anti-cancer therapy is the emergence of drug resistance. At a time where we seem to have reached a limit in terms of genetic mutation driven-treatment efficacy in multiple cancer types, i.e. with a best overall survival around 30-36 months in melanoma but still more than one third of deaths after two years, there is an urgent international need for innovative strategies to combat the resistance. The milestone discovery of drug-tolerant cancer persistent cells suggests that drug resistance might derive from genetically similar clones. Indeed, advances during the past decade show that persistent cancer cells are the discrete and usually undetected cells that survive cancer drug treatment and constitute a major cause of treatment failure. This workshop will provide a unique opportunity to promote communication among biologists, mathematicians and clinicians, which will enable interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations for this fasting emerging domain. The sessions will start with understanding molecular mechanisms of cancer persistence, and will continue with discovering therapeutic targets of persistent cells, deciphering their heterogeneity at single cell level, learning from the microbial persister world, and modelling of the dynamics of persistent cells.

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.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 June 2022


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (virtual) EUR 100
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 150

Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • All conference materials
  • Welcome buffet
  • Coffee breaks, lunches and finger food during poster sessions
  • Organized transport to and from the airport on 27 and 28 June 2022 (upon timely submitted travel schedules)
  • Excursion on 30 June 2022 (dinner not included)

Participants have to organize their accommodation by themselves.

Room sharing is possible for students and postdocs applying for travel grant (contribution for accommodation).

Regarding general information about Visa requirements please check this website ( for a list of countries for which a visa is required. Please note that it takes several weeks to obtain a visa, so please apply on time.


Payment can be done through the registration system.

Payment details will be provided upon acceptance of participation. All payments should be made by credit cards.

Payments by bank transfer are accepted only for French participants and made to:
Association Recherche Immunologie Cancérologie

For further details, please send your email to and mentioned your user ID.

Selection criteria

Registration for the conference requires submitting the registration form and a short CV. Please note that timely payment for the registration fee within 10 days after receiving the acceptance notification is required. Only timely submitted abstracts will be considered for oral presentation or poster presentation, and will be included in the abstract brochure. Selected oral and poster presentations will be based on the scientific quality and career stage.

If no abstract is submitted, acceptance will be considered on the basis of the relevance of the research backgrounds (as indicated on the participant's CV). In the registration system, a CV can be submitted under "CV Upload."

The conference will select a poster prize with a value of 200 € to be redeemed for any EMBO activities. This is kindly supported by EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should include title, authors, affiliations as well as summary and be limited to 250 words.


  1. Please do not use capital letters in your title.
  2. Please do not use abbreviations for your affiliation.
  3. Please list all authors.
  4. Please do not provide references.

You can edit your abstract and other submission details at any time before the deadline. Selection of oral presenations and poster presentations will be based on abstracts.

Poster specifications

Dimensions of the poster boards are 0.95 m (width) by 1.35 m (height).

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. Priority is given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. More information is available on the 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.



Shensi Shen





Hotel Croatia Cavtat

Frankopanska 10
20210 Cavtat-Dubrovnik

Tel: +385 20 475 555
Fax: +385 20 478 213


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and must be organized by the participant.

Participants are offered special rates at the Hotel Croatia Cavtat for the duration of the meeting. If you wish to stay in Hotel Croatia Cavtat, please make your reservation online following the steps below:

  1. Click on this link.
  2. Then click on the right side ‘Book now.'
  3. Choose arrival and departure day (27th June to 2nd July 2022).
  4. On the left side you will see written ‘promo code’; please write PERSIST.
  5. Click on ‘book your stay.'

Room contingent is limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Accommodation rate (including buffet breakfast):

  • EUR 160 daily in a single room
  • EUR 180 daily in a double/twin room

City tax: up to EUR 3 per person per day

Deadline for reservation is June 20th, 2022. Afterwards, rooms will be made available for booking by other guests.

On online booking portals, plenty of accommodations are available in the village of Cavtat, which is within walking distance from the conference venue. Please ensure that you make your reservation in time as the area is a popular holiday region during the summer. The organizers cannot be held responsible for availability and/or level of service of accommodation.


Hotel Croatia Cavtat is only 8 km from Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV). A shuttle bus with fixed departure times will be available for transport on 27th and 28th of June, 2022. Detailed information will be sent to participants after the registration deadline. Non-scheduled transportation will be at your own expense.

Dubrovnik can also be reached by sea (e.g. from Bari or Split) and by car. All hotel guests have complimentary access to the hotel’s private parking (no need to reserve).

About the Area

Please find useful information regarding the area on this website.

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