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EMBO Workshop

Cell polarity and membrane dynamics

16 – 21 May 2021 | Sant Feliu De Guixols, Spain

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 April 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Early Registration Rate)
  • 1 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • early March 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2021

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About the Workshop

Cell polarity pathways play fundamental roles in defining the function, architecture, and fate of cells and in turn the generation and homeostatic control of multicellular tissues. Critically, mutations in polarity and membrane trafficking are common in cancer and other diseases, yet mechanisms remain poorly understood. As central architects of cell morphology, polarity pathways shape and in turn are shaped by the cell’s cytoskeletal and membrane networks. This EMBO Workshop will explore this intersection between polarity, cytoskeleton and cellular membrane networks in the context of polarized cells and tissues. It will bring together researchers from around the globe and across career stages to identify and highlight new principles of cellular organization and how these concepts impact our understanding of the role of polarity and membrane dynamics in human development and disease. This EMBO Workshop will be organized around core topics that represent the next frontier in our understanding of polarizing systems: spatiotemporal control of cell fate, principles of self-organizing networks, shaping and deploying dynamic membrane networks, integration of chemical and physical cues, coordinating polarity and membrane systems during multicellular development, and the implementation of cutting edge technology to reveal new principles in membrane organization.

Important Notice - While we are currently aiming to hold the meeting in-person, this may not be possible due to COVID-19 restrictions. If this is the case the meeting will move to a virtual format. A decision regarding format will be made by the end of February. If you can only attend a virtual meeting and would like to be notified if the meeting moves to an online format, please register your interest at the following address:







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 April 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (Early Registration Rate)
  • 1 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • early March 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2021


  • STUDENT EUR 550*, 650**
  • ACADEMIC/POSTDOC EUR 650*, 750**
  • INDUSTRY EUR 1000*, 1100

* - Early - Before 1 March

** - Late - After 1 March

Registration includes:

  • Registration / scientific sessions
  • Accommodation May 16-21 (5 nights) in twin room (a limited number of single rooms will be available for a €150 supplement)
  • All meals and coffee breaks (drinks included)
  • Conference dinner
  • 2–3 bus transfers from Barcelona and Girona airports on arrival day (at specified times according to most arrivals), 1 transfer on departure day (Girona transfer will only be available if sufficient number of participants travel that way)


Payment details will be sent via e-mail to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence with a strong consideration for PhD students and early-stage postdocs, ensuring excellent gender, demographic, geographic and basic/applied research balance.

Organizers will select 21 applicants for short talks and 24 applicants for flash-talks (minimum 50% PhD, remainder junior Postdocs). All other applicants will present their work during poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be in English. Titles should not exceed 200 characters, and the abstract text should contain no more than 300 words.

Poster specifications

Please bring a printed poster following the size guidelines below:

Width: 90 cm

Height: 120 cm

This corresponds to a A0 vertical 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.

Specific travel grants and fee waivers are available for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. To apply, please send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request.

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.






Hotel Eden Roc

Punta de Port Salvi

17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Tel: +34-972-32-0100


The venue hotel has a long tradition in hosting international meetings/workshops, with integrated conference facilities and plenty of seating areas to discuss and connect with each other, both inside and outside. The air-conditioned lecture room can accommodate 200 participants. There is a separate, spacious poster room close to the lecture hall.

All participants are all housed on-site with full board (diverse buffet). Coffee breaks will be held directly outside the lecture room on a sea-view terrace. Lunch breaks and free time can be used for hiking, swimming in the venue's outdoor pool, or sea, walk to the lovely nearby town of Sant Feliu de Guixols or just relax and take in the lovely sea view.


Distance to airports: 30km from the International Airport Girona-Costa Brava, and 120km from El Prat (Barcelona).

Public transport is available from both airports to Sant Feliu de Guixols. However, for convenience we will arrange shuttle buses on the day of arrival and also the departure day.

We encourage those driving to consider ride-sharing.

About the Area

The venue hotel at the Costa Brava is located at a distance of only 1km from Sant Feliu de Guixols in a unique and quiet peninsula.

The Mediterranean Sea surrounds the 360 meter coast around the Eden Roc Resort. The climate is mild and pleasant. In summer, it rarely exceeds 30°C.

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