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EMBO Workshop

Long-distance cell-cell signalling in development and disease

10 – 13 April 2022 | Exeter, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 25 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 25 January 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 February 2022

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About the Workshop

Cells communicate with a language of chemical signals. Different signals inform cells about their surroundings and orchestrate their behaviour. Such signals are precisely regulated and are essential during embryogenesis and tissue homeostasis. Misregulation of signalling can cause congenital malformations and lead to diseases, including cancers. In recent years, two transport mechanisms have been identified that are used to exchange signals between cells. Signalling filopodia known as cytonemes carry signalling components between distant cells and thus regulate the activity levels of the corresponding signalling pathways across tissues. Also, extracellular vesicles transport a similar set of signals to influence the behaviour of distant cells and are thought to act systemically. In this EMBO Workshop, we will compare and contrast recent exciting findings that illuminate these mechanisms, in particular the processes of production and release of membrane-bound morphogens, intercellular trafficking, and uptake of these signalling components. We will specifically focus on:
• Secretory pathways
• Extracellular signal trafficking
• Establishment of morphogenetic gradients
• Interactions of membrane-tethered ligands and receptors
• Internalization and sorting of cargo

Better knowledge of intercellular trafficking mechanisms is essential because their elucidation will profoundly influence our understanding of the fundamental processes that control development and disease.

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
  • 25 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 25 January 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 28 February 2022



Registration includes:

  • Workshop fees
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch / dinner / banquet / coffee breaks


Selected participants will be notified by e-mail by 8th February and redirected to a website dedicated for the payment and confirmation of accommodation required. Payment is required by 28th February 2022. If you wish to decline or cancel your place, please email the conference organizers as soon as possible.

Cancellation before 15/03/2022: The registration fee will be refunded excluding €100 administration fee.

Cancellation after 15/03/2022: A refund of the registration fee will not be possible. In circumstances of exceptional hardship please contact the organizers.

Please note that EMBO and the organizers shall not be responsible for and shall be exempt from any and all liability in respect of any damage, injury or accident of any person or for loss or damage to his or her luggage or any other property. Please make sure you have sufficient travel insurance to cover all eventualities including cancellation due to Covid travel restrictions.

Selection criteria

Scientific excellence of the participant.

Relevance to the theme and objectives of the workshop.

Balance of: gender, young/established investigators.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should contain a brief description of background, the experimental question, methods and a summary of the main findings.

Abstracts should be submitted online as single-spaced text. The main body of the abstract should not exceed 350 words.

Please indicate if you would like to present a short talk.

Abstract submission is not mandatory but if registrations exceed the number of available spaces, preference will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract.

Poster specifications

A0 size, vertical posters. Further details will be provided to accepted applicants by email.

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.



Gillian Fearnyough


Phone: +44 1392 72 7581





Living Systems Institute

University of Exeter




Accommodation will be at Reed Hall, on the university campus.


Short haul: flying into Bristol airport. Bristol Temple Meads train station can be reached by Bristol Airport Flyer Bus. Train journey to Exeter St. Davids (not Exeter Central) takes approximately 1 hour. For train timetable and tickets check National Rail Enquiries. Exeter can also be reached by Stagecoach Falcon bus directly from Bristol airport.

Exeter airport is connected to some UK cities, for more details click here.

Long haul: London Gatwick or Heathrow. Click here for Heathrow Express to London train stations.

National Express buses connect Gatwick airport to London Victoria, as well as Heathrow airport to Exeter.

Anyone travelling to Exeter by train or bus, can have a taxi arranged to pick them up and take them to the university.

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