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EMBO Workshop

Cell and developmental systems

22 – 26 August 2022 | Arolla, Switzerland

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 8 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 July 2022

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About the Workshop

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In the last years, it became clear that the most fruitful ground for scientific advance in cell and developmental biology stems from synergistic interactions between distant fields. In this context there is a need to put together experts with a deep knowledge of the intricacies of the developmental biology of a system, cell biologists which can interrogate the cells in those systems, and physicists that treat the cells as matter, living matter. The 2022 edition of the EMBO Workshop will be devoted to an exchange from distant topics in Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and Physics.

The invited speakers are the true experts that are changing their own communities. Indeed, their laboratories have contributed important breakthroughs in cell and developmental biology as well as the physics of living matter. They cover a broad landscape: from the physics of emerging properties in biology to the neurophysiology of perception of art and illusion, from the physics of the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton to the embryogenesis of the notochord, from epigenetics and transcriptomics to spinal sensory signaling. The clear aim is that each of these distant field fertilize the other disciplines, which will be achieved by the small size of the meeting and a secluded venue. The meeting will be held in the Grand Hotel Kurhaus, a charming hotel which is more than 100 years old.

Indeed, the small size of the workshop and its remote location promote interactions as nobody can “escape” to nearby town or other nightlife. Also, ample time will be given after each talk and at the end of sessions for questions and discussions. There are two poster sessions, with extensive allocated presenting times, extensive discussion time and social drinks. Finally, social activities promoting networking and discussion are organized, including a long half-day for hiking (with a choice of different difficulty levels to suit everyone’s abilities) and a gala dinner for all.

Arolla is easily reachable thanks to Swiss public transports. There are regular connections by train and bus from Geneva airport (200km from Arolla), which is well connected to international routes. Then Arolla is easily reachable by train from Geneva airport and other European locations.

Image of the header is taken from the website of Grand Hotel & Kurhaus

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 8 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 6 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 July 2022



Registration includes:

  • Access to the scientific sessions
  • Four nights in a double shared rooms or family shared rooms (Additional CHF 250 for a single room if available)
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners, 5 coffee breaks
  • 1 Gala dinner
  • One-day excursion


  • Accepted abstracts will be announced via e-mail on June 15, 2022

Refund Policy: There will be a refund of total amount minus CHF 100 on cancellations announced by July 15th 2022. There will be no refund on cancellations announced after July 16th 2022.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted abstract and must confirm their registration by paying their registration fee.

Abstract guidelines

250 words maximum (no table, no graphic)

The content is the responsibility of the author and will show as entered in the application.

Poster specifications

The participants bring their printed poster with them to the workshop. Boards will be available on site to hang the posters.

Poster dimensions: maximum width: 90 cm & maximum height: 120 cm

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.






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Grand Hotel & Kurhaus

CH-1986 Arolla

Phone: +41 27 (0) 283 7000

Fax: +41 (0) 27 283 7005



Most participants will share a room, as single rooms are very limited. Single rooms, available on a first come first serve basis, will be charged CHF 250.- extra to be paid on site.

The organisers manage the rooming list.

For information and rooming list, please contact. Admin:


The closest airport is Geneva-airport

From Geneva-airport you will have to take the train to Sion and then the bus to reach Arolla Poste. The train station is in the airport.

You can buy your train ticket either at the counter or at the distributor at the train station. You can also buy an e-ticket one month before your travel. Train e-tickets are not refundable if you change the date of your ride. Swiss trains are reliable.

To check your travel itinerary from other Swiss cities, use the interactive map and the train schedules.

About the Area

The venue is a mountain resort and the weather can change quickly and be cold even in the summer. Take a sweater, a raincoat and good shoes (mountain shoes or other sturdy walking shoes) for the excursion. Different excursions will be proposed, from a short hike to a Glacier hike.

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