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EMBO Workshop

Mitochondrial homeostasis and human disease

21 – 24 September 2021 | Girona, Spain

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2021

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About the Workshop

Mitochondrial defects underlie many pathologies, including inherited diseases and age-related disorders. Mitochondrial homeostasis must balance mitochondrial gene expression, mitochondrial protein and RNA import, and mitochondrial lipid metabolism with quality control processes which limit the accumulation of damaged mitochondria and mitochondrial components. These quality control mechanisms can target individual molecules, specific mitochondrial sub-regions, or entire mitochondrial compartments, and are integrated with other mitochondrial regulatory circuits and cellular processes. How these mechanisms are regulated and integrated with mitochondrial biogenesis pathways has become a major focus of research. This EMBO workshop will combine emerging topics in the field such as intramitochondrial segregation of ‘damaged’ components and mitochondrial hererogeneity, with more established themes such as mitochondrial gene expression, mitochondrial dynamics, mitochondrial protein targeting, mitochondrial DNA stability and propagation, mitophagy and apoptosis. We will aim to integrate novel findings in these sub-fields with mitochondrially linked disease and treatment, in order to generate a synergistic interaction that will lead to novel research opportunities and foster collaboration.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 20 June 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 June 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2021



* Participants will require vaccination or have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR test) taken 72 hours before arrival​.

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Bus transport from Barcelona airport to the hotel and return


Through EMBO website.

Selection criteria

PIs, from academia and from industry, will be selected based on their contribution to the field, as measured by their recent publication record.

Students will be selected based on the relevance of the topic to their PhD thesis.

Postdocs will be selected based in part on their publication record, and in part on the relevance of their research work to the topic of the workshop.

Abstract guidelines

Title: 200 characters max.

Body: 350 words max.

Abstract should contain the scientific question and an explanation of its general significance, the experimental approach, a broad overview of the results, and a short explanation of the implications of the results on the scientific question. All in one paragraph, without any section headings or blank lines.

Poster specifications

90 cm x 120 cm

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.






Eden Roc Hotel

17220 Sant Feliu de Guixols

Girona, Spain


Students will share a room.


The registration fee includes a seat on a chartered bus from Barcelona airport to the site and back. In addition:


The Eden Roc Hotel is easily accessible by national road or highway: 120 km from Barcelona, ​​via the AP-7 and the C-35/135 km from Perpignan, via the AP-7/700 km from Madrid.


Daily flights from all airports in Europe to Barcelona (120 km) and with Ryanair to Girona airport (30 km). Direct bus from Barcelona Airport to Sant Feliu de Guíxols.


The closest RENFE railway station is in Girona, 30 km away.

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