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EMBO Workshop

Membrane transporters as essential elements of cellular function and homeostasis

23 – 27 August 2022 | Chania, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2022

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About the Workshop

Cells need to communicate with their environment through the import or export of solutes and ions in order to survive, function and differentiate. Cell communication is achieved via the function of membrane proteins known as transporters/channels. These transmembrane proteins control the transport of nutrients, ions, vitamins, and cofactors, as well as water and most drugs. Therefore, understanding when and how these proteins function is crucial.

Despite their clear biological and biomedical importance and potential as molecular tools in pharmacological approaches, transporters have not attracted the experimental attention they deserve, partly because of technical difficulties associated with their interaction with membranes. In addition there seems to be lack of interaction of scientists working on different aspects of transporters and in different cell systems. We propose to organize a unique workshop with scientists working on transporter regulation of expression, co-translational folding, subcellular traffic/turnover, interaction with membrane lipids, structure-function relationships, membrane organization and evolution.

The workshop will be multidisciplinary, bringing together geneticists, biochemists, cell biologists, structural biologists, etc. working in different systems, and has as a goal the global understanding of transporters at all biological levels.


A satellite meeting on Mechanical Sensing & Ion Channels will also be taking place on 27 August 2022 in Chania, Greece.

Mechanosensitive ion channels play a central role in biological processes such as neurodevelopment, somatosensation and osmotic pressure. This BBSRC-funded symposium focuses on mechanical sensing and ion channels. It will bring together biophysicists, cell and structural biologists, who develop tools to monitor and characterise crucial to channel regulation transitions and interactions.

The event poster can be found here.

UKRI/BBSRC-EMBO Satellite Symposium invited speakers:

Organiser: Christos Pliotas
Astbury Centre, University of Leeds, UK

Registration for this event should be done through the main EMBO Workshop link provided.

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.





For the final programme, please click here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in the venue, in stonehouses, attics or student dormitories.
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, reception dinner
  • Social events
  • Access to all sessions

All conference materials


Payment of registration fee is required for finalization registration

  • Payment of the registration fees (in Euro) can be made in one of the following 2 ways through this link.

1) Credit card: For online payment via credit card (Visa / Mastercard only) or

2) Bank transfer: payable to:

Bank name: ALPHA Bank AΕ
Bank address: 106 Chalidon Street73100 Chania/Crete/GREECE
Account Holder Name: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
Address: AlsylionAgrokipion, GR 73100 Chania, Greece
Account No.: 660-00-2002-011318
ΙΒΑΝ : GR21 0140 6600 6600 0200 2011 318

  • Please include in your payment the name of the participant and the Reference ID.
  • Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source, in addition to the registration fees.
  • Please send a copy of the bank transfer to the Meeting Secretariat at
  • For any questions regarding payments please contact
    Attn: Mrs. Katerina Karapataki or Mrs. ArgyroZervou
  • Payments should be received by July 31, 2022.
  • Payments and participants' registration are manually matched.
  • For attendees applying for travel grants and/or fee waivers, payment will be postponed until award resolution.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation before July 31st 2022: a full refund will apply minus an administration fee (1.5% (EU) or 3% (non-EU), depending on your credit card or bank transfer origin).
  • Cancellation after July 31st: the full registration fee applies.
  • Notification of cancellation should be made in writing and sent to the conference organizers at &

Selection criteria

  • Selection will be based primarily on excellence, originality and novelty of scientific work, reviewed by the 5 members of the organizing committee.
  • Submitted abstracts plus abstracts/text of 2-3 more recent publications will be used for final decisions.
  • Short talks will be selected from accepted abstracts.
  • Work related to non-selected short talks will be presented as posters.

Inclusiveness (gender, geography, young scientists, PhD students, postdocs, early career researchers) will also be considered.

Abstract guidelines

  • Abstracts should be in the English language and submitted through the registration platform.
  • They should include title, authors, affiliations and a summary limited to 300 words.
  • Include a short introduction on the current state of the art, the question addressed and major conclusions.
  • Please provide up to 5 references.

Poster specifications

Dimensions of the poster boards are 0.95 m (width) by 1.35 m (height). Poster board stickers will be provided.

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. Applicants must send their CV to when registering, and include a motivation letter with the registration form. 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.



George Diallinas

Sophia Dimou

Mariangela Dionysopoulou




International Conference Center of CIHEAM MAICh

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania

Alsyllio Agrokepio, P.O.Box 85,

1 Makedonias str. 73100 Chania, Crete, Greece

Tel: +30 28210 35080-81

Fax: +30 28210 35001



Accommodation will be available in the MAICH Campus in:

  • Stone bungalows (15): two-level apartments, each with a double bed in the upper level and a lounge with one or two single beds (sofa beds) in the lower level, plus a kitchenette
  • Attics or upgraded two-level rooms (14) with a double mattress in the upper level and a single bed, refrigerator, and T. V. in the lower level
  • Priority to the above options will be given to plenary, key, and invited speakers
  • Simple student dormitories: 66 double, 54 single


The Conference Center of MAICh is located 3 km south-east of Chania city centre, 13 km from the airport and 1 km from the port of Souda.

For information on how to reach the venue, see the Conference Center's travel information page.

About the Area

The internet offers numerous ways to get to know Chania. Among others, see:

The city of Chania's official tourism website

The history of Chania

Chania's Wikipedia page's page on Chania

While in Chania, you can participate in different events that are organized during this period.

More info can be found via this or this link.

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