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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria in life, death and disease

27 September – 01 October 2022 | Budva, Montenegro

Please note that only fully vaccinated (15 days after the second vaccination) or Covid-19 recovered (within the past 180 days) individuals can participate.

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2022

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

The history of mitochondria begins with their recognition as distinct cellular organelles in 1888 by Walther Flemming and the introduction of the term mitochondrion from the Greek roots meaning ‘thread’ and ‘grain’ by Richard Altman and Karl Benda. This EMBO | FEBS Lecture Course highlights advances in our understanding of the essential roles we now appreciate mitochondria to play in our cells:

Mitochondria display an immense diversity in form and function, particularly in the strategies these organelles employ to overcome the challenge of coordinating the translation of mtDNA encoded proteins with nuclear encoded proteins. Beyond their role as powerhouses that generate ATP, mitochondria are metabolic signalling hubs that generate a diversity of anabolic precursors and signalling metabolites and thus profoundly impact different cellular processes ranging from cellular growth to tumorigenesis. To do so, mitochondria work as a communicative reticulum in which they rapidly change size and shape in response to cellular signals, as well as to send signals to the rest of the cell. Last but not certainly least in this new era of mitochondrial biology is the emerging role of mitochondria as important players during microbial infection, cellular orchestrators of innate immune responses, and reservoirs of a multitude of inflammatory signals.

This EMBO | FEBS Lecture Course will be organized in the following four sessions:

  1. Mitochondrial Import and Biogenesis
  2. Mitochondria in Metabolic Signalling and Control of Metabolism
  3. Mitochondrial dynamics and quality control
  4. Mitochondria in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

Young students and postdocs will have many ample opportunities to meet and discuss their work with a diverse audience in an informal context, during ‘meet the PI’ sessions, informal round table discussions and poster presentations.

FEBS Letters is currently also editing a virtual issue on mitochondrial biology:

Submit your work to FEBS Letters!
Your paper will be featured in our Virtual Issue on Mitochondrial Biology.
For cutting-edge Reviews, see the FEBS Letters Special Issue Molecular bases of mitochondrial disorders.

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
  • 15 June 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2022



Registration includes:

  • 4 nights full board accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Additional meals (coffee breaks, welcome party)
  • 27 September – 1 October 2022: attendance the EMBO | FEBS Lecture Course


Information will be available soon.

Selection criteria

To maintain a maximal degree of interaction between all attendees, the number of participants will be limited to 120 for students and postdoctoral fellows (the main target of the lecture series) and 22 speakers, (including 3 member of the organization committee) that we invited and that have agreed to participate. In addition, positions will be available to a few senior scientists (having a total of approximately 30 PIs) with experience in different areas of mitochondrial biology.

Based on the experience from the previous advanced lecture courses, we expect about 80% of applicants to be from Europe, 10% from North America and 10% from other countries. As previous courses also experienced a high number of applications from students and post- docs, selection of the participants will be done by the Organizing Committee. We try to achieve that the participants at the meeting reflect the broad field of mitochondrial biology. Thus, we will consider as many different research groups as possible, which may require to limit the participants from one group to two students. Moreover, we will attempt to balance different topics as well as model systems and give special considerations to newly emerging aspects of mitochondrial biology. As for the invited speakers (50% females), a balance between male/female participants will also be maintained in the selection of applicants.

For senior scientists: In the case their number outnumbers the expected figures, precedence will be given to scientists with experience in mitochondrial biology.

Abstract guidelines

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including title and headings.

Poster specifications

Each author will have a board space of (HxW) 180 cm x 96 cm (5ft 10in x 3ft 2in), on which to mount the poster. The poster should be designed to summarize current research in graphic forms. Presentations should be self-explanatory so that the author is free to supplement and discuss particular points. For easy identification, provide a poster heading, listing its title and author(s), identical to that on the official program.

The poster board is double-sided with one presentation on each side. Your assigned number will be in the upper left corner of the poster board. The boards will be arranged in numerical order.

The poster sessions have a designated time in which the poster presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss their research with the meeting attendees.

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.



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Hotel & Resort MEDITERAN

Bečići, Budva 85310, Montenegro

Tel: +382-33-689-000


The MEDITERAN HOTEL & RESORT is at the seafront, on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, just 3 km from the historic centre of Budva. The closest airports are Tivat located 20km away; and Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, 60km away. Services to those airports are operated by the major International companies.

About the Area


One of the smallest countries in Europe, Montenegro encloses majestic mountains, breathtaking beaches, colorful food and friendly locals. Set in the south of Adriatic Sea with a coast of not even 300km from tip to toe, that, nevertheless, crams in some of Europe’s most spectacular seaside scenery.

Ever since its beginning, Montenegro has sat on the borderline between east and west. The richness of its cultural history can be seen in the beautiful walled coastal cities with their Roman villas, flamboyantly painted Orthodox monasteries, ornate Catholic churches, elegant minarets of mosques, and the sturdy fortresses built by the numerous powers that have fought over these lands.


Budva is a Montenegrin town on the Adriatic Sea. It has 19,218 inhabitants, and it is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well-preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast.

Budva Riviera

The Budva Riviera is a 35 km (22 mi) long strip of the Adriatic coast surrounding the town of Budva in western Montenegro. It is part of the Montenegrin Littoral geographical region. It is located roughly along the middle of the Montenegrin coast, and is a center for Montenegrin beach tourism. There are 12.5 km (7.8 mi) of beaches which lie along the Budva Riviera.

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