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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Molecular mechanisms of interorgan crosstalk in health and disease

19 – 27 May 2022 | Spetses, Greece

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 18 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 April 2022

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

This EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course is part of very successful series of summer schools with a 50-year tradition on the wonderful Island of Spetses, Greece.

Organs “talk” to each other during normal physiology and these mechanisms govern homeostasis of the organism. Such crosstalk also occurs in disease, where we observe that disease can “spread” from one organ to others. This is causing very significant morbidity and mortality, for example, in diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or autoimmune disorders, and also in the COVID-19 related inflammatory syndrome. Recent advances have provided many new insights into the molecular mechanisms of organ crosstalk. Molecular mechanisms of this organ crosstalk are under intense investigation in recent years and novel findings have implicated the immune and nervous system, soluble circulating factors, the microbiome and metabolome, among others.

This EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course will bring together leaders in the fields of interorgan crosstalk between the nervous system, immune system, kidney, lung, heart, gut, liver, fat, bone, blood and bone marrow. We will also consider effects of the microbiome, metabolome and host pathogen interactions. One unifying theme of the course will be immune responses to injury/infection, locally and systemically (remote injury). The EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course represents a unique opportunity for investigators to participate in cross-disciplinary, multi-organ discussions in order to gain new insights into their research.

This EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course features lectures, small group discussions and poster sessions, as well as small group tutorials under olive trees or on the beach at the beautiful Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses. In addition, it features very popular dinners in small groups with course faculty (“Dine with the PI”) in the town of Spetses. These opportunities for informal interaction with faculty, combined with the formal program, make up an exciting and inspiring atmosphere and provide a unique training and networking opportunity.

COVID Safety: We will follow COVID safe procedures at the conference. We require a negative COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 PCR test) within 3 days before the travel date to the conference. We will require waring of masks while inside the dormitories, lecture hall or at the inside poster sessions and social distancing. Lecture halls will be frequently ventilated and if possible windows will be kept open. If weather allows, we will have small group seminars and tutorials outside on the beautiful premises of AKSS or on the beach.

Please consult with your airline on requirements for travel into Greece and consult the Greek regulations on entry into the country at the time of travel.

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
  • 18 April 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 April 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 April 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals including dinners with faculty in small groups
  • Welcome and Departure Reception
  • Course materials
  • Group excursion

Does not include travel to and from the venue as well as extra nights of accommodation before or after the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course


Payment details will be sent to accepted applicants with their notification email.

Selection criteria

The course is limited to 120 participants.

It is designed for PhD students and early postdocs, but it is open to all.

In order to participate, you must first apply, which is free of charge. Successful applicants are notified and will then need to pay the registration fee.

At application time, you must provide an abstract of your current research project, and a short statement of your motivation to attend the course. Also, if you want to be considered for a travel grant see “Travel Grant” section below for details.

Applicants will be selected on a rolling basis (apply early!) based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of research topic to the scope of the course
  • Sufficient minimum level of background knowledge
  • Letters of recommendation

Abstract guidelines

Please describe your current research project which you intend to present as a poster at the summer school.

When composing your abstract, please remember:

  • Keep your abstract concise and less than 200 words. 150 is better.
  • Include yourself as presenting author and add co-authors as necessary.

We will select some outstanding abstracts prior to the conference and invite the authors to give a short talk (5 slides, 10 min + discussion).

Poster specifications

All participants should bring a poster of their current research project which will be displayed throughout the lecture course.

There are dedicated poster sessions during which you will be required to stand beside your poster and discuss it with interested people.

The recommended poster size is Format A0 (84 cm length by 118 cm height). Please bring one printed copy. The posters will be hung with pins or tape to boards or walls.

Some points to consider:

  • Do not write a paper! A poster is a brief visual presentation of your data and ideas, not a full reproducible account of experiments.
  • Adopt a visual layout. Limit the total text and break it up into smaller sections. Consider separate boxes or panels to hold different parts of the work.
  • Include all required information. Check what your institution or supervisor requires you to include, such as logos and acknowledgments.
  • Make graphics easily understood. Label the graph / figure directly and use titles rather than captions / legends (where possible).
  • The poster needs a talk. Plan and practice what you will say to those who are interested in your work.

We will present awards for the best posters at the end of the lecture course.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants will be available from two sources.

  1. Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung (BIS)
  2. FEBS Youth Travel Funds (YTF)

You need to be a member of a FEBS Constituent or IUBMB-related society (or join one) to be eligible, see details in section on YFT grants.

Recipients of the award will receive grants to support part of their registration and/or travel costs.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers.

If you would like to apply for any of these travel awards, (BIS or YTF) please first apply for the FEBS EMBO Lecture Course. During online registration state your intention and provide a short justification, then upload the following documents/information on the registration website or email them to the organizers ( before the course application deadline:

· In a separate letter or in your reference letter for the conference from your supervisor, include information specific to the need and level of required travel grant funding and already available support.

· Evidence that you are a registered PhD student or a postdoc within 5 years of completing your PhD.

· Evidence that you are a member of either a FEBS Constituent Society or an IUBMB-related society (if you are applying for a YFT grant, see below).

We will consider this information to select recipients of the travel grants, taking into account overall financial need and support by the home institution or supervisor.

FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF)

FEBS offers a small number of awards to support the costs of young PhD students and early-career postdocs. You need to be a member of a FEBS Constituent or IUBMB-related society (or join one) to be eligible.

Awards for YTF will be made under two schemes: within FEBS area (YTF), and outside FEBS area (Transcontinental YTF). Please see the eligibility criteria for both schemes.

Child care grants

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.



Andreas Herrlich, MD PhD

+1-617-513-4167 (cell)




Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses

18050 Spetses, Island of Spetses, Greece

Phone: +30 210 361 37 51 (Headquarters in Athens)

Fax: +30 210 360 79 64


Accomodations are located at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (AKSS).

Most rooms are single with AC and private bath. Some rooms are double occupancy with AC/Shared Bath, few are triple occupancy with AC/Shared Bath.


Spetses is an island just off the south coast of the Peloponnese mainland about 2.5 hours by boat from the Athens port of Piraeus. If you are flying into Greece, you will want to land at Athens International Airport.


  • fly to Athens International Airport.
  • go by bus (1 1/2-2 hrs), metro (1 hr. 20 min.), taxi (1 hr. 20 min.) or train (1 hr. 20 min.) to Athens harbor (Piraeus). Watch your belongings!!
  • take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2-2 1/2 hrs) to the Island of Spetses.
  • take a water taxi (5 min.), a taxi (5 min.), a horse buggy (5 min.) or walk (20-30 min.) from Spetses harbor to the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses (AKSS) (for participants) or Hotel Spetses (for faculty).
  • Athens International Airport (AIA) is located 33 km northeast of Athens, while the Piraeus harbor is in the southern part of Athens.



  • There is a direct bus (X96) from the Athens International Airport to Piraeus. The travelling time varies between one and two hours depending on the traffic. Ticket: Euro 6.
  • All buses depart from the designated area on the inner curbside of the arrivals level of the main terminal building just outside the Schengen Exit (Doors 4-5).
  • You can also go via the center of Athens by metro (Line #3, Blue). You must then change at Monastiraki metro station in the center of Athens and take the direct metro to Piraeus (Line #1Green). Travelling time approx. 1-1.5 hours. Ticket: Euro 10.


  • You can also take a taxi but, as there are special lanes for buses, it is not much faster to take a taxi. Approx. Euro 40-50, depending on travelling time and the amount of luggage. You normally pay extra for the luggage.
  • The taxi queue starts from Door 4 of the Arrivals Level and extends up to Door 1.


  • To get to Spetses from Piraeus you will take a hydrofoil (about 2-3 hrs) (the travelling time varies depending on how many stops the hydrofoil makes on the way).
  • Hellenic Seaways offers 5-6 trips to Spetses daily, Approx. Euro 39 for a one-way ticket.
  • Tickets can be bought online or you can simply buy the ticket when you arrive at the harbor as there is a ticket office close to the hydrofoil. There are normally no problems getting a ticket except for a few busy weekends during the year.



The distance from the harbor to the AKSS or Spetses Hotel (for faculty) is about 1.5 km.

Means of transportation:

  • On foot – It takes about 20-30 min to walk the distance along the beach.
  • Bus – approx. Euro 1. There is a bus starting from the main square in front of the Poseidonion Hotel to the right of Dapia Harbor as you look at it from the sea. This bus stops at Spetses Hotel and shortly after at AKSS.
  • Taxi – approx. Euro 8. There are a total of four taxis on Spetses. You can find them in front of the petrol station in the Dapia near the end of the jetty where you disembark from the hydrofoils.
  • Horse buggy – approx Euro 8. The horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbor in front of the Poseidonion Hotel. Make sure you arrange the price in advance.
  • Water taxi – approx. Euro 15-20. A water taxi takes up to 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of Spetses Hotel or AKSS.
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