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EMBO Workshop

Neural stem cells: From basic understanding to translational applications

05 – 09 June 2022 | Kyllini, Greece

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 February 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 14 days following notification

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About the Workshop

The mammalian brain is developed during embryogenesis when differentiated cells form complex networks, while it is colonized by new cells throughout adulthood which reform existing connectivity. Discovery of key steps of brain development under the prism of evolution and design of novel cellular therapies are central goals for the coming decades. Thus, neural stem cell based (NSCs) therapies are highly promising new strategies against neurodevelopmental, traumatic, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Understanding of how aspects of NSC basic biology has potentiated the advancement of clinical applications on drug discovery and cell replacement therapies will be discussed. Emphasis will be given to model systems mimicking human physiology and pathophysiology, an essential step bridging knowledge of basic and clinical research. In the workshop world leading experts, young investigators and future scientists studying basic and translational aspects of NSCs biology will discuss present knowledge and future perspectives on cellular therapies.

Topics will include:

  • biomedical research on cutting-edge research for NSC acquisition,
  • different in vitro and in vivo models of neural stem cell function
  • reprogramming,
  • bioengineering,
  • neuronal connectivity,
  • disease modelling
  • drug screening/discovery and
  • transplantation studies.
 

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Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 February 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 February 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 February 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 14 days following notification

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 450
  • ACADEMIC EUR 500
  • INDUSTRY EUR 700

Registration includes:

  • Opening reception, gala dinner and coffee breaks
  • Conference attendance and material
  • Round trip transportation (transportation from the Athens and Araxos airports, and the Kyllini port) in specific times that will be announced

Does not include travel to and from Greece as well as accommodation and excursion.

Excursion

An excursion will be organised to Ancient Olympia at an additional cost which will include transportation to Olympia and a guided tour. Round trip transportation (transportation from the Athens and Araxos airports, and the Kyllini port) at specific times will be announced.

Payment

Following acceptance, participants will receive an e-mail with payment instructions. Completion of payment within 14 days following acceptance notice is required for final registration.

Selection criteria

The major criteria for participant selection will be quality and relevance of submitted abstracts and benefit of participation for the applicant.

In addition, the following will be taken into consideration in parallel to scientific excellence when making the selection:

- gender balance (aiming for at least 50% female participation)

- age seniority balance (aiming for at least 50% of young researchers PhD students and postdocs)

- country balance, aiming to include scientists from less scientifically advanced countries

The same criteria will be applied when selecting abstracts for oral presentation.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material and be limited to 350 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk.

The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation, a title and a short text describing your research. The text must be typed single-spaced. Paper title should be typed bold, Arial 14 type letters. Name(s) of author(s) should be typed in lowercase, bold, Arial 11 type letters. The name of the Presenting Author should be underlined, and the name of the Corresponding Author should be indicated with an asterisk. Name of Institution(s) and Corresponding Author’s e-mail address must be in lowercase, italic, Arial 11 type. The abstract text should be in lowercase, Arial 11 type.

Poster specifications

We will have two 2-hour poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers.

Posters should be in A0 size, portrait format.

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.

Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for fee waivers for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a fee waiver. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.

The EMBO registration fee waivers are allocated by the organisers on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, with priority 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.

All applicants have to justify the reasons for applying for a fee waiver. Organisers may consider to award fee waivers to applicants from lower income economies.

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.

 

Contact

Angeliki Baka

Email: baka@upatras.gr

Phone: (+)30 2610 997680

 

 

Venue

The Convention Centre & Hotel Park (Olympia Riviera Resort) is a wooded estate on the Ionian sea, occupying 5.000 m². Offering excellent conference facilities and direct access to a sandy beach, it is ideal for scientific interactions in a relaxed environment. A combination of both inside area for the meetings & outside area offers many options for a successful conference. State of the art equipment is available. Olympia Riviera Resort has been the venue of two earlier, successful EMBO Workshops and was very highly rated by participants. The site of Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games first took place, is located near the convention centre, and a visit is planned during the workshop.

Accommodation at the resort consists of rooms and bungalows available in the same area where the convention centre is situated.

Accommodation

Accommodation for all participants will be at the Olympia Riviera Resort and is full board (includes three meals). It is directly arranged by the organizers and will be booked for each participant upon registration and full payment.

Two-bed room: 500 EUR per person (for 5 days/4 nights)
Single room: 800 EUR (for 5 days/4 nights)

The Olympia Riviera Resort Convention Centre & Hotel Park, offering excellent conference facilities and direct access to a sandy beach on the Ionian Sea, is ideal for scientific interactions in a relaxed environment. The site of Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games first took place, is also located near the convention center, and a visit is planned during the workshop.

Following covid-19 rules, pre-arrangements of two-bed room sharing are required from the participants’ side. Please indicate if you wish to share a 2-bedroom room and with whom. Please contact Mrs Baka: baka@upatras.gr

If you would like an extra night of accommodation, please contact Mrs Baka: baka@upatras.gr

A €4 room tax per room per night applies, payable at the hotel upon check out, not included in the above mentioned rates.

Transport

Kyllini, where the venue is located, lies on the western coast of the Peloponnese, 45 minutes from Araxos International Airport and 100 km from the seaport of Patras. Athens international airport is located approximately 270 km from the conference centre with connections by railway and bus. Kyllini is 170 km from the International Airport of Kalamata while there are frequent boat connections to the island of Zakynthos (Zante, 1 hour trip), where an international airport is located.

Bus transfers from:

-ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Trip duration: 4 hrs,

-ARAXOS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Trip duration: 45 min

-Port of Kyllini (for participants arriving at Zakynthos International Airport)

Trip duration: 10min

This service cost is included in the registration fee only for the specific dates (18/9 from airport to venue, 22/9 from venue to airport) and time that will be announced when registrations will be completed.

Driving Directions:

A. From Araxos Airport, Patras to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort

Distance 52.0 km about 1 hour

1. Head south on the road to Araxou-Lapa toward Metochi -Kalogria (6.0 km)

2. Sharp right to stay on the road to Araxou-Lapa (0.8 km)

3. Continue on Araxo - Metochi -Kalogria (1.0 km)

4. Turn right at Route 9/E55/National Road Patron-Pyrgou (28.3 km)

5. Continue on the National Road to Pyrgos until Gastouni – Vartholomio – Loutra Kyllinis. Turn right and drive thought Gastouni – Vartholomio and follow the signs to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort & Loutra Kyllinis (15.9 km)

B. From Athens International Airport to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort

Distance 319 km about 4 hours

1. Follow signs from airport to ATHENS (Route 62/Attiki Odos) (0.9 km)

2. Turn left to stay on Route 62/Attiki Odos (5.6 km)

3. Take exit K2 to merge onto Route 6/E94 toward Elefsina (Toll road 48.3 km)

4. Take the exit onto Route 8A/E94/Following signs for PATRAS (Toll road 58.8 km)

5. Continue on Route E65/ Following signs for PATRAS. (Toll Road123 km)

6. Continue on Route 9/E55 Patras-Pyrgos (66.5 km)

7. Continue on the National Road to Pyrgos until Gastouni – Vartholomio – Loutra Kyllinis.

Turn right and drive thought Gastouni – Vartholomio and follow the signs to Loutra Kyllinis. (15.9 km)

C. From Zakynthos airport to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort

Trip duration approximately 2 hours

Zakynthos is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian Islands. It is situated 8,5 nautical miles south of Kefalonia, 9,5 nautical miles west of the Peloponese and approximately 300 kilometres west of the capital of Greece, Athens. During the tourist season (April to October) there are direct charter connections between Zakynthos and a number of European cities. The airport in Zakynthos is found in the area of Ampelokipi, 3 km from the city/port and the connection to the port is only by taxi. There are approximately 6 ferry boats per day connecting Zakynthos to Kyllini. Because the itineraries change often, please contact the ticket offices by phone a few weeks before your travel and check here again for updates Further information Consortium of Zakynthian Boats: Zakynthos +30 26950 22083, 48301, Kyllini +30 26230, 92294, 92422.

Shuttle bus service will operate from the Kyllini port to the venue at specific dates and times.

Public Transportation:

Please find hereunder directions for the use of public transportation from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to the Conference venue:

From Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to Kifissos Bus Station

Kifissos Bus Terminal (or Bus Terminal A) is one of the two main intercity bus terminals of Athens. From airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos' the bus line X93 takes you directly to Kifissos Bus Terminal and vice versa. Service is provided on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week. All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from airport). BUS tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost.

Time estimate: 65 min. Ticket cost 5 €

The national bus company KTEL is located at Kiffisos providing a daily coach service. Take the bus from Kifissos Bus Station to Gastouni

- Athens - Gastouni 07.00΄ (07.30 only on Sundays) - 09.00 – 11.00 - 13.00 - 15.00 - 17.05 - 19.00 - 22.00

- Gastouni - Athens 5.20 (except Sundays) - 07.50 - 10.20 - 12,50 - 15,00 – 17.00 - 19.20 (except Saturdays) - 00.50

Time estimate: 4 hours. Ticket cost 24,70 €

For more information or confirmation for the above departure times please call: Bus Station Athens: (+30) 210 5134110-111 Bus Station Gastouni: (+30) 26230 35115

From Gastouni to Grecotel Olympia Riviera

From Gastouni you can reach the Conference Venue by taxi. Taxis are available at the Bus Station area.

Time estimate: 10 min. Cost 20€

About the Area

ANCIENT OLYMPIA

During classical times Olympia was the city of Ilia best known as the area where the Olympic Games took place, the greatest athletic event of the then-Greek world. Today Ancient Olympia is a village and a municipality of Ilia, built in the valley of river Alpheus. Nearby lies the archaeological site, one of the most popular ones in Greece!

VLACHERNA MONASTERY

The monastery is located near Kyllini in a sensational landscape that strikes the visitor with its simplicity. It was built during the 12th century and the origins of its name derive from the famous Monastery of Vlacherna in Constantinople, to which it was dependant. However, time and disasters have destroyed important records of the monastery, a fact that provokes a dispute about the details of its establishment. The temple of the monastery is a blend of western as well as eastern architectural elements.

RIVER NEDA

River Neda is one of the few rivers of Greece that still offer an environment so virgin and untouched by human activity. Besides, it is –maybe- the only Greek river that has been given a female name, in honour of the nymph Neda, a deity of the waters. Neda, according to the Greek Mythology, had bathed the infant Zeus in the river Gortynios (Lousios), together with the nymphs Theisoa and Agno. The river crosses a narrow canyon of unimaginable beauty, creating an almost mystical landscape, with waterfalls and natural pools spread between wooded hill slopes, under the shade of huge plane-trees, oaks, fig-trees and thick bushy vegetation

THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO EPICURUS

Almost hidden in a wild and imposing landscape, on a narrow terrace of Mt. Kotilion, at 3710 ft., 14 km southwest of Andritsena, is the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurus. At this site called Bassae during ancient times, in the 7th B.C. century, the citizens of the small state of Figaleia (ArcadiaPeloponnese) had established the temple of Apollo, whom they worshiped with the title “Epicurus” – helper and deliverer in sickness or war. The title was given during the war with the Spartans, around 650 B.C. The temple is considered one of the best preserved classic monuments all over Greece, together with the temple of Ifestos in the ancient Agora of Athens, and easily takes the first place in the Peloponnese, for the beauty and harmony of its structure.

THE FOLOI FOREST (CENTAURIAN FOREST)

Moving east, towards Olympia, you will meet the river Alfios, from where you will continue the course towards Lala and the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi), on Mt. Erymanthos. The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for the myths and legends that are connected with it in local legend. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus –son of Silenos and the nymph Melia- the kind and virtuous Centaur that gave shelter to Hercules, when he was hunting the Erymanthian Bore. It is considered the oldest European self planted beech and oak forest and the biggest of the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Foloi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.

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