Your browser does not support or is disabling JavaScript.


EMBO Workshop

Phagocytosis of dying cells: Molecules, mechanisms, and therapeutic implications

12 – 15 September 2022 | Ghent, Belgium

  • Early Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 August 2022

Apply now!

Find us

Tweet #EMBOphagocytosis

Download calendar invitation



About the Workshop

Everyday, we turnover >100 billion cells in our bodies. The excess, used, or damaged cells that turnover usually die and are then recognized and removed by nearby or recruited phagocytes. Phagocytosis is highly regulated and evolutionarily conserved, and critical to development, maintenance of tissue homeostasis, resolution of inflammation, and tissue regeneration after injury. The failure to promptly clear dying cells impact autoimmune conditions such as SLE, as well as presentation of dying tumor cell antigens after immunotherapies to generate anti-cancer immunity. Although apoptosis is the dominant death modality in homeostasis, other forms of cell death have been recognized such as necroptosis, pyroptosis, and ferroptosis, and these are linked to human diseases. How cells dying by these other modalities are cleared and affect the tissue neighborhood is becoming important. This EMBO Workshop will bring together a highly- distinguished collection of scientists broadly interested in the molecular mechanisms regulating the clearance of dying cells, responses of phagocytes, and the impact of cell death and clearance on tissue microenvironment, inflammation, repair, and human disease. We have designed an interdisciplinary workshop to promote interaction, exchange of ideas, and collaboration among students, postdocs, and leading researchers covering many exciting aspects of phagocytosis and related fields.

The program contains the following main subjects linked to phagocytosis of dying cells:

  • Phagocytosis, metabolism, and tissue repair
  • Phagocytes, cell death modalities, and disease connections
  • Phosphatidylserine in phagocytosis and beyond
  • Molecules and mechanisms of phagocytosis
  • Ferroptosis and necroptosis in tissue inflammation
  • Cell death, phagocytosis, and tissue regeneration
  • Model organism based studies of cell death and phagocytosis
  • Potential therapeutic applications

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.







  • Early Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 July 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 August 2022


  • STUDENT EUR 450/500
    (early/late registration)
    (early/late registration)

Registration includes:

  • Welcome reception on day 1
  • All coffee breaks and lunches during the meeting
  • Closing reception

Excluding accommodation


By credit card or bank transfer to the conference budget at Ghent University. Payment details and instructions will be sent to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Abstracts will be selected by the organizing committee. Abstracts will be selected for scientific fit, excellence and novelty. 12 applicants will be selected to present their work as short oral presentations. The rest of the selected applicants will present their work at the poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract must contain sufficient details of the work for the selection committee to judge the scientific fit to the conference theme and the novelty of the research.

Abstracts should contain:

  • Title
  • Author list: full names and affiliation numbers (between brackets)
  • Affiliation: number list corresponding to the authors’ affiliation
  • Body text: 250 words max.

Poster specifications

Format: A0 (Width: 90 cm Height: 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.



Veronique Vandevoorde

Tel.: +32-9-3313682 or +32-9-3313652




Thagaste Monastry

Academiestraat 1,

9000 Ghent


Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. You can find useful information here.


The most updated information on how to reach Ghent, Belgium.

How to travel in Ghent.

Reaching Belgium by plane

Belgium has two main airports, Brussels Airport (Zaventem, about 10 km from the city center of Brussels) and Charleroi Airport (city of Charleroi, 46 km south of Brussels). Nearly all international flights coming into Belgium arrive at Brussels Airport.

Reaching Belgium by train

Arriving by train in Brussels:

  • Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to, or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
  • From the railway station "Gent Sint-Pieters" you can reach Ghent city center by public transport (tram 1, 2 and 4)

De Lijn (website in Dutch only!) is responsible for both trams and busses. You can request a free network map at one of the "Lijnwinkels", which are located near the main bus terminals at Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, Korenmarkt and Gent-Zuid. This network map is also available at the information desk in the tourist centers.

There are different formulas for season tickets. A single ticket costs € 3 and you can travel for 1 hour exchanging different trams and/or busses. Alternatively, you can buy a 10 trips ticket which costs € 16 and each single trip may last as long as for a regular single ticket.

Reaching Belgium by car

Entering Ghent from the E40 or the E17, follow the parking-route to Parking AZ Sint-Lucas Hospital Gent - Campus Volkskliniek or P7 (Sint-Michiels) or P8 (Ramen). These parkings are within walking distance from the city center and the conference venue.

How to reach Ghent?

Both Brussels airport and Charleroi airport are connected to the three main railway stations of Brussels (South or Midi-Zuid, Central and North) by shuttle (bus) service and/or train. For more information on transportation between the two airports and Ghent, please visit the websites below:

Transport between Brussels Airport and Ghent

Transport between Charleroi Airport and Ghent

The easiest way to travel from each airport to Ghent is by train. There is no train traffic during the night (between 0h30 and 5h30)!

Travelling between Charleroi and Ghent takes at least 2 hours; travelling between Brussels and Ghent takes about 1 hour.

Please consult here for further details (search from "Brussels Airport" to "Gent-Sint-Pieters").

EMBO Molecular Medicine