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EMBO Workshop

Pathogen immunity and signaling

04 – 08 April 2022 | Saint-Malo, France

Last-minute first-come/first-serve applications until 30 March 2022!

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 December 2021
  • Chosen Posters and Talks Will Be Notified By
  • 17 December 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 February 2022

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About the Workshop

Infectious diseases are one of the most important threats to human health, as exemplified by the recent coronavirus pandemic. Understanding the biology of host responses to pathogens is paramount to the development of new treatment strategies. The goal of this workshop is to bring together experts working on different aspects of the immune system and its response to infectious microorganisms. This includes:

  • (i) pattern-recognition receptors that detect the presence of pathogens,
  • (ii) the role of ubiquitin in immune signalling, and
  • (iii) animal models, pathogenesis and cell-mediated immunity.

These are all not only essential for the clearance of pathogens, but are also interconnected and dependent on each other. However, opportunities for scientists working in these areas to interact are rare. This meeting will close this gap by providing a forum for presentation of new and unpublished results by both established experts and early career researchers, for discussion and knowledge transfer, and for the forging of new collaborations. We will devote a session to the most recent developments in SARS-CoV-2 biology and Covid-19 pathogenesis. We hope the meeting will thereby facilitate future research integrating different branches of the immune system in its response to pathogens.

COVID-19 measures can be found here.

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
  • 15 January 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 December 2021
  • Chosen Posters and Talks Will Be Notified By
  • 17 December 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 February 2022



Registration includes:

The registration fee includes access to the scientific sessions, meals (except dinner on the day of the social event) and welcome reception on the final day of the meeting. Accommodation is ONLY included for invited speakers.


Payment instructions will be sent by email following registration on the EMBO website. Different payment options are available:

  • by credit card,
  • by bank cheque in euros, payable in France,
  • by bank transfer,
  • by purchase order (open to French institutions only).

Selection criteria

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. If the meeting is over-subscribed, participants with an abstract will be preferentially selected. Short talk and flash talk speakers will be selected by the organisers based on submitted abstracts. Scientific excellence will be the leading criterion for selection. Other considerations will also be taken into account: Presentation of short talks by young scientists will be encouraged and gender balance will be ensured.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts need to include a title, author list (with the presenting author underlined), affiliation of the presenting author, followed by a maximum of 200 words of text, including a brief introduction, methods, results and conclusions.

Poster specifications

Poster dimensions: height, 110 cm; width, 95 cm. Poster boards and accessories necessary to display posters will be supplied at the venue.

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.



Alpha Visa Congrès / PIS 2021
624 rue des Grèzes
34070 Montpellier


Telephone: +33 4 67 03 03 00




Palais du Grand Large
1 Quai Duguay-Trouin
35400 Saint-Malo


Participants will be hosted at hotels within a 1 km radius from the venue. They are expected to commute by walking, or using public transport if required.

Please find the up-to-date list of suggested hotels and booking instructions here:


Arriving by train:

The venue is within 15 minutes walking distance (or 5 min by bus) from the train station.

A direct high-speed train (TGV) from Paris is available (duration: 2 h 15 min). This will be the preferred mode of transport for French and many European participants since Paris provides excellent national and European connections by train (UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy). Purchase of your TGV ticket in advance via this link is highly recommended.

Arriving by plane:

For international travelers (distant Europe or overseas) coming through Roissy CDG airport in Paris, there are two options:

a) There is a TGV train station within the airport to go to Rennes (duration: 2 h 30 min trip, 3 trains a day), followed by a TGV train connection to St Malo (duration 1 h). Purchase of your TGV ticket in advance via this link is highly recommended.

b) Through Paris, you can take a taxi to Paris Montparnasse train station (fixed price, duration: 1 h) or a regional train to Paris Montparnasse train station (take the regional train RER B within the airport, change at Denfert-Rochereau station for the Subway 6 line, stop at Montparnasse station), then take a direct TGV train from Paris Montparnasse to Saint-Malo (duration: 2 h 15 min). Purchase of your TGV ticket in advance via this link is highly recommended.

Please click here for additional information and options about the venue and access.

About the Area

The Palais du Grand Large is located at the feet of the old city of St Malo and facing the sea. It is a convention center which has been fully renovated in 2019.

The ancient walled city of Saint Malo is located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine and is the most visited place in Brittany, north western France. Situated on the English Channel, the port has famously been the center of seafaring adventurers and today still retains a jaunty air with a plethora of sailing boats and the romance of the sea. The ramparts which surround the picturesque streets and shops are a reminder of the town’s glorious past, combining Saint Malo’s rich heritage with the delights of an attractive seaside resort.

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