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EMBO Workshop

Target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling in photosynthetic organisms

21 – 24 October 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 July 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2021

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About the Workshop

The TOR kinase pathway constitutes one of the most conserved signaling cascades in eukaryotes, playing a central role in coordinating protein synthesis, autophagy and other fundamental cellular processes with nutrient availability. In photosynthetic organisms TOR is a major signaling hub, integrating light, metabolic, hormonal, and stress signals, into adequate physiological, growth, and developmental responses.

This EMBO workshop aims to bring together researchers from highly diverse fields in plant and algal biology to tackle how TOR signaling impacts virtually all aspects of life in photosynthetic organisms. The workshop will address TOR complex dynamics and composition, its upstream regulation, its role in metabolism, development, and stress responses, as well as its connection with other nutrient signaling pathways. The program aims to promote and expand interactions within the TOR community, ultimately contributing to the advancement of this rapidly growing field of research.

Photo Credits:
Alba García (CRAG, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona); María Esther Pérez-Pérez and Jose L. Crespo (IBVF-CSIC, Sevilla)

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.





The times in the programme below are indicated in Central European Summer Time (CEST; eg. Berlin, Paris, Madrid). These times correspond to morning-afternoon in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT; eg. New York, Quebec). To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the CEST programme time and your city into the Time Zone Converter.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 July 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 July 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 August 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 September 2021



Registration includes:

  • Access to recorded sessions and all live events
  • Online abstract book and poster presentations


Payment information will be provided with notification of acceptance.

Selection criteria

Selection of participants will be based on the submitted abstracts. Depending on the indicated preference, participants will be selected to present posters or give oral presentations (14 slots reserved). Selected talks will be of 10 or 5 min and will be pre-recorded and followed by a live Q&A session.

Organizers will select participants on the basis of

a) Scientific excellence and novelty

b) Relevance to the theme and objectives of the meeting

c) Balance of gender, young/established investigators, EU/outside EU investigators

Participants willing to be considered for an oral presentation should upload a short CV (max. 2 pages, 12 font size) when they register for the workshop.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum abstract length is 250 words.

Poster specifications

Posters should be a maximum of 4 slides. Presenters will prepare a pre-recorded flash-talk of maximum 3 minutesthat will be available in the meeting platform for the duration of the meeting. For the poster sessions, presenters will be automatically assigned to the Zoom break-out room corresponding to their poster. This automated assignment only works provided that you are logged in to Zoom using the same email address that you used to register for the conference. If you use another email, you will have to get to your room by yourself.

Registration Fee Waivers

In lieu of travel grants, a number of fee waivers will be 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. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Specific 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.



Rita Caré, Regina Fernandes

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