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EMBO Workshop

Comparative genomics of unicellular eukaryotes: Interactions and symbioses

12 – 17 September 2022 | Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 11 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2022

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About the Workshop

Unicellulars represent ~70% of extant eukaryotic diversity and are responsible for the production of half of all oxygen on Earth. Major challenges in the field are underpinned by this staggering diversity of this domain of life, much of which remains uncultured. Major progress has been achieved in understanding genomes/transcriptomes/proteomes, evolutionary relationships and diversity of selected representatives. Still, for the vast majority of microbial eukaryotes, be they terrestrial or aquatic, we know nothing about their interactions with other living entities. Therefore, with this series of EMBO workshops, which was so far extremely helpful in propelling comparative genomics and diversity of microbial eukaryotes, we will now pay more attention to microbial interactions, as they truly underpin the survival of all life. In order to understand microbial ecosystems, we need to focus on interactions, ranging from ephemeral to permanent, and their evolutionary, physiological, and ecological implications. These topics will be combined with bringing forward the latest developments in the studies of the last eukaryotic common ancestor and non-traditional model organisms and knowledge of their cellular biology – especially as it connects to interactions with the external world. Inspired by the current pandemics, we will also pay attention to viruses affecting this domain of life.

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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 August 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 August 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 11 August 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2022



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (shared rooms) at Eden Roc Hotel
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) at Eden Roc Hotel
  • Coffee breaks
  • Transfers to/from Barcelona airport


Accepted participants will receive a payment details by email. Your place will only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

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Selection criteria

The capacity of the workshop is limited to 120 participants. The deadline for registration is August 15th, but we encourage you to register early because the meeting may fill up before the deadline. You will be informed quickly if your registration has been accepted, but your place at the workshop is not guaranteed until payment of the registration charge is received. The deadline for receipt of payments is August 15th. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-served basis.

All applicants are welcome to submit an abstract and present a poster. Some Abstracts will be selected by the Organizers for oral presentation.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 300 words, excluding title, authors, and affiliations.

Poster specifications

The poster space will be 90 x 120 cm (width x height), which corresponds to A0 portrait format.

Travel Grants and Registration Fee Waivers

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.

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.



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The EMBO Workshop will be held at Hotel Eden Roc, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Costa Brava, Spain. Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a small picturesque town situated on the northern Mediterranean coast of Spain, 120 km from Barcelona airport. The hotel overlooks the sea and is located 1.5 km from the centre of Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Most of the rooms in Hotel Eden Roc will be twin rooms shared by 2 people. If you know who you would like to share a room with, please enter their name in the registration form.


Travel by plane

Barcelona (El Prat) airport, BCN: The hotel is located 120 km from Barcelona airport, which is served by most major airlines. Shuttle buses to/from Barcelona airport will be provided on the arrival day (Monday 12 September) and departure day (Saturday 17 September)

In addition, Sarbus offers bus service between Barcelona BCN airport and Sant Feliu Guixols.

Travel by train

Girona is the nearest train station (30 km). Teisa offers bus service between Girona City and Sant Feliu de Guixols. A taxi from the train station to St. Feliu costs around EURO 70.

Travel by car

Motorway A-7, exit 9 (when travelling from Barcelona), or exit 7 (when travelling from France). GPS coordinates for Hotel Eden Roc are: 41.772841, 3.030318.

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