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EMBO Workshop

Reversible phosphorylation, signal integration and drug discovery

22 – 26 May 2022 | Vouliagmeni, Greece

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    Hybrid event
  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 May 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 13 May 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 13 May 2022

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About the Workshop

Edmond Fischer
Edmond Fischer
Patricia Cohen
Patricia Cohen

This workshop is dedicated to the memory of the Nobel Laureate Edmond Fischer who together with Edwin Krebs discovered reversible phosphorylation as a regulatory mechanism and Patricia Cohen for her pioneering work on protein phosphatases. Both Edmond and Patricia were passionate supporters of the phosphatase community and scholarly events such as this.

Reversible phosphorylation is a primary mode of signal transduction vital to all aspects of cellular function. Tightly controlled by the opposing activities of phosphatases and kinases, this post-translational modification mediates protein-protein interactions and regulates the catalytic activity of enzymes. Disruption of this delicate balance can have profound pathological consequences. Stigmatized as nonselective housekeeping enzymes with limited druggability, protein phosphatases have emerged as equally important to kinases in health and disease. The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together leading scientists and trainees in reversible phosphorylation, signal integration, and drug discovery to present and discuss their latest findings, challenges, and gaps in our knowledge. Topics will include protein phosphatases in immunobiology and immunotherapy, cancer biology, and structure-function. A special session will be dedicated to innovative ways of targeting this family of enzymes and potential therapeutic benefits, and tributes will be given to pioneers of the field.

NOTICE: We encourage you to visit the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Tourism website for the latest travel rules. Do not forget your travel insurance.

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
  • 13 May 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 13 May 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 13 May 2022



In-person registration includes:

  • Workshop attendance
  • Program and accompanying material
  • Welcome dinner, lunch, and coffee breaks throughout the meeting
  • Optional Gala Dinner (EUR 50 per person), including live Greek music the final night of the workshop

Excluding accommodation, breakfast, and transportation to and from the venue.

In-person registration includes:

  • Programme and accompanying material
  • Access to all talks, which will be streamed live, recorded, and accessible via the workshop website
  • Access to all e-posters

Selection criteria

Registrants will be screened by the organizers, based on research interests, training, career stage and intentions for attending the workshop. Selection for oral and poster presentations will be done by the organizers, based on novelty, significance, and relevance of the research to the thematic of the workshop. Priority will be given to young investigators and trainees, whilst promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

Abstract guidelines

  • Title
  • Authors (full names and affiliations)
  • Abstract (300 words maximum, not including references)

Poster specifications

  • 140 × 100 cm (width × height, landscape)

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.


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      Tickets for an Optional Cultural Excursion (EUR 50 per person), including guided bus tour to the Acropolis Museum and pass to the museum, and Optional Gala Dinner (EUR 50 per person), including live Greek music can also be purchased via the same .
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Yotis Senis

Tel: +33 6 67 85 63 17




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Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso Hotel

Agiou Nikolaou 10, Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece

Tel: +30 210 89 11 100

Fax: +30 210 96 58 010



Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and must be arranged by the participants.

The recommended hotels are the Divani Apollon & Thalasso Hotel, where the workshop will be held, and the Amarilia Hotel, 50 m from the venue. Please follow instructions provided below to book rooms at either of these hotels. Preferential rates have been arranged with both, including breakfast. Participants are welcome to share rooms at their discretion.

1. Enter respective hotel reservation website:

2. Enter dates, room type, number of guests etc.

3. Guests will receive a confirmation of their booking from the hotel.

As a special offer, discounted room rates at the Divani Hotel apply up to 2 weeks before and after the workshop.


The venue/hotel is situated 25 km from Athens International Airport and can be reached by taxi or bus as indicated below:

  • TAXI – Taxi is the recommend mode of transportation and are available at the designated area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals. The cost will be approximately 38€ for single tariff (05:00 - 24:00) and 54€ late night tariff (00:00 - 05:00). Travel time is approximately 20 minutes.
  • BUSRoute X96 (departure point between Exits 4 & 5 of Arrivals). Buses run every 15-30 minutes, depending on the time of day. The duration is approximately 40 minutes and the cost is 6€. Disembark at ‘PIGADAKIA’, turn left on the main avenue and walk 10 minutes to the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso Hotel, located on the right side of the main avenue.

About the Area

Situated 20 km from Athens city centre, Vouliagmeni is a secluded coastal town in the alluring Apollo Coast, also known as the Athens Riviera. This is an ideal place for swimming, relaxing at a waterfront café or taverna and promenades along the quiet picturesque pedestrian streets and marinas. You can also dine by the sea or shop in one of the area’s exclusive shops and modern shopping centres. Places to visit in the surrounding area include:

  • Acropolis of Athens

The former citadel in the heart of Athens contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon commissioned by Pericles in the 5th century BCE.

The renowned Acropolis Museum designed by New York-based architect Bernard Tschumi and Greek architect Michael Photiadis houses artefacts from the Acropolis. An optional private tour of the museum is planned on the evening of the 25th May, including transportation and dinner at the museum.

  • Faliro

Some of the most impressive yachts in the Mediterranean dock at Flisvos Marina. The pedestrian promenade is the destination for a relaxing stroll, a fancy cocktail or a great meal with a perfect sea view.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is the newest attraction to the area, thanks to generous philanthropic support of the late shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos and renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is a multifunctional and environmentally sustainable education, arts and recreation destination, serving as the new home to both the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, and also hosts various workshops for adults and children, as well as cultural events.

  • Glyfada

Glyfada’s downtown area is an energetic shopping hub where boutique shops are dispersed amongst cafes, eateries and bars.

  • Vouliagmeni

A marina and series of private beaches are the hallmarks of the seaside suburb of Vouliagmeni, where the picturesque harbour offers stunning views of the distant Saronic Gulf islands. The suburb name was taken after Lake Vouliagmeni (‘Sunken Lake’), renowned for its healing and rejuvenating waters.

  • Cape Sounion

Referred to in Homer’s Odyssey as as ‘the sacred cape of the Athenians’, Cape Sounion is the southernmost tip of the greater Athens area. The inspiring Temple of Poseidon built on the ruins of an Archaic temple in honour of the god of the sea is a must see. Perched high on the rocky headland jutting out over the Saronic Gulf, the gleaming marble columns once welcomed the ancient Athenians home as they sailed back into the Aegean Sea. Today, Cape Sounion is one of the most coveted spots on the Riviera to admire the sunset.

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