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EMBO Workshop

Cell polarity and membrane dynamics

21 – 25 May 2023 | Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 6 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 18 April 2023

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About the Workshop

Cell polarization is an essential first step for many biological processes ranging from cell motility to tissue and organism morphogenesis. At the same time, cell polarization requires a precise control of their internal organization, which is the result of a complex dynamic interplay between the cytoskeleton, molecular motors, signaling molecules, and membranes. Recent technological advances have helped obtaining valuable new information on the different temporal and spatial scales that govern cell polarization. We have obtained structures of membrane-localized protein complexes, demonstrated the emergent self-organizing properties of proteins and cellular systems and shed light on how to modulate the shape of membranes and tissues to build entire tissues or organisms. To develop a mechanistic understanding of these processes, we need to integrate our existing knowledge on cell polarization, from the tissue level down to individual molecules, obtained from minimal reconstituted systems to whole animals, from experimental and theoretical approaches. This EMBO Workshop will bring together a highly diverse group of scientists (cell & structural biologists, (bio)chemists, experimental & theoretical physicists) to present the state-of-the-art of their fields, to exchange ideas, and to identify synergies between them to establish new collaborations and open new research fields.

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
  • 6 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 18 April 2023



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation: 5 nights (in 21st of May – out 26th of May in double room). Single occupancy (+120 EUR extra for single room)
  • All meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner)
  • Gala dinner
  • Bus transfer from airport to venue


Payment can be made via the button above.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of scientific excellence with a strong consideration for PhD students and early-stage postdocs, ensuring excellent gender, demographic, geographic and basic/applied research balance. 2+ travel grants will be allocated according to EMBO travel grant guidelines.

Organizers will select 18 applicants for short talks and 18 applicants for flash-talks (minimum 50% PhD, remainder junior Postdocs), with consideration of excellence, research area and diversity. All other applicants will present their work during poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts (maximum 350 words) must be written in English. The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will receive an email to let us know whether their abstracts have been chosen for an Oral or a Poster presentation on 21st March 2023.

Poster specifications

The poster can be prepared in free design and fonts.

Please follow the sizes below:
Width: 90 cm
Height: 120 cm

This corresponds to an A0 vertical format.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. More information is available on the EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare 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 childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.






Eden Roc Mediterranean Hotel & Spa

Punta de Port Salvi, s/n,

17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona, Spain


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.

The hotel has a long tradition in hosting international meetings/workshops, with integrated conference facilities and plenty of seating areas to discuss and connect with each other, both inside and outside. The air-conditioned lecture room can accommodate 200 participants. There is a separate, spacious poster room close to the lecture hall.

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.

Participants are all housed on-site with full board (diverse buffet). Coffee breaks will be held directly outside the lecture room on a sea-view terrace. Lunch breaks can be used for e.g. hiking or swimming in the venue's outdoor pool, or in the sea.


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 (Sunday 21 May) and departure day (Friday 26 May)

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

Travel by train

Girona is the nearest train station (30 km). 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.

Organised transportation for participants

As many participants will likely arrive at Barcelona airport, we have arrange shuttle buses on the day of arrival and departure.

Girona transfer will only be available if a sufficient number of participants travel that way.

Sunday 21st May from Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1) to the hotel Eden Roc at Sant Feliu de Guixols. We will meet at arrivals of Terminal 1.


Bus 1: at 13:00h

Bus 2: at 17:00h

The bus will take an hour and a half.

About the Area

The Eden Roc hotel at the Costa Brava is located at a distance of only 1km from Sant Feliu de Guixols in a unique and quiet peninsula. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds the 360 meters coast around the Eden Roc Resort. The climate is mild and pleasant. In summer, it rarely exceeds 30°C.

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