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EMBO Workshop

Enhanceropathies: Understanding enhancer function to understand human disease

17 – 20 October 2023 | Marseille, France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 August 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 August 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 8 September 2023

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About the Workshop

Enhancers play a central role in the spatiotemporal control of gene expression and tend to work in a cell type-specific manner. In addition, they are suggested to be major contributors to phenotypic variation, evolution and disease. Dysfunction of enhancers by either genetic, structural, or epigenetic alterations is an important cause of aberrant gene activity in cancer and Mendelian diseases, the so-called enhanceropathies. Despite the recent gain of insights into enhancer biology and function, we still have a limited ability to predict how enhancer dysfunction impacts gene expression. To bridge this gap, in 2021 we brought together experts in enhancer biology, gene regulation and medical genetics. Given the great success of this EMBO Workshop and the excellent feedback of the participants, we are renewing the meeting in 2023. Our invited speakers and participants will discuss the multidisciplinary approaches required to investigate enhancer function, and debate about the role of enhancers in fundamental biological processes (e.g. embryonic development, evolution), as well as in the etiology of human disorders. Ultimately, the workshop’s goal is to provide a complete view of how a deep and systems-level understanding of enhancer function can facilitate elucidating the molecular basis of human enhanceropathies.

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 August 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 25 August 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 8 September 2023



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks
  • Accommodation (shared). Hotel rooms are pre-booked.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Welcome reception
  • Gala dinner
  • Excursion


Payments will be handled by the Foundation Leonardo Torres Quevedo, which will generate a website for this purpose and use a dedicated bank account. Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit card. Selected participants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

Before payment, please first register and submit your abstract via the registration system. The organisers will then inform you whether or not you have been accepted, upon which you can settle your payment.

The main criteria for the selection of the participants will be the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts as well as the relevance and complementarity to the planned scientific sessions.
Furthermore, we will also implement the following criteria during the selection procedure:

  • Gender balance: we will aim to 50% female participation.
  • Early-career researchers: we will aim to have >50% junior participants (PhD students, postdocs and young PIs). Moreover, we will prioritize junior researchers as speakers for the selected Short Talks.
  • Geographical balance: we will aim at having participants from many different countries, favoring participation from economically less privileged countries and avoiding an over-representation of participants from the hosting country (i.e. less than 15% participants from France)

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be limited to 200 words, excluding title and author information.

Poster specifications

Vertical posters only (portrait format). Maximum width of 80 cm and maximum length of 120 cm.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

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

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are availablefor scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, 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.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

At EMBO, we believe that harassment and discriminatory behaviour are unacceptable in any setting. EMBO's code of conduct is applicable for all participants of this EMBO meeting and can be found here.



Davide Cavalieri


Phone : 0033 4 91 82 87 31




Credit/source for venue images (from left to right): [Creative Commons CC0], Matthieu Parent, AntoineJoub ( [CC BY-SA 4.0])

Villages Clubs du Soleil - Marseille

23 Rue François Simon
13003 Marseille


The accommodation is at the same location as the EMBO workshop’s venue.

Participants will share double/triple rooms. Invited speakers will have single rooms.

Please contact us if you need a single room for personal/health reasons.

Accommodation Scam Alert

Please make your housing is arranged directly by us and the registration fees are handled by the Fundación Leonardo Torres Quevedo.

We have been alerted about a scam from travellerpoint(dot)org / travellerspoint(dot)org, which offers to book accommodation on your behalf. Please, ignore these emails and do not reply nor click on any link provided. You can also block the domain on your email client.

We strongly urge prospective speakers and participants to ignore all requests from any housing services and to carefully consider the above before sharing any details about their bank account. Any such request should be rejected. Suspicious communications purportedly from, for, or on behalf of the EMBO Workshop 2023 "Enhanceropathies: Understanding enhancer function to understand human disease" should be reported to or to the organisers.


The Villages Clubs du Soleil is less than 2 km away from the main railway station in Marseille, the Gare Marseille-Saint-Charles. This corresponds roughly to a 20-minute walk or 10 minutes by taxi or bus (lines 56, 49).

The Gare Marseille-Saint-Charles is served by high-speed trains (TGV) to Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, and other cities in Europe, as well as by long-distance buses.

The main airport, Aéroport Marseille Provence, is well connected and serves frequent flights to/from several major European cities (e.g. Paris, London, Rome, Berlin…), enabling worldwide connections.
One can reach the venue from the airport by taxi (approx. 25 km) or by bus shuttle (L91 shuttle to Gare Saint-Charles).

For transportation within Marseille, the following city public transports are available in the hotel area:

  • Subway: “Gare Saint-Charles” stop (20 minutes)
  • Tram: “Longchamp” stop (10 minutes)
  • Buses: Lines 56, 49 – “Belle de Mai” stop

The venue offers a free shuttle service, leaving every 30 minutes to “Longchamp“ tram stop.

About the Area

The workshop will be held in Marseille, the main French city on the Mediterranean Sea. Marseille is an ideal spot for international conferences as it is directly connected to most major cities in Europe. It is home to Aix-Marseille University, the largest in the French-speaking world, as well as to the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Mucem). Newcomers will be charmed by its vibrant marine atmosphere, the numerous local specialties, and other delicacies from around the world and by the diversity of its neighborhoods. Finally, the Calanques National Park gifts visitors with stunning landscapes, where rock formations meet wild Mediterranean nature and turquoise blue water.

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