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EMBO Workshop

ImmunoBiophysics: From fundamental physics to understanding the immune response

09 – 14 April 2023 | Les Houches, France

  • Registration Deadline (onsite)
  • 24 February 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (onsite)
  • 24 February 2023
  • Registration Deadline (virtual)
  • 3 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (virtual)
  • 3 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2023

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About the Workshop

Immune cells respond in a coordinated way to protect us from harmful pathogens like viruses and bacteria. The responses are mediated largely through direct cell-cell contacts, which allow cells to exchange biochemical signals and mechanical inputs. The contribution of mechanical forces to molecular and cellular function has fascinated biologists and physicists alike for more than a decade, and in recent years it has become evident that mechanical forces are fundamental to immune cell function. This EMBO Workshop aims to address the important challenge of bridging the gap between molecular and cellular scales processes driving immune cell mechanotransduction. Motivated by exciting developments in the field, this EMBO Workshop, “ImmunoBiophysics #2: From fundamental physics to understanding the immune response” will focus on the immune response from a distinctly physical and mechanical perspective, bringing together experimentalists and theoreticians coming from both the physical and life science communities. Building on the highly successful virtual “ImmunoBiophysics” workshop held in 2021, this hybrid EMBO Workshop will promote collaborations on this emerging topic and foster a new transdisciplinary perspective.

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 (onsite)
  • 24 February 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (onsite)
  • 24 February 2023
  • Registration Deadline (virtual)
  • 3 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline (virtual)
  • 3 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2023


  • INDUSTRY Virtual EUR 250

*For on-site participants, fee waivers are available and will cover up to 75% of the fees.

Registration includes:

  • For participants on site: accommodation, with breakfasts, meals, coffee breaks

  • For participants using the virtual platform: connection to the videoconference system and offline viewing of recorded talks (dependent on speaker agreement)


Online payment (Bank card or transfer)

Selection criteria

Participants will include researchers from all career stages, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career principal investigators. .

To ensure transdisciplinary, we aim to have roughly even numbers of participants from four broad research areas: mathematical/theoretical biophysics, experimental biophysics, biophysical chemistry, and immune cell biology.

Our selection criteria will include gender and nationality. We target 50 percent of women participants, and no more than 25% of researchers based in France.

The scientific quality of the participants will be evaluated by the organizing committee based on the conference abstracts, a short motivation letter and a CV. Evaluation criteria will include novelty of the presented findings, if the data have been published or not (priority will be given to unpublished data), relevance to the field of immunobiophysics, and potential of the work to generate transdisciplinary reflections.

Abstract guidelines

Min 100 words, max 450, with possibility to include one figure max and selected references.

Poster specifications

A0 (841mm x 1189 mm), portrait (vertical)

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

This EMBO meeting shall maintain an environment free of harassment and discriminatory behaviour for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, beliefs (religious or otherwise) or manner of articulation.

Harassment and discrimination of attendees in any form, either in person or online is not tolerated.

Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and all communication and behavior should conform to a respectful environment for all.






The workshop will be held at the Les Houches School of Physics, which is renowned in the physics community and has a tradition of bringing together experimentalists and theoreticians to discuss current challenges, ideas, and techniques in physics. More info on the venue

Address: 149 Chem. de la Côté, 74310 Les Houches

Phone: 04 57 04 10 40


Room are single rooms. A handful of room can accommodate couples. Several rooms are handicap accessible.


The closest airport is the international airport of Geneva, Switzerland, a bit more than an hour from Les Houches by a shuttle service or taxi and 2 hours 34 minutes by train. The Geneva train station is also very well connected to the European train network (2 hours 30 minutes train journey to Les Houches).

Shuttle buses will be organized.

More info here

About the Area

From Les Houches School of Physics website:

"Les Houches School of Physics was founded in 1951 by a young French physicist, Cécile DeWitt-Morette. She wanted to help to rebuild her country, which, like so many others in the wake of the war, was lagging seriously behind in the teaching and practice of modern physics.

The dynamic and visionary Cécile DeWitt-Morette succeeded in building a school, with the few resources available, to which leading world specialists would come to share their knowledge with groups of around thirty students from different countries (mostly France and other European countries, but not only). The setting is idyllic, lying above the Chamonix valley, in full view of the Mont-Blanc mountains. However, back then, living conditions were very rudimentary: the sessions lasted eight weeks (the two months of the university summer holidays), staying in mountain chalets will no facilities, a few kilometres from Les Houches village."

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