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EMBO Workshop

Lipid droplets: Metabolic hubs in health and disease

17 – 22 September 2023 | Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 07 July 2023

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About the Workshop

Lipid droplets (LDs) are major hubs in cellular and organismal metabolism that are highly conserved across species. Numerous cell biological and metabolic pathways converge at LDs to maintain energy and nutrient homeostasis. Their role in metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and cardiovascular disease is undisputed. LDs are also important for host pathogen interaction, by supporting proliferation of infectious agents like viruses or bacteria, and are part of the innate immune system. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the roles of LDs in health and disease are only beginning to emerge. A better understanding of key questions regarding the formation and consumption of LDs, as well as their functional and dynamic integration into cellular metabolism hold great promise to make inroads into the fascinating molecular world of the pathophysiology surrounding LDs.

This EMBO Workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary and diverse group of scientists discussing recent developments and cutting-edge advances in LD research. The meeting is going to provide a unique platform for exchange between basic and clinical researchers across all career levels with ample opportunity for networking and career development.

The highly diverse and multidisciplinary workshop is composed of 8 sessions encompassing topics from molecular LD cell biology, biophysics, computational modeling and state of the art methodology in lipid analytics and diagnostics.

The session themes bridge topics from physiology to pathology including:

- Mechanisms of LD biogenesis and turnover

- Role of LD communication at organelle contact sites

- Computational modeling and biophysical properties of LDs

- Physiological functions of LDs in health and disease states & New functions of LDs as well as the emerging field of LD diversity.

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.





Please find the programme booklet here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 June 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 07 July 2023


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (shared double room) EUR 590
    (single room)
    EUR 900
    (shared double room)
    EUR 690
    (shared double room)
    EUR 1200

Registration includes:

  • Conference participation
  • Accommodation for 5 nights on site
  • Airport shuttle transfers (at specific times)
  • Meals and coffee breaks during the conference
  • Refreshments during poster sessions
  • Gala dinner and farewell party on last evening
  • Conference material


Full payment of the registration fee is required after acceptance to the conference.

Payment of registration fees (in EURO) can be made in one of the following 2 ways:

1. Credit card: Visa/Diners, Master Card/Isracard, American Express

Charges will be made upon submitting the form, by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.

2. Bank transfer: in EURO, to be made upon submitting the payment form (available until 07 July 2023), payable to:

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd. / EMBO Spain

FIBI - The First International Bank of Israel

Account number: 007922


Itzhak Sade 7, Tel Aviv, Israel


IBAN Code: IL190310480000000007922

  • Please ensure that “EMBO Lipid Droplet” and the name of the participant are stated on the bank transfer.
  • Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source, in addition to the registration fees.
  • Please send a copy of the bank transfer to the meeting secretariat at
  • Payments by bank transfer should be received until 07 July 2023.

Selection criteria

If the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the venue, participants will be selected from submitted abstracts based on:

i) Scientific excellence and content of the abstract representing the full scope of the workshop

ii) Minimal number of participants from the same lab

iii) Priority to participants who complement topics that are not covered by invited speakers

The organizers will ensure a balanced participation of senior PIs and early career scientists, especially graduate students and postdocs. Likewise, they will aim for a diverse group of scientists regarding gender and geographical location.

Each selected participant will be requested to present a poster. Outstanding abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations or poster flash talks.

Abstract guidelines

Your abstract should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Authors and affiliations (the presenting author should be underlined)
  • Maximum abstract length is 250 words.

Please indicate whether you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Maximum poster size is A0 portrait (84,1 cm x 118,9 cm / 33.1 x 46.8 inches)

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 available for 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.



For scientific and program-related questions:

please contact Bianca Schrul

For administrative questions (registration, accommodation, transport):

please contact Magali Mizrahi

from the conference secretariat Diesenhaus-Unitours Travel Agency




Hotel Eden Roc:

Punta de Port Salvi, s/n,

17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols,

Costa Brava, Girona,


Tel.: +34-972-32-01-00


A limited number of single rooms will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Students and postdocs will share a double room. Please indicate in the registration form with whom you would like to share a double-room or whether you would like us to find a room-mate for you.

Accommodation for 5 nights is included in the registration fees. Any additional nights need to be booked and paid separately at the hotel.


By train

The nearest train station to the venue is in Girona. We encourage participants from Europe to reduce the CO2 footprint of this workshop by considering traveling by train and public ground transportation.

By bus

Sant Feliu de Guíxols can be reached from Barcelona, Girona and other towns at the Costa Brava by local public transportation.

By plane / Shuttle busses

Barcelona airport (BCN) is the main international airport and about 120 km away from the venue (approx. 1.5h transfer time by shuttle bus/car). Girona airport (GRO) is a smaller international airport and destination for several lost cost airlines and about 30 km away from the venue (approx. 45 min transfer time by shuttle bus/car).

Shuttle busses from Barcelona and Girona airports to the venue will be arranged at specific times on the day of arrival. Similarly, shuttle busses will bring participants to the airports on the last conference day. Please indicate your need for airport transportation in the registration form. The specific times for the shuttle busses will be announced closer to the workshop.

By car

The Hotel Eden Roc is 110 km away from Barcelona and can be reached via the AP-7 and C-35. Once in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Hotel Eden Roc is located at the southern end of the town.

To minimize the CO2 footprint of this workshop, we encourage driving participants to carpool with other participants.

About the Area

Hotel Eden Roc

The hotel is located at the heart of beautiful Costa Brava and offers several facilities for leisure including an outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a spa area and a fitness room. The Mediterranean Sea can be directly accessed via the private hotel beach.

Weather and clothing

The weather in Sant Feliu de Guíxols in September is usually warm and dry with temperatures between 15 ºC – 26 ºC. The dress code during the workshop is casual. Comfortable shoes, head cover and sun screen are recommended for excursions.


Participants from most EU countries and the USA do not need visas to Spain. For participants from other countries, we suggest checking with their local embassy.


Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The workshop organizers and/or Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property that belongs to workshop participants nor for personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the workshop or during tours.

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