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EMBO Workshop

Mechanisms of membrane fusion

18 – 22 September 2023 | Göttingen, Germany

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

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About the Workshop

Fusion of biological membranes is fundamental to all living organisms and includes a wide range of processes such as infection by enveloped viruses, sperm-egg fusion during fertilization, exocytosis of synaptic vesicles, or the formation of syncytia. Fusion is mediated by diverse protein families, many of which are well known, but novel fusion proteins are still being discovered. Major progress has been made in the mechanistic understanding of membrane fusion. In addition to structural biology, high-resolution imaging and other biophysical approaches at the nanoscale have advanced the field, complemented by refined quantitative physical models describing molecular details of transition states and the free energy barriers that need to be overcome by fusion proteins.

It is the purpose of this EMBO Workshop to bring together scientists from different fields ranging from cell biology to theoretical biophysics, who share an interest in fusion mechanisms, to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The program will comprise talks from invited speakers and short talks that will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Image creadits: Scientific image by Alexey Chizhik, Third Institute of Physics, University of Göttingen, venue photos by Irene Böttcher-Gajewski, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

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



Registration includes:

  • Access to the meeting venue and all events of the meeting
  • All meals (except breakfast) including the conference dinner, and drinks for the breaks.
  • A travel pass for local public transportation (buses) for the duration of the meeting is also included and will be provided at the registration desk.

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


Registration starting March 15, 2023

Selection criteria

Motivation letter, abstract

Abstract guidelines

250 words

Poster specifications

Posters should be portrait format and A0 size (~84 × 119 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 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

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.



Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences

Am Fassberg 11

37077 Göttingen



There are some rooms available at MPI guesthouse! Please contact for bookings.

Meeting attendants need to book their own accommodation.

Hotels, hostels and apartments can be found and booked at the portal of the city tourist office (in German only)

or via the TripAdvisor website.

Note that due to a major trade fair running in parallel in Hannover, rooms may become limited and prices may increase. Early booking is therefore strongly recommended. Also, we have reserved rooms at the following hotels, which can be booked with our special booking code “Fusion Meeting”:

Hotel Beckmann (booking deadline April 30, 2023)

Parkhotel Ropeter (booking deadline August 18, 2023)

Park Inn Hotel by Radisson (booking deadline August 7, 2023)

(you may find lower prices if you book individually elsewhere)

If you have difficulties finding a suitable accommodation in Göttingen, please contact the meeting office at


Travel advisory for Saturday, September 23:

Due to the clearance of a bomb from WW2 the railroad station of Göttingen will be closed on September 23. Also, note that delays can be expected at Frankfurt Airport due to personnel shortages at the security check in. Please contact us if you need assistance in planning your travel accordingly.

Reaching the venue from downtown

The Max-Planck Fassberg Campus is located approximately 5 km from downtown Göttingen. The best option is to arrive

By Public Transportation

Göttingen is connected by high speed trains (ICE) to all major national hubs including Frankfurt International Airport (for timetables see here. The meeting venue can be reached by public bus lines 21, 22 or 23, direction “Faßberg” or “Nikolausberg”. Exit at Stop “Faßberg”, which is directly adjacent to the meeting center at the Max-Planck Fassberg Campus. See here for scheduling details. Note that there are two train stations at Frankfurt Airport, and it depends on the connection which one to use.

By Car

From the autobahn A7 between Kassel and Hannover, take the exit "Göttingen Nord". Follow road number B27 (direction “Braunlage”). After approximately 6 km, turn left towards Nikolausberg (traffic light). Follow the road uphill for approx. 1,2 km and turn left (directly after the pedestrian pass of the bus stop). Parking is available on the left directly after entering the campus, but note that parking space on the campus is limited.

Use public bus lines departing regularly either from the train station (see above) or from downtown (line 21/22/23, direction “Faßberg” or “Nikolausberg”).

About the Area

The city of Göttingen, located in the middle of Germany and founded in the 10th century, is one of the oldest academic towns in Germany. Its university (Georg-August Universität) has a long and distinguished history, being the home of e.g. the Brothers Grimm and mathematician Carl-Friedrich Gauss. In the early 20th century it was the world center of modern mathematics and physics until the Nazis came to power.

Presently, Göttingen is one of the prime academic locations in Germany that in addition to its University is the home of major research institutes including four Max-Planck-Institutes, the German Primate Center and the German Aerospace Center. More than 40 Nobel laureates were, at some point in their career, affiliated with Göttingen academic institutions, and 14 were awarded the prize for research carried out in Göttingen.

The city has a relatively small historic center, with many half-timbered houses and the famous “Gänseliesel” (goose girl) statue at the market place. It is embedded in the rolling hills surrounding the river Leine that crosses the city.

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