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EMBO Workshop

Cell biology of the nervous system: Long-term resilience and vulnerability

08 – 11 May 2023 | Heraklion, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 24 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 5 April 2023

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About the Workshop

The exploration of the cell biological aspects of nervous system development, function, and health continues delivering groundbreaking pieces of information that push forward our understanding of brain function and disease. The dynamics and localization of cellular processes and their plasticity in the face of altered conditions are emerging as key for supporting core properties of the nervous system. In this meeting, we are excited to provide a vital forum for the exchange of cutting-edge research in the broad field of neuronal cell biology, with great attention to novel techniques and emerging views. The 2023 EMBO Cell Biology of the Neuron workshop will focus on the multiple mechanisms that endow neurons with their resilience- keeping them functional for up to many years.

This workshop is part of a series of successful EMBO Cell Biology of the Neuron meetings, with a strong tradition fostering a lively and active exchange between scientists at all levels. It provides an excellent forum for exchange, learning, establishing new collaborations, and for presenting ideas that will shape the future of the cell biology of the neuron. It is especially tailored to promote young scientists within a dynamically evolving community.

Image credits: Neuron dance by Telma Santos

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
  • 24 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 26 March 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 5 April 2023


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (single room) EUR 1250
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (shared room) EUR 815
  • ACADEMIC (single room) EUR 1450
  • ACADEMIC (shared room) EUR 1015
  • INDUSTRY (single room) EUR 1900
  • INDUSTRY (shared room) EUR 1465

Registration includes:

  • Registration to the workshop
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Single or Shared Double room at the venue hotel on an all-inclusive basis, including the overnight stay tax. Check in May 7th – Check out May 12th
  • Admission to all lectures
  • Workshop materials
  • Coffee breaks
  • All food & drinks included in the all-inclusive program of the hotel (until 23:00)
  • Conference gala dinner

Please note: Αbstract submission & registration links are separate; thus you will have to complete both forms by clicking on Online Application and Abstract Submission buttons.


Registration is not complete until payment has been received.

Payment options:

a. By bank transfer to the following bank account:

Bank Address: 1, 62 Martyron Ave, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Account Holder: Cretan Conference & Business Service LP
Account Number: 0026.0134.00.0200765110
Account IBAN: GR9602601340000000200765110
Currency: EURO

Please include in your payment the name of the participant and the Reference ID. All bank transfers must be made without any charges to the recipient.

b. By online payment via credit card (Visa / Mastercard only) by using this link.

For any questions regarding payments, extension of stay before/after the dates of the conference, accompanying persons, etc., please contact: Ms Katerina Koronaiou

The EMBO Workshop organizers would like to strongly emphasize that, for registration purposes and accommodation offers, only our OFFICIAL partner company CCBS GREECE P.C, the official EMBO website, as well as the links and contacts advised herein, should be used.

If you have any question or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Registration Cancellation Policy

Until April 5th 2023 – full refund minus 30 € administrative fee
From April 6th until April 25th 2023 – 50% cancellation fee
From April 26th 2023 onwards – No refund of registration fees

Please note any changes or cancellations MUST BE RECEIVED by email at or fax at +30 2810 330606.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on scientific excellence.

Abstract guidelines

Each participant can submit max one abstract.

The abstract (maximum 200 words) should contain a clear description of the results that will be presented, their biological significance and impact, and the methods employed to obtain the results. The title should be no more than 80 characters including spaces.

Please note that abstract submission & registration link are separate; thus you will have to complete both forms by clicking on Online Application and Abstract Submission buttons.

Poster specifications

All Posters should be A0 (portrait).

The workshop secretariat will supply materials for the mounting of posters: blu tack & scotch tape. Kindly note that screws, glue, pins, etc. are not allowed.

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.

Media and communications policy



For any questions regarding the workshop please contact:

Ms Katerina Koronaiou
CCBS Greece LP.

Telephone: +30 2810 331010




Fodele Beach Resort

P.O. BOX 1354
Heraklion 71500 Crete, Greece
Tel: +30.2810.522.000
Fax: +30.2810.522.009

The workshop venue is the Fodele Beach Resort, which is located 25 km west of Heraklion city on the cliffside overlooking the sea by the Homonymous Beach in Fodele village.

Heraklion Airport (HER) is the closest airport, approximately 28 km to/from the Fodele Beach Resort.


Participants that will register for a Shared Double room, if they do not indicate a specific roommate, will be matched with another participant by the conference organizers.


Getting to Heraklion

By Air: The principal airport in Crete is Heraklion International Airport, “Nikos Kazantzakis” (airport code: HER). It is located about 5 km east of the city center of Heraklion and is directly connected to Athens International Airport (airport code: ATH) with several daily domestic flights run by Olympic Air, Aegean Airlines, and Skyexpress.

The flight duration from/to Athens is about 45min. There are also other direct scheduled airline connections from major European cities as well as many charter flights from most European countries.

By Boat: It is also possible to arrive by boat from Piraeus (a major port of Greece) to Heraklion Ferry services are operated daily on the line Athens-Heraklion (Heraklion Port). Minoan lines and ANEK lines provide daily service from and towards Crete. At least two ferry boats sail daily to Heraklion from Piraeus. The boats sail in the evening (usually around 9-10 pm) and reach the destinations early in the morning (around 5:30-6:00 am) after an 8-9 hour journey.

From Heraklion to Venue

Participants will have to use a taxi or public bus service from/to the airport and venue.

Private Transfer Offer with Taxi or Minivan: You can order a private taxi/minivan for your transfer to the venue. The driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name, so you can meet him.

Taxi: A taxi can take up to 4 passengers depending on their luggage. The special rate for the workshop participants from Heraklion Airport to the venue is 60 € per taxi each way.

Minivan: A minivan can take up to 8 passengers and has a lot of space for luggage. The special rate for the workshop participants from Heraklion Airport to the venue is 90 € per minivan each way.

The private transfer service will be available and confirmed for bookings received by email at until May 1st, 2023.

Payment method with credit card (Visa or Mastercard) online via Livepay by following this link.

Please note that the private transfer service is non-refundable.

Once the payment of the transfer service is received, we will email you with a final confirmation of the transfer as well as the contact number of your driver.

Book your transfer here

Please note that Crete has two major airports.
Heraklion airport (HER) is 28 km from and is the closest one to the venue.
Chania airport (CHQ) is 134 km from the venue.

About the Area

Fodele village, 3 km away from the venue, is an idyllic village, which extends in a verdant oasis full of orange and lemon groves, colourful flowers and running waters. The fertile valley of Fodele is crossed by the river Pantomantris and is surrounded by mountains with high wild trees and caves. Historians suggest that Fodele Bay was the original site of the ancient town of Astali, which was the port of ancient Axos. Here, too, the famous Greek painter, Dominicus Theotokopoulos (better known as El Greco) was born in 1545.

Heraklion: Heraklion, located 25km from the Venue, is the capital of Crete, the largest urban centre in Crete and the economic centre of the island with approximately 200,000 people. The town of Heraklion is a vibrant small metropolis and combines urban scenery, archaeological and cultural heritage with natural beauty.

The first European civilization, the Minoan civilization, flourished on this land 5000 years ago and can still be experienced today by visiting the ancient palace of Knossos Archaeological Site and the Archeological Museum of Heraklion.

During the last 20 years, the city has also made remarkable advances in the academic and technological fields as it hosts the University of Crete and the Foundation of Research and Technology Hellas.

The island of Crete

Crete is the most southern region of Greece and Europe, separating the Aegean Sea from the Libyan Sea it marks a physical boundary between Europe and Africa. It is the largest Greek island and one of the largest in the Mediterranean basin, with a total surface of 8,336 km², 1,100 km of coastline and approximately 623,000 inhabitants.

The island of Crete boasts a long and turbulent history and a fascinating culture. Cultural influences from other civilizations of the West and the East, as well as the remains of the glorious Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), are found across the island. This mix of civilizations has marked contemporary Cretan culture, which is still vibrant and distinctive as it has always been.

The Cretan land encompasses an amazing variety of landscapes and landforms. Crete is renowned for its breathtaking mountain ranges, fertile valleys, plethora of caves, gorges and plateaus of exceptional beauty as well as for its long sandy beaches and clear blue seas. Historic and cultural attractions, Cretan traditions, traditional settlements, monuments, archaeological sites, social mores, the local proceedings, the Cretan cuisine, the natural environment, folkloric richness, remarkable ecosystems and unique landscapes are waiting to be discovered.

The climate of Crete is characterized as mild and Mediterranean with four distinct seasons. It is mild Mediterranean – dry and warm, which means high sunshine all year round, very small seasonal changes in temperatures and no extreme weather phenomena. The average year temperature is 19°C. During October, expect the temperature to range between 15°C (at night) to 25°C, with occasional rain.

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