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EMBO Workshop

Gene regulatory mechanisms in neural fate decisions

07 – 10 September 2023 | Alicante, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2023

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About the Workshop

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The brain is the most complex organ that arose in evolution, formed by an intricate network of hundreds of neuronal and glial cell types properly wired for information processing. It is becoming clear that the specification, maintenance and function of these cell types relies on defined gene regulatory programs organized by epigenetic mechanisms, transcription factors, their regulatory co-factors and non-coding transcripts. In recent year, impressive development and new technologies have allowed interrogation of these mechanisms at new scales and resolution including the use of organoids, single-cell assessment of transcriptomes and epigenomes, and advancements in systems and computational neuroscience, among others. These approaches are beginning to provide new dimensions to our understanding of neural stem cell fate decision in brain evolutions, development and function and how these mechanisms go awry in certain disorders. This EMBO Workshop will capitalize on these recent developments and new approaches to provide a forum to present and discuss the latest exciting findings in deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying neural stem cell fate choices, their intertwined epigenetics and transcriptional molecular logic and approaches to restore their function when these mechanisms fail.

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 June 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2023



Registration includes:

  • 3 nights (in 7th, out 10th) of accommodation in a double room and breakfast (single rooms will have a supplement of 150 € for the 3 nights)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches (8th, 9th and 10th September)
  • Dinners (7th, 8th and 9th September)

Does not include extra night accommodation. Please ask the secretariat.


Once you have registered and have been accepted, please use the payment link above to make the payment online via credit card or bank transfer.

The cancelation policies are as follow:

Before 20 July we keep 20%

Between 15 July and 20 August we keep 60%

From 21 August no refund

Selection criteria

Acceptance of applicants for attending the meeting as well as the decision of whether an abstract is accepted for a poster or short talk will be based on scientific merit only. Preference will be given to applicants submitting abstracts with non-published work.

Only 15 abstracts will be selected for short talks (10 minutes), the rest will be presented as a poster.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations. Abstracts must be written in English.

The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will receive an email to let them know whether their abstracts have been chosen for a Short Talk or as a Poster presentation.

There will be an announcement of best Short Talks and best Poster awards on day 3 before dinner.

Poster specifications

Please bring a printed copy of your poster.

Vertical A0 portrait format (maximum 90 cm width x 120 cm height).

We will have two poster sessions of 1 hour and a half each. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers and colleagues.

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.



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Tel: +34 933196323




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Complejo San Juan

C/ Doctor Pérez Mateos, 2

03550 San Juan, Alicante



The registration fee includes 3 night accommodation in a double room and full board. All those participants sharing a room please specify the name of the other participant in the registration form.


By plane

The closest airport is el Atelet in Alicante. The distance between the airport and the hotel is 23 km and the easy way to arrive is with a taxi, which takes 20 minutes and costs about 45€.

Travelling from USA:

There are no direct flights to Alicante from the USA. There are few flights from Madrid to Alicante, and an alternative is the AVE (only 2hr 15min to Alicante), or the plane Madrid-Alicante is always more comfortable.

A good connection can also be to fly to Barcelona and from there to Alicante, but if the plane fails, the train is >5hrs!

By train

If you get to Alicante by train, you can also take a taxi to San Juan.

Taxi transfer to the Complejo San Juan Hotel:

We highly recommend to book your transfer from the Airport or Ave traint station with RadioTaxi. If you do it and pay in advance you can get a discount.

About the Area

San Juan de Alicante is located on the East coast of Spain, near Alicante (8 km).

San Juan de Alicante has a privileged climate with average temperatures of over 11 degrees in winter and around 30 in summer.

San Juan de Alicante is known for the long and nice beach as a tourist destination.

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