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EMBO Workshop

SUMOylation: From discovery to translation

25 – 28 September 2023 | Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2023
  • Late Bird Registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2023
  • Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 2 – 3 weeks after the deadline
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2023

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About the Workshop

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Sumoylation is an essential post-translational modification that regulates thousands of target proteins in a dynamic manner. Small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) can be attached to target proteins as one or more monomers or in the form of polymers.

The past decade has increased our understanding of the cellular and pathophysiological roles of SUMO modifications, extending its functions to the regulation of immunity, pluripotency, stress response and dynamics of molecular condensates. Such progress in understanding the roles and regulation of SUMOylation opens new avenues for the targeting of SUMO to treat disease. Indeed, recent discoveries have revealed great therapeutic potential of modulating SUMOylation, in particular in cancer. The relevance of SUMOylation expands to plant development and plant stress tolerance, highlighting its potential as a biotechnological target for improving crop yield.

The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to integrate perspectives on the function of SUMOylation from the fields of biochemistry, molecular cell biology, structural biology, genetics, plant science, pluripotency, immunity, oncology, neurodegeneration and drug discovery. We will stimulate exchanges between established and young scientists, as well as between basic scientists, clinicians and industry, to stimulate the growth of translational SUMOylation research to tackle challenges in health and agriculture.

This workshop is based upon work form COST Action ProteoCure, CA20113, supported by COST.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

Image credits: Laura Claessens (header), Pedro Castro (leaf image)

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.







  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 1 May 2023
  • Late Bird Registration Deadline
  • 30 June 2023
  • Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 2 – 3 weeks after the deadline
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2023


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (early bird) EUR 300
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (late bird) EUR 350
  • ACADEMIC (early bird) EUR 450
  • ACADEMIC (late bird) EUR 550
  • INDUSTRY (early bird) EUR 700
  • INDUSTRY (late bird) EUR 800

Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Gala dinner (September 27)

Excluding accommodation.

Please note that the total number of participants is limited to 150. We, therefore, advise you to register as soon as possible.


Participants are expected to pay by bank transfer. Selected participants will be sent payment details by email.

Cancellation policy:

All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to prior to 20 July 2023. The registration fee will be refunded in full, less an administrative fee of 20% of the registration amount.

Cancellations received after 20 July 2023 or no-show will not be refunded at all.

Selection criteria

Participant selection will be guided by submitted abstracts, according to the expected scientific impact of the work on the conference and the field. It is, therefore, requested that all participants submit an abstract (at the time of registration, they should also specify whether they wish to present a poster or short talk).

For participants who do not plan to present their work, a CV (for principal investigators) or motivation letter (for students/post-docs) is requested. The CV/motivation letter has to be sent to prior 1 June 2023.

In addition, a proper balance of participants from different countries, genders, and career stages will be sought.

Otherwise, selection will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The organizing committee will send a notification of your acceptance to the conference and/or selection for oral presentations within 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline. This e-mail will also include payment details.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts MUST:

  • be submitted in English
  • include the title, authors list and affiliations
  • be submitted with the agreement of all listed authors
  • character limit: up to 250 words (maximum 2200 characters including spaces)

Poster specifications

Poster size: height 110 cm, width 80 cm.

Any other registration information

For participants who do not plan to present their work, a CV (for principal investigators) or motivation letter (for students/post-docs) is requested. The CV/motivation letter has to be sent to prior to 1 June 2023.

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.



Mrs. Julia de Boer-Theyrlinck






Rua da Imprensa Regional, nº 90,

4490-518 Póvoa de Varzim


There is an allotment of 100 rooms from 25-28.09.2023, plus an allotment of 30 rooms for the 24.09.2023, at the AXIS VERMAR Conference & Beach Hotel under the special booking code “EMBOSUMO”, until April 15th, 2023. Booking should be done directly with the AXIS VERMAR hotel, participants just have to put in the code in the website to book with the special rates for the event.

An allotment of 33 rooms for 24-28.09.2023, will still be available until June 30th 2023. Afterwards, the allotment will expire. Participants will still be able to use the special booking code (and associated prices) until the beginning of the event, but as of July 1st 2023 booking will be subjected to hotel room availability.

We urge participants to book the hotel under the allotment period.

Special accommodation prices per room per night: 65 EUR (single room occupancy), 75 EUR (double room occupancy).

For more information, please visit the hotel website.


The seaside city of Póvoa de Varzim is located 18 km north of the city of Porto’s international airport - Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). There is a metro connecting the airport with the Póvoa de Varzim city center (Line E for 2 stops, transfer to Line B until reaching the Póvoa de Varzim terminal station; total time approximately 40 min). There is also a regular taxi service available at the airport. There are multiple options (Metro, bus, shuttles and taxi) connecting the airport to the Porto city center.

There are regular bus services connecting the cities of Porto and Póvoa de Varzim (e.g. A.V. Minho, Transdev).

Póvoa de Varzim is highly accessible by road, namely via the coastal highway (A28 Porto-Viana do Castelo) and national road (EN13 Porto-Valença).

General information on how to arrive to Portugal can be found here.

About the Area

The AXIS VERMAR Conference & Beach Hotel is located on the sea front of the city of Póvoa de Varzim, a well-established beach resort in Northern Portugal. Along with the adjoining city of Vila do Conde, they form a continuous urban area famous for its sandy beaches, extensive sea front, important historical landmarks and exciting cuisine. These cities are part of the Greater Porto metropolitan area. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, famous for its dynamic city life, beautiful river and sea fronts, and the extensive city center (a proclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site) that includes the renowned Port Wine cellars.

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