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EMBO Workshop

Systems approaches in cancer

26 – 30 June 2023 | Split, Croatia

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • TBA
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 June 2023

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About the Workshop

Cancer is a complex disease involving multiple molecular and cellular events. Significant progress was made in characterizing the genetics of cancer and cellular pathways that are critical for cancer initiation and progression. However, most studies focused on single genes or proteins thus highlighting the need to analyze cancers as integrated systems of gene/protein/metabolite networks and underlying regulatory mechanisms. This EMBO Workshop focuses on applying and integrating high-throughput “omics” technologies, single-cell approaches and computational methods to analyze cancer-related processes and responses to drug treatments. This EMBO Workshop has been held for the first time in Split in 2021 and has been a huge success. The focus of this new 2023 workshop will again be to gather world’s best scientists working in the field, bringing together young and experienced scientists applying genome-scale or quantitative biology approaches. As in 2021, a strong focus of our meeting will be promoting the next generation of researchers in the “systems biology of cancer” field. The program includes the following main subjects: application of omics technologies to cancer research, quantitative/single cell cancer biology, drug discovery and cancer therapeutics, and new methodological developments. A large fraction of the talks will be selected from abstracts and so that the meeting will facilitate interactions among all attendees.

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
  • 31 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • TBA
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 June 2023



Registration includes:

  • Conference (promotion and organization costs), venue
  • Welcome reception
  • Lunch
  • Breaks
  • Gala dinner
  • Invited speakers/organisers costs

Excluding accommodation, travel, accompaniyng person, excursion


Account holder: MEDILS, Mestrovicevo setaliste 45 / 21000 Split, CROATIA

Bank: HPB – Hrvatska Postanska Banka / Domovinskog rata 49 / 21000 Split, Croatia

IBAN: HR49 2390 0011 1003 3168 1


Please reference “Systems approaches in cancer” and your name in the transfer.

Selection criteria

We have already selected speakers who have all confirmed their participation at our workshop if it gets funded by EMBO. These speakers were selected on the basis of their work at the leading edge of research relevant to the topic of our workshop, for their qualities as speakers, their ability to communicate with and energize junior investigators and, most importantly, to ensure gender balance. Gender balance and a balanced geographic distribution will be considered in selecting the participants, the speakers for the short talks and the recipients of the travel fellowships.

The scientific program includes a combination of new speakers and established scientists, to promote continuity and community building.

Fifteen slots have been reserved for short talks (15 minutes) for which the speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance to the themes of the workshop. The organizers will ensure that the selected speakers include a balanced mix of students, postdocs, and early stage investigators.

All participants will be encouraged to submit abstracts on their current research. Those not selected for short talks will get a chance to showcase their work in the flash talk session and poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are now being accepted for lecture (invited speakers), short oral presentation (SOP) or poster presentation in each of the sessions.

You may upload pictures (monochromatic) if you like.

Poster specifications

Posters should not exceed the following dimensions: 90 cm x 110 cm (width x height).

Any other registration information

Please submit your motivation letter and CV when applying for this EMBO workshop.

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.



Irena Rajic


Mestrovicevo setaliste 45

21000 Croatia




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Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences

Mestrovicevo setaliste 45

21000 Split, HR


Organizers and some invited speakers will stay in the workshop venue (Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, MedILS in Split, Croatia) in the residential part of the institute. The participants and the other invited speakers will be accommodated in nearby hotels. There are a number of fine hotels in the center of Split, which is about 1,5 km from the MedILS. The hotels offer in comfortable single, double or twin rooms equipped with comfortable beds, fine bedding, writing desk, Smart TV and modern bathroom. Transportation to and from the venue will be organised daily.


The Split Airport is located in Divulje, between Trogir and Kaštela, around 25 kilometers from the Split centre. Croatia Airlines provides a shuttle bus directly from the airport exit station to the main bus station in Split. From the main bus station there are public bus lines to the venue.

Taxi: +385-21-1777

For the Bus No. 12 schedule, visit the Promet Split website.

For bus departures and arrivals, visit the Bus station Split website.

All information on flights to and from Croatia are available at the Croatia Airlines website.

Traffic information for Croatia can be found at the Jadrolinija website.

About the Area

Additional information on Split is available on our page.

Molecular Systems Biology