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EMBO Workshop

Systems biology: Linking chromatin and epigenetics to disease and development

25 – 28 May 2023 | Alexandroupoli, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 21 April 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 21 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 April 2023

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About the Workshop

After recent advances in the field of molecular biology and genetics accompanied by the breathtaking progress in multi-omic strategies, have led to the development of Systems Biology in the last 5 years. Holistic approaches enable a refined approach to study the dynamic interactions between the components of the nucleus, the cell and its environment, ultimately leading to understanding the biological networks and the properties of biological systems. Recent advances, such as reaching the unprecedented resolution of individual cells combined with the use of new systems biology approaches, allow to address long standing questions, especially in the fields of disease and development. Thus, this EMBO Workshop will bring together world-class experts and young scientists in the fields of Systems Biology, Chromatin and Epigenetics for four full days to discuss their exciting recent findings as well as the future directions of these fields. The topics of the EMBO Workshop are sufficiently covered by the outstanding speakers. This EMBO Workshop has a unique focus and will allow all participants to receive a coherent, updated and original view of how the interplay of Systems Biology, Chromatin and Epigenetics will advance our understanding of development and disease, important areas that hold the keys for future therapeutic approaches.

Copyright: Grecotel Astir-Egnatia Hotel and Municipality of Alexandroupolis

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
  • 21 April 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 21 April 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 21 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 April 2023



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Coffee breaks
  • Excursion

Excluding accommodation


Payments will be handled by the Democritus University of Thrace. Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit card (via the dedicated webpage). Selected participants will be sent payment details by email.

If you choose the option of bank transfer, in the justification of the payment, please include the name of the participant and the code 82931.

All bank transfers must be made without any charges to the recipient.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for the selection of the participants will be the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts and the relevance to the scientific sessions. Moreover, we will also apply the following criteria:

  • Gender balance: the goal will be to have at least 40% female participants.
  • Country of origin: assure a diverse group of participants from different countries and research backgrounds
  • Balance between senior and young participants (the goal would be at least 50% of the participants to be students, PhD students, postdocs and young PIs) aiming for a ratio of students to lecturers of 5:1.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should be limited to 200 words, excluding title and author information. The applicants should indicate if they want their abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Abstracts will be selected for short talks. Participants should specify that during the submission of their abstract.

Poster specifications

Maximum 1 meter x 1 meter

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

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.



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Grecotel Astir Egnatia Alexandroupolis
Egnatia Park
GR 681 00 Alexandroupoli, Greece
Tel: +30 25510 38000
Fax: +30 25510 82800


The accommodation is at the participant’s expense. There are various options (hotels, hostels etc) within walking distance from the location of the venue. However, if you would like to stay in Grecotel Astir-Egnatia Hotel, where the workshop will take place, there is a discount code “EMBOMBG2023” which you should quote during booking.


Alexandroupolis (AXD) airport is 10 minutes away from the venue of the workshop. It is frequently connected to the international airport of Athens, ensuring smooth and efficient connections with multiple destinations worldwide. Others who would like to use that as an opportunity to explore Greece and its magnificant landscape could either drive from Athens or from Thessaloniki.

The workshop will take place at Grecotel Astir Egnatia Alexandroupolis, which is located near the centre of Alexandroupolis, having within walking distance all that a centre of a town can offer.

About the Area

The venue is located in Alexandroupolis, a city in the northeast of Greece. It is a seacoast town, a main touristic attraction and home of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Department of Medicine, hosting a large student population and a scientific hub of the northeast Greece.

Its landmark, is the imposing lighthouse, built during the 19th century. It is a vivid town with outstanding sandy beaches to swim, bars and cafeterias as well as many cultural places to visit. You could easily stroll in the town and enjoy the local cuisine. It is also close to the beautiful island of Samothraki with its famous waterfalls and tranquility highlighting as a unique summer destination, as well as the Dadia Forest and the Delta of the Evros river; two important locations with a complex biodiversity hosting a variety of rare species.

Molecular Systems Biology