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EMBO Workshop

European testis workshop 2023

18 – 22 June 2023 | Montreux, Switzerland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 07 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2023

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About the Workshop

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Advanced reproductive technologies, such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection, have revolutionized reproductive medicine by enabling effective fertilization without the need to understand the cause of infertility. However, declining male fertility persists in many countries, and growing evidence suggested that the reproductive health of fathers affects their children’s health, calling for continuing investigation of the underlying mechanisms. The main themes of this EMBO Workshop are the male reproductive system, testis development, and sperm formation in mammals, including humans and animal models. Reflecting the multifaceted nature of male reproduction and discoveries made by increasingly advanced experimental techniques, the three broad topics further branch into sub-topics including genetics, epigenetics, immunity, lifestyle influences, toxicity, immunology, and endocrinology. Clinically relevant topics—semen function, sperm physiology, reproductive technologies, and fertility preservation—are also incorporated. This EMBO Workshop aims to bridge the knowledge gap in male reproduction, facilitate networking among research groups with different expertise, and promote the translation of fundamental research in male reproduction into diagnoses and therapies.

Photo credtis: Palace de Caux, Serge Nef, Elena Vicini, João Ramalho-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
  • 31 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 07 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2023



Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Workshop materials, including a badge, an abstract book, and a welcome bag
  • Buffet style breakfast (June 19–22)
  • Lunch (June 19– 22)
  • Dinner (June 19–20) and gala dinner (June 21)
  • All-day refreshment with snacks and coffee

Excluding accommodation


• Registrations and payments by credit card or bank transfer must be made through
• Registrations will not be confirmed without full payment.
• If you intend to apply for a travel grant, please first register and pay as instructed. If you are awarded the travel grant, the fee will be reimbursed.
• Please note that the payment receipt will be issued according to the information provided by you on your registration form. A fee of 25 CHF will be charged for the re-issue of invoices.

Selection criteria

The workshop will be open to all academic, clinical, and industrial applicants interested in the topics of male reproduction. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that all requested information for registration is provided and payments are made in full, until the total capacity of the workshop is reached.

Abstract guidelines

Please note that this workshop has a unique format for abstracts and poster presentation. Participants must submit a miniposter according to the guidelines by the abstract submission deadline. Instead of a conventional poster session, short talks (10 minutes with 5-minute Q&A) and flash talks (3 minutes with 2-minute Q&A) will be selected from submitted miniposters based on the scientific quality, novelty and topic. All submitted miniposters will be available to participants in a booklet. For detailed information and to submit abstracts, go to

Poster specifications

For detailed guidelines and miniposter templates for Powerpoint, Keynote, and Adobe Illustrator, go to

  • Page layout: A4 (210 × 297mm) with minimum margins of 1cm
  • Final file type: PDF file with a maximum size of 1Mb
  • Content: Miniposters should include the following mandatory information.

(1) Introduction/background

(2) Methodologies

(3) Results

(4) Discussion

(5) Optional: (i) References and sources of project funding are not mandatory but can be included; (ii) Contact email of the presenting author.

  • Authors’ names: Authors names should be formatted as: Last name, First name (e.g: Chaplin, Charlie; Bellucci, Monica; Benigni, Roberto; Cruz, Penélope). Lower cases should be used except for the first letters. The presenting author’s name should be underlined. When the same author is present in different posters, the formatting must remain consistent.
  • Affiliation: Affiliation (Institute/Center/University) should follow the authors’ name. Appropriate logos may be used.

Additional tip: We strongly advise the use of light colors for the miniposter background.

Any other registration information

Please include the following documents in one PDF file:

  1. Motivation letter: 1 page maximum, font size 11, double spacing
  2. Estimated expenses and justification: Please provide a realistic estimate and explain the purpose of the expenses
  3. Short CV: 1 page maximum, font size 11, 1.5-spacing. Please include the following:
    • Personal information: Name, contact email, other relevant information
    • Current position, affiliation and address: in the case you are a receiving a fellowship (not the ETW travel grant), you have to mention it in this topic, including the funding agency
    • Professional career: Previous positions, scientific degrees, and education
    • Selected relevant publications in the last 5 years
    • Grants and fellowships in the last 5 years
    • Awards and Honors in the last 5 years.
    • Selected attended international conferences in the last 5 years: List presentations, if any.
  4. A reference letter from your supervisor or a departmental responsible person certifying, on his/her honor, that you do not have sufficient financial aid to attend the conference.
  5. Your miniposter: PDF format in accordance with the guideline.

Note: We can only accept applications with all the mandatory documents received by the deadline. Incomplete application will be rejected without further evaluation.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants are available to selected participants. For further details, go to To apply for travel grants, email with the subject “Travel/childcare/registration fee waivers Grant application_last name_first name” (e.g., Travel Grant application_Marie_Skłodowska) before March 31st, 2023 5pm CET.

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.



Name: ETW2023 Organizing Committee

Phone: +41 22 839 84 84





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Rue du Panorama 2,

1824 Caux,



All accommodation arrangements must be made directly through Do not contact the Palace de Caux directly.

Accommodation costs 650.00 CHF per person for a single room, which includes 4 nights of stay (arriving on June 18thand departing on June 21st) and a city tax of 5.00 CHF per day. This tax allows the guest to receive the discounts offered by the Riviera Card including free train rides to/from Montreux. Palace de Caux houses mostly single rooms, but a limited number of double rooms are available upon request.


Caux’s train station is situated right next to the Palace de Caux. Caux is located 65km from the Geneva Airport and can be reached within an hour and a half by car or by train from Geneva, which runs every hour from the Geneva Airport with a stop at the Geneva station (Geneva Cornavin) in between. From Zürich, Caux can be reached in three and a half hours from the Zürich Airport by car or train, the latter also runs every hour. For those who wish to come by car, free parking spots are available. However, we highly recommend that you travel by public transportation as parking spaces are limited.

(1) Arriving from Geneva Airport (strongly recommended): Take the train directly to Geneva Airport station and head towards Geneva-Lausanne-Montreux. At Montreux station, get off and take the train to Caux station. The palace is located 30m from the station.

(2) Arriving from Zürich Airport (not recommended): Take the train directly at the Zürich Airport station toward Lausanne. In Lausanne, change to train going toward Montreux. At the Montreux station, get off and take the train to Caux station. The palace is located 30m from the station.

(3) For exact travelling times and connections, consult and

About the Area

The Palace de Caux is located 400m above the city of Montreux on the Swiss Riviera. The palace is both close to the city of Montreux and secluded, which will allow the participants to interact in a preserved environment. Since Caux is situated at 1,050m above sea level, it can get chilly quickly even in June on a cloudy or rainy day. Please note that there are no shops or restaurants in Caux. To access shops or restaurants, we recommend a short trip down the mountain to Glion or Montreux by train.

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