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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Molecular mechanisms of ageing and regeneration: From hydra to humans

05 – 12 September 2024 | Spetses, Greece

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 3 June 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 June 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • early May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2024

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Ageing is accompanied by a continuous decline in the capacity to maintain organ homeostasis and regeneration. Driven by the increasing interest in the field of ageing and regeneration as well as recent discoveries and progress in this area of research we consider it important to bring the field of ageing-associated organ dysfunction, stem cells and regeneration to the attention of young scientists. The latter will be brought together with leaders in the field who have contributed to breakthroughs in our understanding of ageing and regeneration using different animal models. The format of the meeting including talks, tutorials, discussions, poster presentations and common dinners creates a unique atmosphere and does not only foster interactions between speakers and participants but also among the participants themselves.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Ageing models
  • DNA damage repair and ageing
  • Key signalling pathways in regeneration and ageing
  • Metabolism & ageing
  • Parallels between embryogenesis and organ regeneration
  • Regeneration in non-vertebrates and vertebrates
  • Senescent cells in ageing and regeneration
  • Stem cell ageing

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.





The course begins on Thursday September 5, 2024 in the afternoon with arrival and registration between 4-7pm. The welcome note starts at 7:30pm followed by the welcome reception. The course ends on Thursday September 12, 2024 at 11:30am.


Talks: Generally, speakers will give two talks. Talks will be scheduled for 45 minutes with ample time for discussions.

Tutorials: We plan three tutorial sessions. In each session, the participants will have a choice to talk with one of four speakers, who offer tutorials in parallel. This will ensure that the groups are small. Every participant is expected to participate in at least two tutorials.

Posters: We will have at least two 2-hr poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present the posters to the speakers. The latter will form a poster prize committee. On the evening of the day before the last day, the poster prize winners will be announced and have a chance to present their posters on the next day.

Poster Teasers: Before the poster sessions there will be poster teasers. This is a great opportunity to attract more attention to your poster. Please consider the major points you want to get across and leave the detailed descriptions for the poster presentation itself. You will have 1 minute for the presentation and you can use 1 slide only.

Discussion: Discussions will be on a pre-defined topic (e.g. perspective of regeneration in mammals, technological breakthroughs, importance and limitation of animal models) with a group of 4-6 speakers.

Lunch/Dinner: Lunch for speakers and participants will be provided at the school. This will be followed by a break until the school generally resumes at 3 pm. Speakers and participants go out for dinner together.

The detailed program will be announced in spring 2024.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 3 June 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 June 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • early May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 June 2024



Registration includes:

  • accommodation
  • meals (including a Welcome Reception and daily dinners with the speakers)
  • course materials

Does not include travel to and from the venue as well as extra nights of accommodation before or after the Joint FEBS-EMBO Lecture Course.


via bank transfer: Payment details will be sent to accepted applicants with their notification email.

Selection criteria

The Joint FEBS-EMBO Lecture course is aimed at PhD students and postdocs. The course is limited to 60 participants.

Selection will be based on previous experience, motivation, relevance of the course for the current project or career development and recommendation.

Abstract guidelines

Please provide a 300–500 words abstract detailing your research work.

Poster specifications

All participants shall present a poster. Please bring one printed copy of your poster (A0 size, portrait format). Poster prize winners will be given the opportunity to present their research with a short talk (10 min + discussion).

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) grants are available. In exceptional cases a reduced registration fee can be applied for. Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered and provide a short justification. Please include information specific to the need and level of required grant funding and already available support.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. FEBS YTF awards need to be approved by the FEBS Treasury Office according to the FEBS YTF eligibility criteria.

There are numerous sources of travel funding for PhD students and early career researchers available. Please speak to your group leader and/or research coordinator for advice on which organizations you might be able to apply to for travel funding.

Child care grants

EMBO offers grants to offset additional childcare costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO 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.


The venue has recently been completely renovated to increase energy efficiency.

Catering will include vegetarian options and locally sourced ingredients.

Participants are encouraged to offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

Abstract books and programs will be shared in electronic form only.

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.



Christoph Englert and Ramona Taubert





The venue for the course is the famous Anargyreios & Korgialeneios Foundation (AKSS), a historical and cultural heritage site on Spetses offering excellent meeting facilities and idyllic surroundings with lots of recreational possibilities.

A.K.S.S. Foundation – Spetses Schools

18050 Spetses, Greece


Participants will be accommodated at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School in double or single rooms. The rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning. Room assignments will be made based on the time you registered for the course. The School provides towels and bed linen.

Lecturers will stay at Spetses Hotel.

There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in September varies normally between 25 - 30 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome. In case the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.

Do not forget your swimsuit, beach towel, and foot protection for swimming: The sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones.


Spetses island is located 3 hours away from Athens by high-speed ferry from Piraeus Port or by car to the city of Kosta and sea taxi to take you across to Spetses. Participants need to cover and arrange their own travel.


1. Fly to Athens International Airport.
2. Go by bus X96 (1½h), Metro's Line 3 (Blue Line; 1h) or taxi (1-1½h) to Piraeus Port.
3. Take a hydrofoil/catamaran (2-3h) or ferry (4½-5h) to the Island of Spetses
There are several ferry connections throughout the day every day during the summer,
but we would recommend booking in advance.
Hellenic Seaways: ; Alpha Lines:
4. Take a water taxi (3 min), a taxi (5 min), a horse buggy (5 min) or walk (20-30 min) from Spetses Harbor to AKSS (for participants) or Spetses Hotel (for lecturers).

EU citizens
EU Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Greece. In most cases a valid national travel document will suffice to enter the country.

Non-EU citizens
Greece is a member of the European Union and for several nationalities no visa is required.
If you need a visa, make sure to apply for one well in advance. To check current visa requirements or find the nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate, see information provided by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If you need an invitation to apply for a visa please contact Ramona Taubert ( after you submit the registration form.

Time zone
Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET), which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Main Time (GMT+2). Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Greece, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3). Daylight-Saving time will be observed during the course.

The national currency in Greece is Euro.

Travel and health insurance
Please ensure that you have a travel health insurance to cover any (emergency) medical costs whilst attending the course.

About the Area

Spetses is a small and exciting place with lots of natural beauty, great beaches and historical architecture. The island is quite green and famous for its pine tree forests. Spetses town has beautiful neoclassical buildings and stretches along a remarkable seaside walkway with cute cafes and boutiques. Charming little alleys and cobblestone streets filled with boutiques, boulangeries and the occasional historical mansion lead into the town. Spetses is a car free island. For additional information please see: and

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