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EMBO Workshop

Molecular biology of Archaea (MBoA)

24 – 27 June 2024 | Palaiseau (Paris region), France

  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 June 2024

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About the Workshop

Archaea are fascinating organisms with a bacteria-like morphology, but information-processing systems that are homologous to eukaryotic counterparts, for instance replication, transcription and translation. Recently, novel groups of archaea (e.g. Asgard archaea) have been discovered that represent the closest living relatives to eukaryotes and shed new light on their evolution. Archaeal research has led to seminal change-of-concept

mechanistic discoveries in the area of molecular biology, and many studies are currently aiming to unravel the global environmental impact of archaea. Their viruses have a remarkable diversity of morphotypes, exceeding that of bacterial or eukaryotic viruses.

The EMBO Workshop on Molecular biology of Archaea will cover cutting-edge research in various fields with a focus on archaeal molecular biology, evolution, and ecology and their interconnections. The proposed talks will present data at different scales ranging from single molecule and structural studies to archaeal physiology, metabolism and ecological impact. This is of high interest as molecular studies of archaea are a very active field, reflecting the wealth of metagenomics information revealing novel biology that can now be addressed by the latest experimental and computational techniques.

Specific scientific sessions include:

Metabolisms and Physiology

Evolution and Ecology

Cell Biology

Chromosomes: Replication, Repair and Structure

Viruses and Mobile Genetic Elements

Transcription, RNA processing and Translation

Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

Science Policy (Sustainable Green Laboratory Values)

This EMBO Workshop will intensify networking activities and transfer of ideas and interdisciplinary knowledge between participating scientists at the different career stages.

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
  • 30 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 5 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 June 2024



Registration includes:

  • Conference participation
  • Abstract book (electronic)
  • Meals (breaks, lunches)

Excluding accommodation


Devoted CNRS registration system will be used (details will be provided on this website in spring 2024).

Selection criteria

The main criteria for the selection of speakers are the excellence, relevance and novelty of their scientific work, which must fit the topic of the conference. Priority will be given to new and unpublished results.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts up to 350 words should be submitted online.

Poster specifications

Recommended poster dimensions are 84.1 x 118.9 cm corresponding to A0 format.

We also encourage poster presenters to prepare 3-minute video flash talks following the guidelines provided in for elevator pitches. Several of these will be selected as flash talks during the scientific sessions.

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.


We will encourage train travel within Europe, and provide certain talks online to decrease impacts from overseas travel.

We will implement a waste management plan to reduce/reuse and recycle the event waste. The food footprint of the event will be addressed by carefully estimating the required portions to avoid food waste, working with certified caterers that source the ingredients locally, offering vegetarian options, as well as using compostable/non-plastic tableware and cutlery.

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

We have also included a special session “Sustainability in Life Science Research” in the program to increase the awareness of this important topic among archaeal researchers.

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.



Hannu Myllykallio





Ecole Polytechnique

Rte de Saclay, 91120 Palaiseau



Apart from the invited main speakers, all other participants must book their accommodation for themselves. We encourage participants to make hotel reservations early.

On Campus:

  • Aparthotel Adagio Access Palaiseau Saclay (three stars)
  • The ENSTA student residence may accommodate participants of short term scientific events. For more information on this option, please contact the organizers or directly.

Many additional hotels are located close to the railway station “Massy-Palaiseau “with an express bus connection to E. Polytechnique using dedicated bus lane (bus tickets are provided for the registered participants).

Three stars:

All Suites Appart Hotel Massy Palaiseau

Tulip Inn Massy Palaiseau Residences

Four stars:

Appart Hôtel - Residhome Paris Massy

Novotel Massy Palaiseau

Hilton Garden Inn Massy


From regional express train (line RERB) stations, 2 itineraries are possible: from the Massy-Palaiseau station or the Lozère station. There are frequent connecting buses that link the station to the campus.

RER B Massy-Palaiseau station

  • At the station, take the TransEssonne 91.06 or 91.10 bus (10 minutes)
  • Get off at: "Lozère", or "Laboratoires".

RER B Lozère station

  • Pedestrian route with a good 15-minute walk (approx. 300 steps).

RERB regional express train connects with the major railway stations in central Paris and international airports (approximately 30 minutes). Massy is also directly served by several high-speed trains per day.

Access by road

From the Porte d'Orléans or Porte d'Italie: by the A6 highway.
From the Pont de Sèvres : by the N118.
Consult the traffic status in real time.

Local airports

  • Orly airport (via the RER B and Orly Val)

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (direct by the RER B)

About the Area

Ecole Polytechnique ( is located approximately 20 km from central Paris and 10 km from Château de Versailles. It is a part of the major Paris-Saclay science and technology hub that will eventually bring together up to 20% of France's research and innovation capacity.

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