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EMBO Workshop

Autophagy across scales

23 – 27 September 2024 | Sorrento, Italy

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

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About the Workshop

Autophagy, a cornerstone of cellular quality control, has seen remarkable breakthroughs since the discovery of Autophagy-related genes in the 1990s. Recent advancements reveal a mechanistically plausible way these genes collaborate to encapsulate cellular material in autophagosomes for lysosomal degradation. It's now crucial to explore how these ATGs coordinate with membrane trafficking and lipid transfer machinery on molecular and cellular levels.

Armed with molecular insights, we can precisely modulate autophagy to understand its role as a stress response pathway across tissues and organisms. The field is rapidly advancing in mechanistic understanding and scalable tools. While this progress continues, staying aware of broader advancements is essential. Hence, fostering knowledge exchange among autophagy researchers from diverse disciplines is imperative. "Autophagy across scales" stands as the sole EMBO workshop offering this vital opportunity.

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
  • 15 June 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 June 2024



*Late registration made after June 15th 2024 will be charged 20% more the indicated fee.

Registration includes:

  • Registration to the workshop
  • Admission to all lectures
  • Workshop materials
  • Onsite catering: Coffee breaks, lunches, Welcome Party and Banquet. Any other meal is NOT included in the registration fee.
  • Transportation from Naples Airport or Naples Central Station to the venue, as well as the return trip, can be organized based on a pre-established schedule at a participant cost of €20 for a one-way journey.

Excluding accommodation


You are kindly requested to pay via the registration system.

Please, include in your payment the name of the participant and the Reference ID.

For any question regarding payments, please, contact:

Mrs Donatella Capone at

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your conference registration before July 15, 2024, you will receive a refund of the entire amount, minus a 30€ administrative fee. Cancellations made between July 15, 2024, and August 30, 2024, will be eligible for a 50% refund of the registration fee. No cancellation requests will be accepted after August 30, 2024.

Please be aware that any changes or cancellations MUST BE COMMUNICATED via email to

Your attendance at the conference can only be confirmed once the registration fee has been paid.

Selection criteria for Short Talks

In addition to the invited speakers, 48 speakers for short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. When selecting these speakers, we will prioritize “early stage” researchers, aiming for a balance of students, postdocs, and new PIs. As an “early stage” we will consider researchers with ~ < 7 years post-PhD. We will take special circumstances into account, for example, if maternity leave has delayed a research career.

Abstract guidelines

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 300 word refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 300 words limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced by June 15th after the abstract submission deadline.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Poster specifications

All Posters should be A0 (portrait)

Width: 90 cm

Height: 120 cm

The Workshop Secretariat will supply materials for the mounting of posters: Blu tack & Scotch tape. Kindly note that screws, glue, pins etc are not allowed.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers request

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.

Participants who require travel grants or fee waivers are kindly asked to complete their registration before May 25th, 2024. Notifications of approval will be sent out during the first week of June. If you do not receive confirmation regarding travel grants or registration fee waivers by June 7th, please understand that your request has not been approved. Thank you for your understanding.

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers requests

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.

Participants who require travel grants or fee waivers are kindly asked to complete their registration before May 25th, 2024. Notifications of approval will be sent out during the first week of June. If you do not receive confirmation regarding travel grants or registration fee waivers by June 7th, please understand that your request has not been approved. Thank you for your understanding

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 have chosen a venue that is conveniently reachable by train from different regions, including Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe. Notably, the venue holds an Environmental Management System Certificate (ISO 14001:2015). As a testament to our dedication to sustainability, we've invited Green Labs Austria ( to present their innovative initiative at the workshop. Their ongoing efforts within the organizer's laboratory have led to substantial reductions in plastic waste and energy consumption. The goal is to inspire other laboratories to embrace comparable, practical, and impactful measures.

Moreover, we extended invitations for the workshop to Italian associations dedicated to the protection of maritime fauna. One such organization is Associazione ARDEA (, focusing on the project "A Beach for the Little Brother," involving the census and monitoring of Little Brother and Little Courier populations along the Campanian coasts. The initiative includes implementing protective measures and awareness campaigns. Additionally, we invited N'Sea Yet ( to join us for the workshop. This collaboration offers them a platform to showcase their projects, encouraging workshop attendees to contribute to their causes through donations.

Catering will include one vegetarian day, locally sourced ingredients, and bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

At least 4 speakers/organisers will be travelling within Europe by train.

Participants are requested 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.



Mrs. Donatella Capone

Organising Secretariat






Via Nastro Verde, 7, 80067 Sorrento NA

Phone: +39 081 878 2645


We are pleased to announce special accommodation rates for attendees of Autophagy across scales 2024 in partnership with Grand Hotel Vesuvio, the designated conference venue.

Please, take note of the following details:

100 rooms are available at Grand Hotel Vesuvio from December 15 th, 2023 to June 15th 2024.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast:

- Double Room: €250.00

- Triple Room: €300.00

- Single Room: €230.00

Prices are per room, per night – hotel net – VAT included.

- Booking Deadline is June 15th, 2024

To secure your room at the exclusive conference rates, please follow these steps:

1. Booking link: From the Hotel website go to the booking page, insert the exact dates 23-27 Sept. 2024 and in the coupon space add the code Autophagy24.

2. Alternatively, contact the hotel directly and use the promo-code Autophagy24 during the booking process.


Limited Availability:

- The special rates are applicable to a limited number of rooms.

- Once the allocated rooms are booked, regular hotel rates will apply.

Room Sharing:

Consider room sharing with fellow attendees:

- Promote sustainability.

- Allow more participants to benefit from discounted rates.

How to Book:

Click [here](Booking Link) to reserve your room online.

Accommodation payments will be handled directly with the hotel.


To reach Grand Hotel Vesuvio in Sorrento:

By TRAIN: Take the Circumvesuviana Napoli-Sorrento train. From Sorrento station, you can reach the hotel by taxi or bus.

By PLANE: Upon landing at Naples Airport, take the Curreri bus service to Sorrento Piazza Tasso. From there, you can either take a bus to the hotel or opt for a taxi.

By CAR: If traveling by car on the A2 Rome-Naples motorway, follow the signs for the Sorrento Peninsula and join the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria.

About the Area

Nestled between the gulfs of Naples and Salerno, Sorrento stands as one of Italy's most renowned and frequently visited towns. Perched on a majestic cliff, Sorrento harmoniously preserves remnants from classical and medieval eras, alongside impressive Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Its central location positions it as an ideal hub to explore globally acclaimed destinations, including the captivating islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida, or the enchanting Amalfi Coast with its picturesque towns like Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.

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