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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Workshop

Axonal Degeneration and Regeneration

06 – 10 October 2024 | Onna, Kunigami district, Okinawa, Japan

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 May 2024*
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2024*
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 29 June 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2024*

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About the Workshop

Neurons are characterized by specialized polarized morphologies, or axons, which are essential for their functions. Both long-range signaling from the periphery and maintenance of the axonal network are paramount for neuronal function and survival. Oftentimes, failure in axonal homeostasis leads to neuronal degeneration. In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), for example, a breaking point is reached where innervation can no longer be supported, leading to muscle atrophy and loss of motor function. Similarly, failure to recover after traumatic nerve injury is often due to impaired axonal regeneration. Mechanisms of axon degeneration and regeneration are of crucial interest, and this meeting will bring together the fields of neurodegeneration and injury/axon regeneration to capitalize on the potential synergy between these fields. We will explore the mechanisms related to axonal survival/degeneration and regeneration by bringing together leading researchers in both fields to share the current state of research and explore new discoveries and methodologies with the goal of deepening our understanding of these subjects. In addition, we aim to reinforce an international network of collaboration between researchers to spur projects that take advantage of the knowhow and tools from these different research fields.

OIST is the local co-funder of this meeting.

This EMBO Workshop was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

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 May 2024*
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2024*
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 29 June 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2024*



* Application system closes at 23:59:59 CET on the mentioned dates.

Registration includes:

  • Free shuttle bus transportation (on the first and last days) to and from the workshop to designated destinations at designated times
  • Participation in sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Meals during session days (only dinner or breakfast on the first day and last day, respectively)
  • Welcome reception
  • Poster session, including drinks and snacks
  • Gala dinner
  • Local sightseeing tours
  • Accomodation is included. Participants will be hosted in shared double rooms at the Seaside Hotel or equivalent accomodations.


Accepted participants will receive a payment link. And details by email. Registration fees can be paid in Euros or Japanese Yen.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on availability, with priority given to participants submitting a relevant abstract. Short talks will be selected from abstracts based on quality, novelty, and the inclusion of unpublished data.

Abstract guidelines

The purpose of this workshop is to foster discussion on open questions in neuronal degeneration and regeneration. Thus, abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material.

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

Poster specifications

Your poster should be printed in a portrait layout.

Max Dimensions: A0 W 841mm * H 1.189mm

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.


Free shuttle from the Airport to the venue and back

Shared transportation throughout the conference

Use of local food suppliers

Use of energy efficient measures in all the workshop venues

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.



Akiko Guzman – Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Onna, Kunigami district, Okinawa, Japan




Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)

1919-1 Tancha, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


OIST Seaside House

7542 Onna, Onna-son, Kunigami-gun, Okinawa, 904-0411, Japan


OIST Seaside House is located 1.5 km from OIST Main Campus and overlooks the East China Sea in Onna Village with a spectacular view of coral reefs and islands. It has a multi-purpose conference hall used for workshops, seminars, courses and large meetings. The room and the entire facility are equipped with WIFI network access. In addition, Seaside House has a multi-purpose space for meetings, and a dining space for participants of workshops, seminars, and courses. Participants will be accommodated in a shared twin room at the OIST seaside house. All guest rooms provide access to the Internet. Catering for lunch and dinner as well as snacks and coffee between sessions will be organized by OIST and offered on site. Should the number of participants exceed the capacity of the Seaside House, equivalent shared accommodation will be considered in nearby hotels and transportation to the venue will be provided.

Ariival/Check in: October 6, 2024

Departure/Check out: October 10, 2024


Take a plane to Naha airport, Okinawa. From Naha airport, both venues can be accessible via bus, train and taxi.

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