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EMBO Workshop

Plant Calcium Signaling

01 – 04 July 2024 | Lisbon, Portugal

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

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About the Workshop

Plants are critically dependent on calcium signaling for many crucial physiological and developmental processes. Among others, calcium signaling is central to biotic/abiotic stress signaling, host-pathogen interaction, or symbiotic mycorrhization and nodulation. Calcium signaling is also involved in every aspect concerning stress and adaptation to climate change, turning the deep comprehension of its mechanistic basis into a compelling and urgent goal.

The field of plant calcium signaling field came of age over the past few decades with the discovery and functional characterization of multiple novel channel and decoder protein families, and new functional paradigms for their roles in plants. Many of these proteins and functions evolved specifically along the plant lineage and could not be deduced from animals.

With this workshop we aim at consolidating a strong international collaborative network in this field, with plenty of opportunities for young and mid-career scientists to present their work alongside established researchers, in a wonderful venue in the city of Lisbon. The scientific sessions will cover all levels from atomic, and structural aspects of protein function, up to organismal responses during development or host-pathogen reactions.

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



Registration includes:

  • Access to all meeting events
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches

Excluding accommodation


Payment information will be provided with notification of acceptance.

Selection criteria

Scientific quality, scientific diversity and fitting to session themes, equity/balance of gender and under-represented minorities.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract maximum length is 200 words.

Poster specifications

A0 size - Width x Height - 841 x 1189 mm

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 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.

Sustainability measures at the meeting

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

We will have water stations at the event where participants can fill their bottles, and the use of bottled water will be minimized.

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.



Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Anfiteatro 2
Av. Berna 45ª, 1067-001


Participants are expected to cover their own travel and lodging expenses.

Suggested nearby hotels with special rates for meeting attendees:

  • Hotel Açores Lisboa (10% discount regarding their best rate at the time of booking) – to book in this hotel with these conditions use the promotional code: AçoresLX_EMBOPLANT
    The code is valid made on the hotel’s website until May 31.
  • Hotel 3K Barcelona (Single room: 105€ per night; Double room: 115€ per night) – to book in this hotel with these conditions use the promotional code: hotel3k_EMBOPLANT
    The reservation can be cancelled up to 3 days before the arrival date at no cost. After this period or in case of a no-show, the Hotel reserves the right to charge the value of the first night.
  • Hotel Olissippo Marquês de Sá (Single room: 100€ per night; Double room: 110€ per night) – To book in this hotel with these conditions use the promotional code: OLISSIPPOEMBOPLANT2024
    Deadline for making reservations: until April 1, 2024.

Alternative lodging options that are more budget-friendly in the vicinity:


Underground (Metro):

S. Sebastião station on both the Blue and Red lines. There are conections from both the airport and train stations.


Bus numbers 716, 718, 726, 742, 746, 756

By car:

If you are traveling by car, the GPS coordinates for navigation are:

Latitude: 38°44'14.9"N
Longitude: 9°09'16.8"W

There are also paid parking options available at Avenida de Berna and Avenida Visconde de Valbom.

Please note that it's always a good idea to double-check transportation options and parking details, as they may be subject to change.

About the Area

The EMBO Workshop Plant Calcium Signaling is scheduled to take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, which hosts a renowned art museum, the Museum of Modern Art (CAM), and a renowned orchestra.

Surrounded by lush gardens providing a refreshing escape from the occasional heat of the city, the foundation offers a picturesque setting. In the immediate vicinity, there are numerous cafes and restaurants within walking distance from the venue at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (refer to the map for details).

Situated just north of the city center, the meeting site allows convenient access to major attractions via a short subway ride. Notable places such as "Alfama," Lisbon's oldest and most iconic district with the historic Moorish castle, and "Bairro Alto," the focal point of Lisbon's nightlife, are easily reachable.

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