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EMBO Workshop

The many faces of cancer evolution

29 – 31 May 2024 | Rimini, Italy

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2024
  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2024
  • Early Bird Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 May 2024

Apply now!

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About the Workshop

Cancer evolution is a multi-faceted process and a major clinical challenge. Indeed, tumors constantly change as they progress through multiple mechanisms, the understanding of which is critical to anticipate disease phenotypes and response to therapy.

Whereas cancer evolution has been largely studied in terms of emergence and selection of genetic variants affecting protein functions; multiple non-genetic mechanisms promote tumor adaptation and progression including but not limited to cell plasticity, interactions with the microenvironment, and metabolic rewiring.

This meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary community of scientists with the goal of facilitating discussion and collaborations around genetic and non-genetic mechanisms of cancer evolution. The primary objective is to expand the current genetic-centric view with a mechanistic perspective that is aware of the diversity of cancer evolution drivers.

Understanding the interplay between complementary and synergistic mechanisms of disease progression will offer tremendous opportunities and equally matched challenges. Here, a prism of complementary ideas will be required to elucidate the many faces of cancer evolution.

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.







  • Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • 15 March 2024
  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 April 2024
  • Early Bird Payment Deadline
  • 25 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 May 2024


  • ACADEMIC late EUR 650
  • INDUSTRY late EUR 1200

Registration includes:

  • Conference access

  • Coffee breaks

  • Lunches

  • Apéro (happy-hour) on 29th, 30th and 31st May

  • Social dinner on 29th May 2024

Accommodation and other dinners are NOT included


Payment will occur through online transaction operated through a service of the IMP, Vienna.

The participants will receive an e-mail with the payment link after the acceptance of their registration.

Selection criteria

Participants will be accepted on first come first served basis.

Exceptions will be considered to favors:

- Participants submitting an abstract for poster or oral presentation over participants without abstract submission.

- Diversification of participants based on genre and country of affiliation.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in English and not exceeding 300 words (excluding title, authors’ names and affiliations).

Poster specifications

We will have digital poster boards for the meeting. The poster will be in landscape format on a 55 inches monitor.

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 only use non-disposable wares.

We will avoid (plastic) bottled water as much as possible.

One full vegetarian day.

Only Electronic programme and abstract book.

Virtual Poster session – so no poster printing necessary

Central meeting location

Plastic-free badges: We will have paper badges.

Quite some speakers/attendees will arrive by train.

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.



Manuela Steurer

Tel: 0043 1 797 30 3002





RockIsland Molo di Levante

Via Largo Boscovich - 47921 – Rimini, Italy


A wide range of hotels are placed within walking distance of the

conference venue (app. 15 minutes), most of them give free bikes (3 minutes).

Grand Hotel Rimini (5 stars)

We have pre-booked some rooms in the Grand hotel and you could book it directly with them, sending an e-mail:, With the code: MAGNANI x CONFERENZA CODE_280524 (booking deadline: 29th February 2024)

Other hotels:

Hotel Aria (4 stars),

Hotel Bikini (4stars),

Hotel Villa Adriatica (4 stars),

Hotel Milton (4 stars),

Hotel Biancamano (3 stars),

Hotel Esedra (3 stars),

Hotel Roxy Floridiana (3 stars),

all 15 min (or less) walking distance. Most will give free bikes (3 min)


There is one international airport servicing Rimini, namely, Federico Fellini Airport, also referred to as Rimini-Miramare Airport. This airport is located 8 km from the city, and it is serviced by some 20 airline companies which provide connections with European cities like Frankfurt, Rome, as well as a few non-European destinations. The largest airport in proximity of Rimini is Bologna Airport located at 100 km from Rimini. In order to get from Bologna Airport to Rimini, attendees can first use the bus to reach to Bologna Centrale train station and then reach Rimini by train (~1h20’). Alternatively, Rimini can be reached by car from Bologna airport in ~1h15’. Finally, there is a shuttle service (approx. every 2 hrs) connecting Bologna airport

to Rimini train station which is 20 min walking distance from the location and 10-15min from the hotels:

Rimini is well connected by train to all major cities in Italy. The main train station is in Piazzale Cesare Battisti, a 10-minute walk from the city centre and 15-minute walk from the beach front.

Finally, Rimini is approximately ~270 km from the international airport of Venice and ~400 km from the international airports of Rome (Fiumicino) and Milan (Malpensa). From these cities, Rimini can be reached by train (3h30’ from Milan, ~4hrs from Rome or Venice) or by car (2h45’ from Venice, ~4hrs from both Rome and Milan).

About the Area

Rimini is a relatively small town (140.000) along the Italian northeastern coast. The long beach front hosts several hotels, bars, and restaurants. The historical city centre (containing roman and medieval architectonic masterpieces) is only 2km from the beach and well connected through a dense network of buses. Overall, all major destinations of this event will be at walking distance.

RockIsland will provide the perfect location for what we envision as a rather informal gathering, so leave at home your suit and bring your flip-flops!

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