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EMBO Workshop

Cell death: Friend or foe in animal and plant immunity

11 – 15 October 2024 | Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 July 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • shortly after registration
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2024

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About the Workshop

Host organisms utilise a range of genetically encoded cell death programmes in response to pathogens to mount an effective immune response. For their successful colonisations, pathogens evolved a plethora of virulence strategies to subvert host cell death which enable them to overcome the host immune response and to invade host tissues. The structural and lifestyle differences between animals and plants have been considered to shape very different host defence mechanisms. However, an emerging body of evidence indicates that several components of the host-pathogen interaction, in particular, the regulation of immunogenic cell death are shared between the two major branches of eukaryotic life.

This EMBO Workshop will provide an evolutionary and comparative overview of immunogenic cell death in both plants and animals and will explore the (patho)physiological roles of cell death during infection as a “Friend or Foe” of the host immunity. The goal of this third edition of the workshop is to bring together world experts on plant and animal cell death to discuss the most recent advances in the field, with a focus on the conserved and divergent cell death mechanisms and their impact on immunity in health and disease. Such a refreshing and multidisciplinary approach will provide unique opportunities for interactions and the exchange of ideas leading to further synergism between both fields.

Image credits: Nerea Ruíz-Solaní, Fernando Navarrete

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 July 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • shortly after registration
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2024



Registration includes:

  • Attendance of the EMBO Workshop and course materials
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a shared double room at Eden Roc Hotel. Single occupancy (+506 EUR extra for single room)
  • All meals (breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner)
  • Coffee breaks
  • Transfers to/from Barcelona airport
  • 21 % VAT included


The registration fee can be paid by bank transfer or by credit card. After reviewing the registration request, the Technical Secretariat will send you the confirmation along with the link to the form to process the corresponding payment.

Selection criteria

In case the number of applicants exceeds the capacity of the meeting, we will select participants based on the scientific value of the submitted abstracts. Gender, career status and place of work will also be taken into account during the selection process, in order to actively promote the participation of female researchers, junior researchers and also researchers working in institutes located outside the major scientific centres in Europe and abroad.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted online.

The abstract (250 words max.) must be typed in plain letters, single-spaced using Arial 10-pitch type letters (justified). The abstract must include title, authors and affiliations. The name of the presenting author must be underlined.

Poster specifications

The dimensions for the poster should be A0 size (841mm width x 1189mm height, absolute maximum is 950 mm width x 1750 mm height).

As there are no poster printing facilities on site, please check with your airline how poster rolls can be transported.

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.


To reduce CO2 impact, we will use an electronic-only program and we will also provide plastic-free identification badges. We have also confirmed with the venue that remote lectures are possible and at least one overseas speaker will present online. No single-use ware will be provided, nor plastic bottles. Water will be provided in jugs and we plan to provide each participant with a glass bottle to refill during the meeting. In addition, the hotel will have available fully vegetarian lunch and dinner options, organize bus shuttles to optimize transport from the airport to the venue and set up a payment system for voluntary CO2 compensation.

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.



For questions regarding your registration, please contact the technical secretariat at the following email:




Eden Roc Hotel

Carrer de Port Salvi, 14

17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Girona



Most of the rooms in Hotel Eden Roc will be twin rooms shared by 2 people. If you know who you would like to share a room with, please enter their name in the registration form.


Shuttle Service

The organization has arranged a shuttle service from Barcelona Airport to the venue, and back to Barcelona Airport, with the following schedule:

  • October 11th: Departures at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM
  • October 15th: Departures at 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM

If you have plans to arrive at Girona Airport, please contact the technical secretariat directly to adjust the transfer service according to the received requests.

Additional information about the service will be provided a few days before the conference.

By bus

Sant Feliu de Guíxols is connected to Girona, Barcelona, ​​and the rest of the important towns of the Costa Brava by regular interurban bus lines.

Bus shuttle

Bus transfers upon arrival and departure to and from Girona or Barcelona airports will be arranged. Please indicate your interest in such a shuttle service during registration.

By car

The hotel Eden Roc is 120 km from Barcelona, via the AP-7 and the C-35 or 135 km from Perpignan, via AP-7. Once in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Hotel Eden Roc is located at the southern end of the town.

By Plane

The Girona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO), at 31 km away, is a small airport that connects Girona with all of Europe.

The Barcelona Airport (BCN), at 119 km, is the closest international airport with daily flights to the whole world.

By train

The nearest train station is in Girona (30 km from the hotel).

About the Area

Hotel Eden Roc has an unbeatable location on the Costa Brava: on the rocks on a peninsula south of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, peace and tranquility.

This location facing the sea makes the climate very pleasant throughout the year, with temperatures that do not fall below 10ºC in winter, and do not exceed 30ºC in summer.

The hotel is located less than 1 km from the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a charming town traditionally dedicated to fishing and nowadays more focused on trade and tourism. Sant Feliu preserves a beautiful old town with narrow streets and historic buildings.

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