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EMBO Workshop

Chromatin biology in cancer 2024

23 – 26 April 2024 | Singapore

Deadline extended to 14 February!

  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2024

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About the Workshop

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for ~10 million deaths in 2020 (source: WHO). The number of cases increases as the population ages in regions such as Europe and Southeast Asia. It is a public health priority to tackle this burden, by developing better prognostic and therapeutic tools.

The past decades have greatly increased our knowledge of cancer biology. For instance, advances in sequencing technologies have revealed the complexity of the mutational landscape in tumors and shed light on the heterogeneity and clonal evolution of malignancies.

Besides these advances in genetics, a parallel revolution has occurred in cancer epigenetics. It has become overwhelmingly clear that epigenetic phenomena, in other words, phenomena that modify genome activity without modifying the underlying sequence, play key roles in cancer initiation and progression. While epigenetic abnormalities drive cancer, they also open up new prognostic and therapeutic avenues.

The core objective of theis EMBO Workshop on Chromatin Biology in Cancer 2024 is to bring together outstanding researchers, from all around the world, at all stages in the field of epigenetics/chromatin biology with a focus on cancer for the exchange of ideas and information.

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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
  • 14 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2024



Registration includes:

  • Admission and conference materials
  • Lunches, coffee breaks and dinners
  • Excursion on Day 3

Accommodation is NOT included in the registration.


The registration fee should be paid via credit card payment no later than 15 March 2024.

The payment confirmation/receipt will be forwarded to the participants via e-mail after payment is completed.

Selection criteria

Up to 150 participants will be selected based on active participation as demonstrated by submission of a scientific abstract (selected for oral presentations or a poster presentation, possibly with a lightning talk). In addition, we will prioritize participants based on scientific excellence with a strong consideration for inclusivity across career stages, gender and geographic distribution.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be written in English and should be no longer than 350 words.

From the abstracts, the organisers will select 16 oral presentations and an additional 20 for lightening talks prior to the poster sessions.

Poster specifications

Details for the poster presentations will be provided by email to selected applicants.

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.


The CO2 footprint of our meeting, we are planning to offset this for all invited speakers ia the Singapore Airlines Group Carbon Offset Programme ( All contributions will go towards verified carbon offset projects in the region with a focus on rainforest preservation, solar power and cleaner cookstoves.

The venue is a certified environmentally friendly. The NUS campus is in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030 and a Campus Sustainability Roadmap has been developed to be a carbon neutral campus in a tropical rainforest by 2030. These efforts include zero waste programmes as well as a Cool NUS Initiative, which isparticularly relevant in a tropical climate. For its efforts NUS has already been awarded the Green Mark(GM) Platinum Champion Award by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. Hence,we are here aiming to balance the advantages of a small, in-person meeting in an internationallystrategic location with efforts to minimise the CO2 footprint of the meeting in an environmental-conscious community.

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

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.



Chromatin Biology Secretariat





MD1 – Tahir Foundation Building, Lecture Theatre 37 @ Level 3

National University of Singapore,

12 Science Drive 2,

Singapore 117549

For an immersive experience within the local academic setting, we have carefully chosen a well-placed lecture theatre on the campus of the National University of Singapore within the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine as an expression of our disease-focus. The location is conveniently close in <5min walking distance to both public transport (train/bus) as well dedicated taxi pick-up locations.


Participants will take care of their own accommodation. Around the conference venue, there are a variety of accommodations at different price ranges reachable through public transportation. We recommend the following accommodation, which will also be the designated hotel for invited speakers:

Park Avenue Rochester Hotel


Singapore is an international travelling hub with a particularly large selection of worldwide flight connections based on one of the most convenient airports worldwide. Changi Airport has been named for the 12th time the World’s Best Airport in 2023 in the Skytrax World Airport Award. Furthermore, Singapore has a highly well-connected public transport system with subway trains connecting across the island at high frequency (the typical waiting time is <5min) supplemented by a dense bus network. Public transport is very affordable at < 1 EUR for most rides. In addition, taxi fares are comparably low (e.g. for the ~30km trip from the airport to the conference venue fares of ~20 EUR can be expected) and taxi stands are plentiful across the island again making local transport easily accessible and convenient, especially for visitors.

On-site, shuttle services will be provided from Park Avenue Rochester to the meeting venue at Tahir Foundation Building.

The nearest MRT Station is Kent Ridge Station (Directions from Kent Ridge MRT Station).

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