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EMBO Workshop

Chromatin dynamics and nuclear organization in genome maintenance

17 – 20 June 2024 | Leiden, Netherlands

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April, 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April, 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024

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About the Workshop

Maintenance of genome integrity lies at the heart of cell homeostasis. While DNA repair mechanisms have received significant attention since more than half a century, the contribution of the chromatin environment and nuclear organization to genome maintenance has only begun to emerge over the past decade. It is evident that chromatin, being the actual substrate for repair, replication and transcription machineries, is heavily remodeled following damage detection and exerts a key function in both targeting and regulating repair at different genomic loci.

The third edition of this EMBO Workshop continues to bring together an outstanding group of scientists from around the world, including young researchers as well as leaders in the field, to cover the following topics central to our understanding of chromatin function in nuclear organization and genome maintenance: (i) DNA repair in nuclear/chromatin domains, (ii) histone modifications following damage: writers, reader, erasers, (iii) nucleosome modification following DNA damage (remodellers, chaperones and histone variants), (iv) replication stress and endogenous damage, (v) transcription and RNA in DNA repair, and (vi) chromatin movement and physical constraints.

Image credits: Sophie Polo

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
  • 1 April, 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April, 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024



Registration includes:

  • Access to presentations of keynote and invited/selected speakers
  • Access to meet with the experts / editors session
  • Access to meet with the speakers / editors session
  • Access to poster sessions
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee/tea and lunch during the 3-day workshop
  • Gala dinner at the last evening of the workshop

Excluding accommodation


Selection criteria

  • All applicants are expected to present a poster or short talk.
  • Applicants should indicate their preference at abstract submission.
  • Scientific quality of the abstract
  • Relevance to the theme and objectives of the workshop.
  • Balance of gender, ethnicity and EU/outside EU investigators

Priority will be given to early stage investigators

Abstract guidelines

Abstract maximum length is 200 words, not including title, author names and affiliations. Abstracts must be in English and should clearly indicate scientific relevance, results and conclusions. Abstracts should not contain figures or references.

Poster specifications

Poster boards are 125 x 100 cm (h x w), so it is best to print your poster in portrait style. Push pins or Velcro for hanging the posters will be provided.

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 [(for events using our registration system)].

[To apply, please send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request (for events not using our registration system).]

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.


Invited speakers and attendees from the Netherlands will travel by train or by bike.

Invited speakers and attendees from Europe will be encouraged to travel by train.

If sponsoring is limited, invited speakers located in Europe who traveled by train will be reimbursed first.

Catering will include vegetarian lunch and gala dinner.

Bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

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

The venue, Naturalis Biodiversity Center has their own geothermal heat pump system, sustainable ventilation, 100 percent LED lighting, solar panels, green roofs, and an energy-friendly climate control system.

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.



Patricia Cabrera

Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

Department of Human Genetics

Einthovenweg 20,

2333ZC Leiden

The Netherlands




Images from

Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Darwinweg 2

2333 CR Leiden

The Netherlands


Participants (excluding the invited speakers) are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Optional hotels located in close proximity to the venue and railway station in Leiden are:

Hotels nearby the city center:

Ibis hotel ***

Tulip Inn Leiden ***

Mayflower Leiden ***

Fletscher Wellness-hotel Leiden ****

Golden Tulip Leiden ****

Hotels outside the city center:

Valk hotel Leiden ****

Hilton Garden Inn Leiden ****


The meeting will take place in Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. Leiden is located just south of Schiphol airport from which it can be easily reached by train within about 20 minutes. For more info about trains visit Naturalis Biodiversity Center is at a walking distance from the railway station in Leiden. Exit the railway station on the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) side. The walking route is clearly marked from there (or see route in Google maps). You can also take a bus from Leiden Central train station and get off at the Darwinweg/Naturalis bus stop, right in front of the entrance.

About the Area

The meeting will take place in Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands. Leiden is a medium-sized, lively and historic town. The city is famous for its almshouses, museums and history. In 1575, Leiden had the distinction of becoming the first city in the Netherlands to have a university. It is also the city where Rembrandt was born. Finally, the canals, historical buildings, alleyways, and treasuries of culture and science in Leiden are worth a visit. For more information, please see visit Leiden.