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EMBO Workshop

Principles of dendritic function and computation

21 – 24 May 2024 | Platanias, Chania, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 25 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 April 2024

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About the Workshop

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Understanding how brains generate perception and drive behaviour while being energetically efficient is still one of the biggest challenges of our century. Neurons communicate via synaptic inputs which are located on thin branches known as dendrites which shape how we respond to the external world, encode memories, and generate behaviour. Recent technical developments have enabled the study of dendrites at multiple levels, from the organization and plasticity of single synaptic inputs to dendritic computations in behaviour. The goal of this workshop is to bring together international scientific leaders who work on molecular, biophysical, anatomical, computational and/or functional aspects of dendrites to further our understanding of how these beautiful structures contribute to different brain functions and their abnormalities.

With the backdrop of an informal yet spectacular setting on the Greek island of Crete, the meeting has been carefully planned to not only satisfy our scientific curiosity but also to foster discussion and encourage interaction between attendees well beyond the traditional presentations. In this spirit, the workshop will also dedicate half a day for addressing key issues of concern particularly for young researchers, especially focusing on:

  1. Mentorship across different career stages,
  2. collaboration and data sharing, and
  3. publishing.
Image credits: Mark Harnett Lab, MIT


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.

 

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Programme

 

Registration

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 25 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 April 2024

 

  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS EUR 200
  • ACADEMIC EUR 300
  • INDUSTRY EUR 700

Registration includes:

  • Conference materials

  • Coffee breaks

  • Welcome reception

  • Lunches

Excluding accommodation and gala dinner.

Payment

Payment should be made directly through the online registration site which is linked to the bank’s secure server.

Selection criteria

Selection will be done based on the relevance and scientific quality of the submitted abstracts, while also considering diversity/inclusivity criteria (including gender, ethnicity, and country). The organizers have extensive experience in abstract selection, having organized or been involved in organizing numerous meetings previously, as well as evaluating grants, papers, and job/graduate school applications. For this meeting, abstract selection will explicitly balance inclusivity with technical merit, impact, and scientific diversity (i.e. computational vs molecular vs physiology).

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should describe the latest work on molecular, biophysical, anatomical, computational and/or functional aspects of dendrites to further our understanding of how these beautiful structures contribute to different brain functions and their abnormalities.

Abstracts should be no longer than 600 words plus references. There are no formatting requirements. Please use the online submission system and copy-paste your text in the specified locations.

Poster specifications

Poster size A0 - Poster board dimensions are 1.00 m x 1.00 m with an actual display area of 80 cm width x 94 cm height.

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.

Sustainability measures at your meeting

The venue takes energy efficiency measures and is centrally located venue with good public transport connections and close to major transport hubs. The catering serves locally sourced food, no bottled water, but offers water fountains/tap water in jugs and there are no single-use wares such as disposable cutlery, cups, plastic bottles or cans. Also, the organizing committee offers a discount on registration fees for participants traveling by train, or otherwise incentivizes train travel with rewards.


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.

 

Contact

Mrs. Efi Galanaki
efi@mitos.com.gr

MITOS SA
Science & Technology Park of Crete, N. Plastira 100, Voutes, 70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Tel.: +30-2810391910

 

 

Venue

Minoa Palace Resort & Spa

Platanias, Chania, Crete, Greece, 73014

Phone: +30-2821036500

E-mail: meetings@minoapalace.gr

MINOA PALACE RESORT & SPA is a luxury 5 stars beachside hotel, built within 35.000 sqm. of maintained gardens. It is situated in the cosmopolitan area of Platanias, 12 km west of the picturesque town of Chania and only 30 minutes’ drive from Chania International Airport.

The hotel offers majestic views of its surrounding countryside and the White Mountains. To the north, the hotel enjoys panoramic views of the endless golden beach of Platanias with the shimmering sapphire blue Aegean beyond. Guests have immediate access to the sandy beach, over the newly built aerial bridge, connecting the two hotel’s sections.

The luxury and comfort, combined with the attention for small detail as well as the relaxed atmosphere, makes all the difference for perfect holidays, events, conferences and business meetings

Accommodation should be booked directly though the Minoa Palace Hotel through this link: https://embominoa.bookwize.com/v2/?page=1&ci=2024-05-18&co=2024-05-26

Rates:

Double room for single (1 adult) or double (2 adults) use: 170€ per room per day

Rates include breakfast only

Rates do not include residence tax (7-10€ per room, per night) which is payable by guests directly to the hotel upon arrival.

  • Minoa Palace residence tax: 10€
  • Geraniotis Hotel & Resort residence tax: 10€
  • Porto Platanias Village Resort residence tax: 7€
  • Marika Hotel residence tax: 7€

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted rate for the conference participants and we encourage you to book your hotel reservation as soon as possible, since May 2024 is classed as high season and rooms will be offered on a first come first served basis.

The rooms will be available until 15/4/2024; after this date the rooms will be on request basis.

Accommodation

Attendees should book their accommodation on their own.

Accommodation has been reserved at hotels in Platanias village a few minutes walking distance from the venue: Minoa Palace Hotel.

We encourage delegates to book accommodation well in advance as some hotels impose strict release dates for hotel reservations. After these dates no guarantee can be made that rooms will be available. Please refer to the appropriate hotel details below for release date.

All reservations should be made directly with the hotel of your choice either by email or via the link as instructed.

To secure your reservation, payment is required by credit card.

Note: May is considered to be a high-season month in Crete and 2024 is a very busy one, so please book your accommodation as soon as possible.

PLATANIAS VILLAGE HOTELS

Geraniotis Hotel & Resort (5*)

  • 33km from Chania airport, 400 from Minoa Palace hotel
  • 30 rooms. Release date 31/03/2024, after this date rooms will be on request
  • Room rate includes only breakfast
  • Residence tax, payable directly to hotel reception 4€ per room per night

Single room (1 adult) 143€ per day

Double room (2 adults) 160€ per day

For reservations please contact the Reservations department by e-mail to: geraniot@otenet.gr, stating DENDRITES 2024 on the e-mail to secure the above prices.

Porto Platanias Village Resort (4*)

  • 29km from Chania airport, 3,5km from Minoa Palace hotel
  • 30 rooms. Release date 01/03/2024, after this date rooms will be on request
  • Room rate includes breakfast & dinner
  • Residence tax, payable directly to hotel reception 3€ per room per night

Single room (1 adult) 115€ per day

Double room (2 adults) 165€ per day

For reservations please contact the Reservations department by e-mail to: info@portoplatanias.gr, stating DENDRITES 2024 on the e-mail in order to secure the above prices.

Marika Hotel (4*)

  • 29km from Heraklion airport, 1,5km from Minoa Palace hotel
  • 14 rooms. Release date 01/04/2024, after this date rooms will be on request
  • Room rate includes only breakfast
  • Residence tax, payable directly to hotel reception 3€ per room per night

Single room (1 adult) 132€ per day

Double room (2 adults) 138€ per day

For reservations please contact the Reservations department by e-mail to: info@marikahotel.gr, stating DENDRITES 2024 on the e-mail in order to secure the above prices.

Transport

The venue is located 33 km from the nearest airport (in Chania) and can be reached by car, taxi, or bus. Bus rides will be available at selected times (once or twice per day) on the first and last days of the meeting for transferring participants to/from the airport. Participants will also be encouraged to coordinate ahead of time via the participant Slack channel so as to optimize their travel to/from the venue (e.g. via share rides).

How to get there

There are two international airports on Crete. Heraklion Airport (Kazantzakis International Airport) and Chania Airport (Ioannis Daskalogiannis International Airport).

Please choose to arrive at Chania Airport for this conference.

Chania Airport is located 13 Km East of Chania City, on the north west of Crete and is directly connected to Athens International Airport with daily domestic flights run by Aegean Airlines and Sky airlines. There are also other direct scheduled airline connections from major European cities as well as many charter flights from most European countries. Ryanair offer charter flights from many UK airports direct to Chania. Other flight companies are Transavia, Easy Jet, TUI and Condor. You can travel to Chania, Crete from anywhere in the world via Athens, the capital of Greece.

The distance from Athens is about 307 km and air time from Athens to Chania is about 40 minutes.

Alternatively, one can use the ferry-boat connecting Chania with the harbor of Piraeus (Athens). Connection is offered by ANEK Lines and the overnight trip takes about 9 hours.

The most convenient way to transfer to your hotel is by taxi. The rates are more or less fixed for all taxi companies. Transfer by taxi from Chania airport to venue hotel or the village of Platanias and the other hotels is ~50€ per transfer. We can arrange for taxi sharing with other participants arriving on the same flight, where possible. This can be arranged through the conference secretariat: efi@mitos.com.gr.

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