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EMBO Workshop

Latin American Developmental Biology Conference

17 – 20 March 2024 | Valparaiso, Chile

  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 December 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 December 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 December 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 19 January 2024

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About the Workshop

The Latin American Developmental Biology Conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers with a shared focus on emerging issues in developmental biology. It will be held in the picturesque coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile, and is a shared effort of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology (LASDB, 11th meeting), the International Society of Differentiation (ISD, 21st meeting), the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (PASEDB, 5th meeting), and the Chilean Society for Developmental Biology (SBDCh, inaugural meeting). The conference will contribute to a long tradition of training students, postdoctoral fellows and young researchers in Latin America and has a mandate to promote diversity and gender balance at all levels. It will showcase research in all areas of developmental biology, including self-organisation, morphogenesis and mechanics, genomic mechanisms of development, organ and systems development, regeneration, homeostasis, ageing and Evo-Devo. With a select group of invited speakers, 40% of short talks selected from participants, flash talks, poster sessions and various social activities, the conference aims to promote active discussions in a highly dynamic and interactive environment, favouring synergies of ideas and networking opportunities.

Image Credit: “Invasión de Valparaíso en Desarrollo” (“Valparaiso invasion in development”), by Andro Montoya Riveros (Chile)

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 December 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 December 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 28 December 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 19 January 2024


  • GRADUATE STUDENT(member*) USD 150
  • GRADUATE STUDENT (non-member) USD 200
  • POSTDOC (member*) USD 200
  • POSTDOC (non-member) USD 250
  • ACADEMIC(member*) USD 350
  • ACADEMIC(non-member) USD 450
* Member of the LASDB, PASEDB, ISD or SBDCh
To join, or update your membership of the societies listed above, please follow the links:

Registration includes:

  • Access to the scientific sessions
  • Conference Material
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • Light refreshments during poster sessions
  • Lunch boxes
  • Conference Cocktail

Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee.


Please pay via the registration system.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their scientific excellence, with strong consideration given to students (undergraduate and postgraduate), postdocs, and early stage investigators, ensuring an excellent gender, geographic, career stage and research topic balance.

The Scientific Committee will select 18 applicants for short talks (at least 50% of them PhD students, postdocs or researchers from Latin America) and 20 applicants for flash talks (mostly students and postdocs), taking into account excellence, research area, gender balance and geographical diversity. All other candidates will present their work in poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) must be written in English. The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will receive an email to let them know whether their abstracts have been selected for a short talk, flash talk or poster presentation.

Poster specifications

The poster can be prepared with free design and fonts.

Please note the poster sizes:

Width: 90 cm

Height: 120 cm

This corresponds to a vertical A0 format.

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.


SATELLITE MEETING: The international course on Optics, Forces and Development will be organised in Santiago just before the Workshop (March 5-14), to train students from Latin America. Three international speakers of the course (V. Ruprecht, B. Steventon and A. Martinez-Arias) will teach in this course, so their trip to Chile will serve for two consecutive events. In addition, A. Martinez-Arias will give a lecture open to the general public the day before the workshop.

REMOTE LECTURE: We have invited C. Extavour to give a remote lecture at the beginning of the EVO-DEVO session on the last day of the workshop.

CATERING: Only vegetarian food will be served on one of the days, ingredients will be sourced locally, and single-use wares and plastic bottles will be avoided.

VENUE: Travel between accomodation and the meeting venue will be primarily on foot.

We will provide bus transportation from the hotel to the meeting venue and vice versa only once in the morning and once in the afternoon, for those who cannot (or prefer not) to walk to the meeting venue or hotel.

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.



Miguel Concha





Parque Cultural Valparaiso (Valparaiso Cultural Park)
Calle Cumming 590

Cerro Cárcel




The Ibis Hotel is located 16 minutes walk from the venue. This is the official conference hotel and will have a special rate for all participants.

- Single Room: USD 62; Double Room: USD 69 (breakfast included)

To acces this special rate, at the time of booking please send an email to, indicating in the subject "Latin American Developmental Biology Conference” and in the body of the email, together with the dates of your reservation, the code LASDB2024.

In addition to Ibis Hotel, Valparaiso also has many hotels and hostels to choose from at different prices. Some recommended options are:


How to get from Santiago airport (SCL):

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, Santiago’s airport, is located 115 km from Valparaiso City. To reach Valparaiso, you have the following options:

  • Bus: buses to Valparaiso depart from Terminal Alameda and Terminal Pajaritos, which can be reached by taking a shuttle bus from the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (tickets can be bought in person or via web at Approx. 10 USD.
  • Transfer: direct transfer to Valparaíso can be booked at services like Transvip, Chirak. Approx. 90-100 USD.
  • Taxi: Approx. 120-150 USD.
  • It is recommended that you arrange the transfer or taxi just immediately after customs; there are offices to do that before leaving to the main hall of the airport. It is not recommended that you take a taxi from a non-official driver approaching you at the airport.

Organised transportation for participants from and to the airport

As many participants are likely to arrive at Santiago airport, we have organised shuttle buses on the day of arrival (March 17th 2024) to take them to venue, and from the day of departure (March 20th 2024) to take them to the airport. Shuttle bus schedules will be posted on this website closer to the start of the conference.

How to get from Santiago City:

  • Bus: buses to Valparaiso depart from Terminal Alameda and Terminal Pajaritos Station, both can be reached by Line 1 of Metro (Universidad de Santiago Station and Pajaritos Station, respectively). Several bus services are available such as Turbus, Pullman Bus or Condor Bus. Approx. 10 USD.
  • Transfer: approx. 100 USD.
  • Taxi: approx. 120-150 USD.

About the Area

Resources for tourism and travel:

Safety and precautions: Emergency numbers: 133 (police), 132 (firefighters), 131 (ambulance), 137 (search and marine rescue)

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