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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Workshop

Molecular mechanisms of developmental and regenerative biology

06 – 08 November 2024 | Kobe, Japan

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 6 October 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 September 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 13 October 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 October 2024

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About the Workshop

This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of vertebrate development and regeneration. Sessions will include early development, pluripotency, organoids and tissue stem cell function, germline specification and regeneration. The overarching theme is the understanding of how cell identity is specified, maintained and re-specified. These fast-moving fields are being driven by innovations in quantitative methodology, super-resolution microscopy and single-cell omics. Examples include the utility of single cell multi-omic analyses to reveal complex intercellular interactions driving tissue maturation in embryos, stem-cell embryo models and organoids and delineating the biophysical parameters affecting transcription factor-chromatin interactions and cell state changes. Major advances will be covered, including recent insights into the extent of in vitro germ cell differentiation and the species-specificity of germ cell development and the adaptability of developmental mechanisms in regeneration. Understanding the underlying mechanisms at play will offer unique insights that may be exploited for regenerative medicine. This high-profile workshop will advance research in developmental and regenerative biology, by enhancing intellectual interactions and engendering collaborations, particularly at the interface of research disciplines.

This EMBO Workshop was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

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
  • 6 October 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 6 September 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 13 October 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 October 2024


  • ACADEMIC JPY 51,000
  • INDUSTRY JPY 105,000
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (resident of Japan)* JPY 30,000
    (resident of Japan)*
    JPY 46,500

* Residents of Japan travelling to the meeting by train, bicycle or on foot.

Participants requiring an entry visa should inquire at the Japanese embassy or consulate at their home country regarding the visa requirement and travel documentation. Please contact the secretariat for any documents required from the organiser for your visa application. We advise applying for your visa well in advance as the visa application process may take some time depending on factors such as the situation at the local Japanese embassy or consulate and the content of an application.

Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Coffee breaks, meet-the-speaker lunches (3 days), dinner (2 evenings), excursion
  • Accommodation is not included in the registration fee


Selected participants will be sent payments details by email.

Selection criteria

Oral abstract submissions:

Abstracts will be selected for short talks on the basis of scientific merit, taking into account the career stage of the presenter, and with consideration of balancing scientific topics, geographical locations and gender.

Poster abstracts submissions:

To be inclusive, a decision to restrict the number of poster presentations will only be made if the number of poster applications received by the DEADLINE exceeds the maximum available spaces.

Abstract guidelines

The abstracts should contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Authors (presenting author underlined)
  • Affiliations of authors
  • Body of abstract: 1 paragraph, citations and references are not allowed

Abstract should not exceed 150 words.

Poster specifications

The maximum size of the panel is 90 cm (width) X 180 cm (height).

Presenters are asked to include the title, presenter’s name and affiliation on the poster. A 20 cm X 20 cm space in the upper left corner should be left blank for the poster number, to be provided by the secretariat.

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

Some invited international speakers will be asked to give their talks remotely to save on travel.

All participants living in Japan are encouraged to travel by train. Those travelling to the meeting by train, bicycle or on foot will receive a 30 EUR discount on registration fee.

Participants staying within Port Island are encouraged to walk between the hotel and the venue instead of taking a Portliner.

The venue is centrally located with good public tranport connections and close to major tranport hubs.

The venue building has a solar power generation system and LED lighting to promote energy conservation. This meeting follows the RIKEN Green Purchasing Promotion Committee guidelines to promote environmentally friendly purchasing.

Catering will include locally sourced ingredients, and bottled water will not be provided.

The abstract book and advertisment will be provided in electronic format. Plastic-free paper will be used for printing name badges.

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.



Ms. Yoko Toyama, Chikako Murata

RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)





RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR)

Kobe Campus West Area
Auditorium, 1F Developmental Biology Building C
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku
Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan


Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee. Accommodation should be arranged by each participant from hotel booking site.

There are three hotels on Port Island within walking distance to the venue. Sannomiya, in the center of Kobe (about 15 minutes by Portliner from the venue) has an excellent selection of hotels in all categories.

Hotels in Port Island:

Kobe Portopia Hotel

Hotel Pearl City Kobe

Ariston Hotel Kobe


Kobe is centrally located within Japan. Its position on the main Shinkansen bullet train line makes it easily accessible to all in Japan. The venue is 30 minutes from Shin-Kobe Shinkansen bullet train Station and approximately 10 minutes from Kobe Airport. International participants can reach the venue from Kansai International Airport (KIX; located in southern Osaka), via a 30-minute ferry ride or 1-hour bus ride. The venue connects to Kobe city center via the frequent Portliner urban transport system.

From Kansai International Airport

  • Airport Limousine Bus
    Kansai International Airport -> Sannomiya: Approximately 60 minutes
    One way ticket: 2,200 yen / Round-trip ticket: 3,700 yen
  • Ferry (Kobe Bay Shuttle)
    A high speed ferry departs from Kansai International Airport to Kobe Airport, which is only 2 stations away from the BDR by the Port-liner train.
    Kansai International Airport -> Kobe Airport: 30 minutes
    1,880 yen including port-liner train ticket / Round-trip ticket: 3,060 yen

From Osaka (Itami) Airport

  • Airport Limousine Bus
    Osaka Itami Airport -> Sannomiya: Approximately 40 minutes
    One way ticket: 1,070 yen

From Kobe Airport

  • Port Liner Train
    Kobe Airport (P09) -> Iryo Center (P07)
    One way ticket: 250 yen
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