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EMBO Workshop

The DNA Damage Response in cell physiology and diseases

14 – 18 October 2024 | Sounio, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 17 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2024

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About the Workshop

The response to DNA damage consists of a complex network of cellular pathways that are activated following damage and which includes cell cycle checkpoints, DNA repair, DNA damage tolerance and engagement of innate immunity. Failure to properly respond to DNA damage leads to genomic instability, an underlying cause of various human genetics syndromes and many age-related diseases, such as cancer for which the DDR is an attractive therapeutic target. This EMBO Workshop will cover various aspects of the causes that drive genomic instability as well as the mechanisms ensuring genome maintenance, their link to human diseases and their potential as therapeutic targets.

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
  • 17 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 17 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2024



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation (4 nights from October 14th to October 18th 2024)
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and dinner (including a gala dinner)
  • Transportation to and from Athens international airport
  • Trip to the temple of Sounio


Payment shall be made at the time of registration and abstract submission.

Selection criteria

In the past this meeting has been oversubscribed, therefore participants will be selected by the organizers based on their submitted abstracts. It is expected that all applicants will submit an abstract. Alternatively a brief CV will also be considered. The criteria for selection will be:

  • Research interest relevant to the scope of the meeting
  • Scientific quality and novelty of the abstract

Abstract guidelines

Abstract should provide a brief overview of the work to be presented and no longer than 250 words

Poster specifications

Poster size must not exceed 100cm (width) X 120cm (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.


We have secured sponsorship from the University of Bern to support compensations through CO2 offset projects. Participants are encouraged to mitigate their flights' carbon footprint by opting for the extra charge most airlines offer for CO2 offsetting. The selected venue is Green Key certified, recognizing its commitment to environmental sustainability. Located less than an hour's drive from Athens airport, the venue is accessible by public transport. Additionally, we have arranged bus transportation from the airport to the venue to reduce the need for individual taxi services.

We strongly encourage local participants from Greece to use public transport to attend the meeting. A discount on registration fees will be provided to attendees from outside Greece who travel by train. In our commitment to sustainability, single-use items will be avoided, and we will offer a diverse selection of delicious vegetarian meals for all attendees.

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.



Sven Rottenberg


Pamela Schumacher





Grecotel Cape Sounio

Sounio Road,

GR-195 00 Sounio


Telephone +302292069700


Students and postdocs will be accommodated in shared rooms. If you register as "academic" as a PhD student or postdoc, please note that this registration does not guarantee a single room.

For those interested in booking additional nights at the conference venue, please reach out to Elissavet Tsoura at Grecotel for more information at


Grecotel is located 50km away from the Athen international airport. Shuttles buses will be organized to reach the venue.

Cars can also be rented at the airport.

About the Area

The venue is located on the Aegean coast, about 60km south of Athens, facing the temple of Poseidon, one of the most famous archaeological sites in Europe and the second most important ancient temple in Attica.

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