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EMBO Workshop

The endoplasmic reticulum – guardian of cellular homeostasis

20 – 25 October 2024 | Barga, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 July 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 July 2024

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About the Workshop

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a complex intracellular organelle that houses a myriad of cellular functions. It serves as the entry point for the secretory pathway – facilitating the folding and maturation of most secreted and integral membrane proteins. It contains the enzymes synthesizing and regulating most cellular lipids. The ER is key for regulation of calcium homeostasis and actively maintains gradients for various small molecules across its membrane. Though the contiguous membrane it forms with the nuclear envelope, the ER impacts on nuclear organization and genomic integrity as well. In addition, the ER is in constant exchange with most other cellular organelles. Collectively these functions have extensive impact on the ability to maintain organelle and cellular homeostasis, and actively restore it when confronted with physiological and pathophysiological conditions that elicit stress. The objective of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together people from the different disciplines of ER research. By integrating the knowledge accumulated from these different perspectives, it is envisioned that a more integrated and comprehensive understanding of the ER’s role in cellular homeostasis will emerge.

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
  • 15 July 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 22 July 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 25 July 2024



Registration fees includes:

  • Participation in sessions
  • Conference material
  • Coffee breaks
  • 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Farewell party

Accommodation is not included and must be arranged separately.


The registration fee should be paid ONLY after acceptance to the conference. Please do NOT proceed to payment before your registration here has been accepted.

Upon acceptance, payment should be made to Diesenhaus via this online payment and accommodation form

Speakers and organisers - please use this form

Queries about payment may be directed to Ludovica di Veroli ( at Diesenhaus Unitours.

Full payment of registration fee is required with submission of the registration form.
Payment of registration fees (in EURO) can be made in one of the following 2 ways:

  • Credit card: Visa/Diners, Master Card/Isracard, American Express

Charges will be made upon submitting the form, by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.

  • Bank transfer: in EURO, to be made upon submitting the form (Available until July 28, 2024), payable to:

Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd. / EMBO ER

FIBI - The First International Bank of Israel
Account number: 007922
Itzhak Sade 7, Tel Aviv, Israel
IBAN Code: IL190310480000000007922

Please ensure that EMBO ER and the name of the participant are stated on the bank transfer.

  • Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source, in addition to the registration fees.
  • Please send copy of the bank transfer to Sarah Krein, Workshop Secretariat at
  • Payments by bank transfer should be received until July 28, 2024.

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing only and sent to Ludovica di Veroli, Workshop Secretariat.


Until August 20, 2024 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Thereafter - no refund will be made.


Until July 30, 2024 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.

Thereafter - No refund will be made.

Fax: +972 -3-6240579 or e-mail:

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on their scientific impact on the conference. It is therefore expected that all participants submit an abstract or, if no poster or short talk is to be presented, a motivation letter, respectively.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum abstract length is 300 words.

Poster specifications

Maximum size 1.2 m x 1.2 m.

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 available for 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.

Childcare 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 childcare 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.


Catering will include locally sourced ingredients, and bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

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

The CO2 footprint will be offset by ….

The venue takes some energy efficiency measures

Participants are requested to offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

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.



For Scientific/Meeting questions

John Christianson

Email: or

Matthias Feige


For registration/accommodation questions:

Conference Secretariat and Official Travel Agent

Diesenhaus-Unitours Travel Agency
Conventions Department
24 Raoul Wallenberg Street
Tel Aviv 6971920 , Israel
Tel: +972-3-5651344; WhatsApp Messages & Calls: +972-52-7304975 (Ludovica di Veroli)




Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa

Via Giovanni Pascoli, 55051 Castelvecchio Pascoli LU, Italy


Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the official travel agent and secretariat for this EMBO Workshop and will provide local tourist services for participants.

Diesenhaus-Unitours has secured a block of rooms, making it possible to offer special rates to Workshop participants. In order to benefit from these rates, reservations, payments and notification of changes must be made directly with Diesenhaus-Unitours and not with the hotel.

Important: Hotel reservations will only be confirmed for registered participants and if payment is received as listed above.

Early hotel reservation

The workshop hotel and venue, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, is at a remote location, far from city center, and no public transportation is available. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you reserve accommodation at the workshop venue.

The number of rooms is limited and we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible before July 25, 2024. Rooms will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis. Thereafter, rooms will be allocated upon availability.

Rates are in € (Euro) per night on bed and breakfast basis. Rates include all

taxes & resort fee per person per night

Single Room

Double Room
(2 persons)

*Per Person Sharing
a Double Room


€ 204

€ 102

* If reserving a shared room, please advise with whom you will be sharing the room (if known in advance). The Secretariat will do its best to provide roommates for participants wishing to share a room, however this cannot be guaranteed. If a roommate cannot be found, the participant will be charged for a single room.

Official check-in /check-out time at hotel

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out: 12:00


Directions from Florence Airport

Directions from Pisa Airport

Workshop Transportation

Please note that the transfers will operate with a minimum of 15 participants.

Deadline for booking the transfers September 1, 2024.

Arrival transfers will be provided from Florence Airport & Pisa Airport to the Workshop venue, at the following times:

  • From Florence Airport at 11:30 & 14:30

Rate: € 50

Travel Time approx. 2 hours

  • From Pisa Airport at 12:00 **

Rate: € 40

Travel Time approx. 1.5 hours

Departure transfers will be provided to Florence Airport & Pisa Airport from the Workshop venue, at the following times:

  • To Florence Airport at 06:30 & 09:00

Rate: € 50

Travel Time approx. 2 hours

  • To Pisa Airport at 06:30 & 09:00 **

Rate: € 40

Travel Time approx. 1.5 hours

** When you arrive at Pisa airport see the sign: “PISA MOOVER” go on the left and follow the indication. Take the elevator and go to the 2nd floor (PIANO 2), take the train ticket (€2.70 per person) credit card or cash.

Catch the train, get off at the first Stop named: “THE PARKING LINE”, take the elevator and go to the 2nd floor, at the elevator exit go on the left and follow the indication “PARKING AURELIA”.

Take the elevator and go to the ground floor where you will find the bus shuttle to the hotel.

Driving distance from Renaissance Tuscany il Ciocco Resort & Spa































About the Area


The weather at Il Ciocco in October is mild/cool during the day and night. Temperatures can range from 21°C - 11°C (70°F - 52°F). Occasional rain.

Informal dress code, head cover, and comfortable shoes are recommended for touring. The venue is at elevation - set within the Tuscan hills and there are walking trails to nearby villages. Fitness centre and pools are also available at the venue.


Participants from most EU countries and the USA do not need visas to Italy. For participants from other countries, we suggest checking with their local Italian embassy or consulate. Invitation letters will be issued upon request.


Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The Conference organizers and/or Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd., shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property that belongs to Conference participants nor for personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the Conference, or during tours.

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