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EMBO Workshop

Recoding and the diversity of genetic decoding

13 – 18 May 2024 | Bantry, Ireland

  • Registration Deadline extended
  • 15 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 January 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 March 2024

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About the Workshop

The remarkable diversity of genetic decoding was unanticipated when it was first deciphered. Over the past fifty years, numerous variations have been discovered. These include variant genetic codes in which the meaning of specific codons is reassigned in entire genomes, as well as Recoding mechanisms affecting individual or small subsets of mRNAs. Recoding mechanisms include the incorporation of non-standard proteinogenic amino acids (selenocysteine and pyrrolysine), stop codon readthrough, ribosomal frameshifting, trans-translation, and bypassing of untranslated mRNA regions. The past decade has yielded numerous discoveries of novel mechanisms and improved our understanding of the molecular basis of the known mechanisms. Examples of novel genetic code variants include those with all 64 codons encoding amino acids and a genetic code that employs ribosomal frameshifting as a standard feature. CryoEM has revealed structures of ribosomes during recoding events, such as frameshifting during decoding of the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA. Biophysical methods greatly improved our understanding of alternative decoding, for example, by revealing unexpected energetic requirements for ribosome sliding during translational bypassing. This workshop aims to provide a unique opportunity for a meeting between researchers with a common interest in alternative genetic decoding, but with diverse expertise, such as molecular evolution, bioinformatics, molecular genetics, structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics.

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 extended
  • 15 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 January 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 20 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 10 March 2024



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks

  • Accommodation (shared)*. Hotel rooms are pre-booked

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and dinners, except for dinner during the free evening)

  • Welcome reception

  • Farewell banquet

  • Excursion (boat trip to Garnish island)

    *Limited number of single occupancy rooms is available at an additional fee of 220 euro; enquiries to [].


Participants will be provided with a payment link via email upon acceptance.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for the selection of the participants will be the relevance and scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. We also will aim to maximize the diversity of the participants based on gender, career stage and geographical locations.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract should not exceed 250 words (in addition to author/affiliation lists).

Poster specifications

Posters should not exceed W x H = 1.2 m x 0.9 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 [(for events using our registration system)].

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.

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.



Pavel V. Baranov






County Cork, Ireland, P75 N978


The registration includes accommodation based on double/twin occupancy. Limited single occupancy is possible with an additional fee of 220 euro (subject to availability); enquiries to [].


The participants are advised to travel to one of the two major Irish airports (Dublin or Cork). We will organize several shuttle buses on the 13th and 18th of May to and from these airports. The bus travel from Dublin airport will departure at 13:00, the travel will take approx. 4-5 hours. We will organize at least two buses from Cork airport (the precise schedule will be known closer to the date), the travel from Cork airport will take approx. 1.5 hours. Therefore, traveling to Cork airport is strongly recommended.

We do not recommend traveling to other Irish airports such as Shannon or Kerry and we will not be able to provide transportation to/from these airports.

To help us to organise sufficient transportation, please, fill the following form as soon as you know your travel details:

About the Area

If you're looking to extend your trip to Ireland, either before or after the meeting, consider taking some time to explore the captivating surroundings near Bantry. This charming town is ideally situated in proximity to some of the most enchanting landscapes in West Cork and Kerry. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to Killarney National Park and Gougane Barra is highly recommended. Sea-water lake Lough Hyne, 30 km south of Bantry, is a unique habitat of warm oxygenated seawater, which sustains a huge variety of marine plants and animals. If you're up for a challenge, the Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas offer an array of exhilarating hiking trails, including the opportunity to conquer the majestic Carrauntoohil, Ireland's tallest peak. These locations have not only captivated filmmakers for their cinematic beauty but have also been featured in iconic movies. Ryan’s Daughter highlighted the allure of Dingle, Young Offenders showcased the beautiful Three Castle Head, and Star Wars took advantage of Skellig Michael's magnificence.

Venturing around the city of Cork opens up a world of fascinating destinations. Discover the legendary Blarney Castle, home to the famous stone said to bestow eloquence upon those who kiss it. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Fota Island's Wildlife Park, which boasts one of Europe's largest giraffe herds. For maritime enthusiasts, the world's oldest yacht club in Crosshaven might hold appeal. Cork bears a connection to two renowned shipwrecks. The port of Cobh served as the Titanic's final port of call, while the Lusitania met its tragic fate a few kilometres west of Kinsale. Historic British military fortifications, such as Camden Fort in Crosshaven and Charles Fort in Kinsale, have now opened their gates to visitors. During your time in Kinsale, engage locals in conversation about the tale of the White Lady, and be sure to take a stroll to the Old Head of Kinsale – a prominent landmark visible to astronauts launching from Cape Canaveral.

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