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EMBO Lecture Course

Evolutionary and Comparative Genomics

03 – 06 November 2024 | Nafplion, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 September 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 August 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2024

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About the Lecture Course

The increasing availability of genomes and other “omes” for organisms across the tree of life has revolutionized the study of evolutionary processes. The comparative approach focused on different elements and aspects of the genome, has proven invaluable in understanding how and why organisms evolved to be the way they are. This three-day lecture course brings together some of the world’s foremost experts to teach early career scientists and trainees the fundamentals of evolutionary and comparative genomics, as well as to share their latest cutting-edge research. It includes multiple interactive sessions in the form of poster sessions, discussions, speed-networking and an excursion.

The target audience of this event consists of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers who might be working in genomics-related areas and have a strong interest in evolution or who might be undertaking evolutionary questions and seek to develop expertise in how to pursue them at the genomic level. The course will include lectures focusing on organisms as diverse as bacteria, yeast, invertebrates and mammals, and will cover a wide range of topics such as discovering and interpreting trends in gene family evolution, linking evolution at the genomic, transcriptomic and phenotypic levels, or elucidating the genomics of adaptation. Participants will have ample opportunity to network with top experts, to discover their next career step and to initiate collaborations.

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 September 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 July 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 August 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2024


  • STUDENTS/POSTDOCS single room EUR 420
  • STUDENTS/POSTDOCS double room EUR 300

Registration includes:

  • Registration fees include accommodation for three nights at the event venue (Amalia hotel), breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

  • There are two options for registration: Shared room (300 euros) and Single room (420 euros)

Note that there is a limited number of single rooms and they will be available at a first-come first-served basis.


Participants will be able to pay online using debit/credit card or via bank transfer. Instructions for payment will be communicated by email.

Cancellation policy

Due to technical reasons no refunds are possible.

Selection criteria

In addition to the submitted abstract, a CV (maximum of two pages) detailing the applicant’s education and academic record, and a motivation letter of a maximum of 200 words are required for the selection process.

The following selection criteria will be applied, in descending order of importance:

1) Scientific relevance of research project. Trainees working in genomics without current strong knowledge of evolutionary approaches, and trainees working in evolutionary biology without strong knowledge of relevant genomics approaches will be prioritized.

2) Quality of research project and motivation.

3) Academic track record.

4) In cases where all other evaluation criteria are equal, we will prioritize applicants (especially PhD students) from underrepresented and low-income countries.

Abstract guidelines

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details like First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email. Also, indicate who will be the presenter.

Abstract body: Maximum of 200 words. Please do not cite literature within the abstract body.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in a portrait orientation with dimensions that do not exceed standard A0 size of 84.1 cm x 118.9 cm.

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

The venue takes a number of energy efficiency measures to minimize environmental impact.

The hotel uses geothermal energy for heating, cooling and hot water. Double glazed windows in every room and common space assure minimal heat loss and insulation. A state of the art Building Management System, monitors and adjusts air-conditioning, according to external weather conditions.

The hotel also deploys a biological system for liquid waste and water recycling. Stuff is constantly updated on training for minimal usage and the hotel raises the awareness of all visitors with leaflets filled with useful instructions.

You may see more on the most recent (2022) Sustainability Report:

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

Participants will be encouraged to offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

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

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.



Nikolaos Vakirlis ,

Tel: +302109656310




Amalia Hotel Nafplion

Amalias Av, 21100, Nafplion, Greece


Most participants will need to share a double room. There will be a limited number of single rooms available.


A bus service will be provided by the organizers connecting Athens Airport and/or Athens city center to the Venue (~2-2.5h drive).

Participants who wish to use the bus service need to provide us with information on their flight arrival etc. Participants will receive further details via email.

About the Area

Nafplion, a captivating town in the Peloponnese, Greece, is steeped in rich culture and history that goes back to ancient times. This Venetian town with ancient Greek roots was the first capital of modern Greece, making it a significant historical hub. The town's architecture, a blend of Venetian and Greek influences, adds to its allure, with neoclassical buildings, imposing castles like Palamidi and Bourtzi, and fascinating museums like the Archaeological Museum showcasing Mycenaean artifacts.

Nafplion's romantic ambiance is palpable in its charming streets lined with colorful bougainvillea, large squares hosting tavernas, and stunning sea views along the Argolic Gulf. The town's historical center exudes a fairytale-like charm, making it a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. The Bourtzi Castle, rising majestically from the sea, is a symbol of Nafplion's history, originally built by the Venetians in the 15th century and later used by the Greeks during the revolution.

For history enthusiasts, Nafplion serves as an ideal base to explore ancient Greek sites nearby. Within a short drive, you can reach Mycenae, Epidaurus with its renowned ancient theater, and the Corinth Canal. Tiryns, an important archaeological site, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site located close to the town. These sites offer a glimpse into the ancient past of Greece, enriching the cultural experience of visitors exploring Nafplion.