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EMBO Workshop

Limb development: Fundamental mechanisms, evolution, disease and regeneration

17 – 21 June 2024 | Dresden, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 19 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 17 May 2024

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About the Workshop

The vertebrate limb is an outstanding model for integrative approaches to study the development and evolution of body structures and their regeneration as well as the molecular alterations underlying disease. Rapid advances in chromatin and enhancer analysis, single cell and mechanobiology are at the forefront of a new era in this field. Adding to this, genetic modelling provides unprecedented molecular understanding of the cis-regulatory variants and chromosomal alterations that cause human congenital malformations. This in combination with novel imaging and sophisticated computational modelling tools is driving the field to gaining holistic insights into the underlying molecular and cellular principles. As a result, several previously elusive themes are making rapid progress and bring different research areas together. This includes identification of the molecular signatures for specific progenitors and cell-lineages that function in diverse morphogenetic processes such as limb skeletal, digit and fingerprint development and limb and tissue regeneration in anamniotes and amniotes. Analysis of the gene expression changes underlying evolution and congenital malformations reveals intriguing molecular similarities as well as evolutionary trade-offs that predispose to skeletal disease. The major goal of this EMBO Workshop is gather both established scientists and newcomers to represent the full diversity and all emerging research directions, stimulate discussion, catalyse collaborations and strengthen integrative research approaches.


  • Cellular mechanics and dynamics
  • Genomic landscapes and congenital malformations
  • Gene and chromatin regulation
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of regeneration
  • Fin and limb evolution and diversification
  • Evolution, skeletal development and disease
Image credits: A. Morabito, M. Davey, S. Edwards-Jorquera, T. Sandoval-Guzmán, M. Tanaka, J. Sharpe

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
  • 19 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 17 May 2024


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (on-site) EUR 350
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (virtual) EUR 200
  • ACADEMIC (on-site) EUR 550
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 300
  • INDUSTRY (on-site) EUR 700
  • INDUSTRY (virtual) EUR 500

Registration includes:

  • On-site participation:

    Admission to conference, poster sessions and all on-site activities

    Conference material

    Lunches and Coffee breaks

    Welcome Reception with food and drinks

    Conference Dinner

    Virtual participation:

    Admission and conference material

    Streaming of all sessions, keynote lectures, opening, awards and closing ceremonies

Costs for accommodation and travel are excluded, but check your eligibility for travel and child care grants.


Following registration and acceptance as participant, the payment of the registration fees has to be received by the latest May 17, 2024.

The payment details will be sent to the participants by e-mail.

Visa support letters will not be issued until the payment of registration fee has been received.

Cancellation policy

From June 1, 2024 onward or in case of no show: no refund of registration costs

Selection criteria

Inclusiveness and diversity: at least one member of all participating groups should be able to present their research. Attention will be given to have the diverse topics and novel research directions in the different fields represented at the conference. There will be 25 abstracts selected for 15 min oral presentations.

Participants and oral presentations will be selected based on the scientific excellence. Participants not selected for oral presentations should present their work in one of the two poster sessions. A significant number of posters will be selected for introduction as flash talks just prior to the poster session.

Selection of abstracts for oral presentations and posters with flash talks will be done by consensus among the organisers, if necessary with input from ad-hoc members.

Abstract guidelines

Poster specifications

Posters need to be printed in portrait format DIN A0 (841 x 1189 mm).

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 will minimize the use of printers and paper by having the final program, abstract booklet and all other information sent in a smart phone compatible version to all participants. In addition, we will recycle name tags or rather use simple fabric stickers. Also we will use a catering company that is sustainable. In addition, the CRTD is equipped with solar panels that produces part of the electricity consumed in a renewable manner. In addition, participants will be offered the MOBIbike option to travel between accommodation and conference venue as a sustainable and CO2-neutral transport option. It is likely that some overseas presenters will choose virtual participation, which would reduce travel related carbon emissions.

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.



Eike Lau

Phone: +49 (0) 351 458 82354

Silvia Palme

Phone: +49 (0) 351 458 82104




Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)

Fetscherstraße 105

01307 Dresden



Registered participants will have to take care of their own accommodation. Around the conference venue, there are a variety of accommodations in different price ranges. These are within walking distance or easy reachable by public transport.

Conference organizers will provide information to registered participants concerning hotel accommodation with special conference rates. Details will be posted on the website and/or sent by email.


Dresden international airport (DRS) is located 15 minutes from the city center and 25 min from the workshop venue by taxi. The city is also easily reached by trains (S-Bahn that run regularly from the airport to the two main Dresden train stations. From there trams and buses run regularly to different destinations and the venue ( In addition, Dresden also has a public bicycle program and an electric scooter system that can be used to reach the conference venue from hotels.

Dresden can also be easily reached from Berlin, Frankfurt, or Prague. Both Berlin (BER) and Frankfurt (FRA) airports have on-site train stations from which direct high-speed trains run regularly to Dresden (2h and 4.5h travel time, respectively). From Prague airport (PRG) there is also regular train and bus connections to Dresden (2.5-3h travel time).

About the Area

The Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, is located at the University campus in Johannstadt. It is embedded in a lively area of research institutes next to the Elbe, where a vast grassy river bank is ideal for promenades. In Dresden, one can find several attractions such as the Frauenkirche and the Old Masters, the Blue Wonder and the Green Vault; the picturesque banks of the Elbe and the popular Wilhelminian district; the Saxon State Orchestra and the International Dixieland Festival, the baroque Old Town and the modern city center, the garden suburb and the cultural metropolis; "Florence on the Elbe" and the capital of Saxony: the many faces of Dresden. Find out more:

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