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EMBO Workshop

Lymphatic Tissues and Germinal Centres in Immune Reactions

03 – 05 July 2024 | Galway, Ireland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 2 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024

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About the Workshop

Antibody mediated-immunity is essential for health. The generation of long-lived high-quality humoral immunity is orchestrated in secondary lymphoid tissues through complex cellular interactions and communication. B cells specific for foreign antigens collaborate with follicular helper T cells and stromal cells to form germinal centres (GCs). Here, GC B cells affinity mature their antibodies and generate memory and antibody-secreting plasma cells. These responses ultimately shape adaptive immunity and thereby help protect us from infections and disease. This meeting is aimed at uniting world experts and young researchers in an intimate environment, facilitating debates of the key issues in our field and the future directions required. The meeting will cover various important topics including germinal centre selection mechanisms, vaccination biology, immune cell differentiation, auto-antibody generation and regulation by the tissue microenvironment.

This EMBO Workshop is held in the historic city of Galway, The Republic of Ireland. Galway is a small, vibrant city rich in culture, music, restaurants and social venues.

Image credit: Isabel San Martín Molina

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
  • 2 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024



Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Digital abstract book
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee and lunch breaks
  • Drinks and snacks during poster sessions

The Gala Dinner is not included in the registration fee; more details regarding this will be provided at a later date.

Accommodation and travel costs are not included in the registration fee. For more details regarding these, please see the relevant webpage sections.


Link to payment platform will be announced soon.

Payment of registration fee is via credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

When the registration form is completed by a delegate and before making any payments, an invoice is automatically emailed to the delegate.

When the delegates complete an online payment, their registration status is automatically up to date on the registration site and a receipt will be issued to acknowledge payment of registration.

Selection criteria

Abstract selection for short talks and flash talks will be made based mostly on topic relevance and scientific excellence. Additional considerations for abstract selection and meeting attendance will include gender balance, minorities representation, and geographical distribution. Delegates may also register interest for attendance without submitting an abstract.

Abstract guidelines

Abstract should be written in English and should include:

  • Title
  • Authors and affiliation
  • Stage of career (e.g. PI, Postdoc, PhD student)
  • Preference for short talk + poster or poster alone (with possibility of additional flash talk).
  • The length of the main text should not exceed 600 words.

Poster specifications

A0 size, portrait i.e. 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.

Sustainability measures at the meeting

Catering will include vegetarian options, locally sourced ingredients.

Bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided at the conference location. Delegates are encourage to bring their keep cups and reusable water bottles

Participants are requested 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.

Conference Banquet

The Conference Banquet is not included in the cost of the registration fee. The Conference Banquet ticket must be purchased when you register and pay your registration fee.The banquet will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday July 5th.The cost is €75 per ticket and includes coach transport to/from University of Galway to the venue, drinks reception on arrival, 3 course dinner with tea/coffee and traditional Irish entertainment.

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.



General queries regarding conference registration, social programme, visa letter, please email




Image credits: Professor Chaosheng Zhang, University of Galway

The Bailey Allen Hall
National University of Ireland Galway
University Rd, Galway, Ireland, H91 TK33

A campus map can be found here.


Galway is home to world class hotels within walking distance, or easily accessible by public transport, from the University. Due to the high demand for accommodation in Galway City during July, it is strongly recommended that delegates reserve their accommodation as early as possible.

The following are accommodation options bookable at rates negotiated for GCC2024 delegates. You may also choose to book an alternative accommodation option in Galway.

All accommodation providers listed are within walking distance of the conference venue, University of Galway.

Accommodation is subject to availability on a first come first serve basis. It is the responsibility of delegates to self-manage their accommodation booking.

How to book

Accommodation is booked directly with the accommodation provider that you choose. Some of the accommodation providers offer the option to book online using a promo code or you can take advantage of the GCC2024 rates when you book via e-mail or telephone.

Payment is made directly by you to the accommodation provider using credit card.

Consult the cancellation policy of the hotel that you are booking.

A list of hotels can be found here with details.


Travelling to Ireland

There are daily direct flights to Ireland from a wide range of cities in the UK, Europe and the US, along with flights from the Emirates. Airports include:

Getting to Galway:

By Car:

Should you choose to drive to Galway please consult google maps to plan your route

Travelling by public transport:

In the interest of sustainability we recommend that attendees use public transport when possible. The University is easily accessible by public transport and drop off points are just a short five minute walk from the train station or main square.

  • Buses: Galway is very well served by direct Citylink or GoBus buses from Dublin airport and Dublin City Centre with departures on average every 30 minutes. Travel time in air-conditioned coaches with free WiFi is about 2.5 hours, This is the easiest mode of transport from Dublin to Galway.
  • City Link – Timetables – Dublin to Galway: Click on the link and scroll down to the second page to get the Timetable from Dublin to Galway.
  • CityLink have offered a 10% discount code to delegates booking a coach transfer online. The booking code is CITYLINK10. The code works on standard fares when booked online for any of the routes coming to Galway from Dublin Airport.
  • Trains: Trains to Galway City depart Dublin’s Heuston in Dublin City Centre to Galway's train station which is just off Eyre Square at the center of Galway. Train travel time is approximately 2.5 hours. Irish Rail offer 9 daily train transfers from Dublin City to Galway. Find out more information on services and timetables.
  • Galway City public transport: From the city centre, you can take a taxi to the University, or take the No.4 Bus in the direction of Newcastle from Eyre Square, near the train station, which is the normal drop-off point for buses. Bicycles are available for hire for hire in Galway with pick up and drop off points widely distributed around the city.

About the Area

Galway is a small town with a big heart.

Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway invites you to experience the unique combination of tradition and innovation which has created an exciting visitor attraction for people around the globe. Galway has a rich history of arts named as the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

Galway is a cultural centre, attracting thousands to the many festivals throughout the year. A few of the big attractions include The Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Oyster Festival all of which are famous throughout Ireland and beyond. Theatre lovers are particularly blessed with a number of superb theatre companies based in the city, including the world-renowned Druid Theatre Company. The state-of-the-art Town Hall Theatre was opened in 1993 and covers all aspects of the performing arts including concerts, ballet, musicals, and operas.

Visit Irish Tourist Board websites for more information:


The Conference Organising Committee, or its agents, will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss, damages or accidents during the Event. We would draw your attention to the cancellation policy in respect of registration fees and accommodation.

If, for whatever reason, the Conference has to be cancelled or postponed, the Organising Committee, and/or its agents, will be responsible only for refund of monies received. We recommend that delegates insure themselves for medical and cancellation charges.

Passport and Visa Information

Please note: This content is only provided as an information tool. We cannot advise with regards your individual visa application or whether further delays may occur, or regulations change within governmental procedure without notice.

Visas are required by delegates travelling from some countries. Please note that a Schengen visa or UK visa is not valid for travel to Ireland.

We would encourage all delegates to check with the Irish Government website, their local Irish representation and/or with your travel operator to confirm if a visa is required.

If you require a Visa to travel into Ireland, you are advised to register and complete your application as soon as possible. Neither the conference organisers nor Go West Conference and Event Management take any responsibility for your application.

All costs for any visa application are the responsibility of the passport holder.

Note that visa applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland – please ensure that you apply in time to attend the conference.

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has primary responsibility for Ireland’s immigration and visa policy. For more information on visa requirements for Ireland please see their website.

Do I Need A Visa?

Please consult with the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office or visit this website.

Addition information can be found on the Irish Government websites

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