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EMBO Lecture Course

Imaging Marine Organisms Across Scales

09 – 12 April 2024 | Napoli, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 9 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 9 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 23 February 2024

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About the Lecture Course

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Modern imaging technologies are revolutionizing our understanding of biological models and are starting to be applied to marine organisms collected in their natural environment. This new avenue creates interfaces/synergies between structural, molecular biologists and ecologists, enabling mechanistic-oriented studies of non-model organisms. Yet, studying organisms in their natural context using multiple imaging modalities remains a challenge and specific technologies, sample preparation and workflows need to be developed. This course aims to bring together marine and cell biologists and microscopists at different stages of their career, who aim to unveil the morphology of marine organisms at different scales using multimodal imaging. By fostering training and exchanges among this interdisciplinary community, the course will show the potential of different imaging techniques. In addition to lectures, hands-on practicals with different instruments will further stimulate discussions among experts with freshly-collected marine organisms. The meeting, which will be linked to the TREC expedition and supported by both the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn and the Advanced Mobile Laboratory, is a unique opportunity to strengthen collaborative networks and push the frontiers of marine biology.

Header image credits: Giovanna Benvenuto
Small image credits: Hugo van den Hoek

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.





For more information on each practical session, please see here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 9 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 9 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 23 February 2024



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Coffee breaks

Excluding accommodation and travel.


Successful applicants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for participant selection will be the scientific quality and research relevance to the lecture course’s themes as judged by the submitted abstract and motivation letter.

Along with an abstract, participants are asked to describe their motivation, based on their own projects, their expertise and their need for either learning about multimodal imaging (if they are marine biologists) or their intention to apply imaging methods to marine samples they are not necessarily used to (imaging experts).

The meeting organizers will pay particular attention in selecting a diverse scientific community, representing the two major fields targeted by the course (Marine biologists/Ecologists and Imaging experts). Moreover, we will strive to select participants of the largest diversity possible, be it of career stage, gender, and country of origin.

In addition, each session contains short talks that will be selected from the submitted abstracts by the organizers. Whenever possible, we will attempt to showcase scientific results from earlier stage researchers.

Abstract guidelines

Altogether abstracts should not exceed 350 words (incl. any citations). Please make sure full authors’ names and affiliations are included, and indicate if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Posters should have the A1 format (59.4 cm x 84.1 cm) and be displayed in a portrait orientation.

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

Participants are encouraged to travel by train or offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

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

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.



Maria Ina Arnone





Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

Villa comunale, 80121, Napoli, Italy


Registration fees do not cover accommodation and travel.

We suggest booking your accommodation well in advance - this sounds like an obvious piece of advice, but great listings get booked first, even more so if it’s high season and Napoli is a very popular destination nowadays. The further in advance you book, the better the options you’ll have.

Your area of interest should be “Chiaia.”

Make your reservation through, Airbnb or directly on the accommodation’s website, in order to get the best rate available.


The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, venue of the course, is in the villa comunale at 10 min walking distance from the metro (line 2) station “Piazza Amedeo”, which is 3 stops away from the stop “Garibaldi” (Central Railway Station). The Central Railway Station is also connected to the airport of Napoli Capodichino by a shuttle (ALIBUS). From Napoli Capodichino airport you can reach Stazione Zoologica also by TAXI (20-30 min ride, about 16 km).

How to get there:

From the airport:

  • Alibus, stop “Garibaldi” (Central Railway Station), then metro line 2 towards Pozzuoli - “Amedeo” stop , walk down Via V. Colonna, then Via San Pasquale, and enter the gate of villa comunale across the street
  • Taxi flat rate € 26 all inclusive ( Airport – Chiaia district )

From Central Station “Garibaldi”

Metro line 2 towards Pozzuoli - “Amedeo” stop , walk down Via V. Colonna, then Via San Pasquale, and enter the gate of villa comunale across the street


Only use legitimate taxis. There are taxi stands at the airport, Piazza Garibaldi (Central Railway Station), Piazza S. Pasquale/Riviera di Chiaia (near the course venue).

IMPORTANT: For any ride, we suggest asking the driver to use the predetermined fare. Click here to download the Taxi rates.

Users can request the receipt of the payment, which has no taxable value. Taxi drivers are not allowed to release receipts different from those authorized by the City Council. The receipt is mandatory for fixed tariff, in this case the receipt and the fixed rate must be released before the ride.


Alibus is the fast connecting bus line between Capodichino Airport and the Central Railway Station in Piazza Garibaldi. The service is active every day.

The ticket costs €5 and you can buy it also on board.

Travel time: 15’

About the Area

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, also known as “Acquario” is located in the villa comunale, a long, leafy park separating the Riviera di Chiaia from the Lungomare (seafront) in the Chiaia district of Napoli.

There are numerous hotels with different budget types in the surrounding area.

Fashionable restaurants, cafes and bars fill side streets here. Chiaia is the cosmopolitan heartland of Naples’ all-essential “aperitivo”: popular bar streets include Via Bisignano, Via Alabardieri and Via Ferrigni.

The Stazione Zoologica itself is a tourist attraction, hosting Europe's oldest active aquarium. Established by German Darwinist Anton Dohrn, it's housed in a stately neoclassical building designed by Adolf von Hildebrand. These days, the aquarium's tired-looking tanks are home to 200 species of marine flora and fauna from the city's bay. Arguably more impressive is the lovingly restored reading room upstairs, adorned with engaging, 19th-century frescoes of Mediterranean life by German painter Hans von Marées and Hildebrand himself.

Culture vultures get their fix at the Museo Pignatelli, in a sumptuous Rothschild villa located on Riviera di Chiaia in front of Stazione Zoologica.

The Lungomare, on the other side of villa comunale, is the most popular path for walking or jogging. Stretching 2.5km along Via Partenope and Via Caracciolo, its views are nothing short of exquisite, taking in the bay, Mt Vesuvius, two castles and Vomero's Liberty-style villas.

Chiaia is a bit of a trek on foot to the “centro storico”, otherwise easily reached with the metro line 2 from Piazza Amedeo (direction Garibaldi, stop Montesanto or Cavour).

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