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EMBO Workshop

Microglia in health and disease

21 – 24 May 2024 | Genoa, Italy

  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Registration & Payment Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification
  • Immediate
  • Grants and Communication Format (Poster/Talk) will be Notified By
  • 15 April

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About the Workshop

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Microglia are the resident macrophages of the central nervous system (CNS) parenchyma, at the intersection of Immunology and Neuroscience. They have gained increased attention over the past decade: what we once thought were quiescent cells under steady-state conditions are now known key contributors to neural circuit development and function. There is also increasing evidence that microglia are important in the etiology of many nervous system diseases. In this EMBO Workshop, we will have sessions related to microglia cross-talk with other cell types and new technical advances being developed to study them. In addition, we will host new sessions focused on microglial function within neural circuits, functional genomics, mechanisms in disease, and metabolic regulation of microglial function. We will also include a session on microglial states and nomenclature, to follow up with the online workshop at the EMBL 2021 meeting that will help to establish the field´s agenda. We aim to appeal to a broad audience, including established and new researchers both from industry and academia, spark scientific discussion, and foster collaboration for this growing field.

Credits: Header image by Gloria Colombo

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.







  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Registration & Payment Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification
  • Immediate
  • Grants and Communication Format (Poster/Talk) will be Notified By
  • 15 April



Registration includes:

  • Scientific Sessions
  • Coffee breaks and lunch boxes as per the program

Accommodation excluded


Please remember to pay the registration fee by April 15 at the latest.

Bank Transfer Details:
Subject of payment: EMBO Workshop (+ delegate's name)
Symposia Organizzazione Congressi S.r.l.
Banca Intesa San Paolo C/C: 100000032546
ABI: 03069 CAB: 01400
IBAN: IT58Q0306901400100000032546

Selection criteria

Invited speakers have been selected by unanimous agreement of the organizers. Additional speakers will be selected among submitted abstracts of researchers who indicate their wish to be considered for an oral presentation. This selection will be made by unanimous consensus of the organizers based on the relevance, originality, and quality of the submission. If necessary due to a large number of submitted abstracts, the discussion will be preceded by a triage of applications distributed to each organizer and/or additional speakers.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract must be written in English. The main text of the abstract should not exceed 250 words and should include background, experimental approach, key findings, and significance to the field. The title should not exceed 25 words. One abstract per submitting author per meeting. Submitting author and account name must match. Submitting author must be underlined.

Poster specifications

The maximum acceptable size for a poster is 70×100 cm and should be in portrait format (vertical orientation). Please use a clear typeface, as the poster should be readable from a distance of 1 – 2 meters.

All presenting authors are kindly invited to hang up their posters at the beginning of the session and remove them as soon as the session finishes. We recommend that you be present at your poster during the poster sessions. Please note that there is no printing service at the conference venue. Posters must be printed prior to the conference.

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 use environmentally friendly disposable used material made of corn pulp and cellulose and locally sourced food.

Vegetarian options will be available in all coffee breaks, lunches and dinner.

We will reduce printouts to a minimum (badges, poster labels and signs), and the scientific program will be available online only.

We will reduce our carbon foot print by investing in high quality international carbon reduction projects by investing in carbon offsetting projects that also provide benefits such as clean drinking water and heath & well-being in developing countries (

We will additionally offer the attendees to voluntarily increase their personal contribution to this initiative.

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.



Alessandra Crippa, Chiara Durand

Symposia Organizzazione Congressi Srl
Piazza Campetto, 2/8
16123 Genova
+39 010 255146




Centro Congressi Magazzini del Cotone
Entrance by Modulo 10
Calata Molo Vecchio, 15
16128 Genova IT


Accommodation not included.

In Genoa, there are many hotels and bed and breakfasts.



Genoa is home to a unique branch of the railway network, unwinding over East-West routes and inland tracks that connect to Northern Europe.

The city's central stations are Genova Piazza Principe (the main departure/arrival point to and from the North and West) and Genova Brignole (the main departure/arrival point for connections to the East and South). Travelling by train is undoubtedly one of the most convenient ways to move around the city (on the line connecting the neighbourhoods along the coast, from Voltri to Nervi).

Genoa is also daily connected by direct Thello trains to the South of France; arrivals and departures from/to Monte Carlo, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Saint-Raphael, Toulon, Marseille, without border train changes.


Cristoforo Colombo Airport is regularly connected to the city centre, either by public transport or by taxi or car. Here you can find all the information on how to reach the airport.

Cristoforo Colombo Airport is the fastest way to reach Genoa, as well as the most spectacular since the runway is almost entirely surrounded by the sea. Landing in Genoa, flying over the promontory of Portofino welcomes you with an unforgettable view of the city!

The airport is located in Genoa's Sestri Ponente neighbourhood, a few kilometres from the city centre, to which it is connected by public transport, taxis and trains. In addition, the Airlink service offers a direct connection between the Sestri Ponente station and the airport, with a ride every 15 minutes, from 6 am to 10 pm. A pedestrian walkway, above the railway line, allows easy access from the Genova Sestri Ponente station to the AMT shuttle bus stop for the airport.


Four motorways connect the city to the national network at different points:

  1. A12 Genova - Rosignano: in the East, GE Nervi and GE Est exits;
  2. A10 dei Fiori Genova - Ventimiglia: in the West, GE Ovest exit;
  3. A26 Voltri - Gravellona Toce: connecting to the A10 at GE Prà;
  4. A7 Serravalle Genova - Milano: GE Bolzaneto and GE Ovest exits.

About the Area

Here you can find useful information on the city of Genoa.

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