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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria in life, death and disease

16 – 20 September 2024 | Landshut, Germany

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2024

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Mitochondria are essential organelles in eukaryotic cells, not only because they are the "powerhouse of the cell", providing the majority of cellular energy via oxidative phosphorylation. These versatile organelles are involved in a multitude of different cellular functions and pathways, and communicate with other cellular compartments via signalling cascades or physical contact sites, forming a complex network within eukaryotic cells. Mitochondrial research has progressed considerably over the last decade due to the development and application of new techniques and approaches that allow mitochondrial functions to be studied and observed from different angles.

This FEBS/EMBO Lecture Course will cover several diverse and prevalent topics related to mitochondrial biology in different model organisms. It will include recently developed tools to investigate and manipulate these complex organelles and will be organised in the following five sessions:

1. Mitochondrial biogenesis

2. Mitochondria and metabolism

3. Mitochondrial dynamics and quality control

4. Mitochondrial communication and contact sites

5. Engineering mitochondrial function

PhD students and postdocs will have several opportunities to meet and discuss their research with a diverse audience in an informal setting during "meet the PI" sessions, round table discussions and poster presentations.

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
  • 31 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 June 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 July 2024


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (double room) EUR 800
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (single room) EUR 900

Registration includes:

  • 4 nights full board
  • Additional meals (coffee breaks)
  • Attendance of the EMBO/FEBS lecture course


Payments will be made via bank transfer. Details will be available upon acceptance to the course.

Selection criteria

We aim to maximize interaction between all participants. To achieve this, the number of participants will be limited to 120 for students and postdoctoral fellows (our main target group for this lecture series) and 20 speakers. In addition, a number of senior scientists with experience in different areas of mitochondrial biology will be invited (about 30 PIs in total). As previous courses have received a high number of applications from students and post-docs, the selection of the participants will be made by the organizing committee. We will try to ensure that the participants reflect the broad field of mitochondrial biology. Therefore, we will consider as many different research groups as possible, which may require limiting the number of participants from one group to two students. We will also try to balance different topics and model systems and give special consideration to emerging aspects of mitochondrial biology. As with the invited speakers (50% female), a balance between male and female participants will also be maintained in the selection of applicants.

Abstract guidelines

Submitted abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (including title).

Poster specifications

Each participant will be provided with a board measuring 180 cm x 96 cm (portrait format) on which to mount the poster. The poster should be designed to summarise current research in graphic form. Presentations should be self-explanatory so that the author is free to add and discuss specific points. For easy identification, the poster should have a title and author(s), identical to the one on the official programme. The poster board will be double-sided, with one presentation on each side. Your assigned number will be in the upper left corner of the poster board. The boards will be arranged in numerical order. Poster sessions will have a designated time during which poster presenters are asked to be available at their poster to discuss their research with meeting attendees.

Travel grants

A limited number of FEBS Youth Travel Funds (YTF) Awards are available to support participation of early-career scientists in this event. The selection of applicants to receive FEBS YTF awards will be carried out by the Course Organizers and approved by the FEBS Treasury Office according to the FEBS YTF eligibility criteria.

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.


The venue is a GreenSign certified hotel reaching level 4 (out of 5).

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

The venue is easily reachable by train from Munich central station.

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.



Nora Vögtle and Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein




Venue tagungszentrum landshut

Bürgermeister-Zeiler-Straße 1

84036 Landshut



Single rooms are primarily reserved for speakers and Principal Investigators. However, a limited number of single rooms will be available for early career researchers. Therefore, prices for early career researchers will be adjusted to 800 Euros for a double room and 900 Euros for a single room. Rooms will be allocated by the organisers according to availability.


Landshut is easily reached by local train from Munich (approx. 45 minutes). Munich central station is well connected to the European night train network. The train journey from Munich airport to Landshut takes about 35 minutes. Local buses (Bus X3 or 3 (during the day); Bus 14, 103 (during the evening/night)) run every 30 minutes to the conference venue.

About the Area

Landshut is a city in Bavaria in the south-east of Germany. It lies in the foothills of the Alps and the river Isar runs through the city. Founded in 1204, Landshut is architecturally significant for its predominantly Gothic architecture in the historic city centre, especially Trausnitz Castle and the Church of Saint Martin.

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