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EMBO Workshop

Molecular biology of mitochondrial gene maintenance and expression

19 – 23 May 2024 | Jozefów, Poland

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

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About the Workshop

The mitochondrial genome is essential for cellular energy transduction and cell viability. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is replicated autonomously, and transcription and translation of mtDNA-encoded proteins by dedicated machineries within mitochondria produce components of the oxidative phosphorylation system. The dysregulation of these systems causes a range of human pathologies and also contributes to complex diseases. Many aspects of these mechanisms remain poorly understood, although recent years have seen rapid and exciting developments in the field, including the successful directed engineering of mtDNA in vivo, determination of the structural basis of mitochondrial transcription and translation, and the discovery that dysregulated mtDNA maintenance contributes to cellular inflammation. In this workshop, we will explore the frontiers of our knowledge of this topic through the following main sessions: (i) the maintenance and engineering of mtDNA, (ii) mitochondrial RNA and transcription, (iii) mitochondrial translation, and (iv) mitochondrial gene expression in cellular homeostasis.

We intend this meeting to bring together research leaders in these fields together with up-and-coming early career researchers to share breakthroughs and to define future research directions and priorities in a collaborative and supportive environment.

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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
  • 24 March 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 24 March 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 April 2024



Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Accommodation in single room on site, 4 star hotel
  • Transport to and from the venue on the first and last day of the workshop
  • Welcome reception, meals and coffee breaks
  • Gala dinner
  • Networking activity/excursion


Payment is only possible by bank transfer. The payment confirmation/receipt will be forwarded to the participants via e-mail after payment is completed.
If you need an invoice before making payment, please contact us: see payment details below


Please find the payment details here.

For any information concerning registration and payment, please contact us:

Selection criteria

Applicants will be asked to submit an abstract describing the work that they intend to present at the meeting. In the case that the meeting is oversubscribed then a selection will be made based upon how well the applicant's work fits with the topic of the meeting, while ensuring that this selection does not affect the gender balance. We will ensure participation from scientists from a large geographical area and from a large range of different laboratories. When selecting abstracts for short talks, we will score abstracts according to their scientific interest to the meeting while giving preference to talks from junior scientists and early-stage PIs, again maintaining gender balance.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material and be limited to 350 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk. The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation, a title and a short text describing your research. Abstracts are uploaded using an online application system.

Poster specifications

Maximum size of a poster: height 115 cm, width 95 cm.

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.

Discount on registration fees for participants traveling by train

We will apply a reduced registration fee for participants choosing to travel by train instead of flying. Confirmed participants will receive additional information by email.


Catering will include a vegetarian day and will use locally sourced ingredients.

Bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

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

A discount on registration fees will be provided to participants traveling by train.

The venue takes some energy efficiency measures such as LED lights, energy efficient equipment and many more. The hotel belongs to certified IHG® Green Engage network.

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.



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Holiday Inn Resort Warszawa-Józefów

ul. Telimeny 1

05-420 Józefów


Phone: +48 22 77 83 000



All participants will be accommodated in single rooms.


The venue is within easy reach of Warsaw city centre, and its railway station and two international airports.

Most flights to Warsaw land at Chopin Airport (WAW,, which is the closest international airport located about 25 km from the conference venue (about 40 min, depending on traffic). Buses will be provided on the first and last day of the conference between Chopin Airport and the venue. You can also reach the venue by taxi. If you plan to take a taxi, the recommended company by Chopin Airport is Ele Taxi. A transfer by taxi from Warsaw Chopin Airport to the venue should cost about ~40-60 euros (one-way) and take about 40 minutes.

Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI, (budget airlines) is 75 km from the conference venue (about 1h 50 min), buses will be provided depending on the number of participants traveling through Modlin Airport. We recommend choosing Chopin Airport, which also serves budget airlines. If you decide to travel via Modlin Airport you can find some useful information on recommended taxi companies, buses and trains here.

Warsaw Central Railway Station is located 25 km from the venue, buses will be provided depending on the number of participants traveling by train. Several international trains per day connect Warsaw with Berlin (5 hr 30 min), Vienna (8 hr 30 min) or Prague (8 hr 30 min), among others. A transfer by taxi from Warsaw Central Station to the event venue should cost ~40-60 euros (one-way) and take up to ~1h 10 min (depending on traffic).

Further detailed information will be sent to confirmed participants via email. A survey will be carried out among participants to collect information on their travel schedule in order to optimize the departure of buses provided by the organizers.

About the Area

Warsaw is a city full of attractions. You will find an atmospheric Old Town, magnificent royal palaces, museums telling the history of Warsaw and Poland, vibrant boulevards along the Vistula River and much more. Want to take a tour of Warsaw? Visit the Official Tourist Website of Warsaw to learn more:

For more information about Poland - time zone, weather, food, emergency numbers, history, tourist attractions and more, visit:

The venue of the conference is located in a small city Józefów located near Warsaw. The conference will take place in Holiday Inn Resort Warsaw Józefów. The hotel is situated in an excellent location, only 4 km from the border of Warsaw and about 40 minutes from Frederic Chopin Airport. Beautiful forest surrounding, the nearness of the capital and easy access from any place in Warsaw, make the hotel the ideal place for work and relaxation. The main advantage of hotel is its location favoring leisure. The four-star hotel is surrounded by a forest from three sides. It is situated on the outskirts of the Mazowiecki Landscape Park, next to the Świder river reserve. The venue offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for the conference participants, such as tennis courts, fitness activities, a bowling alley, pool tables, and a scenic golf course offering excellent golfing conditions for players of all skill levels and ages. Multifunctional sports fields are available and are suitable for various sports disciplines, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. At your disposal: bicycle trips, a swimming pool with Jacuzzi and saunas, mini gym, Tao Tao Balinese SPA, golf course with heated driving range, professional minigolf course (type Felt B - the only one in Poland, certificated by WMF) and the largest rope park in the Mazovia region (6 routes for adults and children over 3 y/o. The hotel is friendly to participants with children, offering infrastructure tailored to their needs. The hotel has an excellent restaurant that uses vegetables and honey from the hotel's garden and apiary, and will provide full catering for the meeting participants.

Currency: The national currency of Poland is the Polish zloty (symbol: zł) which is divided into 100 groszy (symbol: gr). The currency code for zloty is PLN.

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