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EMBO Workshop

Plant genome stability and change 2024

16 – 19 June 2024 | Olomouc, Czech Republic

  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 March 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 March 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 April 2024

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About the Workshop

The aim of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together the scientific community working with plants on subjects around genome stability and modification, including DNA recombination and repair, chromosome stability, meiosis, replication, epigenetics and applications in plant breeding and genome engineering.

In a world faced with increasing populations and climatic change, the importance of understanding the fundamental processes used by plants to maintain and repair their genomes is of ever-increasing importance and urgency. Much of the DNA damage response occurs in the context of chromatin whose nature has a decisive role in the repair process. Both DNA damage response and epigenetics underlie "classical" plant breeding and the development of novel technologies for crop improvement. Increasing fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms of DNA damage responses will inspire development of novel biotechnological approaches and foster their implementation to plant breeding.

Image credit: Dvorackova Group | Mendel Center For Plant Genomics and Proteomics

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
  • 10 March 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 March 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 April 2024



Registration includes:

  • Access to the meeting venue and all events of the meeting

  • All meals (except breakfast) including the welcome reception, conference dinner, refreshment during coffee breaks and poster sessions and drinks for the breaks

  • Optional guided tour to the Olomouc city centre

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


The selected participants will be notified by email together with detailed information on the registration fee payment.

Selection criteria

The selection of abstracts for oral presentation will be carried out by the organizers. Participant selection will be guided by submitted abstracts, according to the expected scientific impact of the work on the conference and the field. It is, therefore, requested that all participants submit an abstract and specify the preferred form of presentation. In addition, a proper balance of participants from different countries, genders, and career stages will be sought.

Abstract guidelines

Maximum abstract length is 250 words, excluding title, authors and affiliations. Abstracts must be submitted with the agreement of all listed authors.

Poster specifications

Maximum poster size is 100 cm (height) x 80 cm (width).

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. For academic participants who do not plan to present their work, a short motivation letter should be send to the conference email (

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.

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.



Ales Pecinka




Aula of the Philosophical faculty

Palacky University

Křížkovského 512/10

77900 Olomouc

Czech Republic


There is an allotment of 50 rooms (single bed and shared rooms) from 15-19.06.2024 at the HOTEL PALAC under the special booking code “PGSC 2024”, until April 30th, 2024. Booking should be done directly with the HOTEL PALAC via e-mail Participants who wish to share the room should mark it during the hotel booking. The hotel reception is available between 6:00 – 22:00. Participants who want to check-in outside of the office hours should inform the reception on

In addition, there are numerous other hotels in the vicinity of the workshop venue.


The city of Olomouc is located 3.5-4 hrs from the Prague and Vienna international airports. There are regular train and bus services connecting the airports with the city of Olomouc.

Arriving from the The Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague. Take the Bus Airport Express (AE) going every 15-20 min (5:30 to 23.30 h) from a stop in front of the Terminal 1 to the Praha hlavní nádraží / main train station (direct ride without intermediate stops, the price is 100 CZK). Alternatively, there are Taxi services. Bus ticket to be bought in the bus.

Train ride from Praha to Olomouc. There are up to three trains per hour operated by three companies Ceske drahy, Leo Express and Regiojet. With Ceske drahy we recommend taking the higher class trains Supercity (SC), Eurocity (EC) or Intercity (IC). You can search for your connection and buy your ticket using IDOS website. Input for the field FROM is “Praha hl. n.” and TO is “Olomouc hl. n.”. Please note that most tickets will be booked for a particular connection. Alternatively, you can purchase the ticket at the train station but be aware that each company has its own counter. The trains are full, so add also a seat reservation to your ticket. The trains take 2 – 3 h to reach Olomouc main train station (Olomouc hl. n.).

Arriving from Vienna International Airport (Austria). There are several direct buss companies e.g. Flixbus and Regiojet operating between Vienna International Airport and Olomouc. The ride takes about 4 hours. Regiojet from “Vienna – Schwechat Airport” to “Olomouc MS” – the busses stop close to the main train station. Flixbus from “Vienna Airport” to “Olomouc”. The bus stops at the main bus station, ca. 10 min walk to the main train station or take the tram 4 which goes directly to the hotel area / conference venue. Alternatively, number of (non-direct) trains connects Vienna Airport with Olomouc.

From the main train station to hotel area and the conference venue Aula of the Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University. Take tram 2, 3, 4 or 6 from the main train station to the station “U Dómu” (3rd stop) (there are vending machines at the main station and in front of it; best is to purchase tram ticket at the main station in some of the magazine shops – it costs 20 CZK) or enjoy the route by a relaxed 20-25 min walk. Alternatively, you can use Bolt taxi service for about 100 CZK.

Arrival by car. Olomouc is accessible via several highways. An eVignette is required when using the Czech highways (More information here). Please contact your hotel manager for information about parking possibilities and note limited parking possibilities in the city centre and around the conference venue.

About the Area

The city of Olomouc has a stunning architecture, from the UNESCO-listed Holy Trinity Column to the majestic cathedral. The compact centre is dominated by one of the baroque wonders of Central Europe: an 18th-century Holy Trinity Column that rises 35m in height and punctuates the main square, Horní náměstí (Upper Square). The evocative central streets are dotted with beautiful churches, many of which play host to a thrilling history. The city is best enjoyed by strolling through charming cobblestone streets, vibrant squares, and lush parks. Explore the foundations of ancient Olomouc Castle at the must-see Archdiocesan Museum, then head for one of the city’s many pubs or microbreweries. The city is surrounded by beautiful Moravian countryside rich in historical sites and pristine nature.

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