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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 (Czech Republic). Take the Bus Airport Express (AE) going every 30 min directly from Terminal 1 to the Praha main train station. Take a 2.5 h train ride to Olomouc main train station (Olomouc hl. n.). There are up to three trains per hour operated by tree companies Ceske drahy (we recommend taking the higher class trains Supercity (SC), Eurocity (EC) or Intercity (IC)), Regiojet and Leo Express).

Arriving from the Vienna International Airport (Austria). There are several direct busses (Flixbus, Regiojet) operating between Vienna International Airport and Olomouc main bus station (autobusové nádraží). The conference site can be reached by tram 4. Alternatively, number of (non-direct) trains connect both sites.

The venue Aula of the Philosophical Faculty of Palacky University in Olomouc is conveniently connected to the main train station (Olomouc hlavní nádraží/hl. n.) by public transport (trams 2, 3, 4, 6) and can also be reached by walking (25 min).

Arrival by car. Olomouc is accessible via several highways. An eVignette is required when using the Czech highways (More information at Please contact your hotel manager for more information about parking.

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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