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EMBO | The Company of Biologists Workshop

Plant tropisms

09 – 12 July 2024 | Okazaki, Japan

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • TBA

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About the Workshop

Since Charles Darwin’s “The Power of Movement in Plants”, it has become evident that plants use elaborate mechanisms to control their growth in response to environmental cues such as light (phototropism), gravity (gravitropism), or touch (thigmotropism). Essential for tropic growth is the differential distribution of the phytohormone auxin, which regulates differential cell elongation within tissues. With advances in the molecular understanding of tropic growth, this has become an attractive field for biophysicists.

Still much remains to be understood about how stimulus perception leads to tropic growth. In the past years, there have been many new relevant findings, which now need to be brought together to foster interactions between experimenters and disciplines: E.g. new molecular players have been identified (LAZY proteins, AGC1 kinases); new mechanisms of the respective signaling pathways have become apparent (phototropin kinase targets, phosphorylation control of cellular events); previously unknown rapid auxin responses have been observed; structural analyses of auxin transporters have uncovered the mechanisms underlying auxin transport regulation; physicists have successfully modelled tropic growth combining theory and biology.

In our EMBO workshop “Plant Tropisms”, we will bring together biologists and modelers to report on their progress and discuss new findings on tropism regulation.

This workshop will be held in a hybrid format, combining in-person meetings (preferred) with online participation. We strongly encourage researchers and students to personally come to Okazaki and to participate in the conference for face-to-face discussions.

We encourage participants to give poster presentations. There will be numerous opportunities for short talk presentations chosen from poster submissions. Online participants have an opportunity to share their poster files with all workshop participants.

This EMBO Workshop was made possible by funding provided by The Company of Biologists.

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.





For participants joining virtually, the meeting can be accessed via Zoom.
The workshop office will share the passcode with you prior to the workshop.

The list of poster presentations can be found here.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 May 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 20 May 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 31 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • TBA


  • ACADEMIC JPY 20000
  • VIRTUAL JPY 5000

Registration includes:

In-person meeting: Meals during the workshop.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee (please also see the accommodation information below).

Online participation: costs for organizing and arranging of the virtual meeting.


The payment of the registration fee will be made online

The detail of the registration fee payment will be announced with the notification of chosen participants.

Selection criteria

There will be numerous opportunities for short talk presentations chosen from poster submissions.

Selection for short talks in the workshop is made on the basis of:

- How relevant the proposal is to the theme of the conference, i.e. plant tropisms.

- The extent to which the proposal can be judged to be novel and offer practical value to conference participants.

- Students and early-stage researchers are prioritized.

Abstract guidelines

We encourage participants to give poster presentations. Online participants have an opportunity to share their poster files with all workshop participants.

Your abstract will be listed in the digital abstract booklet that will be shared with all participants, including online attendees.

1) Download an abstract template file from here.

2) Email your abstract to the workshop office ( ).

Poster specifications

For on-site participants:

The poster board at the venue is 90 cm in width x 120 cm in height.

For the poster flash talks, all presenters will submit one-page slide to explain your poster within 1 minute.

For online participants:

Poster presenters need to upload their poster files (PDF, jpg, etc) to the designated Google Drive provided by the workshop administration office. All participants will be able to access the drive to view the posters.

There will be no session during the workshop to discuss posters presented online. After the workshop, presenters and attendees are encouraged to discuss their posters through email or online tools.

Further details will be provided to poster presenters by email.

Additional Requirements

Those who wish to apply to the travel grant and registration fee waivers should indicate on the registration form, and must submit their poster abstract and application form by email to the workshop office (

Download an application form file from here.

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.

To apply, please see the above “ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS”.

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.



Kiyoshi Tatematsu

EMBO | COB Workshop "Plant Tropisms" Office

National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan





Okazaki Conference Center (OCC)

Azatenma 8-1, Myodaiji, Okazaki 444-0864, Japan


Accommodations should be personally arranged.

This is a list of hotels in the vicinity of the venue, the Okazaki Conference Center.

Okazaki New Grand Hotel (Japanese/English)

Tel: +81-564-21-5111 Fax: +81-564-21-0109


Tel: +81-564-21-7001

Okazaki Dai-ichi Hotel (English)

Tel: +81-564-26-3111 Fax: +81-564-26-3112

Super Hotel Okazaki (English)

Tel: +81-564-28-9000 Fax: +81-564-28-9003

Hotel LiVEMAX Okazaki (Japanese only; approximately 6,500 JPY per night for a single room)

Tel: +81-564-65-3340 Fax: +81-564-65-3341

Mishima Lodge (Institute guest house) for students and postdocs (English)

The lodge is located next to the venue. Single rooms are equipped with a bathroom, refrigerator, TV set and an in-room wireless Internet connection. A wired Internet connection is available in the lobby.

The workshop office will reserve a few rooms at the lodge. The cost will be 2,600 JPY as of writing. If you wish to book a room at Mishima Lodge, please contact us at "".


The nearest station from the venue is “Higashi-Okazaki Station” (Meitetsu Railway Line). To reach the conference center, exit the south entrance of the station and walk straight up the hill and follow the road veering left for approximately 10 min. The conference center will be on your left-hand side.

From Central Japan International Airport (Centrair: NGO)

Take the Meitetsu line towards Nagoya Station [NH36], transfer to a train bound for Toyohashi [NH01] at Jingumae station [NH33]. Get off at Higashi-Okazaki Station [NH13] (approximately 1 hr).

From Narita (Tokyo) International Airport

Transfer to a domestic flight to Central Japan International Airport.

※ This EMBO | COB Workshop encourages travel by train in Japan for sustainability reasons.


Take a Japan Rail (JR) Narita Express train and get off at Tokyo Station (approximately 1 hr). When you arrive at Tokyo station, please follow the directions listed below.

From Tokyo Station

Take a JR Tokaido Shinkansen* ('bullet train') HIKARI or KODAMA service and get off at Toyohashi Station (approximately 2 hrs and 30 min by KODAMA). Transfer to the Meitetsu Railway Line (track #3) at Toyohashi Station [NH01]. Take any train (the LIMITED EXPRESS trains are the fastest, and LOCAL trains are the slowest) and get off at Higashi Okazaki Station [NH13] (approximately 20 min by LIMITED EXPRESS).

*Note: there are three types of Shinkansen: NOZOMI, HIKARI, and KODAMA. KODAMA trains stop at Toyohashi Station. Of all of the HIKARI trains, only one service stops at Toyohashi every two hours. NOZOMI trains do not stop at Toyohashi Station.

From Kansai (Osaka) International Airport

Take the JR Haruka airport shuttle train from Kansai Airport to Shin-Osaka Station (approximately 45 min) and transfer to the Tokyo-bound Tokaido Shinkansen. At Nagoya Station (approximately 1 hr from Shin-Osaka Station) transfer to the Meitetsu Railways’ LIMITED EXPRESS (track #4) bound for Toyohashi Station [NH01] and get off at Higashi Okazaki Station [NH13] (approximately 30 min).

About the Area

For more information of Okazaki, please refer to the following websites;

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