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EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course

Molecular mechanisms in signal transduction and cancer

18 – 26 August 2024 | Spetses, Greece

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

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About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Cancer research is still pushing scientific boundaries and new developments and insights are entering the clinic at increasing pace. Most of the clinical successes come from our understanding of basic processes that govern cancer initiation and progression, including signal transduction. Consequently, we see that especially inhibitors to signaling molecules, in particular kinases, are entering the clinic very rapidly. Therefore, the molecular mechanisms by which signals are received by cells, transduced towards the proper targets and integrated into a biological response is amongst the most-studied areas in modern biology. In this EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course we are bringing together a number of true experts in the field from basic and translational oncology. This EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course will cover signaling by various pathways (PI3K, WNT, RAS/RAF) but also DNA damage and protein degradation signaling. We will also cover the consequences of pathway deregulation for cellular processes like metabolism and damage repair. Finally, the application or translation of this knowledge into the clinic will be discussed by the speakers.

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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
  • 15 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 May 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 June 2024



Registration includes:

  • accommodation at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses in double occupancy rooms.
  • access to the event sessions
  • name badge
  • certificate of attendance
  • lunches and refreshment breaks*
  • social events*

*Meals/refreshments covered by the registration fees are breakfasts at the venue, lunches and refreshments at the venue, welcome drinks and the event dinners as announced on the program.

Travel costs are not covered.


More details on registration fee payment will be included in your outcome notification.

Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source. Your Name, Surname must be indicated on the transaction receipt of the bank transfer.

Payments by bank transfers only – Credit Cards payments are NOT possible.

Selection criteria

The total number of course participants including speakers is limited to 100, to facilitate interactions. The target audience is postdoctoral fellows and PhD students.

Applicants needs to provide:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation explaining why they are interested in the course
  • One short letter of reference from the current supervisor or head laboratory on Institute letterhead
  • Abstract

Selection will be based on CVs, submitted abstracts, recommendation and motivation letter; geographical distribution may also be taken into consideration.

Abstract guidelines

  • Each applicant can submit only one abstract to the event.
  • Your abstract title should be short and informative and must not exceed 200 characters.

Your abstract body should not exceed 350 words (excluding authors and affiliations)

Poster specifications

Posters will be displayed on poster boards in a dedicated area at the venue and should not exceed 100 cm (width) × 140 cm (length).

Additional Requirements

Applications must be accompanied by a short CV, recommendation letter signed by your PI on Institute letterhead and an applicant motivation letter. If one of these items is missing, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Admitted applicants are invited to share their scientific results at the event as a poster, by first submitting an abstract with their application. In addition, several posters will be selected for short talks during the meeting.

Short talks will be 10 mins long.

Travel grants

A limited number of FEBS Youth Travel Funds (YTF) Awards are available to support participation of early-career scientists in this event. These funds will cover the registration fee (including costs of event meals, and shared accommodation in a twin room) and possibly a contribution towards travel expenses, up to a maximum of 800 EUR per person.

The selection of applicants to receive FEBS YTF awards will be carried out by the Course Organizers on the basis of CV, Abstract and Motivation Letter 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.


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

We encourage you to bring your own re-usable cup or water bottle.

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.



Cristina Arpesella and Willem-Jan Pannekoek




Anargyreos & Korgialeneios School of Spetses - AKSS

Αναργύρειος & Κοργιαλένειος Σχολή Σπετσών – ΑΚΣΣ

Spetses 180 50, Greece


Participants will stay at the Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses - which is a historical and cultural heritage site of the island of Spetses - in double occupancy rooms. Room sharing by same gender roommate.

The Anargyrios and Korgialenios School of Spetses, in very nice surroundings at the beach of a beautiful island. The School of Spetses is also the event venue.

Be prepared that the facilities are rather basic, the school has dormitory-style rooms and in general accommodation is in shared rooms. The School provides bath and face towels and bed linen.

There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in August varies normally between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome.
In case the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.

Don’t forget your swimsuit, beach towel and eventually your snorkel mask.
Bring foot protection for swimming: The sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones. Every year we have some "casualties" so be sure you are not the person.

Be prepared for mosquitoes, so bring anti-mosquito spray.

Side notes:

  1. Please bring your proof of studentship, this is handy for excursions.
  2. Wireless internet is available but limited.
  3. You should note that this Advanced Lecture Course is dedicated to scientific discussion, and we are unable to accommodate spouses or guests.


How to reach the event

From the airport to Piraeus: travel time 1 hour 15 min to 2 hours

Ticket price: about € 7 for only One-way trip to or from the Airport.

Where to buy: Tickets can be bought via the ticket desks located at the Arrivals level between exit doors 4 and 5. Tickets are also available onboard. (payment in euro only and with small change)

When you reach Piraeus harbour from the metro station or the bus stop is a short walk (towards the water) to find a large iron gate where you enter the harbour area. Look for a Hellenic Seaways ticket booth and ask them where to find your boat.

From Piraeus (Athens) to Spetses:

To get to Spetses from Piraeus you can choose to take:

  • a hydrofoil (about 2-3 hrs) (the travelling time varies depending on how many stops the hydrofoil makes on the way) Hellenic Seaways: with 5-6 daily trips to Spetses

You must make reservations in advance!

General information Hellenic Seaways ONLINE BOOKING

Try to arrive at Piraeus 30 minutes before the departure time find the boat!

From Spetses harbour to the venue:
On foot: it takes about 20-30 min to walk the distance along the water - starting from the main square to the right of Dapia Harbour as you look at it from the sea.

A water taxi: takes up to around 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils, and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel - then you need to walk 5 more minutes along the water.

By horse buggies: the horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbour in front of the Possidonion Hotel to the right of Dapia Harbour. Make sure you arrange the price in advance.

About the Area

Spetses (Modern Greek: Σπέτσες, Katharevousa: Σπέτσαι, Spetsai, Ancient: Πιτυούσσα, "Pityoussa") is an affluent island and a municipality in the Islands regional unit, Attica, Greece. It is sometimes included as one of the Saronic Islands. Until 1948, it was part of the old prefecture of Argolidocorinthia, which is now split into Argolis and Corinthia. In ancient times, it was known as Pityoussa, and later as Petses.

The island is now an independent municipality (pop. 4,027), with no internal boundaries within the municipality. The town of Spetses (pop. 4,001 in 2011) is the only large settlement on the island. The other settlements on the island are Moní Agíon Pánton (pop. 0), Ligonéri (4), Ágioi Anárgyroi (18), Kouzoúnos (4). Also part of the Municipality of Spetses are the islands of Spetsopoula, Falkonera, and Velopoula (all uninhabited). The municipality has an area of 27.121 km2

An unusual aspect of Spetses is the absence of private automobiles in the town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles. Only taxis and delivery vehicles are allowed in the downtown area. Ferries and high-speed hydrofoils arrive regularly from Piraeus. Trails encircle the island and total about 25 to 30 km. Beaches closest to the town of Spetses include: Agios Mamas in the center of town; and Kaíki (previously College) beach 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) to the northwest and Agia Marina 2 kilometers (1 mile) to the south, both of which offer watersports. Public buses serve beaches further outside town, including Zogeria, Agioi Anargiroi, and Agia Paraskevi.

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Medical Services in Spetses

The Clinic - The Health Centre of Spetses is in Dapia area (nearby Agios Theodosios temple).
Contact Number: (+30) 22980 72472

The clinic is open from 07:00 – 15:00 Monday to Friday. Walking wounded should make their own way to the clinic for treatment whenever possible. Doctors Hours: 08:00 – 14:00

There are x-ray facilities so bone fractures etc., can be identified and then stabilized before the patient is taken off the island to one of the larger hospitals on the mainland.

More information on medical services on the island

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