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EMBO Workshop

Pathogen immunity and signaling

08 – 12 April 2024 | San Servolo (Venice), Italy

  • Last Minute First Come First Serve Registration
  • Until 11 March 2024

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About the Workshop

Pathogen immunity and signalling are involved in an increasing number of biological processes from antimicrobial defences to tissue homeostasis and disease. This EMBO Workshop aims to bring together a multidisciplinary community of researchers that work on all aspects of host-pathogen interactions to discuss the latest advancements in pathogen immunity and how the same mechanisms that protect us from infections can also drive disease when they are inappropriately activated. The main objectives of this EMBO Workshop are to highlight mechanisms of the adaptive and innate immunity against pathogens and share knowledge on how to harness this information for therapeutic purposes. The workshop will focus on several key themes, including pattern-recognition receptors, ubiquitin in immune signalling, animal models of pathogenesis, cell-mediated immunity as well as genetic predisposition to microbial infections. Attendees from various disciplines will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and collaborate, promoting interdisciplinary approaches in tackling the challenges posed by infectious diseases. Networking between established experts, early career researchers and journal editors will be facilitated through dedicated sessions. Overall, this workshop will offer a friendly and easy to access environment for researchers at all levels, fostering scientific excellence and collaborations across disciplines to advance the field of pathogen immunity and signalling.

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.







  • Last Minute First Come First Serve Registration
  • Until 11 March 2024



Registration includes:

  • access to all scientific sessions

  • welcome reception, coffee breaks, lunches, meet-the-speaker dinner, banquet dinner

The social event on the afternoon of April 10, 2024, is NOT included in the registration fee; more information will be made available at a later stage.

Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee. For more details to book your accommodation please contact the Organising Secretariat:


Online registration and payment at the following link

Payments can be provided by

  • credit card (Visa and Mastercard)
  • bank transfer (bank details on line)

For any information regarding registration and payment, please contact the Organising Secretariat:

Selection criteria

Registration will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Short talk and flash talk speakers will be selected by the organisers based on submitted abstracts.

Scientific excellence will be the leading criterion for selection.

Other considerations will also be taken into account: Presentation of short talks by young scientists will be encouraged and gender balance will be ensured

Abstract guidelines

Abstract form can be downloaded through the registration link

Abstract would need to include: title – authors list (presenting author specified) – affiliation of presenting author - text (max 2500 characters including spaces) with background/methods/results/conclusions

Poster specifications

Poster dimensions: A0 size.

Posterboards and accessories necessary to display posters will be supplied at the workshop venue.

Additional Requirements

A motivation letter and a CV will be compulsory to apply for a travel grant or childcare grant.

A grant request form can be downloaded through the registration link.

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 use the grant request form which can be downloaded through the registration link.

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.

To apply, please use the grant request form which can be downloaded through the registration link. 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.



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San Servolo Congress Center

San Servolo Island – Venice – IT


A limited number of rooms will be available for participants on San Servolo Island; there will be the possibility to share these rooms.

For more information and to receive the San Servolo accommodation form, please contact the Organising Secretariat:

The rooms will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

Other hotel accommodation will be granted in Venice, 10 min. ride with public water bus. A list of hotels will be published soon.


The Island of San Servolo is easily accessible by public waterbus (line 20, service every 20/40 minutes). Departures from the San Zaccaria boat stop, travel time: 8/10 minutes.

Arriving by plane

Venice’s main international airport is Marco Polo airport. It is also possible to get to Venice from Treviso Airport (40 km north of Venice), mainly used by low cost carriers.

The Alilaguna shuttle boat service connects the airport to San Marco.

Arriving by train

Public waterbuses depart from the train station to San Marco

About the Area

The Island of San Servolo, composed of a large architectural complex and a lovely park, was a monastic seat for a thousand years, then it housed psychiatric patients until the hospital’s closing following the psychiatric reform of 1978.

In the 1990s, it began an architectural recovery programme.

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