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EMBO Workshop

Unlocking human brain complexity using 3D culture and single-cell omics

13 – 16 October 2024 | Capri, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 July 2024
  • Late Registration Deadline
  • 10 September 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 May 2024 – 15 June 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 July 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2024

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About the Workshop

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The complexity of the human brain makes recapitulating its development, function, and dysfunction extremely challenging. Furthermore, the inaccessibility of pre/postnatal human brain tissue severely restricts our knowledge of human brain development, which derives mostly from studies using postmortem specimens. There is therefore an urgent need to develop new experimental model systems using human cells that recapitulate key aspects of brain development and pathology. 3D culture based on pluripotent stem cells promises to recreate key molecular and architectural features of cerebral tissue thus providing a model system for studying poorly-understood processes of human brain. Similarly, recent advances in NGS technologies are offering an unprecedented opportunity to unravel the complexity of the human brain at single-cell resolution.

The aim of this Workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields ranging from stem cell reprogramming and brain organoids to single-cell omics in order to meet the needs of increasing our comprehension of molecular mechanism(s) underlying human brain physiology and disease. Coupling cutting-edge human 3D models and single-cell omics will be critical for designing targeted disease-modifying therapies for neurological disorders. The Workshop will act as a springboard for the exploration of new ideas regarding the development, evolution, and disease of the human brain.

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
  • 31 July 2024
  • Late Registration Deadline
  • 10 September 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 May 2024 – 15 June 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 10 July 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 July 2024


  • Late ACADEMIC EUR 650
  • Late INDUSTRY EUR 2000

Registration includes:

  • Meals (lunch, dinner, and coffee break);
  • Participation in all lectures;
  • Workshop material;

Accommodation is not included.


Successful participants will receive an email with the payment link.

Selection criteria

The workshop is limited to 100 participants. Selection criteria will be based on:

  • CV
  • Abstract

Abstract guidelines

All applicants are requested to fill out the online application form by submitting an abstract (download the abstract form on the online application page) on their current research and present a poster.

Short oral presentations will be selected from amongst the submitted abstracts. The selected participants for presentations will be notified by 20 July 2024; posters are therefore not required.

Poster specifications

Poster size must be maximum 90cm width x 110cm height (to be confirmed)

Due to limited space, posters exceeding the indicated size cannot be displayed.

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.

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.


The CO2 footprint will be offset through different actions (e.g. reducing energy consumption, using public buses, moving on foot, abstract books and programs shared in electronic form only).

The venue is centrally located with good public transport connections and close to major hotels in Capri;

Vegetarian food will be served on at least one day of the meeting;

Only locally sourced food will be served;

Bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

At least 2 speakers will travel by train within Europe.

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.



IGB workshop Coordinators




The Conference Venue “Sala Luigi Pollio-Marina di Capri”

Via Sella Orta 3, 80073 Capri (NA)

Phone: +39 0812184949

Hotel Syrene

Via Camerelle 51, 80073 Capri (NA); Phone: +39 081 83 70 102; Email:


Participants will independently choose the preferred accommodation (this cost is not included in the registration fee).

Lunch, dinner and coffee break are provided by the Hotel Syrene, a traditional Capri Hotel located within 5 minutes walking distance from the famous "Piazzetta".

Hotel Syrene is appreciated for its unique environment that fosters informal scientific interactions and discussions.


If you arrive at the Naples Capodichino Airport, you can either take a taxi (taxis should display in the car exact fares, avoid taxis that don’t display fares and counter) or take the Airport bus Alibus ANM to reach Piazza Municipio. Buses depart from 5:30 am to 11:55 pm. For timetables, please check the link below.

If you arrive at Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you can take the Fiumicino Express Bus to Naples (Napoli MetroPark) or alternatively take the Airport train to Rome Termini Station and then a train to Naples Central Station. For timetables, please check the link below. From Naples Central Station, you can either take a taxi or a bus to Piazza Municipio (it takes about 30 minutes).

Hydrofoils and ferry-boats to Capri depart from Molo Beverello, which is in front of Piazza Municipio. Because boats run from 7am to about 8pm (crossing takes about 50 min), you should arrive in Naples no later than 6pm. All boats reach the Capri Marina Grande port. From there, take the Cable Railway to Piazza Umberto (the famous Piazzetta) and then take few minutes walk to the The Conference Venue “Sala Luigi Pollio-Marina di Capri” (Via Sella Orta, 3 80073 Capri; Phone: +39 0812184949) or to the Hotel Syrene (Via Camerelle 51, 80073 Capri; Phone: +39 081 83 70 102). The Island can also be reached from Sorrento and Positano.

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About the Area

The Conference Venue “Sala Luigi Pollio-Marina di Capri” is in the centre of Capri, close to the famous square Umberto I, the “Piazzetta”. It is in the perfect position to reach the incredible sites of the Island: i Giardini di Augusto, Via Krupp, La Certosa and the Faraglioni.

The Piazzetta can be reached from the port by taxi, bus, and funicular railway. For more information of how to get around, see website.

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