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EMBO Workshop

Telomere function and evolution in health and disease

06 – 11 May 2024 | Rome, Italy

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 January 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 January 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 February 2024

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About the Workshop

Workshop illustration

Telomeres are specialized structures that protect the ends of linear chromosomes in eukaryotes. Research in this area has revealed that telomere maintenance is critical for stem cell function and normal tissue homeostasis but is also hijacked in cancers as a means to cellular immortality. This EMBO Workshop will explore the latest advances in telomere basic biology, its involvement in organism homeostasis and disease, as well as its impact on ecology and evolution. By providing an ideal forum for open discussions, this Workshop will foster new and exciting collaborations between discovery scientists and clinicians, and provide a welcoming environment for new and young researchers to engage in this highly dynamic area of science.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Structural organization of telomeres
  • Telomeric chromatin and transcription
  • Telomere and telomerase regulation
  • Mechanisms counteracting replication stress and damage at telomeres
  • Consequences of telomere dysfunction
  • Pathogenesis and therapeutic perspectives of telomeropathies
  • Telomere ecology and evolution

Image credits
Header image: Beatriz Silva
Round panel image: UMR8226
Fish image: Bruno Lopes-Bastos & Miguel Godinho Ferreira

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 January 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 31 January 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 7 February 2024



Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in single/twin bedrooms (5 nights)

  • All meals (includes dinner on Monday May 6 and breakfast on Saturday May 11)

  • Coffee breaks

  • Afternoon activities on May 8

  • Abstract book (PDF)

  • WiFi access throughout

  • VAT

Does not include transfer to the venue from and to Rome airports (Transfer service with private shuttles upon arrival from Rome airports can be reserved on the payment platform).


Link to Reservations & payment platform will be announced soon.

After completing the registration on the EMBO website, participants should access the Reservations & payment platform.
Link to Reservations & payment platform:

The Congress Secretariat will send a confirmation via email to the participant in order to finalize the payment. The invoice will be sent after receiving the payment.

If your University/Company needs the invoice before the payment, please contact the Congress Secretariat via email



Selection criteria

If we need to select, in case of overbooking, applicants will be chosen based on the quality of the science in the abstract and, should it be necessary, we will try to limit the number of applicants from the same research group.

An additional series of talks will also be selected from abstracts. Applicants will be notified at least three weeks before the conference.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should include title, authors, affiliations, and summary. The abstract should be limited to 250 words.

Poster specifications

The poster board is double-sided. Your assigned number will be in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board. The poster boards are in portrait format, and authors can make use of the full dimensions of 85 cm width × 185 cm height.

Preferred poster size is portrait A0 (841 mm wide x 1189 mm high)

All the material necessary for attaching the poster to the poster board will be available at the poster area.

Each author is responsible for the assembly and removal of their own poster, which will be on display for the entire duration of the meeting. The poster sessions have a designated time. Poster presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss their research with the meeting attendees.

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 available for 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.

Sustainability measures at your meeting

The venue takes some energy efficiency measures such as:

  • Energy saving (e.g. LED lighting)
  • Water saving
  • Waste sorting
  • Elimination of plastic
  • Reduction of paper consumption
  • Room temperature control
  • Control of CO2 emissions

The hotel is part of an Accor "green" program called GAIA which includes different levels; with 86 points, the hotel is positioned on the gold level.

Catering will include vegetarian days, locally sourced ingredients, and bottled water or single-use wares will be avoided.

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

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.



For info regarding accommodation, services, and payments:

Elly Travel Srl Unipersonale
Via al Quarto Miglio, 63 00178 Roma





Viale Eroi di Cefalonia 301
00128 Rome
GPS:41.785923, 12.434851

Image credits: Pixabay


Design, innovation, and gastronomy are exclusively made in Italy. A perfect cocktail at Mercure Rome West Hotel. A Hotel which rises near the EUR district and is strategically located between the two airports, Rome's Fair and the GRA. An unmistakable modern style, a smart location for work journeys or simply to discover the city's beauty. A hotel thought for versatile travellers who don't give up comfort and technology and are ready to experience modern, elegant, and dynamic environments. Free high-speed Wi-Fi connection in every area of the hotel. There is an area with free computers to surf, work and stay connected. A congress centre of 2000 sm with a capacity of 450 seats and 300 metres of exhibition space and high-quality technologies.

Wheelchair-accessible hotel. Private Parking. Spa and pool temporarily CLOSED.


Blending style and comfort, rooms and suites resonate with the sophisticated refinement of the common areas. Lines sinuosity, wood feel floors, quality patterns textiles, a working corner with wide desk, fast wireless connection, luminosity, balcony with sea view.

215 rooms with flat-screen TV, SKY TV channels, and all rooms include a minibar. The bathroom is complete with toiletries and a hairdryer. 2 complimentary bottles of water in every room and a Coffee machine available in all rooms

Students and Postdocs will be accommodated in twin rooms and are welcome to provide names for roommates.



Shuttle service to and from Rome airports on arrival day (May 6) and departure day (May 11) can be reserved through the payment platform:


Special and private service for attendees:

May 6 - From Fiumicino Airport “Leonardo da Vinci” to Hotel Mercure West
Schedule Time: 09:00 / 11:00 / 13: 00 / 15:00

May 6 - From Ciampino Airport “G. B. Pastine” to Hotel Mercure West
Schedule Time: 09:00 / 11:00 / 13: 00 / 15:00

May 11 – From Hotel Mercure West to Fiumicino Airport “Leonardo da Vinci”
Schedule Time: 05:00 / 07:00 / 09: 00 / 11:00

May 11 – From Hotel Mercure West to Ciampino Airport “G. B. Pastine”
Schedule Time: 05:00 / 07:00 / 09: 00 / 11:00

(Service upon availability. Reservations can be placed through the registration platform)

Hotel service – Minivan max. 8 people

Free shuttle service from 07:30 to 22:00 at pre-established times on request and availability (contact the hotel ahead of time for times and info – Availability is limited).


  • Public transport
  • Metro B line till “EUR Fermi” stop
  • Bus stop line 705 towards “Piermarini” – “till Cefalonia”


Circonvallazione Orientale (GRA – Grande Raccordo Anulare) exit 26 towards SS148 direction Pontina, Pomezia. Towards Tor de' Cenci, direction Spinaceto Sud. Turn right on Viale degli Eroi di Cefalonia.

About the Area

Tourist Attractions:

Ostia Antica 14 km/8.7 mi

Trastevere 14 km/8.7 mi

Piazza di Spagna 15 km/9.32 mi

Colosseum 15 km / 9.32 mi

Cappella Sistina 16 km/9.94 mi

Vatican 16 km/9.94 mi

Navona Square 16 km/9.94 mi

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