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EMBO Workshop

Archaeal and bacterial cell division: Beyond the Z-ring

14 – 17 May 2024 | Alcobaça, Portugal

  • Registration Deadline
  • 16 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 March 2024

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About the Workshop

The objective of this EMBO Workshop is to discuss advances in prokaryotic cell division. Most archaea and bacteria divide using a ring-structure formed by the tubulin homologue FtsZ, the Z-ring. Research over several decades has revealed the physiology, cell biology and molecular mechanisms of one of biology’s most iconic and most conserved processes. FtsZ filaments have been shown to dynamically organise the ring-shaped division site and the coupling of the Z-ring to the machinery that makes cell wall on the outside of the cell is one of the hallmarks of the division process in bacteria. Furthermore, cell division needs to be regulated very carefully in space and time and several such systems have been discovered and are being investigated. Not all prokaryotes have cell wall or even divide using FtsZ, and we are also bringing together scientists who are starting to unravel alternative mechanisms, some of which are thought to be the ancestral version of cell division in eukaryotes. With the latest incarnation of this long-running EMBO Workshop, we will connect world-class scientists from across disciplines, such as genetics, cell biology, imaging, structural biology and biochemistry, across different career stages and across several continents to foster new ideas and collaborations.

Image Credits: M. Pinho, J. Xiao and J. Löwe Labs

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
  • 16 February 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 16 February 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 March 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 March 2024



Registration includes:

  • Meeting participation

  • All meals and coffee breaks

  • Social event

  • Gala dinner

  • 3 nights accommodation in double room.*

* Single rooms have a supplement of 165€ for the 3 nights. Please indicate if you prefer a single room but notice that availability is not guaranteed. If you wish to share a room with a specific participant let us know.


By bank transfer

Selection criteria

Applicants will be chosen based on the scientific content of the submitted abstract, motivation letter (150 words max) and previous contributions to the field.

The decisions will be made by the organizing committee.

Abstract guidelines

The length of the abstract should be maximum 300 words, excluding the title and author affiliations.

The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will be informed by email if their abstracts are chosen for a Poster Talk or a Flash Poster Talk.

Poster specifications

The posters should have as maximum the dimensions of an A0 portrait (height: 118,9cm, width: 84,1cm)

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.


Some invited speakers from other continents are asked to give their talks remotely to save on travel.

A discount on registration fees will be provided to participants traveling by train.

The venue takes some energy efficiency measures such as LED lights, energy efficient equipment and climatisation.

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

Participants are requested to offset the CO2 footprint from the flights by paying the extra charge offered by most airlines.

The remaining CO2 footprint (calculated using data from UK Defra and UN Climate Change) will be offset by purchasing carbon credits through the certified United Nations Carbon Offset Platform.

Abstract books and programs will be electronic 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.



Mariana Pinho, Jan Löwe, or Christophe Grangeasse




Montebelo Mosteiro de Alcobaça Historic Hotel

R. Silvério Raposo 2, 2460-075 Alcobaça



Students and post-docs will share a room unless there is extra availability for single rooms. If you prefer a single room or if you wish to share a room with a specific participant let us know.


Two buses will be organized by the conference from the Lisbon Airport to the venue, at 11h and 12h30 on May 14th (exact hours to be confirmed).

If these schedules are not convenient, you can take a public bus from Estação de Sete Rios in Lisbon to Alcobaça which takes ~2h (

A Uber/taxi from the airport to the venue should cost ~80-120 euros and should take ~1h30.

About the Area

Alcobaça is 100 km from Lisbon.

The Montebelo Mosteiro de Alcobaça Historic Hotel, where the meeting will take place, is right next to the Alcobaça Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and close to the beaches of Nazaré (~15 km) or São Martinho do Porto (20km).

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