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Autophagy signalling and progression in health and disease

9 – 12 September 2015 | Chia, Italy


About the conference

Autophagy is a degradative intracellular process, evolutionary conserved among eukaryotes, aimed at digesting and recycling cellular components. In recent years, a number of molecular networks, regulating autophagy signal, nucleation, progression and termination have been identified. Due to the extreme relevance of autophagy in human physiology, in development, and in a constellation of diseases (ranging from cancer to neurodegeneration, from disorders of the immune system to muscle pathologies), autophagy has gained the highest importance in biomedicine. This sets the stage for an EMBO Conference series to discuss current status and the future directions in the field of autophagy. In this context, the main objectives of this EMBO Conference are to bring together leading experts, and to allow young researchers (PhD students and Post-Docs) to appreciate the state-of-the-art and the novel opportunities from an integrative interdisciplinary approach encompassing all aspects of this compelling new field.

The EMBO Conference will cover the following major themes:

  • Autophagy, cancer and metabolism
  • Autophagy and vescicular trafficking
  • Autophagy signalling networks
  • Autophagy molecular regulation and methods
  • Autophagy and cancer
  • Autophagy and immunity
  • Developmental autophagy
  • Autophagy and Organels

Registration deadline

15 June 2015

Early Registration deadline

1 June 2015

Abstract submission deadline

22 May 2015

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Registration deadline

15 June 2015

Early Registration deadline

1 June 2015

Abstract submission deadline

15 May 2015


(full rate)
Academic (early registration) or student Industry





Online application

Apply now!


The registration includes Participation, accomodation (three nights in shared room), coffe breaks, welcome apero, regular dinners, transfers within the resort, transfers to and from the venue from the airport, entertainment and gala dinner (light lunches are available at the resort or the beach at very reasonable costs).


Single rooms available upon request with an extra cost of € 45 per night.



Detailed account information will be sent by email to all selected participants upon registration.


Selection criteria

Participants are encouraged to submit an abstract of the work that they plan to present at the meeting. The selection will be based on the relevance, merit, and novelty of their project. Participants who do not wish to submit an abstract will be selected based on their Curriculum vitae and motivation letter to attend the workshop.



The text of the abstract is limited to 400 words.



Poster size: 90cm x 100cm (width x height).



At least four (4) travel fellowships are available at present for students and postdoctoral fellows.
Fellows applying for a fellowship will need to upload in addition to their abstract:

  1. Motivation letter,
  2. Letter of recommendation from their mentor
  3. CV


Laila Fischer







Località Chia
09010 Domus de Maria
Cagliari - Sardegna


A privileged destination of the southern coast, Chia offers one of the most unspoiled and natural sceneries in Sardinia, and is also scarcely frequented by tourists.
The crystal clear waters have turquoise and green tinges thanks to the particular colour of the sandy seabed. The long white beaches offer soft dunes bordered by centuries’ old juniper trees and with hidden coves, fjords and majestic rock formations.
The lagoons host the elegant pink flamingos and the forests offer a splendid natural habitat for deer, wild boar and the golden eagle. Just 6 km inland from Chia is the small town of Domus de Maria. The village is set in a hilly area on the slopes of Punta Cuccuru hill, on the edge of the Sulcis mountain massif; another, smaller centre is the small hamlet of Baccu Idda in the area of Chia, a group of coastal houses overlooked by a nuraghic site which is the object of an excavation and stewardship plan.
Above Domus, the great forest of Is Cannoneris is home to the Sardinian deer. From Punta Sebera, 979 m asl, your gaze can take in the whole territory of the Basso Sulcis, as far as Teulada, and on especially clear days range beyond S. Antioco to the west and as far as the Gulf of Cagliari to the east.

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All participants will stay at the Chia Laguna Resort – Hotel Village. The Village hotel cottages, surrounded by green Mediterranean foliage, are also ideal for a family wishing to spend a care-free holiday in Sardinia. The cottages have been fully renovated for the 2012 season, with new furnishings and new external decor. Accommodation will be in a shared room. Single rooms may be requested at an extra cost.



By plane

Sardinia is linked to the main Italian and European airports by its three airports: Cagliari (Elmas) - 58 km from Chia, Olbia (Costa Smeralda) - 323 km from Chia, Alghero (Fertilia) - 286 km from Chia. The airports of Sardinia operate links with Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, UK, the Czech Republic, Spain, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Russia and Switzerland. The Cagliari airport and port are the closest to Chia: about one hour’s drive by car or public transport - Read more.

Transfer to and from the airport will be organized at 5 different time points the days of arrival and departure with 8-people minivan.


By ship

Sardinia is linked to the main Italian and Mediterranean cities also by an extensive network of year-round and seasonal sea routes via its main ports of Cagliari, Olbia, Golfo Aranci and Porto Torres.
The Cagliari port, the closest to the Resort, is the main port in southern Sardinia: it has links with the mainland Italy ports of Civitavecchia, Napoli, Palermo and Trapani, all operated by the Tirrenia ferry company.
The Golfo Aranci port – 325 km from Chia, has links to Civitavecchia, Livorno, Fiumicino, Piombino, Bastia, and Naples.
The Olbia port – 325 km from Chia, has links to Civitavecchia, Genoa, Livorno, Piombino, Naples and Salerno.
The Porto Torres port - 325 km from Chia, has links to Genoa, Civitavecchia, Barcelona, Marseilles and Ajaccio - Read more.


By car or bus

To reach the Chia tourist resort from Cagliari, take State road SS 195 which starts from the port of Cagliari (in downtown Cagliari, Via Roma) and follows the coast passing all the towns and resorts on the southwest coast of Sardinia. After about 43 km you will find a turnoff to Chia: this takes you onto State road SS 19 (one of the most scenic coastal roads in Italy) which will soon bring you to the stunning beaches of Chia.



Cagliari - 50 km, Olbia - 325 km, Sassari - 265 km, Alghero - 290 km, Pula - 18 km, Domus de Maria - 6 km, Teulada - 20 km.


How to get to Chia by car from Cagliari airport

On leaving the airport in the direction of Cagliari, after the roundabout take Via dei Trasvolatori and take the turnoff to the right onto State road SS 130. After about 1 km, branch to the right onto State road SS 195 feed in, heading for DOMUS DE MARIA.
Follow the road for about 50 km then take the left turnoff for Chia.
After about 5 km you will find the Chia Laguna Resort on your right.


How to get to Chia by car from Cagliari port

From the Cagliari port, take Viale la Playa and you will come immediately onto State road SS 195, in the direction of Pula. Follow the road for about 45 km, then take the left turnoff for Chia. After about 5 km you will find the Chia Laguna Resort on your right.


How to get to Chia by public transport from Cagliari airport or port or from downtown Cagliari.

If you choose public transport, from the airport take the public shuttle bus which departs every 30 minutes from the terminal reaching the city centre, in Piazza Matteotti. Here, at the coach station, you will find the public coach to Chia/Domus de Maria/Teulada.
The Regional public coach service is run by ARST. For timetables and fares see their official website or call 800.865.042 - Read more.