Cell and developmental systems

18 – 22 August 2015 | Arolla, Switzerland


About the workshop

The life sciences find themselves at an exciting juncture where synergistic interactions between disciplines – particularly those using mathematical modeling and physical analyses - bring novel insights onto important biological questions. The major objective of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together an interactive group of leading scientists from different disciplines whose laboratories are at the forefront on cell, molecular and developmental biology. It is an intentionally interdisciplinary meeting designed to foster discussion and interaction.
This EMBO Workshop takes place at three-year intervals and past editions have demonstrated that their unique flavour generates a dynamic and lively atmosphere of discussion and exchange and long-lasting interactions among participants.
In addition to the invited speakers, select abstracts will be chosen for short talks and there will be poster sessions. The EMBO Workshop is limited to 100 participants on a first come first served basis.

Themes covered include:

  • From cells to systems
  • Cell polarity, cytoskeleton and cell cycle
  • Cell cycle control
  • Genomes and Epigenetics
  • Heritable states and cell fate
  • Systems and Modeling
  • Development
  • Systems biology and Development
  • Aging, stem cells and regeneration
  • Feedback controls in molecular biology









Early registration deadline

May 31 2015

Registration deadline

June 30 2015

Abstract submission

June 30 2015

Payment deadline

June 30 2015

Apply now!

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Preliminary Programme



Early registration deadline

May 31 2015

Registration deadline

June 30 2015

Abstract submission

June 30 2015

Payment deadline

Communicated by organizers with confirmation of participation


Academic, reduced (Student/Postdoc and early registration) Academic, full rate Industry

€ 350

€ 500

€ 750



Online application

Apply now!



Registration includes:

  • Participation in all lectures and poster sessions

  • Accommodation and all meals

  • Other activities in the programme (hike and entertainment)



Bank account details:

Bahnhofstrasse 72
8098 Zürich


Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Maulbeerstrasse 66
4058 Basel

IBAN: CH45 0023 0230 EW10 4535 2

Reference:             Arolla

Poster specifications

Poster size: 100cm x 70cm (H x W).

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should not be longer than 200 words.


Selection criteria

Participation at the conference is limited to 100. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. We encourage participation of PhD students and Postdocs.

Select abstracts will be chosen for short talks, and there will be poster sessions.


Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available on the EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Sandra Ziegler




Location & Accommodation

Grand Hotel KURHAUS

CH - 1986 Arolla

Phone: +41 (0)27 283 70 00
Fax: +41 (0)27 283 70 05

The Kurhaus Hotel was built in 1896 above the Arolla village, but the interior has been completely redone in 1979 with full modern comfort. The rooms are nicely decorated and have at least one wall covered with wood from local trees, arolle and meleze issued from the old beams that were recovered during the transformation. In addition to the usual facilities, the hotel includes a large conference room that allows the organization of seminars or congresses in a magnificent environment. Free WiFi Internet access is available.

The hotel is surrounded by a magnificent forest of arolle pines, and the large terrace is an ideal place to relax. The view on the surrounding summits is wonderful: Pigne d’Arolla, Mont-Collon, Aiguille de la Tza, Dents de Veisivi. The hotel is located at the starting point of many walks and paths to the alpine huts.

Access to the hotel is through a private road and there is no foreign traffic and associated noise. Walking paths through the forest allow a walk in a constantly changing landscape. A small lake, multi-century arolles, thousands of flowers will delight nature lovers.

Kurhaus Hotel is a member of Swiss Historic Hotels, and holds the label Typically Swiss Hotels since March 2009.

In the heart of the Alps, at the foot of prestigious peaks - Pigne d’Arolla, Dent Blanche, Mont Blant de Cheillon, Aiguille de la Tza, Aiguilles Rouges; the Matterhorn is not far -, Arolla is an intimate resort for all those who like peace with bracing mountain air and unspoiled nature. Not surprisingly this small village has become a highly appreciated location for the organization of congresses and workshops.

Arolla offers a smiling welcome, comfortable hotels and lodgings and gastronomic specialties. It is a region of mountain sports, walks (go to the Lac Bleu), mountain biking, relaxation, spectacular views, and –in the summer– exceptional wild flowers. From our 3,000 m high mountain restaurant you will have a breathtaking view over the Alps.
It is only one hour by road from Sion, the capital of Valais. The road and parking are open all the year around.

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By plane: Geneva International Airport is the closest airport. It is about 170 km from Arolla. Unique Zurich Airport is about 270 km, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg about 280 km from Arolla.
Train: There are direct links to Sion from the rest of Switzerland and from Europe (Eurocity, Intercity, TGV des Neiges Paris-Sion, Pendolino Milano-Sion-Geneva).
Bus: Bus Nr. 4 takes you from the Sion train station to Arolla.
By Car: Take motorway A9 to Exit Sion Est. Then follow the signs to Evolène, Arolla, Val D’Hérens.