SMC proteins

Chromosomal organizers from bacteria to human

12 – 15 May 2015 | Vienna, Austria


About the workshop

Structural Maintenance of Chromosomes (SMC) proteins are one of the most fundamental classes of chromosomal organizers in all organisms, from bacteria to humans. They are involved in a wide variety of chromosomal events, including mitosis, meiosis, DNA repair and global gene regulation. This EMBO workshop brings together life scientists from different disciplines, from structural biology to human genetics, with a common interest in understanding how SMC proteins work and how their dysfunction is linked to human disease. 


Twenty years have passed since the initial discovery of SMC proteins was announced. During the first decade of SMC research, a remarkable series of discoveries using traditional model organisms elucidated their basic cellular functions and completely revised our previous view on higher-order chromosome dynamics. In the following decade, we have witnessed a series of unexpected links between SMC dysfunctions and human developmental syndromes. Equally exciting is the recent finding that subunits of cohesin are frequently mutated in several types of cancer. A huge gap in our understanding remains, however, between basic cell biology of SMC complexes and the etiology of the human diseases. To help bridge his gap, the workshop aims to stimulate discussion and foster synergies among scientists looking at SMC proteins from very different perspectives, using a variety of model organisms and methodologies. Topics include Structural Biology of SMC complexes, Mitotic chromosome organization, Meiosis, DNA damage repair, Interphase chromatin architecture, Regulation of gene expression and Disease mechanisms. The programme will provide ample opportunities for discussion in informal settings and for junior scientists and graduate students to exchange ideas with leaders in the field. There will be two poster sessions and short talks will be selected from abstracts.




Registration deadline

1 March 2015

Abstract submission deadline

1 March 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

15 March 2015

Apply now!


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Programme (preliminary)



Registration deadline

1 March 2015

Abstract submission deadline

1 March 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

15 March 2015


Scientist Student




Online application

Apply now!



Registration includes:

  • Scientific sessions

  • Lunches, coffee breaks, Welcome dinner and Gala dinner

Pleaste note: Accommodation is not included. Reduced rates will be applied to participants in hotels near the venue.


Selection criteria

Space is limited and preference will be given to participants presenting an abstract. If required, selection of participants will be made based on the relevance and novelty of their project. Participants who do not wish to submit an abstract will be selected based on their CV and motivation letter to attend the workshop (max. 300 characters).


Abstract guidelines

The text of the abstract is limited to 400 words.
All the Abstracts are eligible for short talk presentation unless indicated otherwise by the applicant. This will be notified along with acceptance announcement.


Poster specifications

Maximum size of 70cm x 100cm (portrait).



Selected participants will receive an e-mail with the credit card payment link and the bank details if they prefer to pay by bank transfer.


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 at EMBO Travel Grants' page.


Please note that travel grants will only cover transport costs (in economy class) and receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Participants 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




Manuela Steurer

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Austria

+43 1 797 30/3002








The EMBO Workshop will be held in the lecture hall of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) at the Vienna Biocenter. Posters will be displayed in the atrium of the neighbouring institute, IMBA, which is directly connected to the IMP lecture hall. There will be two dedicated 2-hour poster sessions, but posters will be on display throughout the duration of the meeting. Lunch and the first-day reception dinner will be served in the IMP cafeteria, which is next to the lecture hall. The Gala Dinner will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts in the town center.





Arriving by airplane

Vienna's International Airport is located about 19 kilometres southeast of the IMP and is connected by rail, bus and a freeway. 


Public transportation:

There are currently two train connections from the Airport to the City. The metropolitan railway ("S7" = line No. 907 WIEN FLORIDSDORF – FLUGHAFEN WIEN – WOLFSTHAL and back; which usually runs every 30 minutes and takes 19 minutes to travel) and the City Airport Train (CAT).

The metropolitan railway stops at "St. Marx/Vienna Biocenter" which is 100m away from the IMP. The CAT is quicker, but it only stops downtown at "Wien Mitte/Landstraße" so a second connection is required to get to the IMP (take the 74A bus to the stop "St. Marx").

Alternatively, you can take a Vienna Airport Lines shuttle bus, which will take you to to Vienna's Southern Train Station (Wien Südbahnhof). From there, the No.18 tram (direction "Schlachthausgasse") will take you to the stop "St. Marx" right next to the IMP.

  • metropolitan railway (line 907 = S7)
  • City Airport Train (CAT)
  • 74A bus
  • Vienna Airport Lines bus services
  • No. 18 tram


If you catch a taxi from the airport to the IMP, the ride will take about 20 minutes and costs around 30 EURO.


Arriving by train

You will most probably arrive at one of Vienna's two main train stations, either "Wien Meidling" or the Vienna Western Train Station - "Westbahnhof".

From "Wien Meidling" you have to take the Schnellbahn (direction "Floridsdorf")  to the stop "Rennweg" and No.71 tram (direction "Kaiserebersdorf") to the stop "St. Marx" right next to the IMP. The ride takes about 25 minutes.

Also from "Westbahnhof" the No.18 tram (direction "Schlachthausgasse") will take you to the stop "St. Marx" right next to the IMP. The travelling time here is about 25 minutes.

  • No. 18 tram
  • No. 71 tram


Arriving by car

If you arrive via the freeway A23, take the exit called "St. Marx". Drivers coming via the A4 should exit at "Knoten Prater".
On the streets surrounding the IMP (3rd district), parking during the day (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.) is only possible with prepaid tickets and restricted to 2 hours at a time.



We have pre-booked rooms in the following hotels:
Booking deadline: 31 March 2015
(after this date bookings are on the basis of availability)


Austria Trend Hotel Doppio****
Rennweg 99
A-1030 Wien
Single room Euro 84/night
Double room Euro 96/night
Booking Website
Invited speakers will be staying at this hotel.

Hotel Lindner am Belvedere****
Rennweg 12
A-1030 Wien
Single room Euro 117 /night
Double room Euro 139 /night
Booking code: SMC Meeting

Gartenhotel Gabriel*** (FULL)
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 165
1030 Vienna
Tel: 0043 1 7123205
Single room Euro 55/night
Double room Euro 80/night
Booking code: SMC Meeting

Simm's Hotel

Simmeringer Hauptstraße 55
1110 Wien
Tel: +43 1 743 44 11-0
Single room Euro 77/night
Double room Euro 87/night
Booking code: SMC Workshop