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Molecular mechanisms of ageing and regeneration: From pluripotency to senescence

16 – 24 August 2016 | Spetses, Greece

Application deadline

1 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 June 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

Early May

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About the workshop

Welcome to the EMBO Workshop: Molecular mechanisms of ageing and regeneration – From pluripotency to senescence. This workshop is part of a very successful series of summer schools with a 50-year tradition on the wonderful island of Spetses, Greece. It brings together leaders in the fields of ageing and regeneration with early stage researchers, i.e. Ph.D. students and postdocs. The workshop combines lectures, discussion groups, poster sessions and tutorials under the olive trees or on the beach and the very popular common dinners. The intense nature of the course creates a familiar and inspiring atmosphere and fosters interactions between participants and speakers. It thus creates a unique training and networking opportunity.





The EMBO Workshop begins on the afternoon of Tuesday August 16, 2016 with arrival and registration between 4-7pm. The welcome note at 7:30pm is followed by the welcome reception. The workshop ends on Wednesday August 24, 2016 after lunch. In the afternoon there will be the possibility to attend several lectures celebrating 50 years of Spetses Summer Schools.
The following topics will be covered:

  • Ageing models
  • Cancer stem cells
  • Metabolism & ageing
  • Neural stem cells
  • Parallels between embryogenesis and organ regeneration
  • Regeneration in non-vertebrates and vertebrates
  • Stem cell ageing
  • Telomere biology




Generally, speakers will give two talks. Talks will be scheduled for 45 minutes with ample time for discussions.



We plan three tutorial sessions. In each session, the participants will have a choice to talk with one of four speakers, who offer tutorials in parallel. This will ensure that the groups are small. Every participant is expected to participate in at least two tutorials.



We will have at least two 2-hour poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers. The latter will form a poster prize committee. On the evening before the last day, the poster prize winners will be announced and have a chance to present their posters the next day. 


Poster Teasers:
Before the poster sessions there will be poster teasers this year. This is a great opportunity to attract more attention to your poster. Please consider the major points you want to get across and leave the detailed descriptions for the poster presentation itself. You will have 1 minute for the presentation and you can use 1 slide only.



Discussions will be on a pre-defined topic (e.g. perspective of regeneration in mammals, technological breakthroughs, importance and limitation of animal models) with a group of 4-6 speakers.



Lunch for speakers and participants will be provided at the school. This will be followed by a break until the school generally resumes at 3 pm. Speakers and participants go out for dinner together.


Detailed programme



Application deadline

1 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 June 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

Early May






Registration includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (including a Welcome Reception and daily dinners with the speakers)
  • Course materials and
  • Group excursion.

Does not include travel to and from the venue as well as extra nights of accommodation before or after the EMBO workshop.



Payment details will be sent to accepted applicants with their notification letter.


Selection criteria

Selection will be based on previous experience, motivation and the supervisor’s recommendation.

Please upload 2 recommendation letters from 2 different persons through the registration system or have them sent directly to the organizers at


Poster specifications

All participants have to present a poster. Please bring one printed copy of your poster (A0 size, portrait format).

In addition, be prepared that your poster may be selected for an oral presentation if you win a poster prize (10 min + discussion).


Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers who will notify the eligible participants.





Christoph Englert

+49 3641 656042

Ramona Taubert

+49 3641 656336



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The EMBO workshop will be held at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School on the Island of Spetses (Greece) offering excellent meeting facilities and idyllic surroundings with lots of recreational possibilities.

Free wireless internet is available.


Anargyrios & Korgialenios School, Spetses - 18050, Greece



Participants will be accommodated at the Anargyrios & Korgialenios School in dormitory-style, shared rooms. Most rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning. A few have to share toilet and shower facilities. The School provides towels and bed linen.


Lecturers will stay at Spetses Hotel (


There is no need to bring formal clothing. The temperature in August varies normally between 25 - 38 degrees Celsius during the day. Humidity is low, so summer clothes are welcome. In case the evenings are cool, and since conference rooms have air-conditioning, sweaters are also needed.

Don't forget your swimsuit, beach towel, and foot protection for swimming: The Sea contains sea urchins and sharp stones.

Please bring your proof of studentship; this is required for excursions.



Based on our experience from previous summer schools in Spetses we recommend flying to Athens International Airport and to take a boat to Spetses from the port of Piraeus.


From Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus

The Express Bus E96 leaves at least every 30 minutes from Athens International Airport (between exits 4 and 5 outside the arrival level) to the port of Piraeus, 24 hours per day. The trip takes about 1 ½ hours depending on traffic and will drop you off at the bus station in the port of Piraeus within walking distance to Gate E9 where the boats for Spetses depart. A one-way ticket is about 5 Euro and can be bought from the driver or the information kiosk by the bus stop at the airport.


From the port of Pireaus to the Island of Spetses

From the port of Piraeus there are frequent Flying Dolphin and Catamaran departures to Spetses. The travelling time varies depending on how many stops the boat makes on the way (about 2-3 hrs). Check the schedules at and book online or call +30 210 4199000.

You are strongly advised to book your tickets well in advance due to the high season in Greece.  Several connections can be booked out by the time you reach Greece.

Try to arrive at Piraeus 30 minutes before the departure time to allow time to purchase or pick up your ticket and find the boat.


Spetses harbor to Anargyrios & Korgialenios School/Spetses Hotel
On foot

It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk the distance along the water - starting from the main square to the right of Dapia Harbour as you look at it from the sea.


Water taxi
A water taxi takes a maximum of 8 people. The water taxis are very close to the hydrofoils and they sail straight to the pier of the Spetses Hotel / Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses

Horse buggies

The horse buggies, which take up to four people - or two people with luggage - are parked by the harbor in front of the Poseidonion Hotel. Make sure to arrange the price in advance.


If you miss the last boat to Spetses or more than two travel together you can take a taxi or a rental car from Athens Airport to Kosta which is a small town on the mainland fairly close to the Island of Spetses. It is important that you either fix a price or get the taxi driver to start the meter before departure.
At Kosta you can get a water taxi directly to Spetses Hotel / Anargyrios & Korgialenios School of Spetses.