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Cilia 2016

4 - 7 October 2016 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Early registration deadline

1st July 2016

Standard registration deadline

29th September 2016

Abstract submission deadline

10th July 2016

Payment deadline

15th September 2016

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About the conference

Since 2000, major discoveries in cilia biology have been achieved in a diversity of disciplines, including cellular and molecular biology, genetics, medicine and biophysics. This young field is evolving quickly and major breakthroughs occur on a regular basis. The EMBO Conference, Cilia 2016, will highlight both scientific and clinical progress, and uniquely integrate patient perspective. By bringing scientists from different disciplines together, we aim to promote multidisciplinary cross-fertilisation and collaboration. This EMBO Conference will bring ciliopathy patients, clinicians, and researchers together, to create awareness and help determining the translational research focus.

Cilia2016 will cover 7 key themes: clinical aspects (including retinal, kidney, brain, and motile ciliopathies), signalling and development, ciliogenesis and transport, centrioles and basal bodies, structural cilium biology, translational therapeutics, and flagella in infectious eukaryotes.

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Early registration deadline

1st July 2016

Standard registration deadline

29th September 2016

Abstract submission deadline

10th July 2016

Payment deadline

15th September 2016


"Early Bird" Registration


Standard Registration


"Early Bird" Student


Standard Student


"Early Bird" Industry


Standard Industry


Patient or Patient's Representative (October 4 only)


Patient or Patient's Representative (whole meeting)




Registration includes:

  • Admission to the scientific sessions
  • Abstract book
  • Working lunches and coffee breaks
  • Welcome cocktails event on Tuesday 4th October 2016

There will also be an option to pay to attend a conference dinner on Thursday 6th October 2016.

Venue for the conference dinner will be the IJ-kantine (, where you can enjoy the beautiful view looking out over the harbour of Amsterdam, the water of the IJ and the remarkable bar on the north side of the restaurant, from every seat in the restaurant.


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.


Selected participants will be sent payment details by e-mail once the selection process has been completed.

Please note that all registrations not paid by September 15, 2016 will be cancelled.

Cancellation policy

Fees will be charged if notification of cancellation is received (by fax or e-mail) minus administration fee as follows:

  • Until August 20, 2016 (D-45): 10% total registration fee
  • From August 21, 2016 (D-44) to September 4, 2016 (D-30): 20% total registration fee
  • From September 5, 2016: 100% total registration fee

NO EXCEPTIONS. Transfer of registration is however accepted.

Cancellation of accommodation must be dealt directly with the hotel.

Selection criteria

All abstracts submitted to the conference will go through a peer-review process carried out by the conference Scientific Committee. The highest-scoring abstracts will be selected for short oral talks. The remaining abstracts will be selected for presentation in the poster sessions.

The conference Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject low quality abstracts, as well as those not pertinent to the themes of the conference.

All presenting authors (for oral or poster presentation) will be notified via email.


Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be submitted in the English language. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words (excluding authors and affiliations and without illustration or references) and they should adhere to the following format:

  • Objective
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Upon submitting the abstract, authors will be asked to choose between oral presentation or poster presentation and indicate for which topic they wish to submit their abstract :

  • clinical aspects of ciliopathies
  • cilia signalling and development
  • ciliogenesis and intraflagellar transport
  • centrioles and basal bodies
  • structural cilium biology
  • translational therapy and ciliotherapeutics
  • cilia and flagella in infectious eukaryotes

Presented abstracts will be printed in the abstract book
Only abstracts of active participants will be printed in the conference booklet.

Poster specifications

Please note that posters should be printed as portrait, maximum size A0 (1189 x 841 mm).




Simone Dusseljee

Phone: +31 24 36 55266




venue map


Royal Tropical Institute

Mauritskade 63


The Netherlands




The historic building which was built in 1926 has a large and a small conference auditorium, a beautiful reception area – the Marble Hall – and eight meeting rooms of various sizes that can be used separately or in combination. Excellent catering options are available and a balanced selection will be offered to conference delegates during poster sessions and lunch breaks. All rooms have professional quality audiovisual and IT facilities, and experienced technical support will be available during all sessions.

The Royal Tropical Institute is located next to the 80-room ‘Amsterdam Tropen Hotel’, providing comfortable and convenient accommodation for meeting delegates. A large city park is immediately behind the Institute for recreation, and a national museum is adjacent to the institute.


We have made special arrangements with hotels within 15-20 minutes walking distance from the venue. These rooms can be booked by completing the online form of our hotel partner Business Hotel Reservations.

The password for this conference is cilia (note: case-sensitive).


The Royal Tropical Institute is ideally located in central Amsterdam, in a safe and easily accessible location, with fast connections to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, a major international airline hub.
Parking space is limited in the area, so we advise you use public transport. Buses and trams stop close to the institute:
From Amsterdam Muiderpoort Station – tram 7: stop Linnaeusstraat
From Amsterdam Central Station - tram 9: stop Alexanderplein
For more information visit the website of the public transport company of Amsterdam GVB, or journey planner

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants who are selected to attend.

Applicants must apply for these travel grants by directly contacting the course organizer. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.

If you have any questions regarding travel grants for a specific event please contact the relevant course organizer directly.

The aim of these grants is to facilitate the participation of those coming from labs located in countries in need of scientific strengthening (whether located within Europe or internationally). Priority is given to selected participants working in the following countries: India, Taiwan, South Africa and Singapore.

These grants are designed to cover economy travel to attend the meeting. Visa costs, accommodation and subsistence will not be covered by these funds.