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Molecular and developmental biology of Drosophila

19 – 25 June 2016 | Chania, Crete, Greece

Registration deadline

1 November 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

15 March 2016

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About the conference

The principal theme of the EMBO Conference is the Molecular and Developmental Biology of DrosophilaThe conference has been supported by EMBO for over thirty years and awarded the status of EMBO CONFERENCE in 2000.  This will be the 20th biennial Crete meeting.


The objective of this EMBO Conference is to bring together an international group of principal investigators to present their findings on gene organisation and expression, development, pattern formation, neurobiology and the evolution of Drosophila.


The meeting is one of a small number of international workshops that cover a broad topic while limiting attendance to about 100 participating principal investigators in order to foster close interactions between leading Drosophila research labs.


Participants will be selected from the applications by the vote of the organizing committee.


Photo courtesy of Susan Russo Gelbart.



The following schedule indicates the blocks of time allocated for talks and the timing of meals and breaks.

The meeting will last one week (Monday-Friday), with morning/afternoon (9:00-13:00) and evening (17:00-21:00), sessions.

As has been done in the past, the Sunday before the Monday start, an evening organizational session will be held to fine-tune the schedule of talks.

All participants are required to present a short talk on their work and provide paper abstracts summarizing ongoing work in their laboratories.

There are no posters and all participants attend all of the talks.


  • Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology & Behaviour
  • Omics and Infrastructure
  • Patterning
  • Tissue Development, Organogenesis
  • Gene Expression
  • Germline
  • EvoDevo
  • Population Biology and Variation
  • Systems and Modeling
  • Energy, Growth and Homeostasis
  • Disease Models




Registration deadline

1 November 2015

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

15 March 2016


Registration fee





Online applications cannot be edited once submitted.


In order to maximize interaction amongst participants the Organizing Committee strongly encourages on-site lodging.

  • 150 EUR for a twin bed from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 June (6 nights)
  • 300 EUR for a single room (if available) from Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 June (6 nights)


Successful applicants will be requested to:
a) Confirm their attendance for the duration of the meeting and select their accommodation preference by 15 February 2016
b) Pay by 15 March 2016


Selection criteria

IMPORTANT: The EMBO Conference is traditionally heavily oversubscribed (for example in 2014 there were ca. 250 applications for ca. 100 places). Selection of eligible applicants (Principal Investigators only) is made by a vote of the Organizing Committee. Thus, the short motivation letter outlining your research areas and interests, together with three recent and relevant publications, are very important elements of the application.




Inna Boesselmann
Phone: +49-6221-387 8716


Note: Christos Delidakis, University of Crete, Greece will be continuing as a co-organizer in an advisory, non-voting role and will be the local liaison with the OAC.


venue map


Conference venue (including coffee breaks and lunches):

Santa Marina Plaza Luxury Boutique Hotel


Accommodation (including breakfasts and dinners):
Santa Marina Beach Hotel