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Structure and function of the endoplasmic reticulum

23 – 27 October 2016 | Girona, Spain

Registration deadline


Abstract submission deadline


Selected participants will be notified by

31 August 2016

Payment deadline

1 September 2016

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About the conference

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an architecturally complex intracellular organelle bordered by a single continuous membrane. It is the entry site into the secretory pathway allowing folding and maturation of the vast majority of secreted and membrane proteins. Moreover, the ER synthesizes most cellular lipids. The ER is also extremely important in regulating calcium homeostasis and actively maintains gradients for various small molecules across its membrane. By forming the nuclear envelope, the ER impacts on nuclear organization and genomic integrity. Indeed, mutations causing a reduction in ER functions have been reported to play a role in a variety of genetic diseases including neurodegeneration, diabetes and cancer. Recent studies have revealed that the ER is tightly associated with multiple other cellular organelles and these studies are unraveling new and unexpected functions for the ER. The objective of this EMBO Conference is to bring together people from all the different disciplines of ER research. By integrating the knowledge accumulated in the different fields, it will allow the emergence of a new, more holistic understanding of the ER.









Registration deadline


Abstract submission deadline


Selected participants will be notified by

31 August 2016

Payment deadline

1 September 2016


Registration fee






Registration fees include

Participation in sessions, conference material, coffee breaks, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, conference banquet

Accompanying Persons
Optional supplement for lunches, dinners, banquet and tours will be published at a later stage.



Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd. is the official travel agent and secretariat for this EMBO Conference and will provide local tourist services for participants.

Diesenhaus-Unitours has secured a block of rooms, making it possible to offer special rates to Conference participants. In order to benefit from these rates, reservations, payments and notification of changes must be made directly with Diesenhaus-Unitours and not with the hotel.


Early hotel reservation
The conference hotel and venue, Hotel PGA Catalunya Business & Convention Centre (former Melia Golf Vichy Catlan), is at a remote location, far from city center, and no public transportation is available. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you reserve accommodation at the conference venue.

The number of rooms is limited and we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible before September 1, 2016. Rooms will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis.


Accommodation Hotel PGA Catalunya Business & Convention Centre, Girona, Spain October 23-28, 2016

Rates are in € (Euro) per night on bed and breakfast basis and include all Taxes & € 2.5 city tax per person per night:

  • Single Room € 122
  • Double Room (2 persons) € 144
  • Per Person Sharing a Double Room* € 72

*If reserving a shared room, please advise with whom you will be sharing the room (if known in advance). The Secretariat will do its best to provide roommates for participants wishing to share a room, however this cannot be guaranteed. If a roommate cannot be found, the participant will be charged for a single room.


Official check-in /check-out time at hotel

Check-in: 14:00

Check-out:  12:00


NOTICE: Hotel PGA Catalunya is now sold out


We recommend Hotel Melia Girona as an alternative.

Single Room €80
Double Room €86
Per Person Sharing a Double Room €43



Registration fees will be charged in full.

Accommodation - Full payment is due prior to the conference, as follows:

  • A deposit of one night per hotel is required with the submission of the Registration and Accommodation Form.  
  • The balance is due by September 1, 2016. 

For those paying via credit card, the balance will be automatically charged as of September 1, 2016.
Participants paying via bank transfer are required to ensure that the balance is received by September 1, 2016.

Important: Hotel reservations will only be confirmed for registered participants and if payment is received as listed above.

Payment Methods
Payment should be made in one of the following ways:

  • Credit Card
    Visa/Diners; Master Card/Eurocard; American Express
    Charges will be made by Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism (1998) Ltd.
  • Bank Transfer
    Payable to: Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism – EMBO GIRONA
    Account Number: 293342
    The OPERA BRANCH  044
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    Swift Code: FIRBILITXXX
    IBAN Code: IL090310440000000293342

    All bank charges are to be paid by participant at source.
    Please send copy of the bank transfer to the Conference Secretariat:
    Diesenhaus-Unitours as a cross-reference for our accounts department, and ensure that your name is clearly visible on the bank transfer.  
    Conference Secretariat:  Diesenhaus-Unitours - Convention Department
    Fax: +972 -3-5610152 or e-mail:


Cancellation Policy

Notification of cancellation should be made in writing only and sent to the Conference Secretariat: Diesenhuas-Unitours – Convention Department
Fax: +972 -3-5610152 or e-mail:
Refund for registration and accommodation will be made as follows:

  • Registration
    Until September 14, 2016 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.
    Thereafter - no refund will be made.
  • Accommodation
    Until September 1, 2016 - Full refund less € 20 handling charges.
    Until September 14, 2016 - Full refund less one night charge.
    Thereafter - No refund will be made.







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PGA Catalunya Business & Convention Centre
Girona, Spain


Girona, Spain

A tight huddle of ancient arcaded houses, grand churches, climbing cobbled streets and medieval baths, and Catalonia’s most extensive and best-preserved Call (medieval Jewish quarter), all enclosed by defensive walls and the lazy Río Onyar, constitute powerful reasons for visiting northern Catalonia’s largest city, Girona.

The Roman town of Gerunda lay on Vía Augusta, the highway from Rome to Cádiz. Taken from the Muslims by the Franks in AD 797, Girona became capital of one of Catalonia’s most important counties, falling under the sway of Barcelona in the late 9th century. Its wealth in medieval times produced many fine Romanesque and Gothic buildings that have survived repeated attacks and sieges. Today they combine with fine examples of Modernisme, as well as lively nightlife, a great eating scene and art and music festivals.



How to get from Barcelona Airport to Girona

Take the RENFE train that leaves from the Airport Terminal 2B to Barcelona Sants Station.
From Barcelona Sants Station take the train heading towards Figueres and then get off at Caldes de Malavella, the closest station to the Hotel.

  • Trains from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Sants Station
    (approx. 20 minutes ride)
  • Train from Barcelona Sants Station to Girona
    (approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes ride)

Bus Service
Please check the timetable as there are not many shuttles scheduled per day.


How to get from Hotel to Girona Airport

If you are going to Girona Airport you will have to catch a bus from Girona center or take a taxi to the airport. Please check the bus timetable.

Girona Airport:


General Information


The official language of the conference is English.



From Girona Airport to the Hotel - 7 Km (10 minutes drive)

From Barcelona Center to Girona - 103 Km
From Girona Train Station (Caldes de Malavella) to the Hotel - 7Km (10 minutes drive)


Climate & Clothing

The weather in Girona in October is cool during the day and cold at night. Temperatures range from 21°C - 15°C (70°F - 59°F). Occasional rain
Informal dress code, head cover and comfortable shoes are recommended for touring.



Participants from most EU countries and the USA do not need visas to Spain. For participants from other countries we suggest to check with their local Spanish embassy or consulate. Invitation letters will be issued upon request.



Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The Conference organizers and/or Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd., shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property that belongs to Conference participants nor for personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the Conference, or during tours.


Tipping Policy
Tipping in Spain is not customary.