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Transducing glycan information into function: Lessons from galectins

27 November – 01 December 2016 | Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France

Registration deadline

06 October 2016

Abstract submission deadline

06 October 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

07 October 2016

Payment deadline

31 October 2016

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About the workshop

This EMBO workshop addresses a key question in cell biology: how specific structures of complex glycans, attached to lipids or proteins, are read by lectins in the cell, and how this information is transduced into function.


Our program focuses on galectins, which operate both as decoders of glycan structures and drivers of cluster and lattice formation. Galectins are small soluble proteins with activities in both, vesicular/extracellular and cytosolic/nuclear compartments.


During the workshop, the galectin family will be presented regarding structure, glycan-binding specificities and other biochemical properties, and the formation of clusters and membrane microdomains will be discussed in the context of specific cellular processes, including autophagy, intracellular trafficking and endocytosis. Galectin functions will also be addressed in immunity, inflammation and cancer, as revealed by studies in animal models and human.


The overall ambition of our project is to work towards identifying underlying mechanistic principles that then provide a unifying view on apparently widely divergent cellular activities of the galectins. The inclusion of speakers from within and outside the galectin field with expertise in divergent areas of science such as experimental and theoretical physics, cellular imaging is expected to provide fruitful ground for this endeavor.







Registration deadline

06 October 2016

Abstract submission deadline

06 October 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

07 October 2016

Payment deadline

31 October 2016


Student / Post-Doc

500 EUR


600 EUR

(Single Room)

750 EUR



Registration includes:

The package includes

  • housing on site, full board including beverages,
  • Gala dinner,
  • airport transfers on first and last conference day,
  • coffee breaks and catering at poster sessions,
  • social party,
  • excursion to Grasse with visit of perfumery.

Selection Criteria

The organizing committee will select individual participants based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific content of the abstract; outstanding poster abstracts will be selected for short oral presentations
  • Number of participants from the same lab

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should be a maximum of 400 words in length.

Poster Specifications

Posters should be 2 metres in height x 1 metre in width.


Payment details will be sent to successful applicants.




Barbara Toussaint

Phone: +33 1-56246666




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Pierre & Vacances Village Club Cannes Mandelieu
Rue de la Pinea
06210 Mandelieu, France
Tel: +33 1 58 21 55 50




In a peninsula formed by the river Siagne, 800 meters from the beach, Cannes-Mandelieu premium residence can be reached by boat, thanks to a private pontoon, or by road. 

Built in traditional style, the little buildings with their colored shutters blend in perfectly amidst the 5 hectares of grounds planted with Mediterranean trees. Most of the apartments have been refurbished and those with 2 bedrooms enjoy additional top of the range facilities. A restaurant offering indoor or outdoor dining under the palm trees serves Provencal specialties.

 With your comfort in mind, the Cannes-Mandelieu residence's swimming pool and paddling pool are heated from April to November.


The Cannes-Mandelieu premium residence gives you the chance to enjoy a relaxing stay in lush green surroundings close to the Mediterranean sea. The peninsula is the perfect location for yachting and sailing activities.

- Boat rentals with private pontoon. Boat license can be obtained here
- Beautiful 400 m2 swimming pool (heated in high season) with children's pool
- Tennis courts, multi-sport grounds, bicycle hire

- The 18-hole Old Course for golfers, by the sea
- Spa area with à la carte treatments and massages
- Various water sports available at the beach, just 800 meters away

Travel Details

Access by train

CANNES TGV STATION (8 km/5.5 miles)

Access by road

Paris (895 km) - Lyon (435 km) - Toulouse (526 km) - Marseille (150 km).

 From Paris: A6 to Lyon, A7 direction Aix-en-Provence and get on to A8. Take exit n°40. Turn right when you arrive on the main avenue in Mandelieu. At 1st intersection, turn right, take the Boulevard des Ecureuils to the Avenue de la Mer on the left. 
Cross the bridge over the Siagne, facing the golf course, turn right, then right again until Rives de Cannes Mandelieu. 

For added comfort, outdoor car parking for 165 vehicles is provided.

Access by plane


About the Area

At the entrance to Cannes, close to the Croisette and just 35 kilometers from Nice, a lush green peninsula bordered by the River Siagne is home to the Cannes-Mandelieu premium residence, 800 meters from the beach and shops.

  • The old Napoule Medieval seafront castle.
  • The 'Route de la Corniche d'Or' combining the red of the Esterel rock with the azure blue of the sea.
  • The unspoiled natural environment of the Lérins island archipelago facing Cannes.

Leisure activities near Cannes


  • The Esterel Massif (Agay, Valescure, Mont Vinaigre, the Corniche d'Or and the Pic de l'Ours mountains)
  • The Lérins Islands (Sainte-Marguerite with its maritime museum and Saint-Honorat, boasting a monastery, abbey and castle)
  • Monte-Carlo and the principality of Monaco; Grasse, capital of the perfume industry; Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat etc.

Leisure resort:

  • France Station Voile municipal water sports centre: program of packages and courses (navigation, water ski, windsurfing, catamaran) near Palm Beach. Tel: +33 (0)4 92 18 88 88
  • Saint Estello equestrian centre at Mandelieu La Napoule. Tel: +33 (0)4 93 49 64 74
  • Thalassotherapy opportunities in addition to those offered on site: The Biothal Institute in the centre of Cannes. Tel: +33 (0)4 93 68 15 10
  • Tennis opportunities in addition to those offered on site: Cannes Tennis club with 18 courts. Tel: +33 (0)4 93 43 58 85. 
Tennis de l'aérodrome at Cannes-Mandelieu with 5 clay courts. Tel: +33(0)4 93 90 40 26
  • Golf opportunities in addition to those offered on site: Golf country club de Saint Donat (Mouans-Sartoux): compact 9-hole and an 18-hole course (6,031m), par 71. Tel: + 33 04 93 09 76 60, Special rates for P&V customers.
Golf Club de Cannes-Mougins: 18-holes (7 km from Cannes). Tel: +33 (0)4 93 75 79 13