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Mechanisms of neuronal remodelling

5 – 9 June 2016 | Seeon, Germany

Registration deadline

15 January 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 January 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

15 February 2016

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About the workshop

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During neural development, exuberant connections are first formed and later eliminated by regressive changes in neuronal morphology, which establish the mature pattern of dendrites and axons. Such neuronal remodelling often involves pruning of connections followed by regrowth of new adult specific connection. This phenomenon is widespread across the animal kingdom, from insects to humans, and forms an essential part of nervous system wiring.  As excessive or reduced neuronal remodelling might contribute to neurological diseases, remodelling is a Janus-faced process with physiological, as well as pathological roles - akin to programmed cell death. Understanding how neurites are remodeled during development should provide a broader insight into the process of axon destruction and regeneration during disease and following injury.


This EMBO Workshop will focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal remodelling across different animal models and their relation to the proper function of the nervous system.


This EMBO Workshop is co-funded by the DFG-funded Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology (SyNergy), the TUM Institute for Advanced Studies, the Collaborative Research Center 870, and the Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich (CIPSM).


In this workshop, we will focus on important unresolved questions on the mechanisms of neuronal remodelling. These will include:

  • What are the cell biological and signaling mechanisms that control remodelling? Are the same pathways activated in different paradigms and across species?
  • What are the roles of synaptic remodelling in circuit formation, learning and memory?
  • What is the role of non-neuronal cells during remodelling, e.g. during engulfment of neurite fragments?
  • What are the mechanisms of disease- and injury-related neurite dismantling and do they recapitulate developmental remodelling programs?
  • What are the mechanisms of axon regrowth during developmental remodelling and how do they relate to axon regeneration and tissue remodelling following injury?








Registration deadline

15 January 2016

Abstract submission deadline

15 January 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

15 February 2016



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Single room


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A limited number of single rooms may be available for post-docs at an additional fee and pending availability.


Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in single or double rooms on site (or for a limited number of participants, within walking distance)
  • Free shuttle bus transportation (on the first and last day) to and from Munich airport and train station on designated departure times 
  • Participation in sessions
  • Workshop material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner and breakfast only on first and last day, respectively)
  • Welcome reception
  • Gala dinner
  • Outing to Castle Herrenchiemsee on Lake Chiemsee and guided tour of monastery
  • Wifi within Monastery


Selection criteria

Selection will be based on availability, with priority given to participants submitting a relevant abstract. Thirteen short talks will be selected from abstracts based on quality and novelty.


Abstract guidelines

The purpose of this intimate workshop is to foster discussion on open questions in neuronal remodelling. Thus, abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.


Poster specifications

Posters will be portrait, height 145 cm x width 118 cm.



Following acceptance, participants will receive an e-mail with a payment link. Completion of payment within 14 days following acceptance notice is required for final registration.


Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants will be available for students and post-docs based on the application procedure indicated below. Selection will be based on the quality and relevance of the submitted abstract and the funding situation in the country and lab of origin.


Application procedure

If you wish to be considered for a travel grant please send an email titled “travel grant application” to with the following documentation:

  • Letter of support from the applicants supervisor.
  • A one page curriculum vitae.
  • A statement in the cover application email stating that the applicant agrees to present a poster at the meeting.

An abstract should be submitted through the on-line submission system.

All applications and supporting documents should be submitted in English by 15 February 2016.




Diglio Hupfer, Martha

Misgeld, Thomas

(administrative organizers)

Phone: +49-(0)89/4140-3380




venue map


Kloster Seeon

Klosterweg 1,

83370 Seeon, Germany


The venue of Kloster (Monastery) Seeon is within convenient travel distance (80 km) from Munich and located within the confines of a Benedictine monastery, which originated a millennium ago (founded in 994 AC) and which in its current structure dates back to the 17th century. Accommodation is mostly in the (modernized) old monk's quarters and food is served in the former library. Kloster Seeon is located on an island in a lake which also harbors a small church (St Lambert) with attached cloister. Lake Chiemsee, the second largest lake in Germany, is located within 10 min driving distance. Here, on an island King Ludwig II of Bavaria (the ‘mad’ king) constructed one of his famed fairytale castles, Herrenchiemsee (which we will visit on an outing). Beyond Chiemsee and the surrounding prealpine countryside of Chiemgau are the Bavarian and Austrian Alps, with Salzburg (70km from Seeon) and the National Park “Berchtesgaden” (80 km) as major sights.


In June, temperatures vary between 10 and 23 ºC. While it often is sunny, rain is not unlikely (albeit rarely long lasting). While it might be a bit chilly, the lake around the monastery offers swimming opportunities.



Accommodation will be in single or double rooms depending on preference and availability. The number of rooms on site is limited and will be assigned on the basis of first come/first served. Additional accommodation is reserved within short walking distance.

Following acceptance, participants will receive an e-mail with queries about their accommodation preferences and information about accommodation details, such as check-in times etc.



Flights to Munich are into Munich International Airport (MUC).

Free shuttle buses from and to Munich International Airport and Munich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof) will be provided (at designated departure times) for participants at the beginning and end of the workshop. If your arrival times do not coincide with the prearranged departure times of the buses, additional public transport options from Munich or Salzburg (requiring approximately 3-4 hours) are available through Deutsche Bahn (search for “Seeon Kloster, Seeon-Seebruck”); alternatively travel by taxi from Munich airport or train station is possible for approximately 150 Euros (prearrangement recommended).


Shuttle departures times

Dept time of various shuttles to Seeon Munich Central station Munich Airport Terminal 1 Munich Airport Terminal 2
Bus 1 11:30 12:30 12:45
Bus 2 13:30 14:30 14:45
Bus 3 15:30 16:30 16:45