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Nuclear function and cell fate choice

18 – 22 September 2016 | Kyllini, Greece




7 September 2016


7 September 2016


One week following submission


10 days following acceptance

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About the workshop

Cellular decisions during normal and aberrant differentiation are governed by overlapping nuclear processes which regulate gene expression, epigenetic memory, nuclear organization and genome stability.


This EMBO Workshop aims to bring together scientists working on multiple processes taking place within the eukaryotic cell nucleus (replication, transcription, DNA damage responses, epigenetic regulation, nuclear organization) and scientists working on cellular differentiation and cell fate choices to discuss how these processes are interlinked and may cooperate to regulate cellular function and dictate cell fate.


Speakers will be covering topics from stem cell research and cell fate choices during development to nuclear structure and function, regulation of (symmetric and asymmetric) cell division and links with disease. This range of research topics will permit participants to decipher the underlying networks regulating nuclear function and how they may be affected in disease or exploited to guide cell fate decisions.


The final programme is available to download here.






Download the final programme here






7 September 2016


7 September 2016


One week following submission


10 days following acceptance










Registration fee includes:

  • Accommodation (4 nights, twin-occupancy for Students/Postdocs, a limited number of single occupancy for Academics)
  • Meals (including a Meeting Reception and daily breakfast, lunch and dinners with the speakers)
  • Course materials
  • Group excursion to Ancient Olympia
  • Round trip transportation from Athens and Araxos airports, according to the program

Does not include travel to and from Greece as well as extra nights of accommodation before or after the EMBO workshop.


Selection Criteria

illustration 2The main criteria for participant selection will be quality and relevance of submitted abstracts.
In addition, the following will be taken into consideration:

  1. gender balance
  2. age-seniority balance

Twelve short talks will be selected from abstracts based on quality and novelty.


Abstracts should ideally describe unpublished material and be limited to 350 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk.


Please bring a printed copy of your poster, A0 size, portrait format.

We will have three 2-hour poster sessions. This will give participants a chance to present their posters to the speakers.


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

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants covering only registration costs. Applicants should indicate in their application that they wish to apply for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.




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Phone: 0030 261 099 7680




venue map




P.O. BOX 14, GR-27050

Loutra Kyllinis, Peloponnese



The Olympia Riviera Resort is set on a 500 acre wooded estate along a sandy beach, facing the Ionian islands. Accommodation at the resort consists of rooms available in the same area where the convention center is situated.


Accommodation Details

nucleusThe Olympia Riviera Resort Convention Centre & Hotel Park, offering excellent conference facilities and direct access to a sandy beach on the Ionian Sea,  is ideal for scientific interactions in a relaxed environment. The site of Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games first took place, is also located near the convention center, and a visit is planned during the workshop.


The Olympia Riviera Resort is in Kyllini, on the west coast of the Peloponese near Patras, Greece. Patras is Greece's third largest city, home to the University of Patras, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras a centre of excellence in research and education.


Transport Details

Kyllini, where the venue is located, lies on the western coast of the Peloponnese, 45 minutes from Araxos International Airport and 100 km from the seaport of Patras. Athens international airport is located approximately 300 km from the conference center with connections by railway and bus. Kyllini is 170 km from the International Airport of Kalamata while there are  frequent boat connections to the island of Zakynthos (Zante, 1 hour trip), where an international airport is located.


Bus transfers from:

    Trip duration: 4 hrs,
    Trip duration: 45 min
  • Port of Kyllini (for participants arriving at Zakynthos International Airport)
    Trip duration: 10min

This service cost is included in the registration fee only for the specific dates (18/9 from airport to venue, 22/9 from venue to airport) and time that will be announced when registrations will be completed.


How to get to the Venue

Driving Directions

A. From Araxos Airport, Patras to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort

Distance 52.0 km about 1 hour

  1. Head south on the road to Araxou-Lapa toward Metochi -Kalogria  (6.0 km)
  2. Sharp right to stay on the road to Araxou-Lapa  (0.8 km)
  3. Continue on Araxo - Metochi -Kalogria  (1.0 km)
  4. Turn right at Route 9/E55/National Road Patron-Pyrgou  (28.3 km)
  5. Continue on the National Road to Pyrgos until Gastouni – Vartholomio – Loutra Kyllinis. Turn right and drive thought Gastouni – Vartholomio and follow the signs to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort & Loutra Kyllinis  (15.9 km)


B. From Athens International Airport to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort
Distance 319 km about 4 hours

  1. Follow signs from airport to ATHENS (Route 62/Attiki Odos) (0.9 km)
  2. Turn left to stay on Route 62/Attiki Odos (5.6 km)
  3. Take exit K2 to merge onto Route 6/E94 toward Elefsina (Toll road 48.3 km)
  4. Take the exit onto Route 8A/E94/Following signs for PATRAS (Toll road 58.8 km)
  5. Continue on Route E65/ Following signs for PATRAS. (Toll Road123 km)
  6. Continue on Route 9/E55 Patras-Pyrgos (66.5 km)
  7. Continue on the National Road to Pyrgos until Gastouni – Vartholomio – Loutra Kyllinis.
    Turn right and drive thought Gastouni – Vartholomio and follow the signs to Loutra Kyllinis. (15.9 km)


C. From Zakynthos airport to Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort
Trip duration approximately 2 hours

Zakynthos is the southernmost and third largest in both size and population of the Ionian Islands. It is situated 8,5 nautical miles south of Kefalonia, 9,5 nautical miles west of the Peloponese and approximately 300 kilometres west of the capital of Greece, Athens. During the tourist season (April to October) there are direct charter connections between Zakynthos and a number of European cities. The airport in Zakynthos is found in the area of Ampelokipi, 3 km from the city/port and the connection to the port is by taxi. There are approximately 6 ferry boats per day connecting Zakynthos to Kyllini. Because the itineraries change often, please contact the ticket offices by phone a few weeks before your travel and check here again for updates. Further information Consortium of Zakynthian Boats: Zakynthos +30 26950 22083, 48301, Kyllini +30 26230, 92294, 92422.

Shuttle bus service will operate from the Kyllini port to the venue at specific dates and times.


Public Transportation
The directions below are for the use of public transportation from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to the Conference venue:

From Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to Kifissos Bus Station
Kifissos Bus Terminal (or Bus Terminal A) is one of the two main intercity bus terminals of Athens. From airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos' the bus line X93 takes you directly to Kifissos Bus Terminal and vice versa. Service is provided on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week. All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from airport). BUS tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost.
Time estimate: 65 min. Ticket cost 5 €

The national bus company KTEL is located at Kiffisos providing a daily coach service. Take the bus from Kifissos Bus Station to Gastouni

  • Athens - Gastouni 07.00΄ (07.30 only on Sundays) - 09.00 – 11.00 - 13.00 - 15.00 - 17.05 - 19.00 - 22.00
  • Gastouni - Athens 5.20 (except Sundays) - 07.50 - 10.20 - 12,50 - 15,00 – 17.00 - 19.20 (except Saturdays) - 00.50

Time estimate: 4 hours. Ticket cost 24,70 €

For more information or confirmation for the above departure times please call: Bus Station Athens: (+30) 210 5134110-111 Bus Station Gastouni: (+30) 26230 35115

From Gastouni to Grecotel Olympia Riviera
From Gastouni you can reach the Conference Venue by taxi. Taxis are available at the Bus Station area.
Time estimate: 10 min. Cost 20€


About the area

During classical times Olympia was the city of Ilia best known as the area where the Olympic Games took place, the greatest athletic event of the then-Greek world. Today Ancient Olympia is a village and a municipality of Ilia, built in the valley of river Alpheus. Nearby lies the archaeological site, one of the most popular ones in Greece!

The monastery is located near Kyllini in a sensational landscape that strikes the visitor with its simplicity. It was built during the 12th century and the origins of its name derive from the famous Monastery of Vlacherna in Constantinople, upon which it was dependant. However, time and disasters have destroyed important records of the monastery, a fact that provokes a dispute about the details of its establishment. The temple of the monastery is a blend of western as well as eastern architectural elements.

River Neda is one of the few rivers of Greece that still offer an environment so virgin and untouched by human activity. In addition, it is perhaps the only Greek river that has been given a female name, in honour of the nymph Neda, a deity of the waters. Neda, according to the Greek Mythology, had bathed the infant Zeus in the river Gortynios (Lousios), together with the nymphs Theisoa and Agno. The river crosses a narrow canyon of unimaginable beauty, creating an almost mystical landscape, with waterfalls and natural pools spread between wooded hill slopes, under the shade of huge plane-trees, oaks, fig-trees and thick bushy vegetation

Almost hidden in a wild and imposing landscape, on a narrow terrace of Mt. Kotilion, at 3710 ft., 14 km southwest of Andritsena, is the magnificent temple of Apollo Epicurus. At this site, called Bassae during ancient times, the citizens of the small state of Figaleia (Arcadia Peloponnese) established the temple of Apollo in the 7th century B.C. They worshiped Apollo with the title “Epicurus” – helper and deliverer in sickness or war. The title was given during the war with the Spartans, around 650 B.C. The temple is considered one of the best preserved classic monuments in all of Greece, together with the temple of Ifestos in the ancient Agora of Athens. This temple easily takes the first place in the Peloponnese, for the beauty and harmony of its structure.


Moving east, towards Olympia, you will meet the river Alfios, from where you will continue the course towards Lala and the high plateau of Foloi (or Pholoi), on Mt. Erymanthos. The vast forest of Foloi is a fabulous place, famous for the myths and legends that are connected with it in local legend. This is the site of the kingdom of Pholus – son of Silenos and the nymph Melia – the kind and virtuous Centaur that gave shelter to Hercules, when he was hunting the Erymanthian Bore. It is considered the oldest European self-planted beech and oak forest and the biggest of the Balkans. It spreads for almost 33.000 square meters, on Mt. Foloi, at 688 m altitude, while the rivers Erymanthos and Ladon create a unique and enchanting environment. The area is recognized as protected parkland by the NATURA 2000 network.