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Cell polarity and membrane dynamics

4 – 9 June 2017 | San Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Registration deadline

30 April 2017

Abstract submission deadline

7 April 2017

Selected participants will be notified by

15 April 2017

Payment deadline

30 April 2017

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About the conference

Most work on membrane trafficking and cytoskeleton dynamics in higher eukaryotes has been carried out on unpolarized tissue culture cells, while research on cell polarity has focused on the steady state distribution of asymmetric cellular components rather than on the dynamics of polarized secretion, endocytosis and subcellular forces. It is now clear, however, that the establishment and maintenance of cell polarity depends on the polarized trafficking of secretory and endocytic vesicles, and in the dynamic activity of the cytoskeleton. Furthermore, both vesicle trafficking and cytoskeleton dynamics must be under the control of cortical polarity factors. Stimulated by the previous three ESF/EMBO meetings on this topic, many researchers are now very actively investigating how the polarity trafficking systems and dynamic forces interact. This synthesis between these previously unrelated fields has also been facilitated by recent advances in microscopy, which are making it possible for the first time to visualize subcellular vesicles and dynamic cytoskeleton fibers inside living cells. Thus, a fourth meeting on this topic would provide a timely opportunity to discuss recent progress in this fast moving area and to consider the major open questions and challenges in the field.


illustrationInvited speakers will include well-established investigators but participation by young investigators will be intensely accentuated. Speakers for short talks will also be selected from the poster abstracts, to provide opportunities for presentation of the newest findings. The EMBO Conference will include sessions on: Mechanobiology and mathematical models, Polarity in the immune response, Planar Polarity, Mitotic Spindle Orientation, Polarized trafficking, Stem cells and Cancer, Endocytic pathways in polarity, and Epithelial polarity in development and regeneration.


Overall, this 2017 EMBO Conference at Eden Roc (Sant Feliu de Gixols, Spain) will provide an exciting combination of basic and translational research topics in cell polarity and membrane dynamics. Together they will facilitate discussion of cutting edge research, and will nurture new ideas and collaborations that will help drive the field forward.







Registration deadline

30 April 2017

Abstract submission deadline

7 April 2017

Selected participants will be notified by

15 April 2017

Payment deadline

30 April 2017


Students/Early Postdocs









Registration includes:

  • Registration / Scientific sessions
  • Accommodation in twin room (single +150€)
  • All meals and coffee breaks (drinks included)
  • Conference dinner
  • Transfers to and from Barcelona and Girona airports (will only be available if sufficient number of participants travel via Girona)

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected from applicants on the basis of their scientific excellence, with a strong support to students and early-stage postdocs. We are also particularly keen to have a good balance of basic and applied researchers. A total of 22 applicants will be selected to present their work as short oral presentation at the end of the sessions; the rest of the selected applicants should present their work at the poster sessions. In addition, we will select 6 abstracts from students for a short-talk session before the last keynote talk. When selecting participants we will consider the commitment of EMBO to a reasonable gender balance and will try to increase the female participation, which is often higher among younger researchers. Please also note that the co-organizer is a woman. The organizers and session chairmen will select the applicants.


Payment must be by bank transfer to this account when the application is accepted: ES83 0049 6704 5026 1001 6206 (Fundacion Severo Ochoa)  

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts must be in English and the title formatted in capital letters. Titles must be no longer than 200 characters. The body must be a single paragraph no more than 1000 characters long (including spaces). Do not indent the first line.

Poster Specifications

Please bring a printed poster in free design and fonts. Follow the sizes below: 
Width: 90 cm
Height: 120 cm

This corresponds to a A0 vertical format or 16 pages in A4 format.

Travel grants

On the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, travel grants may be awarded to participants from (1) Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, and (2) India, Singapore and Taiwan. Please upload your abstract and contact us for further information.




Astrid Valencia Quiñónez

Phone: (34) 685594988




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Hotel Eden Roc

Punta de Port Salvi S/N

17220 St Feliu de Guixols (Girona)


Tel: +34 972 32 01 00



The conference venue is located at a distance of only 1 km from Sant Feliu de Guixols in a unique and quiet peninsula. The Mediterranean Sea surrounds the 360 meter coast around the Eden Roc Resort.
The climate is mild and pleasant. During the winter, temperatures rarely fall below 10 ° C. In summer, it does not exceed 30 ° C.



Good transport links are available from nearly everywhere. When coming from Barcelona, take the exit Nº 9 on the motorway A-7. When coming from France you should take the exit Nº 7.


Daily flights from all International airports to Barcelona (at 120 Km). Every 20 minutes the Airport bus drives towards the city centre. Approximately once per hour, a bus (Sarfa) will leave from the North Station to Playa de Aro / Sant Feliu de Guíxols. The journey takes around 2 hours.


The nearest train station is in Girona (at 30 Km.). A taxi from the train station to St Feliu costs approx. 46 Euros