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EMBO Workshop

Molecular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila

23 – 29 June 2024 | Kolymbari, Crete, Greece

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 November 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 November 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2024

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About the workshop

The principal theme of the EMBO Workshop is the Molecular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila. Supported by EMBO over four decades, this will be the 23nd biennial “Crete meeting”.

With the aim to promote exchange of ideas and foster interdisciplinary collaboration, this EMBO Workshop brings together established and junior group leaders using Drosophila to understand principles of development, cell biology, neurobiology, behavior, physiology, genetics, evolution and population genetics.

The meeting format provides the time and atmosphere to promote informal, open dialog. Limiting attendance to about 100 participating Principal Investigators helps to foster close interactions between leading Drosophila research labs. The aim is to promote open sharing of data and ideas and to provide a rich forum for discussion of new research findings and conceptual breakthroughs.


Image courtesy of Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez


The following schedule indicates the blocks of time allocated for talks and the timing of meals and breaks.

The meeting will last one week (Arrive Sunday-Depart Saturday), with daily morning (9:00-13:00) and evening (17:00-21:00) sessions.

On the Sunday, an evening organizational meeting will be held to fine-tune the schedule before the sessions start on Monday morning.


All participants are required to present a short talk on their work and to provide electronic abstracts summarizing ongoing work in their laboratories. Both the talk and the abstracts would usually focus on recent and unpublished research findings.

There are no posters and all participants attend all of the talks.



  • Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology & Behaviour
  • Omics and Infrastructure
  • Patterning
  • Tissue Development, Organogenesis
  • Gene Expression
  • Germline
  • EvoDevo
  • Population Biology and Variation
  • Systems and Modeling
  • Physiology
  • Energy, Growth and Homeostasis
  • Disease Models




  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 November 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 November 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 February 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 March 2024


Registration fee



Registration Fee includes:

  • Admission

  • Conference materials

  • All meals, coffee breaks

Participants are expected to book their own travel.


In order to maximize interaction amongst participants the Organizing Committee strongly encourages on-site lodging.

  • 230 EUR for a twin room from Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 June 2024 (6 nights)
  • 460 EUR for a single room (if available) from Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 June 2024 (6 nights)



IMPORTANT: This EMBO Workshop is traditionally heavily oversubscribed (with two- to three-times as many applicants as spaces). Selection of eligible applicants (Principal Investigators only) is made by a democratic vote of the Organizing Committee. Thus, two very important elements of the application are:


  1. details of three recent and relevant publications, and
  2. a short letter outlining your motivation for attending the meeting, research areas and interests.



EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.




Inna Boesselmann
Phone: +49-6221-387 8716



*Note: Eileen Furlong, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany acts as a co-organizer in an advisory non-voting role and is the local liaison with EMBO, which provides support to this meeting.

**Note: Christos Delidakis, University of Crete, Greece acts as a co-organizer in an advisory, non-voting role and is the local liaison with the OAC.





Workshop venue & accommodation:

Orthodox Academy of Crete
Kolymbari Kissamos
Post Code 730 06
Chania – Crete

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