ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium


Chaired by

INSERM-CNRS Ecole Polytechnique - ENS Techniques AvancéesEcole Polytechnique - ENS Techniques AvancéesPalaiseauFrance


16-21 May 2009


Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (195 KB)

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

This ESF-EMBO Conference aims to create a timely forum for multi-disciplinary discussions of recent developments in the ionising radiation effects on integrated living systems, from molecular to tissular scales, bringing together physicists, chemists, biochemists, biologists, genetics experts as well as physicians with a common interest in using different radiation sources and advanced techniques to explore transdisciplinary aspects of modern radiation biology and related biomedical applications. Deeply understanding the basic mechanisms of radiation damage in vitro and on living cells, starting from the early radical and molecular processes to mutagenic DNA lesions, cell signalling, genomic instability, apoptosis, microenvironment and Bystander effects, radio sensitivity should have in the near future many practical consequences like the customization of radiation therapy or radioprotection protocols.   In this context, spatio-temporal radiation biology represents a newly emerging interdisciplinary field of studies driven nowadays in strong synergy with the most recent progresses of molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biomarker detections, X-ray synchrotron micro-imaging, microbeams, pulsed relativistic particle sources, selective targeting radiopharmaceutical, advanced radiation therapies.

This ESF-EMBO symposium will gather together actors from the academic, applied and medical domains as well as private companies and clinicians, to take advantage of the high research quality and technological environment developed in a European and international context. The programme will address a number of highly topical aspects of spatio-temporal radiation biology, evolving over several orders of magnitude, typically from femtosecond and sub-micrometric scales.

Scientific sessions will focus on:

  • Session 1 – Molecular and sub-cellular imaging of radiation effects Spatio-temporal organization of molecular damages – Real-time molecular organization Sub-cellular redistribution of molecular processes
  • Session 2 – Prethermal and thermal radiation processes Short-time course events and collective effects – Molecular dynamics of elementary processes - Spatial distribution of molecular damages in tracks      
  • Session 3 – Induction, amplification of damages Spatial induction of molecular damages – Chromosomal aberrations and gene amplification – Radionuclides – Targeting radiopharmaceuticals – Modulation of radiosensitivity 
  • Session 4 – Microbeam radiation Microbeam irradiation and unique cell – Microbeam dosimetry for radiation therapy
  • Session 5 – Microenvironment and radiation responses Nanodosimetry - Non targeted radiation effects and carcinogenesis – 2 and 3D Bystander response – Real-time nucleation
  • Session 6 – Cellular imaging for radiation biology X ray micro-imaging – Cellular organization and molecular repair – Chromatin remodeling     
  • Session 7 – Innovation approaches for radiotherapies Development of hadrontherapy – Pulsed relativistic particle sources – Simulations for clinical treatments.  

The conference will be organized around transdisciplinary advances communicated in invited oral presentations and selected short talks. The synergy between participating scientists will be encouraged during flash poster presentations, and poster sessions. A poster prize sponsored by EMBO will be awarded at the end of the conference. A forward look plenary discussion will be planned for identifying some innovating developments. Some grants will be available for invited speakers and young researchers.  

Final Programme - PDF (350 KB) Last updated 08-May-2009

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Booklet of Abstracts PDF (1.1 MB) Last updated 12-May-2009

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

List of Accepted Posters can be found on the Final Programme 

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide (above under Location Information). Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (195 KB)

Three buses will be arranged on arrival day from Barcelona airport to Sant Feliu. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, depending on traffic.

Bus departure times – Saturday 16 May: 16.30, 17.30 and 18.30

Airport departure point: the buses will wait in the Bus Parking area located just to the left of Terminal A on exit. Each bus has been requested to be at the meeting point 20-30 minutes before scheduled departure. The coaches will have a sign in the window indicating “ESF Research Conferences” for easy recognition.

Group transportation back to Barcelona airport will be arranged in a similar way for the departure day.

Bus departure time – Thursday 21 May: 08.30

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on the waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 25 March 2009

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 08 April 2009 <//a>

A poster prize sponsored by EMBO will be awarded at the end of the conference.

What conference fee covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest airport.
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 25 March700 €
Registration and payment From 26 March till 08 April800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after the official registration deadline (08 April).Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-287 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

With Support from

Elsevier will provide free access to ScienceDirect for the duration of the conference

Direction des Sciences du Vivant