ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium

Functional Neurobiology in Minibrains: From Flies to Robots and Back Again

17-22 October 2010

Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Chaired by:
- Matthieu Louis, CRG-Centre for Genomic Regulation, EMBL-CRG Systems Biology Unit, ES

- Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, CH
- Bertram Gerber, Wuerzburg University, DE


Understanding the mechanisms allowing brains to collect sensory input and control adaptive behaviour represents one of the most challenging endeavours in science. The goal of this symposium is to review progress towards an integrated understanding of the genetic, molecular, and neuronal basis of behaviour in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. We will examine how our knowledge about biological neural processes can influence (and be influenced by) the design of robotic neural systems.



How to Participate

Conference participation is possible only after successful application.

If you would like to submit a late application, please contact: Ms. Jean kelly


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & 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: 10 September 2010

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 24 September 2010

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

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

Recommended Poster size is A0 (Vertical). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance. Posters can be affixed with cellotape and Blu-Tack.

Booklet of Abstracts: PDF (2.4 MB) Last updated 03-November-2010

List of Accepted Posters: PDF (139 KB) Last updated 15-October-2010

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 . Please read it fully and carefully.


Three buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Barcelona airport and Hotel Eden Roc. The journey takes approximately 2 hours.  

Bus departure times on Sunday, 17 October
16.30 and 17.30 and 18.30

Bus departure times on Friday, 22 October
8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to 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 waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.


Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 14 days before the registration deadline730 €
Registration and payment LATER THAN 14 days before the registration deadline800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Practical Information

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. For further information, click here.

ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Jean Kelly Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 10-324 in any correspondence.