ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium

Cell Polarity and Membrane Traffic

31 March - 5 April 2012

Polonia Castle in Pultusk, Poland

Chaired by:
Catherine Rabouille, Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, NL
Keith Mostov, University of California - San Francisco, US


Cell polarity and vesicle sorting are fundamental biological processes that impact stem cell function, cancer, bacterial and viral infections, developmental defects, and neurological diseases. Early screens in model organisms identified many conserved genes necessary for cell polarization, but initially these were not recognized as playing any role in vesicular transport. However, interdisciplinary studies from a number of laboratories have revealed exciting and unexpected links between cell polarity establishment and membrane traffic. 

How to participate

Conference registration is possible only after successful application.

Deadline for application 09 January 2012

To submit a late application, please contact Ms Caroline Nsenda


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

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

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 10 February 2012

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 24 February 2012

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.

List of Accepted Posters- PDF (103 KB) Last Updated - 24 March 2012

Group Transportation & Accommodation

Three buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Warsaw airport and the Polonia Castle (Dom Polonii). The journey takes approximately 2 hours.  

Bus departure times on Saturday, 31 March
15.30 and 17.10 and 19.30

Bus departure times from the Hotel on Thursday, 5 April
8.00 and 9.00

Airport departure point
The bus will depart from the Long Distance bus terminal - located at the southern pier at the Arrivals level - please refer to the MAP


Single Rooms
Please note that single rooms can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a twin room. In case single rooms become available they will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the twin conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The Single supplement should be paid separately - details will be given on request. To be put on the waiting list for a single room, please send an email to the conference officer.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more information 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 by 10 February775 €
Registration and payment after 11 until 24 February875 €
Conference participation without accommodation595 €

Practical Information

Polonia Castle in Pultusk, Poland
Detailed information about the venue and practical aspects of the conference can be found on the Practical Information Page.

ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Caroline Nsenda Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2024
Mobile phone: +32 496 27 58 75 (for urgent queries)
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486