Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 18 - 20 May 2020
Deadlines Registration closed Abstract submission closed

Coronavirus information for participants

The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.

We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.

Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.

More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

Financial Assistance

A limited amount of financial assistance for participants who submit and abstract for this conference is being made available by the following funders:

  • EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme (CPP)
  • Merck
  • MESA - The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA)

Participants who need financial support to attend can apply for help in the form of registration fee waivers and / or travel grants. Details on how to apply will be given during the abstract submission process. 

Please note that your place at the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee. This is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration Fee Waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Reimbursement is paid to your bank account after the conference.

CPP Travel Grant

The travel grant awarded by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme (CPP) will cover the cost of travel (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:

- up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference from within Europe.
- up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference from outside Europe.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Workshops

These caps are subject to reduction at the organiser’s discretion to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. You will need to arrange and pay for your own travel in advance. Original receipts must then be provided with your signature for all costs incurred, within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted. Reimbursement will then be made by EMBL to your bank account up to the stated cap.


EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme

Participants coming from the following countries will be given priority for travel grants: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey. Africa, South and Central America and Asia (excluding China, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea).

Merck Travel Awards

BioMalPar Merck Travel Awards are to enable attendance of doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from malaria endemic countries with the purpose of adding to the diversity of experiences represented by participants at the meeting. The amount of the awards will vary, depending on where awardees are taveling from and the extent of their need.

The award will cover conference-related expenses to include: meeting registration, lodging, airfare and ground transportation from host airport to the meeting venue. Awardees should be prepared for any costs associated with flight changes, visa application fees, etc, and should accept responsibility for such costs.

BioMalPar Merck Travel Awards eligibility criteria:

  • Originate from a malaria endemic country. Preference will be given to individuals traveling from and returning to affected nations, or individuals currently studying in one country, but planning to return to work in an affected nation.
  • Present your current work during the BioMalPar XVI conference on a poster or oral communication format, from an accepted abstract submitted within the established deadline.

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) fellowships

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) provides fellowships for selected correspondents to report from the EMBL Conference "Biology and Pathology of the Malaria Parasite”. Successful applicants will be helped to defray the costs of travel, meeting registration, and accommodation, but not meals, not taxis and does not offer a per diem. MESA Correspondents will be chosen by the MESA team based on the quality of the applications. Researchers or students from malaria-endemic areas are highly encouraged to apply and their applications will be prioritised over applications from non-malaria endemic countries.

Application deadline: 14 February 2020

Please find further information regarding application at http://www.mesamalaria.org/updates/volunteer-mesa-correspondent-report-embl-conference-biology-and-pathology-malaria-parasite


You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract for conferences. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6-8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.


Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme

Founder partners

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  • Olympus logo

Corporate partners

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  • Becton Dickinson logo
  • Bio-Rad logo
  • Boehringer Ingelheim logo
  • Eppendorf logo
  • GSK logo
  • Milteniy Biotec logo
  • Stilla logo
  • ThermoFisher logo

Associate partners

  • Merck logo
  • New England Biolabs logo
  • Nikon logo
  • Promega logo
  • Roche logo
  • Sanofi logo
  • Sartorius logo