Building networks 2024: engineering in vascular biology – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Workshop

Building networks 2024: engineering in vascular biology


This conference will take place at EMBL Barcelona.

Conference overview

Blood vessels are essential for the formation and maintenance of larger tissues and organs. The vascular system regulates exchange of oxygen, nutrients and immune cells – the dysfunction of which can cause severe pathologies. Mouse models, genetics and histology of human samples, coupled with recent advances in imaging, single-cell approaches and computational modelling, have provided significant knowledge to the field of vascular biology. Yet, in vivo models are highly complex and often need to be combined with simpler in vitro studies to get mechanistic and molecular insights.

Growth of in vitro blood vessels presents numerous research challenges due to their complex 3D geometry, and a strong coupling between biology and mechanics.
Recent advances in microfluidic and 3D bioprinting offer a higher degree of control over design, system components and biological function.

With the emergence and consolidation of these technologies, together with human iPS cell technologies, the vascular biology field is starting to model vascularized tissues and human vascular diseases in vitro.

In this meeting, we intend to bring together vascular biologists and bioengineers from across the world to build research synergies to tackle long standing questions in the field of vascular biology.

Session topics

  • Developmental vascular biology
  • Vascular mechanobiology
  • Aging in vascular biology
  • Vascular integrity and thrombosis
  • Vascular signaling and angiogenesis
  • Lymphatics
  • Vascular cardiobiology and engineering


Keynote Speakers


Abdul Barakat

École Polytechnique


Maike Frye

University Medical Center Hamburg


Li-Kun Phng

RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research


Andy Shih

Seattle Children’s


(Virtual speaker)

Scientific Organisers

Conference Organisers


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  • Programme is preliminary and subject to change.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
Day 0 – Sunday, 5 May 2024
18:00Informal city tour (optional)
Day 1 – Monday, 6 May 2024
09:00 – 09:45Registration and welcome coffee
09:45 – 10:00Opening remarks by scientific organisers
10:00 – 11:00Keynote lecture: Engineering vasculature: build, learn, repeat
Christopher Chen – Boston University, USA
Not available on demand
Session 1 – Developmental vascular biology
Chairs: Claudio Franco and Li-Kun Phng
11:00 – 11:30Unraveling vascular development: insights from single cell functional genetics
Rui Benedito – CNIC, Spain
11:30 – 11:45Reverse angiogenesis drives vascularization in distal lung buds
Miram Meziane – MIT/ Whitehead Institute, USA
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:00Deep learning’s journey through mouse retinal microscopy images
Hemaxi Narotamo – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), Portugal
12:00 – 12:30Engineering 
Kelly Stevens – University of Washington, USA
Not available on demand
12:30 – 12:45Establishment of an in vitro morphogenetic process of non-embedded endothelial self-organization towards a lumenized capillary
Ana Ximena Monroy Romero – Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico
12:45- 14:15Lunch
From 13:15 concurrent lab tour
Session 2 – Vascular mechanobiology
Chairs: Christopher Chen and Stephan Huveneers
14:15- 14:45Endothelial mechano-regulation in health and disease
Maike Frye – University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
Not available on demand
14:45 – 15:00Primitive macrophages enhance a perivascular niche to enable vascular perfusion in human cardiac tissue
Shira Landau – University of Toronto, Canada
15:00 – 15:15Forces mediate endothelial recruitment and reprogramming during CCM lesion growth
Apeksha Shapeti – KU Leuven, Belgium
15:15- 15:45Mechanical regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic switching in arterial disease
Thomas Iskratsch – Queen Mary University of London, UK
15:45- 16:15Coffee break & Meet the speakers
16:15- 16:45Light-based bioprinting for perfusable engineered tissues and vascular models
Riccardo Levato – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Not available on demand
16:45 – 17:00Biofabrication of perfusable and complex vascularization via sacrificial templating for tissue engineering
Matthias Ryma – University of Bayreuth/University Clinic Würzburg, Germany
17:00 – 17:30Combined forces of actin cytoskeleton and hydraulics in shaping blood vessels
Li-kun Phng – RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research, Japan
Not available on demand
17:30 – 18:00Flash talks
#47 Roeland M H Merks, #57 Hannah Fleckenstein, #71 Aleksandra Kopacz, #85 Fatemeh Mirzapour, #89 Léa Pinon
18:00 – 20:00Poster session 1 (odd numbers)
See the poster listing here.
Day 2 – Tuesday, 7 May 2024
07:00 – 08:00Group run (optional)
09:00 – 10:00Keynote lecture: Localized multimerization of RNA sequences control cell migration
Stefania Nicoli – Yale University, USA
Session 3 – Aging in vascular biology
Chair: Tatiana Petrova
10:00 – 10:30Optical dissection of brain capillary function 
Andy Shih – Seattle Children’s, USA (virtual speaker)
10:30 – 10:45Human C-peptide is a ligand of the elastin-receptor-complex and therewith central to vascular remodelling and disease in vascular aging
Gert Wensvoort – Uit de Krempe IP BV, The Netherlands
10:45 – 11:15Vascular aging: causes and consequences
Anjali Kusumbe – University of Oxford, UK
11:15 – 11:45Coffee break & meet the speakers
Session 4 – Vascular integrity and thrombosis
Chairs: Maria Bernabeu and Andries van der Meer
11:45 – 12:15Anatomical reconstruction of organ‑specific microvasculature and their applications
Ying Zheng – University of Washington, USA
12:15 – 12:303D-BBB: a microfluidic model to investigate cellular and transcriptional changes after exposure to P. falciparum
Livia Piatti – EMBL Barcelona
12:30 – 12:45A fully iPSC-derived human microfluidic 3D model of the blood-brain-barrier allows investigating mechanisms of neurovascular diseases
Dominik Paquet – University Hospital, LMU Munich, Germany
Not available on demand
12:45 – 13:15In vitro blood vessels as platforms for studying vascular physiology and pathology
Abdul Barakat – École Polytechnique, France
13:15 – 14:45Lunch
From 13:45 concurrent lab tour
Session 5 – Vascular signaling and angiogenesis
Chairs: Holger Gerhardt and Mariona Graupera
14:45 – 15:15How to elect a leader – Cellular decision making during sprouting angiogenesis
Irene Aspalter – The Francis Crick Institute, UK
15:15 – 15:30Engineering extracellular vesicles to permeabilize the blood-brain barrier
Francesca Tomatis – University of Coimbra, Portugal
15:30 – 16:00A molecular atlas of brain-vascular interactions reveals a spatiotemporal requirement of TGFß signaling in brain vascularization
Alexandre Dubrac – University of Montreal, Canada
16:00 – 16:30Coffee break & meet the speakers
16:30 – 16:45Mechanosensory regulation of intestinal regeneration in Drosophila through the vascular stem cell niche
Jessica Perochon – University of Glasgow, UK
16:45- 17:00The YAP/TAZ-Notch crosstalk determines angiogenesis mechanoregulation and its spatiotemporal control in silico
Tomasso Ristori – Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
17:00 – 17:30Engineering tissue-specific human vascular network for organ repair and tumor targeting
Shahin Rafii – Weill Cornell, USA
17:30 – 18:00Flash talks
#48 Marta Cherubini, #68 Urszula Kalucka, #100 Sara Silva Pereira, #106 Theano Tsikari, #110 Pilar Villacampa
18:00 – 20:00Poster session 2 (even numbers)
See the poster listing here.
20:00 – 22:00Conference dinner
Day 3 – Wednesday, 8 May 2024
09:00 – 10:00Keynote lecture: Engineering vascularized tissue flaps
Shulamit Levenberg – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Session 6 – Lymphatics
Chair: Maike Frye
10:00 – 10:30Applying the finishing touch: VEGF-C processing is a critical process for lymphangiogenesis
Stefan Schulte-Merker – WWU Münster, Germany
Not available on demand
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break & Meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:30Direct specification of lymphatic endothelium from mesenchymal progenitors
Oliver Stone – University of Oxford, UK
11:30 – 11:45Biomaterial driven three-dimensional lymphangiogenesis model using click gelatin hydrogels
Dana E. Al-Ansari – Imperial College London, UK
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:15Mechanisms of lymphatic vessel renewal and specialization
Tatiana Petrova – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Not available on demand
12:15 – 13:45Lunch
Session 7 – Vascular cardiobiology and engineering
Chairs: Kristina Haase and Milica Radisic
13:45 – 14:15Tissue-specific in vitro vascular models to study development and disease
Kristina Haase – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
Not available on demand
14:15- 14:30Magnetically-assembled arrays of microvascular networks on chip
Katarzyna Rojek – Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
14:30 – 14:45Vascular smooth muscle cell phenotypic switching revealed in CADASIL patient-derived iPSC 3D Vessel-on-Chip model
Marc Vila Cuenca – Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
14:45 – 15:15Unlocking the potential of organoid and tissue models for drug discovery with engineered vasculatures
Boyang Zhang – McMaster University, Canada
Not available on demand
15:15 – 15:45Microfluidic vessels-on-chips for disease modeling
Andries van der Meer – University of Twente, The Netherlands
Not available on demand
15:45 – 16:00Closing Remarks and short talk & poster prize awards

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€425
On-site PhD Student€325
On-site Industry€750
On-site Journal Editors*€250
Virtual Academia€200
Virtual PhD Student€150
Virtual Industry€275

* Editors from scientific journals are allowed to attend at a reduced rate, but asked to contribute to the conference in return by taking part in ‘meet the editors’ sessions or other planned activities within the programme.

A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Aline Schnieder for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments. 

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of registration fee waivers, travel grants, and childcare grants.

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which 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 course or conference.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel to an on-site event (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 or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.

–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.

–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Workshops

The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.

Childcare grant

There is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants, speakers, and organisers when attending a conference.

Eligible costs include (but are not limited to) fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility, and travel costs for a caregiver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline. There is a limited amount of funding available for the childcare grants and funds will be distributed amongst eligible applicants.


On-site participants

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract. 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.

Virtual participants

If you are attending virtually, you can apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by the abstract deadline. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance. Only submissions for financial assistance will be accepted. Presentation abstracts cannot be submitted here and will be declined. 

In your application you will be asked to summarise your current work,  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 registration fee waivers and travel grants during the motivation letter or 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 for registration fee waivers and travel grants is based on scientific merit, your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support, and the impact this event will have on your career.

Childcare grants will be allocated in the same timeframe (6-8 weeks before the event start date). Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers.


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

Further details

View our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

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


EMBL Barcelona is located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The PRBB is located on Barceloneta seafront between Hospital del Mar and the Arts Hotel in the Olympic Port of Barcelona.

Address: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, C/ Doctor Aiguader, 88, 08003 Barcelona

The conference is taking place in the PRBB auditorium. It is located on a raised level, in the heart of the PRBB building overlooking the sea, with independent access from the rest of the building. Access to the Auditorium will be by the stairs located at the entrance of the inner square of the building. For people with limited mobility, the access through lifts up the 1st floor can be used.

While on campus, please wear your conference badge at all times for security purposes.

PRBB, EMBL Barcelona, PhotoCredit: Jordi Casañas/EMBL

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

Below is a list of hotels that are located near the conference venue. Please get in touch with them directly for availability and prices.

Please note that a city tax per person/per night for the stay needs to be paid (whether you book in a hotel or through Airbnb).

Hotel nameAddressBookings
H10 MarinaAvinguda del Bogatell, 64-68 Olympic Village, 08005 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 933 09 79 17 reservas.hmb@h10hotels.com
H10 Port VellPas de Sota Muralla, 9, 08003 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 933 10 30 65 reservas.hpv@h10hotels.com
H10 MontcadaVia Laietana, 24, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 932 68 85 70 reservas.hm@h10hotels.com
H10 UniversitatRonda de la Univ., 21, L’Eixample, 08007 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 933 42 78 50 reservas.hu@h10hotels.com
H10 UrquinaonaPl. d’Urquinaona, 2, L’Eixample, 08010 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 932 38 20 40 reservas2.hup@h10hotels.com
Hotel SB IcariaAv. d’Icària, 195, 08005 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 932 21 82 00 reservations.icaria@sbhotels.es
Hotel Ibis StylesCarrer de Llull, 71, 08005 Hb004742, Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 934 83 37 48 H9663@accor.com
Motel OnePg. de Pujades, 11-13, Sant Martí, 08018 Barcelona (map | website)Tel. +34 936 26 19 00  iforteza@motel-one.com
Derby HotelsHotel Claris (map | website)
Hotel Granados (map | website)
Hotel Balmes (map | website)
Hotel Astoria (map | website)
Suites Avenue (map | website)
Tel. +34 934 876 262 recepcionclaris@derbyhotels.com  
Tel. +34 934 929 670 granados83@derbyhotels.com    
Tel. +34 934 511 914 balmes@derbyhotels.com 
Tel. +34 932 098 311 astoria@derbyhotels.com             
Tel. +34 934 874 159 recepsuitesavenue@derbyhotels.com
RESA – campus del Mar ResidenciaPg. Salvat Papasseit, 4 08003 Barcelona (map| website)Tel. +34 933 90 40 00 campusdelmar@resa.es
RESA – La Ciutadella ResidenciaPasseig Pujades, 33-37 08018 Barcelona (map| website)Tel. +34 933 94 32 00 ciutadella@resa.es
On-site information


Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. The lunch buffets and coffee breaks will be set-up in front of the Auditorium. Snacks will be served on the first evening of the workshop during the Welcome reception (PRBB terrace), as well as during the poster sessions (groundfloor beneath the Auditorium). 

Dinners are at the participants own expense unless otherwise specified.  

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the PRBB auditorium.

Electricity and charging station

The mains voltage in Barcelona is 230 volts AC. The flat European standard and the Schuko plug CEE 7/7 fit into the Spanish sockets. Most Europeans do not need to buy an adapter plug for Spain. Please note that there are no power outlets in the auditorium. You can recharge your electronic devices at the reception area. We kindly ask you to bring your own charger cables. The charging station will be left unattended.           

Health and safety notes

Please read EMBL Barcelona’s COVID-19 terms and conditions for events.
Smoking is prohibited in all PRBB facilities.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Auditorium.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless authorised to do so. Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • Assist the casualty and provide first aid if trained to do so. 
  • Take to Hospital del Mar, Pg Maritim Barceloneta, 23*31 OR
  • Dial the emergency number 1020 from any internal phone OR
  • Dial 112
  • Please report all accidents to the Conference Officer at the Registration Desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or dial the emergency number 1020 from any internal phone.
  • There will be a loudspeaker announcement (in Catalan, Spanish, English) if an evacuation is required. 
  • On hearing the evacuation message leave the building promptly following the escape route and exit signs and proceed to the meeting point (“Punto the reunion”) on Passeig Maritim Barceloneta next to the sea side.

Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor.


It is easy to access the internet via a wireless connection in any area of the building. When connecting a mobile device, the operating system automatically recognises the network “PRBB”. The password for this network is “darwin1809”.

The PRBB also participates in the Eduroam project, which aims to allow network access for visitors from academic institutions associated with Eduroam. Access to the service is always delivered with the same credentials as in the home institution.

Lost and found

“Lost and Found” items are kept at Registration and will be stored at the EMBL Barcelona reception for a short whileafter the EMBO workshop.


There are no lockers available on-site to store your belongings. It is highly recommended to leave any valuables in your accommodation. An unguarded wardrobe area is behind the registration desk. You may use this wardrobe at the last day of the Workshop to store your luggage. 

The venue is directly located at the beachside. Be aware of your surroundings and belongings when leaving the building. 

Phone numbers

In case of emergency, contact Security on the ground floor: 

Ext. 1020 / 0034933160020 

Reception: Ext. 1000 or 0034933160000

Below are the most important emergency service phone numbers for Barcelona. 

Fire service: 080

Medical emergencies: 061

Police (Mossos d’Esquadra): 088

The Mossos d’Esquadra are Catalonia’s autonomous community police force. They are responsible for crime investigations, crime prevention and assistance at accident scenes. 

Guàrdia Urbana: 092 

The Guàrdia Urbana are responsible for public order by patrollling the roads and streets. They also look after traffic safety and control. The Guardia Urbana are also the first point of call for everyday situations such as neighbourhood disputes like noise etc.

All general emergencies: 112

If you become ill during the event, please notify the Conference Officer(s) immediately.  


During the conference an EMBL Photographer may be taking photographs. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.


It is highly recommended to leave any valuables in your accommodation. The venue is located at the beachside which is a very busy area. Be aware of your surroundings and belongings when leaving the building.


A variety of activities in Barcelona can be found in this website: https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/


Spain operates on Central European time (CET), which means that the country is 6 hours ahead of eastern standard time (EST) in the United States and 1 hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT).

Travel to and from the venue

Our EMBO Workshop partner hotel, the “H10 Marina”, is a 15 minutes walk to the venue. 

If you prefer, you can also take the bus. The next bus stop is in 6 minutes walking distance to the hotel. Line V27 is departing from Av Icària – Joan Miró to Pg Marítim – Hospital del Mar. From there it is another 3 minute walk. 

Additionally, a taxi stand is located just outside the hotel main entrance.

Hotel address: Avinguda del Bogatell, 64-68 Olympic Village, 08005 Barcelona

Useful Spanish expressions

Good morning/ Good afternoon/ Good evening / Good nightBuenos días/ Buenas tardes/ Buenas noches/ Buenas noches
I’m sorryLo siento / Perdona
Excuse me…Perdóneme…
How are you?¿Cómo estás?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Estoy bien, gracias. ¿Y usted?
What is your name?¿Cómo te llamas?
My name isMe llamo
Do you speak English?Habla usted Inglés?
I don’t understandNo entiendo
Please speak more slowlyPor favor hable más despacio
Thank youGracias
Where is the toilet?¿Dónde está el servicio?
Please call me a taxiPuedes avisar/llamar un taxi, por favor?
How do I get to….?Como llego a….?
A beer/two beers please Una cerveza / dos cervezas por favor.
A glass of red/white wine pleaseUn vaso de vino tinto / blanco por favor.
The menu, please.El menú, por favor.
Is there a local speciality?¿Hay alguna especialidad local?
I’m VegetarianSoy vegetariano, -a
It was deliciousEstaba delicioso
The bill, pleaseLa cuenta, por favor
I have a headacheMe duele la cabeza
I have a sore throatTengo dolor de garganta
My stomach hurtsMe duele el estómago
I’m allergic toSoy alérgico a
I need a doctor who speaks EnglishNecesito un médico que hable inglés
Transport information

Getting to Barcelona – By Plane

Barcelona-El Prat airport is located in El Prat de Llobregat just 12 km South West of the Barcelona city centre. It has two passenger terminals: Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). The airport has allocated airlines to terminals, regardless of the destination of the flight.

Airport Transfers to the city centre

The Aerobús is an express bus service that connects the Barcelona-El Prat airport with the city centre (Plaça Catalunya) in 35 minutes. You can take the Aerobús outside Terminal 1 (A1) and Terminal 2 (A2). This service runs every day of the year with departures between 5 and 15 minutes. From the city centre, you can take the metro or a bus to move around Barcelona.

The train service (R2 line) runs approximately every 30 minutes to and from Barcelona airport to the city centre. The journey takes 25 minutes. The train service operates from Terminal 2 (T2). To get from T2 to T1, use the shuttle bus service (Bus transit T1-T2). If you travel from the airport to the city centre, you can get off at Barcelona-Sants, Passeig de Gràcia or Clot which are serviced by metro stops.

You can also take the metro line L9 (orange) from the airport. It departs at Terminal 1 and connects at stations Torrassa (L1 and L10 Sud), Collblanc (L5 and L10 Sud) with metros to the city centre. 

You will find a taxi rank outside any of the main terminal exits. Look for the sign pointing to the nearest taxi rank. All official Barcelona taxis are black and yellow and are required to charge you only the value on the taximeter (plus any surcharge, e.g. luggage or night). The rates and surcharges are displayed inside the cab. In Barcelona, a taxi may be either ordered by phone, found at authorised taxi rank or flagged down in the street.            

Getting to Barcelona – By train

Barcelona Sants is the main train station for national and international arrivals and departures in Barcelona. It is situated in plaça dels Països Catalanes – Barcelona. National and regional trains also depart from França station. It is located at avinguda Marquès de l’Argentera, s/n – Barcelona.

Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Public Transport in Barcelona

Metro and tram

The metro network of Barcelona is very good and the trains are frequent and quick. You do not have to worry about timetables. Almost all attractions are within walking distance of a metro or tram station. When there are no subways, the gap can be filled by tram.

You can find the operating hours of the metro and tram here.


The operating times of the buses are different for each line. You will find a notice board with the timetable at each stop. They operate from about 5:00 clock to about 22:00 clock.

Night bus (NitBus)

Both the metro and the buses do not run all night. In Barcelona, there is a fairly dense network of night buses to get you back to your hotel all night long. Except for the line N0 all lines stop at Plaça Catalunya and can change there. The N0 line is a circular line that allows you to circle around the city center and change to the other NitBus. The night buses are operated by the private operator AMB, which is why the Barcelona Card and Hola BCN Ticket are not valid.

The N17 line goes to the airport.

The operating hours of the NitBus are different for each line, but they run from about 22:00 to 05:00 clock.


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Media partners

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Date: 6 - 8 May 2024

Location: EMBL Barcelona

Venue: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Maria Bernabeu
    • Claudio Franco
      University of Lisbon, Portugal

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