Important notice: We have been asked to extend the deadline for registration and abstract submission. The new deadline is Monday, 18. September, 2017.

The 5th European Joint Theoretical/Experimental Meeting on Membranes (EJTEMM2017) will take place at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland from 6th to 8th December 2017. Previous EJTEMM meetings were organised in Limoges (2013, Patrick Trouillas), Olomouc (2014, Michal Otyepka), Stockholm (2015, Stefan Knippenberg), and Bratislava (2016, Norbert Kučerka and Daniela Uhríková).

EJTEMM’s are interdisciplinary meetings. Their main aim is to gather together both experimentalists and theoreticians mainly from Europe to enable them to exchange information, discus, and present results of their research. Thus, the organisers cordially invite all researchers interested in investigating the structural, dynamic and functional aspects of biomembranes and their models using experimental, computational and theoretical approaches to participate in the Meeting. They hope that the Meeting, like the previous ones, will strengthen links between groups and promote better understanding between experimentalists and theoreticians. They also hope that, as a result, new experiments will be designed that will validate theoretical results and new models will be developed which will explain experimental results better.

The scientific programme will include both oral and poster presentations and a significant amount of time will be devoted to discussions. We invite participants to submit their presentations for publication in Acta Biochimica Polonica, a peer-reviewed open-access quarterly published by the Polish Biochemical Society, with a 5-year impact factor of 1.463 (

The organisers will sponsor a student oral presentation and poster competition. The competition is open to all PhD students who present at the meeting. Two prizes will be awarded courtesy of the Professor Zygmunt Wasylewski Foundation to cover publication costs in the Acta Biochimica Polonica. Details are provided in the "Speakers / Programme" section.

The conference will take place at the Jagiellonian University Przegorzały Conference Centre where the participants will also be accommodated.

Professor Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula
Department of Computational Biophysics and Bioinformatics
Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University

Important dates

  • September 18th, 2017 abstract submission and registration deadline
  • September 29th, 2017 abstract acceptance notification
  • November 1st, 2017 cancelation deadline
  • January 8th, 2018 proceedings submission deadline

Keynote speakers and scientific programme

Keynote speakers


Professor W. Karol Subczynski

Department of Biophysics,
Medical College of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee, USA

Professor Akihiro Kusumi

Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University,
Kyoto, Japan

Professor Ole G. Mouritsen

Department of Food Science,
University of Copenhagen,
Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Georg Pabst

Institute of Molecular Biosciences,
University of Graz,
Graz, Austria

Professor Martin Hof

Institute of Physical Chemistry,
Academy of Sciences of the Czech
Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

Professor Gerald Kneller

Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire
Univeristy of Orléans
Orléans, France

Scientific programme

Tentative sessions:

  • Membrane modifiers (sterols, carotenoids, peptides, ions)
  • Lipid oxidised forms – membrane effect
  • Non-lamellar lipid phases
  • Membrane organisation and dynamics
  • Membrane active compounds – biomedical aspects
  • Membrane active and passive transport
  • New methodologies, new algorithms, parameter development
  • Discussion panel – questions and answers

PhD Student award

The organisers will sponsor a student oral presentation and poster competition. The competition is open to all PhD students who present at the meeting. All interested students will be evaluated during the oral and poster sessions by members of the selection committee. Two prizes of 2000 PLN each, one for the oral presentation and one for the poster, will be awarded courtesy of the Professor Zygmunt Wasylewski Foundation to cover publication costs in the Acta Biochimica Polonica, of the awarded presentations. PhD students who are willing to participate in the competition must indicate this in the abstract.


Venue and accommodation


The EJTEMM2017 will take place in the Przegorzały Jagiellonian University Conference Centre and Guest House. It is situated in a picturesque spot on the edge of the Wolski Woods (Las Wolski), about 5 km away from the city centre and 7 km from Balice airport.

The conference will start at lunch time on the December 6th and will finish after lunch on the December 8th.


All Participants will be accommodated in the Jagiellonian University Guest House “Przegorzały” where the Meeting will take place.

The Guest House offers special rates to EJTEMM2017 participants: (1) the price of a single room + breakfast is 135 PLN per day, (2) the price for a single person in a double room + breakfast is the same as in a single room, i.e. also 135 PLN per day, (3) the price for two people in a double room + breakfast (x2) is 180 PLN per day. Accommodation may be booked on the conference registration form. Additional nights before or after the EJTEMM2017 conference can be booked through the online registration form.

Please note that the payment of the Guest House accommodation fee will be handled by the hotel directly.

Registration and abstract submission

Oral presentation and poster contributions are invited.

Acceptance notifications will be emailed by Friday, September 29, 2017.

Registration fee & Payment

The conference fee is 560 PLN (approximately 130€) and covers three lunches, one dinner, coffee breaks, conference banquet, the abstract book and writing materials. Conference fee for EJTEMM2017 must be made to this bank account:

All payments must be done in Polish Zloty (PLN). Please remember to write in the transfer title: "EJTEMM2017 [First Name] [Last Name]", e.g. "EJTEMM2017 John Smith" (without quotation).

Payment for the accommodation will be handled by the hotel directly. Breakfast is included in the accommodation fee.

Key dates

September 18th, 2017
abstract submission and registration deadline
September 29th, 2017
abstract acceptance notification
November 1st, 2017
cancelation deadline
January 8th, 2018
proceedings submission deadline

Cancellation policy

The organisers reserve the right to return the registration fees in a limited number of special cases only. Please contact the organisers as soon as the need to cancel arises. However, there will be no returns after November 1st, 2017.

Invitation letters

Upon completion of payment, participants may request invitation letters to the EJTEMM2017 conference. Please contact the EJTEMM2017 registration office at:


The orientation of posters must be portrait (height greater than width) and size A0 (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 inches).

Publication of conference proceedings

Acta Polonica Biochimica

The Organising Committee of the EJTEMM2017 Conference encourage the authors of the plenary lectures, oral presentations and posters, to submit their presentations in extenso to be published in a special issue of Acta Biochimica Polonica (IF 2015: 1,187; 5 year’s IF: 1,534). The manuscripts will be subject to the standard peer-review process.

The special page fee for all participants is 200 PLN per printed page plus an additional 300 PLN for each page containing colour figures, to be covered by the authors (half of the normal price). However, you should keep an eye out for further announcements on this topic.

Travel information

Kraków is Poland’s prime tourist attraction. This former Polish capital is located in the southern part of the country on the Vistula River. Developed over many centuries, Kraków provides a showcase setting for many historic styles of architecture. Kraków's historic centre, which includes the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Royal Castle, was the first of its kind to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Old Town greatly influences the atmosphere of Kraków. The Main Market Square is a place of meetings, including summer festivals, concerts, fairs and shows.

Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. This city is home to the Jagiellonian University – previously the The Kraków University – which is the oldest higher education institution in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe. In the 1490s the students of the Kraków University included Nicolaus Copernicus, the Renaissance astronomer and polymath who would revolutionize European ideas about the universe.

Kraków was named the official European Capital of Culture for the year 2000 by the European Union. There are many museums and public art galleries. Among them are the main branch of Poland's National Museum and the Czartoryski Museum, the latter housing works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Under the main square is The Rynek Underground museum – an evocative modern display of Kraków's 1000+ years of history through its streets, activities and artifacts.

In addition to the Old Town, the city's district of Kazimierz is particularly notable for its many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets, as well as the historic Jewish quarter located in the north-eastern part of Kazimierz. One of the most interesting places in this district is Schindler's Factory which has been turned into a World War II museum.

It is worth remembering that Kraków is now the capital of Małopolska – a partially hilly upland region with numerous spa, recreational and agritourism locations. Both in the summer and winter, a visit to the city can be easily combined with a trip to the mountains.

Today, Kraków is a modern and developing city. However, thanks to the large number of excellently preserved monuments, it has never lost its majestic character. Kraków is simply magical!


  • By plane Krakow Airport - Balice (KRK) offers direct flights to the following cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Bydgoszcz, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf Weeze, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gdansk, Kiev, Hamburg, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London, Madrid, Malaga, Lviv, Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Oslo, Paris, Poznan, Prague, Rome, Stavanger, Stockholm, Trapani, Warsaw, Vienna.
  • By train The city also offers convenient direct railway connections with most of the larger towns in Poland, and Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Hamburg, Kiev, Lvov, Prague, Vienna and Žilina.
  • By car Many national roads and motorways intersect in Krakow, among others the A4 running directly from the German border.

Tram and bus tickets

Tickets can be bought at newsagents or ticket machines at bus and tram stops. Ticket machines can also be found in a number of buses and trams. Drivers can sell tickets as well, but please note: they only have multiple trip tickets valid for 60 min and concessionary tickets. In all these places you can only pay in cash.

Ticket prices for all day lines and night lines:

  • one journey for one person 3,80 PLN (normal), 1,90 PLN (half-rate)
  • short-term for one person 24 h ticket: 15,00 PLN (normal), 7,50 PLN (half-rate)
    48 h ticket: 24,00 PLN (normal), 12,00 PLN (half-rate)
    72 h ticket: 36,00 PLN (normal), 18,00 PLN (half-rate)
    7 days ticket: 48,00 PLN (normal), 24,00 PLN (half-rate)

For planning trips by public transport:


Time in Poland is GMT+1 (winter), GMT +2 (summer)


The character of the Polish climate is transitional between maritime and continental. The weather is rather changeable and is likely to surprise.


The official currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN). 1€ equals approximately 4.2 PLN. The best way to check the current exchange rate of the Polish Zloty (PLN) is to go to the website of the National Bank of Poland. Polish Zloty may be obtained from Automated Teller Machines or foreign currency may be exchanged at hotels or in banks, exchange offices, airports and railway stations.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. American Express is also accepted but to a lesser extent.


Electricity in Poland is 230V. Electrical outlets in Poland are of the type 2P+Z.

Visa requirements

Poland is part of the Schengen Area. More information:

Organisers and sponsors


Local Organising Committee

  • Magdalena Tworzydło
  • Bożena Milanović
  • Robert Szczelina
  • Przemysław Płonka
  • Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula (Chair)

Programme Committee

  • Akihiro Kusumi Kyoto University, Japan
  • Tomasz Róg University of Helsinki, Finland
  • W. Karol Subczynski Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
  • Piotr Jurkiewicz Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Lukasz Cwiklik Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Marta Pasenkiewicz-Gierula Jagiellonian University, Poland

International Advisory Board

  • Patrick Trouillas – Limoges
  • Michal Otyepka – Olomouc
  • Stefan Knippenberg – Stockholm
  • Alexander Lyubartsev - Stockholm
  • Burkhard Bechinger – Strasbourg
  • Agnès Girard-Egrot – Lyon
  • Martin Hof – Prague


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