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EMBO Conference - Helicases and nucleic acid-based machines: Structure, mechanism and regulation and roles in human disease: Sponsored by Harden Conferences

23—28 July 2017

Kloster Banz Conference Centre, nr Bamberg, Germany

Venue information

Hanns Seidel Foundation

Lazarettstraße 33
80636 Munich Germany

Tel.: +49 89 1258-0 | Fax: -356

Venue map

More information to follow

Travelling to the venue

Arriving by plane

Airport Frankfurt (FRA)
Frankfurt is the major airport in Germany. A drive by car from Frankfurt airport to Kloster Banz takes 3 hours. The train station (Fernbahnhof) is located directly at the Frankfurt airport providing long distance service. Travelling by train from Frankfurt Airport long-distance train station to Lichtenfels takes 3 hours.You will have to change trains once (in Würzburg) or twice (in Würzburg and Bamberg).

Airport München (MUC)
München (Munich) has another important international airport in Germany. A trip by car from München airport to Kloster Banz takes 3 hours. Travelling by train from Airport München to Lichtenfels takes 3-4 hours. First, you have to take a local train (S-Bahn S8) to München main station which takes about 45 min. Here, you can switch to a long-distance train. Most convenient is the intercity express (ICE) to Leipzip/Berlin which directly connects München and Lichtenfels.

Airport Nürnberg (NUE)
Nürnberg (Nuremberg) is the airport closest to the conference site.
It provides service to nearly all German airports and to many European airports.
From Airport Nürnberg you can reach Kloster Banz by car within one hour.
You can proceed to the Nürnberg main train-station by subway (line U2) which takes 12 minutes. There is a frequent train service between Nürnberg and Lichtenfels, travelling time is 1-1.5 hours.

Arriving by train:


The closest railway station providing long-distance service is Lichtenfels. Enter "Lichtenfels" as a destination in the electronic travel information of Deutsche Bahn if you wish to arrive by ICE. Alternatively you can take the regional train to "Bad Staffelstein". 


Bad Staffelstein station to Monastery Banz (5 km) 

Lichtenfels station to Monastery Banz (8 km)


A taxi is recommended to complete your journey.

Arriving by car:

From Nuremberg via A3 to AK Fürth / Erlangen, continue on A73 to AS14 Bad Staffelstein-Kurzentrum, from here follow signs to Kloster Banz
From Schweinfurt / Würzburg via A70 to Bamberg, continue on A73 to AS14 Bad Staffelstein-Kurzentrum, from here follow signs to Kloster Banz
From Erfurt / Suhl via A73 to AS 12 Lichtenfels-Nord, from here follow signs to Kloster Banz
From Berlin via A9 to AS 32 Naila, then via B173 to Lichtenfels, continue on A73 to AS 12 Lichtenfels-Nord or AS 14 Bad Staffelstein-Kurzentrum, from here follow signs Kloster Banz
Information for navigation systems: 
GPS coordinates: 50 ° 08'02 "N / 11 ° 00'02" O 
Kloster-Banz-Straße, 96231 Bad Staffelstein

In addition to spacious parking facilities, our guests are provided with a separate charging station for a fee.


Registration fees and forms

Residential registration fees (with accommodation)                   
Full/Early Career Researcher/Associate Member: €1000
Non Member: €1100
Student/Emeritus Member: €750


Please note that after the earlybird registration deadline has passed all fees will be increased by €50.


Note: Full/Early Career/Associate Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
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Members of the following organizations are eligible to register for the reduced member rates for all Biochemical Society conferences:
New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq)
Chinese Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (CSBMB)
Please ensure you enter your membership number during registration. For details please see International Associate Membership.

Payment of fees

All payments must be made prior to the meeting. Please note that invoices for registration fees will not be issued.

Credit card/Debit card
(Preferred method of payment, and the only acceptable form of payment for online registration).

The following credit/debit cards will be accepted:
Mastercard and Visa.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or bank transfer please contact the Conference Office.

Confirmation email

At the final stage of the online registration process, all registered delegates will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a separate email to confirm registration details. This confirmation should be checked carefully to ensure that all requirements are correct. In particular, the spelling of names and affiliations should be checked, as this information will be used to create badges.

Confirmation emails also act as a receipt. Please bring a copy of the email with you to the meeting.

If you have not received a confirmation email two weeks before the meeting, please contact the Conference Office.

Registering at the meeting

Please bring your confirmation email to present at the registration desk at the meeting. Badges will be issued upon registering and, for security reasons, must be worn for the duration of the meeting.

Poster abstract submission

Abstract Submission Guidelines
The maximum number of words allowed in your abstract body is 230. Please note that author details will be added on the final page of the submission process (do not add your author list or affiliation details to either of the fields on this page). The preferred method for submission is to type your abstract straight into the online submission form, or alternatively paste the text from a word-processed document. The ‘Full title’ should be presented sentence case (not in Title Case or BLOCK CAPITALS), that is only the first letter of the title or appropriate terms such as abbreviations or proper nouns should be upper case. Please do not include tables, figures or references in the abstract as these will be removed before your abstract is published.


Has my abstract been accepted?
After submitting your abstract you should receive a submission number which will identify your abstract. If you have not received a submission number, then please contact the Conference Office.

Approximately 2 weeks after the abstract submission deadline has passed, you will receive an email informing you whether your poster has been accepted or not and informing you of your poster number and session time.

All poster abstracts will be available to view online two weeks prior to the meeting.

Poster Board size: 1m wide x 2m high (portrait).

Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.

Biochemical Society Poster Prize

A Biochemical Society Poster Prize of £XXX will be awarded to the best poster presented at this meeting by a researcher in the early stages of their career (PhD students of post-doctoral scientists within 5 years of receiving their PhD).


Accommodation will be provided for the duration of the conference onsite. This is inclusive of nights: 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 July 2017.


Those who visit monastery Banz can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Peace and contemplation are the hallmarks of stay, it is time for Reflections and "concern value". 

This way of life is also in the functional design of 130 rooms with beds. With a bed, bath and desk, monastic atmosphere is conveyed and the usual standards are waived. However, in the entrance area there is a HotSpot available, with the possibility to connect a wireless-enabled device to the Internet.


At the meeting

Lunch, refreshments and dinners will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.

Dietary requirements

Should you have any special dietary requirements, please indicate this on the registration form. Alternatively, please inform the Conference Office as changes to the menu cannot be made at the meeting.

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. If you require assistance during the meeting please contact the Conference Office.

Sponsors and trade exhibition

The following companies will be sponsoring the meeting:

  • EMBO

Please feel free to view our sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities at this meeting.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting please contact the Conference Office.



Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 28 June 2017, and a refund (less £15 administration charge) will be issued.

After this date, neither full nor partial refunds can be given. Please note that refunds of less than £15 cannot be issued.

Official letters of invitation

Official letters of invitation, which are intended to assist with administrative arrangements in certain countries will only be issued when the individual has completed the following criteria:

1) Submitted an abstract which has been approved by the meeting scientific organizer for inclusion into the relevant meeting

2) Sent a letter from the head of their academic department on University headed paper saying why they need to attend the meeting in relation to their research

3) Registered and paid for the meeting
Such letters do not imply commitment of financial or other support by the organizers

Tweeting and Blogging

With increasing frequency, conference attendees at scientific conferences are using Twitter or blogs to share and highlight interesting information discussed at conferences, and also to network with each other. The Biochemical Society has created the following policy with regards to the use of networking sites at Biochemical Society conferences.


The Biochemical Society’s Twitter and blogging policy

Harden Conferences
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences are unpublished, in order to promote the exchange of novel information and ideas.  Delegates are asked to respect the closed nature of the conferences, and not to report information discussed via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and similar social networks.

Focused Meetings, Hot Topic Events and Workshops 

The Biochemical Society encourages the discussion of its conferences via Twitter, Facebook and similar social networks.  In order to promote discussion and the exchange of information, delegates who wish to tweet are asked to use the Biochemical Society hashtag:




Speakers will be made aware of this policy, and have the right to ask delegates not to disseminate their research via the Internet. If a Speaker makes this request, delegates are asked not to discuss the relevant work in this way. Delegates are respectfully asked to refrain from communicating using mobile devices whilst lectures are in progress.


CPD Credits

This conference has been approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Biology. 

Participants can claim 114 credits for attending. These points are valid if attendees are registered on the Society of Biology CPD scheme. Approval signifies that the Society of Biology recognizes the event is of merit to the development needs of participants.

Attendees can request a CPD certificate for this conference whilst completing the post event feedback questionnaire, which will be sent by email to all attendees shortly after the event.

Contact Us

If you require any further information, please contact:

The Conference Office
Biochemical Society
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU



Telephone (Conference Office): +44 (0)20 7685 2450
Telephone (Main reception): +44 (0)20 7685 2400


The information on this website is regularly updated. Although at the time of publication the information contained on this web site is believed to be correct, neither the Speakers, Organizers nor the Biochemical Society assume any responsibility for any errors or omissions herein contained.


Delegates who plan on attending meetings are advised to check the website has not been amended, and if in doubt, contact the Conference Office to confirm meeting start and finish dates before booking transport and accommodation.


In addition, delegates who have not received confirmation of their registration should contact the Conference Office to confirm their attendance before making arrangements to attend.