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Hot Topic: Keeping the engine clean: role of mitophagy in physiology and pathology

6 December 2011

Charles Darwin House, London, UK

Venue information

The Hot Topic event ‘Keeping the engine clean: role of mitophagy in physiology and pathology' will take place at Charles Darwin House.


Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU


Charles Darwin House is the home of several charitable societies active in the Biosciences (including the Biochemical Society, Society of Biology, The British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology) and a London hub for the subject. It also houses a newly built conference centre with facilities including a state of the art lecture theatre seating up to 130, a collection of smaller meeting rooms and breakout areas with space for trade exhibitions and poster display.


The location, in the heart of London, makes it easily accessible by public transport. Charles Darwin House is located within walking distance of major London tourist attractions including the British Museum, Leicester Square, the National Gallery and Covent Garden market. Furthermore, it is surrounded by numerous traditional British pubs, restaurants and clubs.

Venue map

Charles Darwin House location map

Travelling to the venue


Travelling to London

By Air
The following airports are all accessible to London:


Heathrow Airport (linked to central London by the Heathrow Express from London Paddington, Piccadilly Undergound Line, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between Heathrow Airport to central London.


Gatwick Airport (linked to central London by the Gatwick Express from London Victoria, First Capital Connect trains, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between Gatwick Airport and central London.


London Stansted (linked to central London by the Stansted Express from London Liverpool Street, national rail, Airbus or taxi).

Transport links between London Stansted Airport and central London.


London City (linked to central London by the London Underground/tube network and taxi).
Transport links between London City Airport and central London.


London Luton Airport (linked to central London by the First Capital Connect trains, Airbus or taxi).
Transport links between London Luton Airport and central London.


By rail
The British Rail train network connects London to all the major cities and most towns within the UK (and some European destinations). It is advisable to reserve your seat where possible. In addition, Eurostar trains go directly from London to Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel.


There are nine major British Rail train stations in London, each serving different parts of the UK. Therefore the station you travel from is determined by where you want to go. In order to make your journey more efficient, you need to know which station you leave from and how to get there.


London Transport have a 'Stationlink' bus service which runs between the major London British Rail stations; in addition all the stations are part of the Underground train network. It is reasonably easy to travel from one station to another.


On the trains, there are many levels of service, from Economy Class to First Class travel, restaurant facilities and Sleeper carriages (which allows you to have a bed to rest in during your journey).


In addition you can get information by visiting in person one of London Transport Information Centres at:


Heathrow Airport, terminals 1-4
Victoria, train station
Euston Station, train station
King's Cross, train station
Liverpool Street, train station
Oxford Circus, Underground station
Piccadilly, Underground station
St. James's Park, Underground station


Visit the following websites for travel information and online booking:


National Rail
International phone: +44 (0)20 7278 5240
UK only phone: 08457 48 49 50


The Train Line


UK Railways


Virgin Trains




By coach
National Express operates coach services across the UK connecting London to major city destinations. For more information visit the National Express website.



Travelling to Charles Darwin House

Visit the Transport for London website to get up to date information on trains, tubes and bus services as well as route planners and maps.


By underground
Charles Darwin House is situated at a walking distance from the following underground stations:


Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
Holborn (Central and Piccadilly line)
Chancery Lane (Central line)
Farringdon (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)
Euston (Northern and Victoria line)
Kings Cross (Nothern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line)


View Tube Map


For more information visit the Transport for London website.


By rail
The following rail stations are located in the area of Charles Darwin House:


The following rail stations are located in the area of Charles Darwin House:


Kings Cross (1.1 miles)


Euston (1.3 miles)

St Pancras International (1.1 miles)

Charing Cross (1.6 miles)

Blackfriars (1.4 miles)

Farringdon (0.8 miles)


For further travel information visit the Transport for London and National Rail website.


For maps of the local area visit the MultiMap website.


By car
We strongly advise delegates against driving into central London by car.


Parking is available at nearby NCP car parks, visit the NCP website for further details. Please note that parking costs are likely to be very high in the central London area.


For further directions and up to date travel information please refer to the AA or RAC for advice.

Please note that there is no parking available at Charles Darwin House.


London Congestion Charge Information
Transport for London will impose a charge of £8 per weekday on most vehicles being used in Central London. The charge is an area licence vehicles used in the central area zone must be registered. The payment is £8 per day and allows you to cross into and out of the zone unlimited amount of times on that specific day.


Zone operates: 07:00 to 18:00 weekdays
Pay by phone: 0845 900 1234 (UK only) or +44 20 7649 9122 (International)
Pay online:

By bus
Please see Transport for London Buses for further information.


By taxi
Please ensure you only use a reputable mini-cabs or Black cabs. Most firms provide a safe and reliable service but there are a lot of unlicensed and bogus mini-cabs around.


Hackney Carriages / 'black cabs' (identified by the 'TAXI' sign on the roof) can be easily flagged down from the pavement.


Private Car Hire Services (including mini-cabs) can only be booked in advance by telephone. Both types display official licence plates on the outside of the vehicle and all legitimate drivers carry identification cards. It is advisable never to get into a private hire car/mini-cab you have not ordered.


Charges may be metered or pre-set, please check before travelling. Cab drivers expect to be tipped 10% of the total fare.

Registration fees and forms

Earlybird registration deadline: 7 November 2011

Registration in now closed. If you would like to attend please contact the conference office


Non residential registration fees (no accommodation)

Student: £85
Full/Early Career Researcher: £100

Non Member: £150


Registration includes lunch, refreshments and the drinks reception for the duration of the conference. Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee.


Note: Full/Early Career Researcher Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
Not a member of the Biochemical Society? Join today and save £'s on your registration fee.


Members of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible to register at member rates. 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, American Express 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.

Student bursaries

The maximum bursary available for a Focused Meeting or Annual Symposium is £200 in the UK and £300 overseas.


For an Independent Meeting sponsored by the Society the maximum bursary available is £100.

  • Students can apply for a Student Bursary if they are a member of the Society by the closing date for poster abstract submission for the particular event they wish to attend.
  • If you apply for a Student Bursary  to attend a meeting you must submit a poster abstract for presentation at the meeting.
  • Students may only apply for one Student Bursary in any year.

How to apply:
The online registration form for the meeting should be completed along with the Student Bursary Application Form.
Subject to approval, applicants will receive a bank transfer of the appropriate amount of funds after the meeting. Payment of funds will be initiated within 10 working days after the last day of the meeting. Please note that overseas payments might take longer to reach the recipient's account. 


The maximum amount for travel expenses that will be reimbursed will be at the level of the current Young Persons Railcard fare. If the application does not use up the full amount of the Bursary, the balance cannot be transferred to another meeting. Please note that you may apply for a bursary at the Registration Desk, or up to four weeks after the meeting.

Poster abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline EXTENDED: 10 October 2011

Abstract submission is now closed.


Abstract submission guidelines
The maximum number of words allowed in your abstract is 230 words. This does not include the title, authors and affiliations.
The preferred method for submission is to type your abstract straight into the online submission form using the buttons on the form to add special characters or formatting. However it is also possible to paste text from a word-processed document as long as formatting and special characters are added via the buttons on the online submission form.

Please do not include tables, figures or references 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 1.2m high (portrait).

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


The Biochemical Society is working with the new open access poster repository, F1000 Posters, to host online the posters from this event.  Authors will be asked if they wish to deposit a PDF of there poster presentation(s) from this meeting during the abstract submission process.


Faculty of 1000 is expanding its award-winning post-publication literature evaluation service by including evaluations of posters from across the major life science and medical conferences. The Faculty of ~10,000 world-renowned experts will be regularly reviewing new posters deposited in F1000 Posters for selection and evaluation in F1000. The selection of poster PDFs for evaluation will bring the attention of a much wider audience than can be achieved by attending a single conference.  

Biochemical Society Centenary Poster Prize

To celebrate its centenary year in 2011, the Biochemical Society will award a prize of £200 to the best poster presented at this meeting by a researcher in the early stages of their career (post-graduate or first post-doctoral position).  The winning author will also receive an invitation to present their poster at the Biochemical Society Centenary Celebration event, and attend a celebration dinner, in London on 16 December 2011.


Accommodation is not included in the registration fees. Delegates are advised to book their own accommodation. Please see below for a list of hotels in London which are located in close proximity to Charles Darwin House.


Goodenough Club
23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AD, London

Approximately 0.2 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 769 4727

Hotel Ibis London Euston St Pancras
3 Cardington Street, NW1 2LW, London

Approximately 1.2 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel : +44(0)207 304 7712


Ambassador Hotel Bloomsbury
12 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0HX, London

Approximately 0.9 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 693 5400

Euston Square Hotel
152-156 North Gower Street, NW1 2LU, London

Approximately 1.3 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 388 0099

Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury
Coram Street, WC1N 1HT, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0871 423 4876

Jurys Inn Islington
60 Pentonville Road, N1 9LA, London

Approximately 0.8 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)20 7282 5500

The Thanet Hotel
8 Bedford Place, WC1B 5JA, London

Approximately 0.7 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 636 2869

The Rathbone Hotel
30 Rathbone Street, W1T 1LB, London

Approximately 1.3 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 636 2001

Hotel Russell
1-8 Russell Square, WC1B 5BE, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0844 824 6171

Elmwood Hotel
19 Argyle Square, WC1H 8AS, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel:+44(0)207 833 4818


Hostels and budget accommodation


Generator Hostel London

37 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SE, London

Approximately 0.6 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 388 7666


Ashlee House

261 - 265 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QT, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 833 9400


Clink Hostel

78 Kings Cross Road, WC1X 9QG, London

Approximately 0.5 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: +44(0)207 183 9400


Susan Lawrence Hostel

170 Kings Cross Road, WC1X 9DH, London

Approximately 0.7 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0844 472 1800


YHA London St Pancras
79-81 Euston Road, NW1 2QE, London

Approximately 0.8 miles from Charles Darwin House
Tel: 0845 371 9344


Other useful websites





Please note: these are suggestions to help you secure accommodation for the duration of the meeting. The Biochemical Society takes no responsibility for the availability or quality of the hotels. Delegates are advised to book early in advance to secure accommodation.


At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments 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:

Biochemical Society Transactions
Portland Press Ltd

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 21 November 2011, 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 and Hot Topic Events
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events 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, Workshops and Annual Symposia

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.


Continuing Professional Development

Hot Topic: 'Keeping the engine clean: role of mitophagy in physiology and pathology' has been approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Biology.  Participants can claim 21 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 Hot Topic 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

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



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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.


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