47th European Muscle Conference

Budapest, August 30 - September 3, 2018

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Organized by the European Society for Muscle Research (ESMR)

c/o Karolinska Institutet
Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
v Eulers v 8
SE 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

Under the Auspices of the Hungarian Biophysical Society

H-1027 Budapest, Fő u 68.

Scientific Program

Leading up to the EMC2018
Muscle Biophysics PhD Summer School
28-30 August, 2018
50th Anniversary Symposium, Department of Biochemistry, Eötvös University
29 August, 2018
30 August, 2018
Opening Ceremony
James A. Spudich, Department of Biochemistry Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
31 August, 2018
Striated-muscle mechanics
Marco Linari, University of Florence, Italy

Cardiac contractility and failure
Béla Merkely, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary

Muscle cytoskeleton
Carol Gregorio, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Neuromuscular signaling and interaction
Tomasz J. Prószyński, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
1 September, 2018
Smooth-muscle contraction and pathology
Avril Somlyo, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Thin filament and actin-binding proteins
William Lehman, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Contraction regulation, EC coupling
László Csernoch, University of Debrecen, Hungary
2 September, 2018
Molecular motors
Mihály Kovács, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Muscle energetics
Brian Macintosh, University of Calgary, Canada

Motor protein pharmacology
András Málnási-Csizmadia, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
3 September, 2018
Muscle development, regeneration and disease
Aikaterini Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Integrative muscle biology
Else Bartels, The Parker Institute, Feredriksberg, Denmark

Of the Host City, Budapest

Budapest is the capital and biggest city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in the European Union, with 1,760,000 inhabitants.
The history of the city began with Aquincum that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Hungarians arrived in the territory of the present city in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture by the 15th century. From 1526 - the battle of Mohács - nearly 150 years of Turkish rule followed. Afterwards, the region entered a new age of prosperity, and Budapest became a global city with the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank with Pest on the east bank of the Danube River in 1873. Today Budapest is a leading global city with strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

Budapest is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many notable monuments, including the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue. Other famous landmarks include Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square, the Great Market Hall, the Nyugati Railway Station built by the Eiffel Company of Paris in 1877 and the second-oldest metro line in the world, the Millennium Underground Railway. The city has around 80 geothermal springs, and a large thermal water cave system.

Meeting Location

Basic Medical Science Center of Semmelweis University Basic Medical Science Center of Semmelweis University
H-1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó utca 37-47.


Important Deadlines

Abstract submission: 30 April 2018 31 May 2018
Early registration fee: 30 June 2018

Congress President

Miklós Kellermayer, DSc
Professor and chair
Department of Biophysics and Radiation Biology
Semmelweis University
H-1094 Budapest, Tűzoltó utca 37-47.
e-mail: kellermayer.miklos@med.semmelweis-univ.hu

Scientific Committee

Anders Arner (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
Stefan Galler (Universität Salzburg, Salzburg Austria)
Michael Geeves (University of Kent, Canterbury United Kingdom)
Wolfgang Linke (Ruhr University, Bochum Germany)
Alf Mansson (Linnaeus University, Kalmar Sweden)
Maria Jolanta Redowicz (Nencki Institute, Warsaw Poland)

Local Organizing Committee

Kaposi, András (Budapest, Hungary)
Kovács, Mihály (Budapest, Hungary)
Málnási-Csizmadia, András (Budapest, Hungary)
Mártonfalvi, Zsolt (Budapest, Hungary)
Nyitray, László (Budapest, Hungary)
Radovits, Tamás (Budapest, Hungary)

Congress Bureau

K&M Congress Ltd.
H-1064 Budapest, Podmaniczky u. 75.
telephone: +36-1-3012000
telefax: +36-1-3012001
e-mail: info@kmcongress.com

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Scientfic and Commercial Exhibition

A comprehensive exhibition will be held at the Congress venue.
To obtain further information please contact the Congress Bureau.

Abstract submission

Abstracts for poster or oral presentation can be submitted via the submission form on the congress website, maximum 1,200 characters of text (excluding name and affiliation).
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2018 31 May 2018

Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. The decision of the Abstract Evaluation Committee will be forwarded to the author by e-mail until 31 May 2018. Presenting authors must register and pay the registration fee. One presenting author may submit one abstract only.

Format requirements
Title: maximum of 100 characters, do not use capital letters. Authors: first name(s), initial(s), surname Affiliations: institute, department, city, country. Abstract papers should include the following sections:

  • Introduction/Background
  • Objective/Purpose
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusion

All abstracts should be written in English.
Abstracts will be published in the Final Program. Submission implies consent to the publication.

Abstract submission is closed!


Poster size: maximum A0 (841 mm × 1189 mm)
Orientation: Portrait
Posters can be mounted on 31 August and must be taken off on 3 September.

Registration fees

(including 21,26% VAT)

Early bird
until 30.06
from 01.07
till 20.08
Late / Onsite
from 21.08
Full participant 480.00 EUR 530.00 EUR 580.00 EUR
Young Investigator*
(< 35 years)
350.00 EUR 400.00 EUR 450.00 EUR
Accompanying person 150.00 EUR 150.00 EUR 150.00 EUR

*recommendation or letter of supervisor is required

Participants are entitled to the following services:

  • Admission to the scientific program and the exhibition,
  • Congress bag,
  • Congress badge,
  • Handout,
  • Coffee and refreshment during the breaks,
  • Lunch,
  • Welcome party on 30 August 2018,
  • Budapest sightseeing by bus on 1 September 2018

Accompanying persons are entitled to the following services:

  • Congress badge,
  • Coffee and refreshment during the breaks,
  • Welcome party on 30 August 2018,
  • Budapest sightseeing by bus on 1 September 2018

Social Program

Welcome reception included in the registration fee
The EMC 2018 Welcome Reception will take place in the lobby of the Basic Medical Science Center of Semmelweis University (the Congress venue) from 19:00 pm on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Budapest sightseeing by bus included in the registration fee
Departure from the Congress venue at 17:00 on Saturday, 1 September 2018. Length of the tour: 3 hours

Banquet Dinner 65.00 EUR per person (incl. 27% VAT)
The banquet dinner will take place in the Hungarian National Gallery in the Buda Castle from 19:00 on Sunday, 2 September 2018.

Procedure of payment

(bank charges must be paid by the Registrant)

1) online by bank card via a secure bank connection
2) via bank draft made payable to K&M Congress, account no: IBAN HU28 1040 0212 5052 6666 7250 1014
K&H Bank, H-1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 9. Swift code: OKHBHUHB

Cancellation and refund

In case of cancellation
until 31 July, 2018 80 percent refund of the fees paid;
from 1 August, 2018 no refund.
Refund requests must be submitted to the Conference Secretariat in writing.


(Prices including 15,25% VAT)

On behalf of the Congress K&M Congress Ltd. has reserved hotel rooms for the congress participants.
Reservation can be made via the congress registration form. Reservations will be made on a „first come - first serve” basis against full payment.

Di Verdi Imperial Hotel

H-1096 Budapest, Thaly Kálmán u. 43.

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single room 90.00 EUR
double room 105.00 EUR
Prices include buffet breakfast, use of wifi, taxes. Parking available for 15.00 EUR.

Verdi Grand Hotel

H-1091 Budapest, Üllői út 89/B.

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single room 90.00 EUR
double room 105.00 EUR
Prices include buffet breakfast, use of wifi, taxes. Parking available for 15.00 EUR.

IBIS Styles Budapest City Hotel

H-1095 Budapest, Soroksári út 12.

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Single room 96.00 EUR
Double room 101.00 EUR
Prices include buffet breakfast and taxes. Parking available for 14.00 EUR.

IBIS Budapest Centrum Hotel

H-1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 6.

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Single room 96.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Double room 106.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Prices include buffet breakfast and taxes. Parking available for 20.00 EUR.

Corvin Hotel

H-1094 Budapest, Angyal utca 31.

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„Sissi” single room 100.00 EUR
„Sissi” double room 120.00 EUR
„Corvin” single room 110.00 EUR
„Corvin” double room 130.00 EUR
Prices include buffet breakfast, use of wifi, taxes. Parking available for 4 500 HUF, appr. 15 EUR.

Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel

H-1053 Budapest, Kecskeméti utca 14.

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Single room 107.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Double room 118.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Prices include buffet breakfast and taxes. Parking available for 6 900 HUF, appr. 23 EUR.




The weather in the first week of September is usually warm in Budapest, daytime temperature ranges between 22-25 ℃, however, nights are already cool (between 11-13 ℃). Rain may occur.

is informal at all occasions.

Holders of passports issued by several countries are granted, under bilateral agreements, visa-free travel to Hungary. For a full list please visit the Consular Services website: konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements

Currency, exchange, bank cards
The official currency is the Hungarian Forint. Exchange facilities are available at the airport, in hotels, at banks. ATMs are available throughout the country. American Express, Visa, Diner, Eurocard, MasterCard, JCB cards are mostly accepted in hotels, restaurants and city stores, but you should ask before ordering a service, or buy.

The Organizing Committee does not assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to carry the proper travel and health insurance.

Electricity supply and phone
In Hungary electricity is supplied at 230 V, 50 Hz like in most European countries. The 2-pin connecting plug is different from that used in some other countries (e.g. USA, UK, Japan etc.). Phoning and mobile servicing background is according to European standards.

By public transportation: Hungary lies at the crossroad of the main tourist traffic in Europe. More than 30 regular and low cost airlines operate flights to and from Budapest. From Budapest Visegrád is accessible by bus or boat.
For timetables please visit the websites:
www.bud.hu - Budapest Airport flight information
www.volanbusz.hu - bus timetable
www.mahartpassnave.hu - riverboat and hydrofoil timetable

By car: Toll must be paid on motorways. Annual, monthly and ten-day vignettes are available. www.hungary-vignette.eu


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