47th European Muscle Conference

Budapest, 30 August-3 September 2018

Dear Colleagues, Dear Muscle Aficionados:


Miklós Kellermayer Welcome to the European Muscle Conference! Welcome to Budapest! This meeting is the annual gathering of the members of the European Society for Muscle Research (www.esmr.org). Everyone who registered to our meeting is automatically a member of this society, which oversees and supports muscle research in Europe and beyond. This year's meeting is the 47th consecutive conference in a series that has been started by Professor Marcus Schaub of Switzerland. The conference venue changes, from year to year, between European cities, and earlier the Society decided that this year's meeting will be organized in Budapest, capitol of Hungary. The topics of the conference usually span the entire spectrum of muscle-related research. It is no different in this year's conference either; however, a new focus will be given to the emerging field of motor protein pharmacology. Furthermore, there will be a number of workshops, given by sponsoring instrument companies, which will provide a direct, hands-on opportunity to interested researchers to become acquainted with important methods employed in the field. There are important discoveries of muscle research — actin 75 and titin 40 years ago — to be remembered and celebrated, therefore our meeting, in a way, intends to bridge the past with the future. I sincerely hope that the host city, Budapest, will be a most welcoming environment for our conference. The venue is the Basic Medical Science Center of Semmelweis University, the oldest and most prestigious medical tranining university of Hungary which will celebrate its 250th aniversary next year. Hopefully you will find time to discover the rich historical and cultural heritage of Budapest as well. A tour, part of our social program, will will show you some of the most important sites of this grand city. The Gala Dinner of the conference will be in the cupola of the Royal Castle of Buda, in the main hall of the National Gallery of Hungary. I am delighted that Professor Andras Muhlrad accepted to give a dinner talk. Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the numerous people who helped in organizing this meeting: Katalin Mátray and her staff at K&M Congress, and members of the Local Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee. I wish you an intellectually rich convention and enjoyable stay in Budapest!

Miklós Kellermayer, Professor EMC2018 Chairman


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 2018
50 years of the Department of Biochemistry

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.


EMC 2018 - Mobile app

We are proudly inform you that the mobile app of the congress is available. To download just read one of the QR codes below or type emc 2018 to the app store of your smartphone.

Android app iOS app

Registration Desk

The registration desk, located in the lobby of the conference venue, will be at your service throughout the duration of the conference.

Opening hours

Thursday, 30 August 12:00–18:00
Friday, 31 August 08:00–18:00
Saturday, 1 September 08:00–18:00
Sunday, 2 September 08:00–18:00
Monday, 3 September 08:00–14:00

Important Deadlines

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

Congress Chairman

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)

Young Investigator Award Committee

Joseph Chalovich, Greenville, USA
Samantha Harris, Tucson, USA
Christina Karatzaferi, Plymouth, UK
Alf Mansson, Kalmar, Sweden
Zsolt Mártonfalvi, Budapest, Hungary

Young Investigator Award Winners

Oral   Poster

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

Official language


Scientfic and Commercial Exhibition

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


Workshop 1: Asylum Research - Video-rate AFM of muscle proteins
Room 1.203
11:00–12:00 on Friday, 31 August, Saturday, 1 September and Sunday, 2 September

The advent of “fast-scanning” AFMs almost a decade ago improved imaging speeds but still only allowed processes to be captured with a temporal resolution of approximately ten seconds. The recent introduction of a practical video-rate AFM has improved imaging speeds by yet another order of magnitude and now makes it possible to capture movies with a temporal resolution better than a second with simple operation. This free workshop will give an introduction to video-rate imaging and biophysical applications with lectures and live hands-on demonstrations with the Asylum Research Cypher™ VRS Video-Rate AFM.

Workshop 2: IonOptix Workshop on isolated cardiac myocytes experimentation: high throughput calcium/contractility measurements and mechanics
Room 1.207
12:00–13:00 on Friday, 31 August, Saturday, 1 September and Sunday, 2 September

In the first half of this workshop we will demonstrate the high throughput system for calcium and contractility measurements on intact, isolated myocytes, our protocols for these experiments, plus the analysis and statistical treatment of the resulting data sets. In the second half of the workshop we will address mechanical experiments on intact and permeabilized cardiac myocytes and muscle strips.

Workshop 3: Lumicks - Mechanical manipulation of single molecules with optical tweezers
Room 1.206
Time: 15:00-16:00 on Friday, 31 August, Saturday, 1 September and Sunday, 2 September

The dynamic single molecule workshop will showcase Lumicks C-trap instrument, a unique combination of optical tweezers and confocal microscopy. You will see the instrument, basic operation and be able to manipulate and visualise a single DNA molecule as well as ask questions from our single molecule experts.

Workshop 4: Aurora Scientific - Muscle fiber and myofibril mechanics
Room 1.201
Time: 16:00-17:00 on Friday, 31 August, Saturday, 1 September and Sunday, 2 September

Instrumentation and methodology for contractile measurements of muscle fibers Please join us for a workshop focused on the experimental methodology for making contractile measurements in single permeabilized fibers. A brief didactic session will focus on an overview of the operating principles behind the instrumentation as well as capabilities. This will be followed by a live demonstration of the system with time for discussion and Q&A.

Abstract submission

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

*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

Certificates of attendance

will be sent to every participant by e-mail after the conference.


Coffee and refreshments will be available in the lobby of the Congress venue during Coffee breaks as indicated in the program.

Lunch included in the registration fee. Buffet lunch will be served in the lobby of the Congress venue as indicated in the program.

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 18:00 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

Route of the tour

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.

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

Verdi Grand Hotel

H-1091 Budapest, Üllői út 89/B.

Website Map
single room 90.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
double room 105.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
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.

Website Map
Single room 96.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Double room 101.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
Prices include buffet breakfast and taxes. Parking available for 14.00 EUR.

IBIS Budapest Centrum Hotel

H-1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 6.

Website Map
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.

Website Map
„Sissi” single room 100.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
„Sissi” double room 120.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
„Corvin” single room 110.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
„Corvin” double room 130.00 EUR | FULLY BOOKED
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.

Website Map
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.


Registration is closed.


Internet Access
Free wifi is provided throughout the conference venue.
Password: Budapest2017

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.

Dress code
Dress 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


47th European Muscle Conference is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Please click here to check our anti-harassment policy.