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16–28 November 2020 Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology


On behalf of the Scientific Advisory Committee, we are pleased to welcome you to the first electronic conference, Cells 2020, dedicated to the “mechanisms and pathophysiological role of the metabolic cross-talk between the cells”.

Cells 2020 is an online event that covers all aspects of cell metabolic cross-talk.

The event is hosted on Sciforum, the platform developed by MDPI for organizing electronic conferences and discussion groups, and is sponsored by MDPI and the Cells open access Journal.

The theme of the electronic conference is Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology .

The conference will be held from 16 to 28 November 2020 on, a platform service for hosting international electronic conferences for scientific communities.

Topical sessions include:

  1. Cell Cycle Regulators: The Cross-Talk with Metabolism
  2. Exosomes and Extracellular Vesicles in Health and Disease
  3. The Cross-Talk between Cell Adhesion and Metabolism
  4. The Cross-Talk between Cell Death Regulation and Metabolism
  5. The Cross-Talk between Immune Cells and Tissue Microenvironment
  6. The Compartmentalisation of Cellular Signaling

Cells 2020 will allow scientists from all over the world to present their latest research and receive direct feedback from peers, without costs of travel. Cells 2020 will be sponsored by MDPI, Switzerland.

Please note that registration and publishing abstracts/presentations/proceedings are free of charge. Full papers will be selected for publication in a Special Issue of Cells (IF 4.366; with 20% discount on article processing charges): Selected Papers from the International Electronic Conference on Cell-to-Cell Metabolic Cross-Talk in Physiology and Pathology.

We hope that you will join the conference to make use of the presence of internationally renowned scholars to exchange ideas and to merge different areas of expertise into successful collaborations.

1–13 December 2020 1st International Electronic Conference on Biomolecules: Natural and Bio-Inspired Therapeutics for Human Diseases

Scifurm, online

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great enthusiam that we announce the 1st International Electronic Conference on Biomolecules: Natural and Bio-Inspired Therapeutics for Human Diseases (IECBM2020). The conference is organized by the MDPI open-access journal Biomolecules (Impact Factor 4.082), and will be held online from 1 to 13 December 2020.

Nature has long inspired drug discovery. While synthetic products often fail to meet clinical expectacions, natural products are highly optimized for their in vivo specific functions. The field of natural and bio-inspired therapeutics grows with every new attempt to mimic nature to produce new and succesful drugs targeting a wide variety of human diseases. This conference will provide leading scientists working in the field with an online platform on which to share their latest research and engage in exciting discussions. The main topics and sessions of the conference are:

  • Natural and bio-inspired drug universe (Session 1);
  • Derivatives of natural drugs: when chemistry allows to optimize what was created by nature (Session 2);
  • Pathways for the discovery of new bio-inspired and natural drugs and their derivatives (Session 3);
  • Repurposing of previously approved natural and bio-inspired drugs (Session 4)

This online event will bring together researchers from all over the world with no concerns of travel or other related expenditures. Participation and “attendance” to the IECBM2020 are FREE of charge.

The conference invites submissions for abstracts that will be reviewed by the conference committee. The authors of accepted contributions will be invited to submit a conference paper along with a slide or poster presentation of their work. All participants will have the opportunity to examine, explore, and critically engage with research findings published in Sciforum during the conference.

After the conference, all accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of this e-conference within a dedicated issue of the MDPI journal Proceedings. In addition, all participants will be encouraged to submit a full paper to one dedicated Special Issue in Biomolecules with a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC).

We hope that you will join this e-conference to exchange ideas, start fruitful collaborations, and make this first edition a success—the first of many.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Uversky
Prof. Dr. Prakash Kulkarni
Dr. Marc Maresca

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4–8 October 2020 Autophagy: Mechanisms and Disease

INEC Killarney Convention Centre, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Autophagy is an intracellular pathway for degradation that allows for the recycling of cellular components inside lysosomes to sustain tissue homeostasis. Countless effort has been devoted to help unravel the molecular mechanisms that regulate this pathway, but many questions remain unresolved. Therefore, this conference program gathers an interdisciplinary group of scientists to address the current and future challenges in the field such as discussions on the existence of non-canonical forms of the pathway and how selectivity is achieved. This conference also addresses the minimal requirements to generate functional autophagosomes and the molecular bases of autophagy regulation. One of the major themes of this conference is a session which reviews how model systems such as plants, worms and mice help to unravel the physiological roles of this essential pathway and why this research can also be applied to find new therapies for human diseases. For example, while it is now clear that many human pathologies have alterations in autophagy, how scientists could potentially manipulate the pathway in vivo is a major challenge that will be addressed at this conference. Finally, this conference provides a unique frame to display the current research and future challenges of the field during physiological and pathological conditions.

16–18 October 2020 The 4th International Conference on Innate Lymphoid Cells

San Francisco, USA

The aim of this international conference series is to provide an interactive platform for the exchange of new concepts, ideas and data between immunologists interested in ILCs and innate lymphocytes in health and disease. ILCs are recently described tissue-resident cells increasingly implicated across a spectrum of diseases, including in humans. New methods, some rapidly evolving, have enabled a deeper look at the role of these cells in tissue health. Unappreciated plasticity, migration and functions are being uncovered every day, necessitating a timely update of standard methods, technologies and functional assays required for purification, imaging and analysis of ILCs with unprecedented detail, including single-cell sequencing and multi-parameter protein-based approaches. Attendees will learn the state-of-the-art current understanding of these fascinating cells from world experts in all facets of their biology.

13–17 December 2020 Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs): Impact on Treatment - 2020

Seefeld, Tyrol, Austria

The third Conference Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs): Impact on Treatment - 2020 will be devoted to the problems of primary and acquired therapy resistances associated with disease progression and poor clinical outcomes in cancer patients. It is planned that pre-clinical and clinical sessions will be included into the program of the conference. The leading basic researchers, translational researchers and clinicians will be invited to provide a number of educational lectures and to serve as chairs of the Symposium Sessions.

This Conference will highlight following CSC-related problems: 

  • signaling pathways contributing to the treatment resistance and disease progression;
  • role of CSCs in the treatment failure;
  • molecular mechanisms associated with CSC aggressiveness and increased metastatic potential;
  • CSC metabolism;
  • circadian rhythms in CSCs and metronomic chemotherapy;
  • crosstalk between CSCs and microenvironmental factors (tumor stroma, immune system);
  • biological, biochemical, pathological methods allowing CSC identification within the malignant tumors;
  • pediatric tumors and CSCs;
  • epigenetic factors in CSC formation;
  • glioblastoma stem cells;
  • development of novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets to predict and overcome therapy resistance associated with CSC activities;
  • novel therapeutic approaches to combat locally advanced, metastatic or relapsed malignant diseases;
  • chemical agents against CSCs;
  • translational oncology: how to make bridge between basic researchers and clinicians;
  • clinical trials based on pre-clinical findings

19–25 September 2021 11th International Meeting «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021»

Albena Resort, Bulgaria

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to cordially invite you to 11th International Meeting «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» in honor of Robert (Bob) Blankenship (USA), Győző Garab (Hungary), Michael Graetzel (Switzerland), Norman (Norm) Huner (Canada), and Gunnar Oquist (Sweden), which will be held on September 19-25, 2021 in Bulgaria, in Albena Resort. (Albena Resort is located on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, 30 km north from the Varna city).

Your participation is important for the success of the Meeting, and will be very much appreciated. This Meeting will be a great occasion for discussions of previous, present, and future research on photosynthesis and hydrogen energy, from molecular to global, and will provide an exciting scientific program, which will cover the breadth and depth of photosynthesis and hydrogen energy, from fundamental and applied aspects of research to artificial photosynthesis and nanobiotechnology, and to meet researchers of photosynthesis and hydrogen energy from around the world. This meeting will provide a forum for students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists from different countries to deepen their knowledge and understanding, widen professional contact, to create new opportunities and establish new collaborations. Moreover, one of the sessions will be devoted to the talks of young scientists and to their rewarding.

International Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» is a traditional event held in various countries of the world. The Conference, first organized in 2004, has a positive dynamic of development, evoking an ever-growing interest among the global scientific community. It is planned that more than 200-300 scientists will take part in the conference. As expected, scientists from more than thirty countries of the world will attend the event (Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Israel, India, Iran, Italy, Canada, China, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland Republic of Korea, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, USA, Taiwan, Turkey, Finland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia and Japan).

The Conference «Photosynthesis and Hydrogen Energy Research for Sustainability – 2021» will provide in-depth discussion of one of the most important fundamental problems of modern biology – photosynthesis. Despite the stupendous achievements in recent decades in the study of photosynthesis, many aspects of this process remain uninvestigated. In addition, the relevance of research in the field of photosynthesis and associated hydrogen release processes in recent decades has been reinforced by the growing need of mankind for new sources of energy. Scientific knowledge about the mechanisms of transformation and storage of solar energy, the stability of the photosynthetic apparatus to stress conditions can be applied for environmentally friendly and resource-saving energy and the formation of new energy sources.

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