February 27th, 2021
Dear friends and colleagues,
Our 2021 PolyP meeting is beginning to attract attention and registrations are increasing.

We have few slots open for oral presentations at the meeting: Tentative Programme 
The best abstracts presented, among the registered participants, will be selected as speakers for these slots.
Proposals from trainees also will be considered.

Registered participants could submit their abstract via the 'My abstract' tab in the registration/abstract portal.

Looking forward to seeing you all in May,

The Organisers
Adolfo, Felix, and Roberto

January 11th, 2021
Dear friends and colleagues,
As tight travel restrictions remain everywhere, we are reorganizing the meeting as a virtual event, moving it to May 2021 (from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th).

While a virtual meeting lacks some of the features of in-person events there are also some advantages. Mainly the ability to attract a large audience of young students and postdocs. We increased a little the number of invited speakers, and we will organize chat rooms and other virtual interactive sections to facilitate interaction. With your cooperation, we will have a successful, lively, and interactive event.  

To accommodate the participants' different time zones, we are scheduling the meeting between 13:00 and 17:00 UTC (GMT).

We will be delighted if you would all participate at the rescheduled meeting.  
We wish you a brilliant 2021. 

The Organisers
Adolfo, Felix and Roberto

Dear colleagues and friends,

The chain of phosphoanhydride bonds called inorganic polyphosphate (polyP) represents the simplest of biological polymers. Despite that simplicity, polyP characterization fell behind other biological polymers such as nucleic acid and proteins. For many years, polyP was poorly regarded and understudied. The development of novel analytical methods has allowed a recent explosion in polyP interest. Bacterial polyP represents both an energy source and a cation-phosphate store involved in gene transcription control, ultimately affecting virulence. The chaperoning property of polyP was discovered in this model. In eukaryotes, polyP is crucial in bone mineralization, cancer, and particularly in regulating the blood coagulation cascade. Other striking emerging discoveries are the crosstalk between polyP and inositol phosphate signalling, the ability of polyP to drive a protein post-translational modification (lysine polyphosphorylation), and the overactive polyP naturally occurring nanoparticles.  

Considering the wide range of processes affected by polyP, it is easy to envisage that scientists from very different research areas are encountering this polymer in their work. Therefore, it has become essential for the healthy development of polyP research to gather together these scientists who would otherwise rarely encounter each other.

With the polyP-centred FEBS workshop, we aim to create a fertile ground to share different expertise, discuss recent developments, and stimulate new collaborations, to create the foundations for future years of innovative polyP research. We envisage that a young and friendly atmosphere will improve the exchange of practical tips and opinions on the theoretical as well as practical aspects of polyP research. Gathering together polyP researchers of different backgrounds and career trajectories will be instrumental in building a much-needed community, necessary for the harmonic progression of this novel and exciting research field.

Adolfo, Felix, Roberto
The Course Organizers


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  • Applications Opening
    February 7, 2021
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    Until April 10, 2021
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    From April 11, 2021
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    May 7, 2021
  • Closing times: 23:59 (UTC+01:00)

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