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Application and selection

To promote the adequate settings for scientific discussions, the total number of course participants including speakers is limited to 250.

Selection of applications will be mostly on the basis of CVs and submitted abstracts, but efforts will be made to ensure that the different topics of Sphingolipid Biology are covered at the event. In addition, representation of researchers from all career stage, geographical distribution and gender balance will also be taken into consideration. 

How to apply

**Late registration deadline extended to 31 March 2019**

Early registration deadline
is 25 January 2019 and late registration deadline is 15 March 2019:

1. Click Register/Login, enter your email and chose your password. Click accept.
2. Complete a registration order through the registration/abstract submission portal on this event website. Please note that you are required to complete all registration steps until the confirmation. When you complete an order you will receive an 'order received e-mail' with full instructions on how to proceed with your application and a copy of the order in PDF.

3. During this process, upload a single file (accepted formats are pdf, zip and rar) containing all supporting documents for your application.: 

a. for postdocs and PhD students,  the name and address of your lab head/supervisor and letter of recommendation
b. a summary of your reasons for applying to the event and your research interests (max 300 words)
c. a concise CV (max 2 pages)
d. for applicants for FEBS Youth Travel Fund awards, your Constituent Society membership proof, age, ID and proof of status.

4. Submit your abstract via the 'My abstract' tab in the registration/abstract portal. Abstract submission is optional but recommended for selection to the course and networking at the event, and is mandatory for application for travel grants. See the Abstract section of the  website for more details.


For applications received before the early bird registration deadline (25 January 2019):
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 January 2019. Accepted applicants must then pay the relevant registration fee as set out in the table below, by 10 February 2019.

For applications received after the early bird registration deadline (26 January 2019):
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 20 March 2019. Accepted applicants must then pay the relevant registration fee as set out in the table below, by 30 March 2019.

More details on registration fee payment will be included in your outcome notification, and key points are also given in the terms and conditions.

Registration fees

Registration fees include access to the event sessions, name badge, certificate of attendance, book of abstracts, meals and refreshment breaks. Travel costs, the dinner at 8 May 2019, and the Municipality Tax (1€ per night/per guest to be paid at the hotel) are not covered. 

Meals/refreshments covered by the registration fees are breakfasts at the hotel, lunches, dinners and refreshements at the venue, as well as the welcome cocktail and the gala dinner.

Early bird registration until 25 January 2019 / Late registration until 31 March 2019

 Early BirdLate
Offsite (academic)750,00 €
Offsite (student)550,00 €
Students and Post-doc (<5years) - shared triple room525,00 €600,00 €
Students and post-doc (<5 years) - shared double room635,00 €710,00 €
Academic / Industry - shared double room925,00 €1.025,00 €
Academic/ Industry - Single1.200,00 €1.300,00 €
Accompayning guest (accomodation and breakfast)150,00 €150,00 €
Accompayning guest (full board)500,00 €500,00 €

Note: Due to the high number of participants attending the meeting we can no longer assure that participants placing registrations after March 20 will be hosted at Hotel Pestana Cidadela and Hotel Vila Galé Cascais. The available rooms will be attributed by order of registration. Options for offsite registrations are now available. Offsite registrations include conference fee,  lunches, dinners and refreshements at the venue, as well as the welcome cocktail and the gala dinner.

If you have any questions please contact us to info@sphingolipidbiology2019.febsevents.org

Terms and Conditions

By registering for the event, participants (also referred to as 'you') are entering an agreement with the Course Organizer(s) (https://sphingolipidbiology2019.febsevents.org), and you are indicating acceptance to the terms and conditions set out below.

Registration Fee

The registration Fee for participants covers:

  • Access to all scientific programme sessions
  • Meals and refreshments as set out above
  • Accommodation in shared room (single rooms will cost extra), as set out on the Venue/Accommodation page
  • Name badge, printed materials and certificate of attendance
  • Invitation to gala dinner

The registration fees include VAT. Travel costs are not covered by the registration fee.

Methods of Payment

Payments must be made by bank transfer; details will be included in your outcome notification email. 

Bank charges are the responsibility of the participant and should be paid at source. Your Name, Surname and Order ID must be indicated on the transaction receipt of the bank transfer.

Following the payment, receipt of the transaction must be sent via email to info@sphingolipidbiology2019.febsevents.org. Proof of payment must be received before the stated deadline

A confirmation notification will be sent to you when organizers receive the fund and confirm your registration in the system. If you do not receive confirmation within 5 business days after sending your proof of payment / receipt of transaction, please contact info@sphingolipidbiology2019.febsevents.org

Registration cancellation & refund policy

All registration cancellation requests should be sent to info@sphingolipidbiology2019.febsevents.org  in writing. For cancellation requests received on or before 1st March, 2019, the full payment, less bank charges, will be refunded; for cancellation requests received after this date, the full amount will be charged and no refunds will be made. No cash refunds will be made for the credit card payments in the case of cancellation.

Travel insurance

You should seek and follow the advice of your government before registering and booking travel for the event and before travelling to the event. You are solely responsible for making your own appropriate travel and other insurance arrangements before booking travel for the Congress.

Modification and cancellation of the event

The Course Organizers reserve the right to modify the event programme, which is published as an indication only.

In the event of cancellation of the event, at any time, as a result of any event of 'force majeure' or for other reasons that are beyond the control of the Course Organizers, the registration fee shall be refunded by the Course Organizers but neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS shall be held liable for any other costs or losses incurred, such as transportation costs, financial losses, etc. 

Disclaimer and ‘force majeure’

Neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS shall be responsible for any bodily injury/death or property damages (including theft) sustained by participants during the event, unless such damages are a direct result of the negligent or unlawful act or omission thereof.

In any event, neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS accept liability for damages in the event of bodily injury/death, property damage, disruption to travel plans and costs incurred as a result of ‘force majeure’.  ‘Force majeure’ (or ‘Act of God’) reasons include but are not limited to: war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, health risks, fire and closure of airports or airspace. 

Governing law

Any legal dispute resulting from the accepted terms and conditions will be subject to the law of Portugal.


  • Extended late registration
  • Extended abstract deadline

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