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The total number of course participants including speakers is limited to 250, to promote closer interactions between participants.
With the exception of FEBS YTF grant applicants, registration must be paid until the deadline set in the registration confirmation email. Students and postdocs are eligible for FEBS YTF.

How to register

By the deadline of 15th June 2023 (early bird) / 4th September 2023 (late registration):

1. Complete a registration order through the registration/abstract submission portal on this event website. 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.

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

A. For postdocs, PhD and MSc students:
i. the name and address of your lab head/supervisor and letter of recommendation
ii. a summary of your reasons for applying to the event and your research interests (max 300 words)
iii. a concise CV (max 2 pages)
iv. for applicants for FEBS Youth Travel Fund awards, your Constituent Society membership proof, age, ID, proof of status and abstract (more information). 
Note: The deadline for FEBS YTF grant applications is 7th June 2023

B. For senior scientists and industry:
i. a summary of your reasons for applying to the event and your research interests (max 300 words)

3. 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.


You will be notified of the outcome of your application maximum by 20th June 2023 (for early bird registrations) / 5th September 2023 (for late registrations). Accepted applicants must then pay the relevant registration fee as set out in the table below. 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, lunches, meals, refreshment breaks and accommodation at Pestana Casino Hotel as set out in the registration fee table. Travel costs are not covered. 

Meals/refreshments covered by the registration fees are breakfasts at the hotel, lunches, dinners (except the free night out) and refreshements at the venue.

Regular - Single Room1.370,00 €1.470,00 €
Regular - Twin Room1.020,00 €1.120,00 €
Students & postdoc (PhD < 5 y) - Twin Room850,00 €950,00 €
Students & Postdoc (PhD < 5y) - triple room750,00 €850,00 €
Guest550,00 €570,00 €

Terms and Conditions

By registering for the event, participants (also referred to as 'you') are entering an agreement with the Course Organizer(s), 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 at  Pestana Casino Hotel, as set out on the Venue/Accommodation page
  • Name badge, printed materials and certificate of attendance

Travel costs are not covered by the registration fee.

Methods of Payment

Payments can be made by credit card or 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@sphingolipidbiology2023.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@sphingolipidbiology2023.febsevents.org

Registration cancellation & refund policy

All registration cancellation requests should be sent to info@sphingolipidbiology2023.febsevents.org in writing. For cancellation requests received on or before 31st July 2023, the full payment, less bank charges, will be refunded; for cancellation requests received on and after 1st August 2023, the full amount will be charged and no refunds will be made. No cash refunds will be made for credit card payments in the case of cancellation.

Travel insurance

You must not attend the event if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to place yourself in quarantine. You should seek and follow the advice of your government before booking travel to 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. The Course Organizers and FEBS shall not be liable to you for any losses incurred as a result of travel restrictions being placed against you or against certain countries due to COVID-19.

Modification and cancellation of the event

The Course Organizers are intending to run the event as a physical meeting, but if they decide at any time that it is not possible to continue with a physical event due to pandemic or other such restrictions, the event may be postponed or held as an online meeting. The Course Organizers will give you as much advance notice as possible if such changes are necessary. If the meeting is converted to an online format, they will refund the accommodation element of the registration fee. The Course organizers reserve the right to modify the Course programme, whether physical or online, which is published as an indication only.

If postponement or a virtual event is not possible, and the event is cancelled, the Course Organizers will refund you the registration fee less bank charges. Organizers may cancel the event as a result of circumstances outside of their reasonable control, including (but not limited to) pandemic, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports. The Course Organizers also reserve the right to cancel the event due to disruption caused by Covid-19. Where possible, they will endeavour to provide reasonable advance notice of any such cancellation.

Neither FEBS nor the Course Organizers shall be held liable for any other costs or losses incurred.


The Course organizers take all reasonable care in making arrangements, and shall follow all available guidance from the Portuguese government in relation to making the event COVID-19 safe. They act only as agents in securing hotels, transport and travel services, and shall in no event be liable for acts or omissions in the event of injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity of any kind whatsoever during arrangements organized through contractors. Hotel and transportation services are subject to the terms and conditions under which they are offered to the general public.

In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by the Course Organizers or FEBS, these parties shall not be responsible for any bodily injury, illness, death or property damages (including theft) sustained by participants during the event.

In any event, neither the Course Organizers nor FEBS accept liability for damages or costs in the event of bodily injury, death, property damage, illness, disruption to travel plans and costs incurred as a result of events outside of their reasonable control, including (but not limited to) pandemic, natural disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire or closure of airports.

Governing law

Any dispute resulting from the above terms and conditions will be subject to the Portuguese law, and by accepting these terms you are submitting yourself to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Portugal.


  • Applications Opening
    15 Jan 2023
  • Youth Travel Fund Grants
    Extended - 07 June 2023
  • Early bird registration
    Extended - 15 June 2023
  • Late registration deadline
    Extended - 4 September 2023
  • Closing times: 23:59 (UTC+01:00)

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