Cell & Membrane Fusion
November 6 - 9, 2024
Abstract Deadline: August 16, 2024

Elizabeth Chen, UT Southwestern Medical Center  
Andrea Pauli, The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Mark Rose, Georgetown University

We are pleased to announce a new Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting on Cell and Membrane Fusion. The meeting will begin on the evening of Wednesday, November 6, and end after lunch on Saturday, November 9, 2024. This meeting will bring together researchers from disparate areas with a common interest in fundamental processes in cell-cell, virus-cell, and membrane fusion.

  • Mechanisms of Membrane Fusion
  • Structural Biology of Fusogens
  • Membrane Remodeling
  • Fertilization
  • Fusion in Differentiation 
  • Fusion in Wound Repair
  • Polyploidization
  • Neuronal Fusion
  • Viral Fusion
  • Bacterial Fusion
  • Archael Fusion
  • Plant and Fungal Cell Fusion
  • Nanotubes and Novel Mechanisms of Intracellular Membrane Fusion
  • New Technologies for Studying Membrane Fusion

Keynote Speakers:
Roy Duncan, Dalhousie University, Canada
Jennifer Lippencott-Schwartz, Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus 

Ori Avinoam, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Sigal Ben-Yehuda, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 
Leonid Chernomordik, National Institutes of Health
Susana Coehlo, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University, Japan 
Massimo Hilliard, University of Queensland, Australia
Masahito Ikawa, Osaka University, Japan
Sophie Martin, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Douglas Millay, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Benjamin Podbilewicz, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Felix Rey, Institut Pasteur, France
Andela Saric, Institute of Science and Technology Austria 
Shigeki Watanabe
, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Chiara Zurzolo, Institut Pasteur, France

Unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentations will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our website as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Kelly McGrath if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlfusion. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

This conference may be supported in part by funds provided by TBA. Additional support provided by:


In-Person Fees 
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1415 (Subject to availability.)
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1330
Academic Shared Room Package: $1220
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $930
Student Package*: $1125
Student No-Housing Package: $835
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1825
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1340

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

Room packages close 2 weeks before the meeting start date

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Kelley McGrath.

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
2. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
3. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
4. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
5. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 4 & 5 above, please provide a justification via email to Kelley McGrath

Virtual Fees:
Academic Virtual Package: $295
Grad Student Virtual Package: $175

Corporate Virtual Package: $435

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on November 1, 2024)

Late Academic Virtual Package: $395
Late Student Virtual Package: $275
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $535