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Updated: Sep 9, 2020

We are pleased to announce the 3rd General Meeting of COST Action ERNEST, which will take place online on October 12-14, 2020.


We are living in unprecedented times. When ERNEST held its first general meeting a year ago in Belfast, none of us could have anticipated that the most disruptive pandemic in history was just a few months away.  As we planned the second ERNEST meeting for late March 2020 in Istanbul, we watched the news worryingly as the coronavirus spread quickly throughout Europe. Many ERNEST members to cancel their meeting registration as they were no longer allowed to travel. Eventually, on the 13th of March, COST cancelled all in-person meetings of its Actions. ERNEST moved quickly to bring its planned meeting online in time, March 28-30, 2020.


The virtual meeting was a success with over 200 people tuned in for the keynote address.

The theme of the 3rd ERNEST meeting is Signal transduction: From the genomic to the systems level (and everything in between). This encompassing theme relates to our main objective to develop a comprehensive and holistic understanding of signal transduction. By linking the different levels at which GPCR signal transduction is modulated (i.e. at the level of genes, proteins, cells/tissues and systems), we can better understand signal transduction as a whole.

Although we will not be meeting in person, we have worked hard to develop an engaging and interactive online meeting program that will foster networking. ERNEST strives to support our community of GPCR researchers in these pandemic times. Helping us toward this goal are our early career investigators (ECI’s), who are planning and organizing this meeting that will bring together scientists at different career levels from all around Europe and the world. It will serve as an excellent global platform for researchers from industry and academia to learn, interact, share ideas, network and establish collaborations. Moreover, the meeting will showcase ECI’s, their research, and their valuable role in the research community. Please visit the appropriate areas of the website for meeting registration (free of charge) and abstract submission. The meeting programme will be updated regularly, so check back for developments!


 The Organizing Committee

Antonella Di Pizio (Munich, Germany), Chloe Peach (Nottingham, UK), Ali Isbilir (Berlin, Germany), Margaret Cunningham (Glasgow, UK), Mariona Torrens Fontanals (Barcelona, Spain), Itziar Muneta (Bilbao, Basque Country), Desislava Nesheva (Nottingham, UK)

The Early Career Committee

Alexander Hauser (Copenhagen, DK), Franziska Heydenreich (Germany), Johanna Tiemann (Copenhagen, DK), Maria Majellaro (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Willem Jespers (Netherlands)






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