General Information

Save the date ! The next edition of CFATG will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of  november 2019, near Strasbourg, in a typical Alsacian town : Obernai. The congress will develop 4 main topics : Regulation/Signaling, Physiopathology, Immunology and Infection and Cancer.

Keynote speakers :

– Michael Thumm (Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Germany)
– Patrizia Agostinis (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
– Christian Behrends (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany)
– Jörn Dengjel (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
– Katja Simon (University of Oxford, UK)

Local organizing comittee:

Frédéric Gros (coordinator, IBMC), Nicolas Charlet-Berguerrand (IGBMC), Vincent Flacher (IBMC), Sylvie Fournel (CAMB), Philippe Georgel (IRM), Sophie Jung, (IBMC), Samuel Liégeois (IBMC), Sylviane Muller (BSC)

In association with LS2-Autophagy-Swiss network for autophagy research and GBM Studiengruppe Autophagie.

The definitive program is availble via the navigation panel on the left or by cliking on the following link:


Abstract Submission


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Maximum number of words: 350

- Submission of abstracts for oral communication: September 5th, 2019
- Submission of abstracts for poster only: October 20th, 2019

CFATG and its annual scientific days



This annual CFATG meeting brings together between 100 and 160 participants depending on the years and places and is based on the action of an association called the CFATG. The CFATG ( was established in 2011 to promote scientific research in the field of Autophagy, to stimulate exchanges between francophone researchers and beyond, and to ensure the diffusion of knowledge in this innovative and very multicultural sector. The first symposium of the CFATG took place in Lyon in 2011. It has achieved a great success, bringing together 165 participants. Since then, the Association has organized a Congress each year on this theme. Since 2014, the audience has been greatly increased by the establishment of highly enriching partnerships with other European networks of Autophagy and by inviting internationally renowned foreign researchers from non-francophone countries. The language of the Congress is now English.

In this dynamic, the geographical strengths of Strasbourg and the numerous links of its University and its research structures with its neighbouring countries, Germany, Switzerland and others, make us consider a great success of our Congress.

Autophagy is a vital mechanism for recycling cell constituents. It was highlighted in 2016 by the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and medicine to Yoshinori Ohsumi (University of Tokyo), for his discoveries on the Autophagy machinery. This process plays an essential role in coping with stress, tumor progression, ageing, development and response to infections. In humans, dysfunctions of autophagy have been associated with neurodegenerative pathologies, cancer and inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune diseases. This field of research is currently in full expansion, as evidenced by the few 24000 scientific publications relating to the subject, published since 2014. As mentioned above, the Congress we are conducting this year in Alsace will once again bring together biologists from various disciplinary backgrounds, pharmacologists and chemists in the field of medicines and thus enrich scientific discussions considerably.

We hope to receive yoo soon in Alsace !




Congress site and socializing events

The congress will take place at the "Bischenberg". This center proposes nice and well-equiped conference rooms. We will be pleased to lodge you there and to propose meals during the congress.

The center lies in a very nice location, on a hill, offering a splendid view on Alsace lowlands and on the Vosges Mountains.

We will also propose you a visit of Obernai, and in particular a wine cellar visit (with wine tasting of typical alsacian wines).

We will then take the dinner in a restaurant in the historical center of the town. A gala dinner is also included, at the Bischenberg  for the last evening.

More information is available at the following adresses:





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