2nd Circular

10th International Colloquium on Endocytobiology and Symbiosis

Gmunden, Upper Austria, September 10-13, 2007

As many of you know, ISEX in Gmunden had to be organized at rather short notice.
The time slot from September 10, evening, to September 13 could not be prolonged due to unavailability of the conference center. As a consequence, the scientific part will be rather tightly packed. Evening sessions will be feasible due to on site catering and the possibility to relax in between the lectures in the beautiful park around the Villa Toscana. An afternoon boat tour followed by a buffet dinner in a local restaurant on the opposite site of the lake will be a break on Wednesday, September 12. We will not be able to accommodate as many short lectures as someone might wish. However, two poster sessions will allow ample time for poster presentation and discussion. We encourage you to stay for one or two days longer after the final congress dinner on thursday evening and to participate in the social events planned for friday, September 14.


The Ministry of Science and Research

The Government of Upper Austria

The Town of Gmunden

Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna

Faculty of Life Sciences,
University of Vienna

Gregor Mendel Institute of
Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna

Research Focus Symbiosis

Agrisera, Vännäs  

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

German Botanical Society

MTV Ferienregion Traunsee, Gmunden

Erlebnis Salzwelten

Gmundner Keramik


Final Program



You may choose to fly in to Vienna, Salzburg or Linz airports. Trains from the corresponding railway stations (in case of Vienna: Westbahnhof) take about 150, 60, and 45 min to Attnang-Puchheim, respectively. There you change to a local train that reaches Gmunden station in 15 min. Further directions will appear on the website in due time.
In contrast to meetings occurring in major cities, the use of your own car is preferable, if possible. There is a big parking lot just outside of the Toscana Park. Public transportation is not very efficient in a small town. For participants without a car we will try to organize car pools and to rent a minibus. There is also the possibility to walk (about 20 min towards Gmunden or Altmuenster) or to use a taxi (approx. 5 Euro) for the transfer between conference site and hotel.

Conference venue

Toscana Congress is adjacent to the Villa Toscana in the historic Toskana-Park halfway between Gmunden and Altmuenster at the Traunsee. The former property of Archduke Johann Salvator was intermittently owned by the sister of the famous philosopher Wittgenstein, Margaret Stonborough, who was made “immortal” through the marvellous painting of Gustav Klimt.


Reservations have been made in several hotels in Gmunden and Altmuenster (see hotel map). Booking can be done via the website of Toscana Congress.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Registration Fee:

ISE-members Euro 200
Non-members Euro 230
Students Euro 150
Accompanying persons Euro 60

Participants will receive program and abstract book and are entitled to attending the lectures, welcome reception on monday evening, coffee breaks, lunches on tuesday, wednesday and thursday, snacks during the ISE member meeting on tuesday evening, boat trip and buffet dinner on wednesday afternoon, and the conference dinner on thursday evening.
Accompanying persons participate at the welcome reception on monday evening, at the boat trip and buffet dinner on wednesday afternoon, and at the conference dinner on thursday evening.

Payment should occur via bank transfer (all bank charges on your side!) to:

ISEX Wolfgang Loeffelhardt
Acc. no.: 9.514.605 at
Raiffeisenbank Salzkammergut Nord (bank code 34510)
IBAN: AT58 3451 0000 0951 4605

Online registration form

Deadline for registration, payment, and abstract submission: June 30, 2007

Abstracts will be published in a special issue of Endocytobiosis Cell Res. and therefore must
be submitted in a distinct format as e-mail attachments, to b7gaca@uni-jena.de, Cc: wolfgang.loeffelhardt@univie.ac.at

Social program

A free guided tour (1 hour) through Gmunden will start at the town hall on Monday, September 10, 16:30. On Tuesday, free admission to the salt mine of Hallstatt is offered for accompanying persons. On Friday, the following after congress-tours are optional:

  1. Free admission to the salt mine of Hallstatt.
  2. Free guided tour through the Konrad Lorenz Research Institute at Gruenau .
    Transportation will be organized (car pool and minibus). The “Almsee” in the “Dead Mountains” range is an especially picturesque area (25 km from Gmunden).
  3. Cable Car from Gmunden to the Gruenberg. Great views of the lake and the Traunstein. Guided Hike (2 hours in total) to the Laudachsee (900 m) and down to the Traunsee. Return to Gmunden by boat. Combination ticket approx. 6 Euro.

In case of interest other possibilities for accompanying persons could be organized, e.g. a tour through the Gmunden Ceramic Manufacture, a trip to Bad Ischl with a visit to the “Kaiservilla” (approx. 9 Euro), or admission to the Thomas Bernhard Museum near Gmunden displaying the oeuvre of the well-known Austrian playwright (approx. 9 Euro).