The MDPI journal Cells is preparing a special issue on Autophagy and RNA. Send in your contributions and get a 50% discount as a NAS member.

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CFATG virtual conference

Dear colleagues,

Save the date!!

We are pleased to announce the first edition of the CFATG virtual conference organized by the Club Francophone de l’AuTophaGie, which will be held on two half-days, on the 23rd and the 24th of June 2021. The meeting will consist of four consecutive sessions: Autophagy regulation, Infection and immunity, Physiopathology and Cancer, featuring both a keynote lecture and short talks selected from abstracts. We especially encourage young scientists to present their work to our community. The deadline for the submission is May 31th 2021. Best presentation prizes will be awarded!

You can now register on the conference website:

Registration is free of charge but mandatory. The meeting program and more information are also available on the CFATG website:

We are looking forward to seeing you online!!

The organizing committee of CFATG Online

LS2 Prestige Webinar – Prof. Terje Johanssen (University of Tromsø, Norway)

Dear all,

Next 11th of May at 15:00, Prof. Terje Johanssen (University of Tromso, Norway) is going to give a talk titled “CALCOCO1: A novel soluble ER-phagy and Golgiphagy receptor“, within the LS2 Prestige Webinar organized by the LS2 Section Autophagy. 

Registration is free but required here:

NAS affiliated with the MDPI Journal Cells

NAS recently signed an affiliation agreement with the MDPI Journal Cells.
Cells is published in open access model, which means:
• everyone has free and unlimited access to the full‐text of all articles published in the journal.
• everyone is free to re‐use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original
publication is given.
• the authors retain the copyright of their work instead of transferring it to the publisher.
• open access publications are supported by article processing charges paid by the authors

MDPI journals, including Cells, have very reasonable article processing charges (APCs) compared with other journals in the field (see where MDPI is placed in terms of mean value of APC in 2019 here).
Advantages for NAS members:
– All NAS members will receive a 15% discount* on the article processing charges. The APC for Cells in 2020 is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs), i.e. as a NAS member, you will get a 300 CHF discount (thus the APC will be 1700 CHF for NAS members).
* If authors’ institutions are part of the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program and already enjoy a discount, the highest discount will apply.
– NAS will be granted 2 waivers per year that may be used for any of the regular papers submitted by members of the society. The waivers will preferentially be given to papers authored by NAS members from at least two different NAS membership countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands) resulting from collaborative efforts. To apply for a waiver, please contact the NAS Board. platform for organizing society conferences and conference organizing services at preferential rates. The NAS as well as each of its members will be able to use the platform free of charge if self‐managed.

-February 19th, 2020

NEW! For Companies: Do you want to advertise on our home page?

The NAS has decided to open its home page to companies or private sponsors to advertise their products and services, targeting directly the Nordic Autophagy Society members and our visitors. Advertisements will be published on a first come first served basis. Advertisement banners are available at two locations on the home page as follow:

Sponsor I (top right location – currently the autophagosome)
Top location is a stationary advertisement containing a hyperlink to the company’s webpage of choice. Banner maximum size: 500 (h) x 500 (w)
€100 per week

Sponsor II (bottom left location) and Sponsor III (bottom right location) – currently Logos
Those ads are shown as slide show: 8 seconds per show, containing a hyperlink to the company’s webpage of choice. The slide shows starts at random in the series of advertisements, ensuring that all advertisements have an equal chance of being shown. Banner maximum size: 200 (h) x 500 (w)
€50 per week

NAS Conference Grant awardees presented their work at the 2019 EMBO Workshop on Autophagy

The EMBO Autophagy conference was held this year in Crieff, Scotland (UK) and lasted 5 days starting the 26th of August 2019. The EMBO is the biggest autophagy conference in Europe and is held every second year. This conference gathers all researchers working on autophagy from various fields: from molecular mechanisms in yeast to immunity and translational research on cancer or ageing, making it the ideal conference to discuss novel research with young and experienced researchers alike.

This year, the Nordic Autophagic Society awarded two NAS Conference Grants to two young researchers attending the EMBO conference: PhD student Marisa Di Monaco and post-doc Karolina Pircs. Marisa presented her thesis work focusing on the characterization of the molecular mechanisms driving the induction of autophagy in the nucleus during a short talk. Karolina presented her poster on the link between autophagy impairments in neurons and Huntington’s disease.

Both praised the length of the conference, which allowed them ample time for discussions with their peers and expanding their connections with researchers from all over the world. They greatly appreciated the various keynotes from prominent researchers and the thematic organization of the sessions that painted “stories being told chronologically across the field” and thus “integrate[d] diverse perspectives on the function of autophagy”.

If you are also planning to attend an autophagy-related international conference to present your work and take part in enriching discussions with your peers, you can apply for a NAS Conference Grant here.

PhD student Marisa Di Monaco presents her short talk “Self-regulation of autophagy genes by Atg8a and its interacting partners YL-1, Sequoia, Sir2 and DOR in Drosophila”

Post-doc Karolina Pircs presented her poster “Modelling autophagy impairments in Huntington’s disease using directly reprogrammed patient-derived neurons”