European Glial Meeting 2021 goes VIRTUAL! (as of April 13, 2021)

We as the organizers of the European Glial Meeting are aware about the still uncertain situation and monitor the development of the pandemic intensively. Until March we had planned a hybrid conference because we wanted to do justice to all interested parties and offer an interactive event, similar to previous Glia meetings.

Unfortunately, now we had to accept that the pandemic development is getting more and more confusing and we will never reach a point of planning certainty. Moreover, the vast majority of you – the delegates – prefer to attend the conference online only, as we could see from the registrations, which we have received until today.

With the majority of delegates participating virtually only, the live event would not have been satisfactory for all those, who would have traveled to Marseille. Most of the presentations would have been streamed online and thus only shown on the screen and the networking opportunities would have been reduced due to the smaller number of participants on site. We would have preferred to have a hybrid conference, but, unfortunately, the situation leaves no alternative to this decision.

The whole organizing team really regrets the situation, but we had to make the decision to have a virtual conference only and thus no face-to-face meeting in Marseille.

The online conference will be organized as follows:

  • Phase 1 (from around June 28): Pre-recorded presentations of symposia and workshops and posters are available for registered participants
  • Phase 2 (July 5 to 9): Live plenary lectures; live discussions of symposia, workshops, individual poster discussions via networking tool
  • Introductory Course: Virtual live event on July 1 and 2.
  • Phase 3 (until August 31): Presentations and recordings of live discussions on demand

We are pleased to announce that we could reduce the conference fees for the virtual event. All registred delegates will be informed by email about the next steps appropriately.

We invite you to actively participate in making the European Glial Meeting 2021 a great success in a different format!

In case of any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your Organzing Team of the European Glial Meeting 2021


Dear Glia Community,

On behalf of Network Glia, the organizing and program committees, we are sincerely pleased to welcome you in Marseilles for the 15th European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease.  

After the success of the meeting in Porto which gathered almost 1,500 gliobiologists from all around the world, the conference comes to France, and for the first time to Marseilles, in Provence. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to attend 7 plenary lectures, to participate in 30 symposia and 3 workshops encompassing all the topics related to glia biology. We thus hope that you will find here stimulating scientific exchanges. As usual, we will open our gathering with an introductory course.

The key attraction of Marseille is the city itself! Marseilles is the second largest city in France but also the oldest since it was founded over 2,600 years ago. This cosmopolitan city has much to offer, from ancient history and cultural diversity to unique seaside scenery. Our city is also famous for its seafood and the classic Bouillabaisse which should be tasted with a local wine. You shouldn’t leave without visiting the MUCEM, a great museum dedicated to the Mediterranean, have a drink at the old port and a walk in the Panier, Marseilles’s oldest district. Not too far from the city centre, you may enjoy a hike in the Calanques, recently made a National park, the first in Europe to include land, sea and urban areas.

The 15th European Meeting on Glial Cells in Health and Disease will take place in Marseille-Chanot, a modern conference centre in the heart of Marseille. This place provides excellent poster and lecture facilities to accommodate all of the meeting activities. From there, you will easily reach by metro, bus or bike the historical centre, the old port and the seaside.

We hope that you will enjoy the meeting and your stay in our city and that thanks to your participation this meeting will be a success. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Marseilles in July 2021,

Pascale Durbec for the Local Organizing Committee


IBDM, Aix-Marseille University-CNRS