51st European Muscle Conference, Ljubljana, 22 – 26 September 2024

Welcome address


Dear friends and colleagues, dear muscle aficionados,

We are pleased to announce that the 51st European Muscle Conference will take place at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The conference will open on 22 September with the Jean Hanson Lecture by Professor Juleen R. Zierath and will end with the Marcus Schaub Young Investigators Awards ceremony on 26 September. The scientific programme will have a special focus on muscle energy metabolism, while also covering a broad spectrum of muscle topics ranging from molecular structure to whole body physiology and pathophysiology. In this way, in keeping with the EMC tradition, we hope to create an environment that encourages both the meeting of experts in a variety of specialist topics and interdisciplinary dialogue.

We would also like to announce two satellite events open to all EMC 2024 attendees. The first satellite event, the Young Investigators Forum, organised by the ESMR-Early Careers Association, will provide a unique opportunity for PhD students and early stage postdocs to present and discuss their work. The Young Investigators Forum will take place on 22 September in the morning before the official opening of the conference. The second satellite event “Skeletal Muscle Research – from Cell to Human" will feature selected lectures and hands-on demonstrations focusing on in vitroex vivo, and in vivo methods to assess skeletal muscle metabolism and composition. The symposium and workshop will take place on the afternoon of 26 September, after the conclusion of EMC 2024.

We look forward to seeing you in Ljubljana!


Sergej Pirkmajer, Katarina Miš, Tomaž Marš



EMC 2024 will take place in the Great Lecture Hall (Velika predavalnica) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana

Address: Korytkova 2, 1000 Ljubljana.

Access: The venue is within walking distance of the city centre, but is also well connected to Ljubljana's public transport system – Ljubljanski potniški promet (LPP)

Bus stop: Klinični center (University Medical Centre)

Bus numbers: 2, 9, 11, 20, and 25



A preliminary outline of the scientific and social programme is available at this link.

Social programme will include:

  • Welcome reception at the National Gallery
  • Conference Dinner at the Hotel Union
  • Concert and reception at the Academy of Music

We are also planning to offer social programme for the accompanying persons, such as an excursion to Lake Bled or to the Postojna Cave Park



There will be a possibility of making hotel reservations at a discounted rate. We plan to announce further details in January 2024.


Special Collection in JMRCM

EMC attendees will have the opportunity to submit original research papers or mini reviews to the Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility. Further details will be available when the call is announced (expected in January 2024).