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Nature Conference: Advances in Metabolic Communication

The coordination of nutrient sensing and energy metabolism is essential for the maintenance of cellular and organismal homeostasis. To achieve this finely tuned regulation, metabolic information must be communicated among cells, tissues and organs. The goal of this conference is to bring together experts from diverse fields to discuss recent advances in understanding how signaling pathways in one organelle, cell or tissue may influence metabolic functions in other cellular compartments, cells and organs and, ultimately, systemic control of energy homeostasis. The conference will encourage discussion of the physiological processes governing these interactions as well as the role of miscommunication in the development of metabolic diseases and aging. For registration information click here.


Hugo Aguilaniu (Serrapilheira Institute, Brazil), Elena Bellafante (Nature Metabolism, UK), Cristina Caldas (Serrapilheira Institute, Brazil), Fernanda Cunha (Federal University of São Paulo – UNIFESP, Brazil), Julio Ferreira (University of Sao Paulo – USP, Brazil), Christina Kary (Nature Cell Biology, USA), Marcelo Mori (University of Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil), Christoph Schmitt (Nature Metabolism, Germany).


15-18 October, 2019


Belmond Copacabana Palace

Avenida Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ

see map
  • keynote
  • Ron Kahn harvard medical school, USA
  • M. Celeste university of pennsylvania, USA
  • speakers
  • Adam Antebi max planck institute, Germanry
  • Marcelo Dietrich yale school of medicine, USA
  • Jens Brüning max planck institute, Germany
  • Filipe Cabreiro Imperial College London, UK
  • Dongsheng Cai albert einstein college of medicine, USA
  • Judith Campisi The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA
  • Ed Chouchani harvard medical school, USA
  • Ivan de Araujo Mount Sinai, USA
  • Ana Domingos university of Oxford, UK
  • Mark Febbraio monash university, Australia
  • Zach Gerhart-Hines novo nordisk foundation - center for basic metabolic research, Denmark
  • Eric Verdin The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA
  • Stephan Herzig helmholtz zentrum münchen, Germany
  • Tiffany Horng ShanghaiTech University, China
  • Mark Huising university of california, davis, USA
  • Alicia Kowaltowski university of são paulo, Brazil
  • Jiandie Lin University of Michigan, USA
  • Will Mair harvard school of public health, USA
  • Matthew Potthoff university of iowa, USA
  • Phil Scherer university of texas southwestern, USA
  • Amita Sehgal university of pennsylvania, USA
  • Gerald Shadel salk institute for biological studies, USA
  • Meng Wang Baylor College of Medicine, USA


registration information

see below for full details of your experience at the Nature Conference

It is strongly recommended that participants consult as well as the nearest consulate well in advance of their trip to obtain official information on travelling to Brazil.

The entire visa application process is the sole responsibility of each individual traveler.

Who needs a visa to visit Brazil?

Entry visas for visiting Brazil are currently required for citizens from Australia, Canada, Haiti, the United States of America, most countries in Africa, Asia and Oceania, and a few other countries. A complete list of nationalities that need visas is available at

Entry visas for Brazil are not required for short tourism and business trips by citizens of most countries in South America, Central America, and Europe, as well as nationals from South Africa, Singapore, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, Mongolia and certain other countries. Citizens from Mercosur countries may enter Brazil with a recent official identification document from their home country in lieu of a passport. Visa-exempt nationalities are subject to other rules regarding allowed activities while in Brazil and maximum periods of stay, which may vary from country to country. Visit the following website for more information:

How to apply for a Brazilian visa

If you do need a visa, you must submit a visa application through this website: You will need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your arrival date in Brazil.

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan may now apply for Brazilian visas online, through the eVisa (electronic visa) application website:

Additional requirements for travelling with minors

Minors under 18 years of age who apply for visas will need an official travel authorization from their parents, legal guardians or other competent authorities. Brazilian hotels will require a similar authorization to host any minor who is not travelling with his or her parents or legal guardians. You should be ready to physically present this authorization (or official copies thereof) upon arrival in the country and at your hotel. Bear in mind that the physical authorization (or its copy) may be retained by the relevant authorities; therefore, you many need to make several copies and have them on hand.

Letter of invitation

If you require a letter of invitation in order to obtain a travel visa, email:
Letters will be provided to confirmed registrants.

Official language

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. English and Spanish are usually understood, and sometimes spoken, at airports, travel agencies, and hotels.

Travel insurance

Nature provides no insurance coverage and will not accept any responsibility for accidental incidents occurring during the event. Travelers are urged to obtain adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their home countries.

Time zone

The time zone for Rio de Janeiro is GMT – 3:00.


GIG – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport
Hosts domestic and international flights.
Phone: +55 21 3004-6050

GIG is located on an island, “Ilha do Governador”, and connected to the rest of the city by freeways. All Brazilian airlines and over twenty international airlines fly to this airport.

SDU – Santos Dumont Airport
Domestic flights.
Phone: +55 21 3814-7070

Located in “Centro” (Downtown), SDU connects Rio to the other main cities in Brazil. Buses and VLT trams connect SDU to Downtown and beyond.


There is an express bus from Galeão and Santos Dumont airport to Copacabana, from Premium Company. Route 2018. Fare: R$ 15,00

Taxis and related services

Regular yellow cabs are available all over the city. Additional fees may be charged for transporting large items, such as suitcases above a certain size. Most taxi drivers only accept direct payment in cash. Mobile apps such as Uber, 99 Taxis and EasyTaxi allow users to hail a cab remotely and pay for rides using cash or a pre-registered credit card.

Yellow cabs from Galeão charge an approximate fare of R$ 50-R$60 to Copacabana.
Yellow cabs from Santos Dumont Airport charge an approximate fare of R$ 30-R$40 to Copacabana.
Executive cabs charge an approximate fare of R$ 70-R$80 from Galeão to Copacabana.
Executive cabs charge an approximate fare of R$ 50-R$60 from Santos Dumont to Copacabana.

Cabs App


Taxi rio


Car Rentals



Car and Van Services

Três irmãos
Tel +55-21-3272 5999
Tel +55-21-2269 3312


Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city at sea level and the Conference will take place during the spring. Typical temperatures may vary between 25 and 42°C (77°-108° F).


Rio’s water is not considered pure by international standards. Due to liberal use of chlorine in the tap water, it is advisable that you only consume bottled or filtered water.


The official currency of Brazil is the real, plural reais (BRL or R$). Coins are available in denominations ranging from 1 real (R$1) to one real cent (R$0,01).

Mains Electricity

The standard local voltage is 110 – 120 volts. Some buildings (including several hotels) have additional 220-volt power plugs. The current standard is a type N three-pin plug.

Law enforcement

A special police department for tourist-related affairs is available. The “Delegacia Especial de Apoio ao Turismo” or DEAT has a specialized team of officers, detectives and administrative staff. English, French, Spanish, German and Italian are spoken.

DEAT – Delegacia Especial de Apoio ao Turismo (Tourist Police)
Address: Rua Humberto de Campos, 315 – Leblon
Phone: +55 21 2334-6804

Credit and debit cards

Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards are accepted at most restaurants, hotels, banks and shopping malls. American Express and Diners Club are somewhat less popular, but are also accepted in many locations. These cards can also be used to withdraw money from ATMs inside banks such as Banco do Brasil, Bradesco, HSBC, Itaú, and Santander.

Regular business hours

Banks: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Offices: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm or 8am to 5pm.

Street stores: same as above, with the addition of 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Shopping malls: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm; Sunday, 3pm to 9pm.

Restaurants and movie theaters will usually be open for longer hours.

Telephone calls

International calls to Rio de Janeiro: The international direct calling code for Brazil is 55, and the local code for Rio is 21. Therefore, when calling a local number from an international phone, add the +55 21 prefix to the number.

Calls from Brazil to other locations: Intermunicipal calls in Brazil require selecting a phone company to route your call. Choose a “prefixo de operadora” (company prefix) from and dial as follows:

– for calls to other locations in Brazil,
0 + company prefix + location code + phone number
(E.g.: the company prefix for “Vivo” is 15, location code for São Paulo is 11. To call 2222 3333 in São Paulo from Rio, dial 0 15 11 2222 3333);

– for calls from Brazil to other countries,
00 + company prefix + country code + local code and number
(E.g. the country code for the USA is 1. To call the number 333 4444 in area code 212 using the company “Claro,” dial 00 21 1 212 333 4444.)

Consulates in Rio de Janeiro

You can find a list of consulates here:

You can use the event booking code for special prices at the hotels bellow.

Booking code: NATURE

Windsor Leme Hotel
Address: Avenida Atlântica, 656 – Leme,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22010-000.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5400

Windsor Excelsior
Address: Avenida Atlântica, 1800 – Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22021-001.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5800

Windsor Copa
Address: Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, 335 – Copacabana,
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 2020-002.
Phone: +55 21 2195-5300

* The registration will be charged at the exchange rate at the time of payment. According approximately prices are USD and may vary with the exchange rate of the day.

*The registration fee does not include accommodations, which must be booked separately.

Early Registration (Deadline August 23rd)
Students BRL R$ 1.100,00 / $ 275 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 1.760,00 / $ 440 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 2.640,00 / $ 660 USD *

Early Registration with Sugar Loaf Tour on October 18th (Deadline August 23rd)
Students BRL R$ 1.245,20 / $ 312 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 1.905,20 / $ 477 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 2785,20 / $ 697 USD *

Regular Registration (Deadline October 1st)
Students BRL R$ 1.540,00 / $ 385 USD *
Academic BRL R$ 2.200,00 / $ 550 USD *
Industry BRL R$ 3.080,00 / $ 770 USD *

Abstracts submission (Deadline August 23rd)
To submit abstracts and posters click here. The abstract final selection will be informed until September 9th.

Scholarship submission (Deadline postponed to July 1st)
Final result: click here
Serrapilheira Institute will offer 10 scholarships for students and postdoctoral fellows to take part in the upcoming Nature Conference: Advances in Metabolic Communication. The institute will prioritize applications from individuals that have limited access to financial support. The scholarship will offer free admittance to the conference. Abstracts submitted for poster/oral presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. To apply for the scholarship, submit your abstract and fill the form through the link. The scholarship new deadline is July 1st. Instituto Serrapilheira will announce the awardees until July 15th.

NOTE: Applying for this scholarship does not exempt you from having to submit your abstract and register through the Nature Conference platform following the Conference deadlines (link). We just ask you to wait for the scholarship decision prior to do so.

Registration includes:
– Access to all sessions
– Meals and refreshments as indicated on the program
– Program book

About Sugar Loaf
Over a million tourists every year visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. Above sea level, the tour offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.

Registration cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received on or before September 24th, 2019 will be honored with a refund minus a $100 administration fee. Refunds will be credited to the credit card account used for registration. No refunds will be disbursed for cancellations received after September 24th, 2019.

To submit abstracts and posters click here.

For questions regarding registration, please contact:

Register here


About Serrapilheira Institute

Created in 2017, Serrapilheira is a non-profit, private institution which promotes science in Brazil. Its main objective is to finance high-quality research with a focus on knowledge production and science outreach initiatives. We allocate resources to support projects in the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics. An endowment fund of $110 million was set up in 2016.