The complex life of RNA – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The complex life of RNA


Late registration for VIRTUAL participation is possible. Please contact Diah Yulianti for more information.

This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Participants will be requested to show a proof of a negative COVID-19 from a supervised, negative antigen / PCR COVID-19 test, not older than 24 h for antigen and 48 h for PCR tests upon arrival at the venue on the first day only.

Symposium overview

Before the genetic information stored in DNA can be used to direct cell growth and metabolism, it has to be transferred into RNA. Messenger RNAs (mRNAs) that code for proteins and noncoding RNAs are key components in the transmission of genetic information in all life forms – from viruses to complex mammalian organisms. Exciting recent findings now reveal a new layer of information added to RNAs in the form of chemical marks (the epitranscriptome) that play a critical role in gene expression control.

Following the great success of the virtual 2020 edition of this long-standing symposium, we are looking forward to returning to an in-person meeting for 2022, bringing together leaders in the RNA field, post-docs and students, with the aim of disseminating and discussing the most recent results. The programme will include, among others, sessions on transcription, RNA processing and modification, mRNA export and localisation, mRNA surveillance and decay, translation and the control of mRNA expression by microRNAs.

Session topics

  • Co-transcriptional events
  • RNA processing and modification
  • RNA transport and localisation
  • RNA surveillance and decay
  • Translation
  • mRNA regulation

What past participants say about the symposium

“The Complex Life of RNA is the key event in RNA biology. It is incredibly difficult to represent this complex area of knowledge, but the organisers succeeded in decomposing the complexity!” – Alexey Moskovtsev, Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology, Moscow, Russia

“Mind blowing science fresh from the bench and presented by top experts – a truly rewarding experience!” – Peer Staehler, BASF New Business GmbH, Germany

“While I was at The Complex Life RNA symposium held at EMBL, I was able to present my work as a poster to several researchers. One such researcher from Norway got interested in my work and offered to host me for a short term in his lab to enhance my current project. After several correspondences, I was able to design a project that could also potentially start a collaboration between my home lab in India and his lab in Norway. I applied for the EMBO-STF fellowship and I was successful in securing this grant for my visit to Norway. So, I believe, attending this conference was a great boost for my scientific career.” – Preeti Kute, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, India


Keynote speakers

Bernd Bukau

Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)


Elena Conti

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry



Jeffrey A. Chao

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research


Marina Chekulaeva

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine


(Virtual Speaker)

Scientific organisers

Conference organiser


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  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk, and the programme is subject to change.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
  • The programme is subject to change.
Day 1 – Wednesday 12 October 2022
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:00 – 14:00Arrival and registration with light refreshments
12:30 – 13:30Pre-conference workshop “The unbiased characterisation of novel human protein coding genes using Ribosome Profiling” by Immagina Biotechnology S.r.l. (registration required)
14:00 – 14:15Opening remarks by scientific organisers
14:15 – 15:00Keynote lecture:
Should it stay or should it go: the RNA exosome at the crossroads of RNA processing and decay
Elena Conti – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
15:00 – 18:30Session 1 – Co-transcriptional events
Chairs: Reini Luco – Institut Curie, France
Michaela Müller-McNicoll – Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
15:00 – 15:30Real time tracking of transcription translation coupling
Olivier Duss – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
15:30 – 15:45Histone H1 regulates non-coding RNA turnover on chromatin in a m6A-dependent manner
María Gómez – CBMSO (CSIC/UAM), Spain
15:45 – 16:00Understanding the basis of transcription within heterochromatin
Maja Gehre – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), Austria
Not available on demand
16:00 – 16:45Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Elena Conti and Olivier Duss
16:45 – 17:00Pol II pausing as a milestone on the road to complex animals
Alexandra Chivu – Cornell University, USA
17:00 – 17:15Extending the Hox molecular repertoire: from transcription to mRNA splicing
Julie Carnesecchi – Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
17:15 – 17:30A direct interaction between CPF and Pol II links RNA 3ʹ-end processing to transcription
Manuel Carminati – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
17:30 – 17:45U1 snRNP induces a CDK12-dependent checkpoint to protect transcripts from incorrect poly(A) site usage
Jens Bohne – Hannover Medical School, Germany
Not available on demand
17:45 – 18:00Structural basis of non-coding roX RNA remodelling during dosage compensation
Janosch Hennig – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
18:00 – 18:30Flash talk session 1 (2 min, 1 slide)
#49 – Maxime Wery
#91 – Alla Fedorova
#93 – Sebastian Filbeck
#123 – Dagmar Klostermeier
#127 – Pawel Krawczyk
#137 – Szu Shuo Lee
#145 – Braulio Martinez
#151 – Matthias Bastian Miosga
#159 – Tsimafei Navalayeu
#163 – Reini Luco
Not available on demand
18:30 – 19:30Poster viewing
19:30 – 21:00Dinner in EMBL Canteen
21:00 – 22:30Social event: science pub quiz in EMBL Canteen
21:00 – 22:30Social event: after dinner drinks in ATC Foyer
Day 2 – Thursday 13 October 2022
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:15Session 2 – RNA processing and modification
Chairs: Aldema Sas-Chen – Tel Aviv University, Israel
Sara Zaccara – Columbia University, USA
09:00 – 09:30Decoding the epitranscriptome at single molecule resolution
Eva Maria Novoa Pardo – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
09:30 – 09:45The novel nuclease complex PUCH processes piRNA 5’ ends in C. elegans
Nadezda Podvalnaya – IMB Mainz, Germany
09:45 – 10:15RNA processing in the human immune system
Kristen Lynch – University of Pennsylvania, USA
10:15 – 10:45Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Eva Maria Novoa Pardo, Kristen Lynch and Stacy Horner
10:45 – 11:15RNA modifications at the virus-host interface
Stacy Horner – Duke University, USA
Not available on demand
11:15 – 11:30Functional splicing network: systematic approach towards understanding splicing regulation
Malgorzata Ewa Rogalska – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
11:30 – 11:45Molecular bases of m6A regulation by non-canonical readers
Andres Ramos – University College London, UK
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:00The S. cerevisiae m6A-reader Pho92 promotes timely meiotic recombination by controlling key methylated transcripts
Bertrand Séraphin – Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC), France
Not available on demand
12:00 – 12:15Flash talk session 2 (2 min, 1 slide)
#153 – Miha Modic
#171 – Marco Payr
#183 – Diana Ribeiro
#189 – Julian König
#211 – Komal Soni
#217 – Xue Strobl
#221 – Anan Tarabieh
Not available on demand
12:15 – 13:45Lunch with Meet the editors (12:45 – 13:30)
13:45 – 15:00Session 2 – RNA processing and modification (continued)
Chairs: Aldema Sas-Chen – Tel Aviv University, Israel
Sara Zaccara – Columbia University, USA
13:45 – 14:15Mechanism and biology of RNA decay
Stefan Ameres – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
14:15 – 14:45The YTHDF m6A readers are the key mechanism to dynamically regulate m6A mRNA degradation
Sara Zaccara – Columbia University, USA
Not available on demand
14:45 – 15:00HIV-1 infection affects NAD capping of host cell RNA
Hana Cahova – Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS, Czech Republic
15:00 – 15:45Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Stefan Ameres, Clemens Plaschka and Florence Besse
15:45 – 17:30Session 3 – RNA transport and localisation
Chairs: Ina Huppertz – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany
Suzan Ruijtenberg – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
15:45 – 16:15How to recognise and package nuclear mRNA
Clemens Plaschka – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
16:15 – 16:30Material properties of RNP granules are tuned for their in vivo function
Mainak Bose – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:30 – 16:45Hyperphosphorylation of mRNA decapping enzyme DCAP-2 and scaffold protein interactions govern embryonic mRNP condensates
Thomas Duchaine – McGill University, Canada
16:45 – 17:15Transport and remodeling of RNP granules in the nervous system
Florence Besse – Institut de Biologie Valrose, France
Not available on demand
17:15 – 17:30Flash talk session 3 (2 min, 1 slide)
#139 – Tina Lence
#227 – Elise van der Salm
#231 – Ellen van Vroonhoven
#48 – Valerie Hilgers
#52 – Pierre-Emmanuel Gleizes
#60 – Fabien Bonneau
Not available on demand
17:30 – 19:00Poster session 1 (odd)
List of posters
19:00Free evening
Day 3 – Friday 14 October 2022
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 4 – RNA surveillance and decay
Chairs: Niels H. Gehring – University of Cologne, Germany
Sebastian Falk – University of Vienna, Austria
09:00 – 09:30Condensation of a nuclear mRNA export factor regulates mRNA transport during stress
Karsten Weis – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45Dual agonistic and antagonistic roles of ZC3H18 provides for co-activation of distinct nuclear RNA exosome decay pathways
Patrik Polák – Aarhus University, Denmark
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Deadenylation rate does not affect fast RNA degradation in yeast
Cosmin Saveanu – Institut Pasteur, France
10:00 – 10:45Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Karsten Weis
kindly sponsored by Eclipse Bioinnovations
10:45 – 11:00A novel conditional Smg6 mouse model uncovers the role of NMD in circadian timekeeping
David Gatfield – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
11:00 – 11:15Conserved Erh1 protein orchestrates Mmi1 YTH-guided multi-modal mRNA silencing
Auriane Rakitch – Université Grenoble Alpes, France
11:15 – 11:45Synonymous codon usage regulates translation initiation
Olivia Rissland – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
11:45 – 12:00Flash talk session 4 (2 min, 1 slide)
#82 – Vladimir Despic
#96 – Erika Girardi
#112 – Francesco Ielasi
#120 – Wael Kamel
#130 – Sabrina Kueckelmann
#138 – Young-suk Lee
#146 – Santiago Martinez Lumbreras
Not available on demand
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 16:30Session 5 – Translation
Chairs: David Gatfield – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Olivia Rissland – University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
13:30 – 14:00Massively parallel identification of zipcodes in primary cortical neurons
Marina Chekulaeva – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany (Virtual Speaker)
14:00 – 14:15Dynamics of human tRNA repertoires as a function of cell identity
Lexi Gao – Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany
14:15 – 14:30Ribosomal quality control in repeat-associated non-AUG translation of GC rich repeats
Yi-Ju Tseng – University of Michigan, USA
14:30 – 15:15Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Marina Chekulaeva and and Katrin Karbstein
kindly sponsored by Eclipse Bioinnovations
15:15 – 15:45Quality control during ribosome assembly and function
Katrin Karbstein – Scripps Research, USA
15:45 – 16:00Maximizing therapeutic protein yield through human 5′ UTR optimization
Cole Lewis – Yale University, USA
16:00 – 16:15Hypoxic Translation is controlled by 3’UTR and the non-canonical Cap-binding Factor eIF4EHP in D. melanogaster
Clara Hody – Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Not available on demand
16:15 – 16:30Flash talk session 5 (2 min, 1 slide)
#158 – Isabel S. Naarmann-de Vries
#184 – Nina Ripin
#194 – Aldema Sas-Chen
#204 – Sahil Sharma
#220 – Jan-Niklas Tants
#234 – Joseph Waldron
#246 – Roko Zaja
Not available on demand
16:30 – 18:00Poster session 2 (even)
18:00 – 20:00Gala dinner in EMBL Canteen
20:00 – 22:00Social event: after dinner drinks with live music in ATC Foyer
22:00 – 00:00Social event: DJ in ATC Foyer
Day 4 – Saturday 15 October 2022
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:30 – 12:00Session 6 – mRNA regulation
Chairs: Ayala Shiber – Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Jeffrey Chao – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
09:30 – 10:00Imaging the life and death of mRNAs in living cells
Jeffrey Chao – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
10:00 – 10:15Alternative splicing of the stress-sensitive regulator CIRBP tilts the cellular response to infection by a bacterial pathogen
Morgane Corre – École normale supérieure – PSL, France
10:15 – 10:45Deciphering the dynamics of divergent co-translational assembly pathways
Ayala Shiber – Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Not available on demand
10:45 – 11:15Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:
Jeffrey A. Chao, Edouard Bertrand and Bernd Bukau
11:15 – 11:45Single molecule imaging reveals a new mechanism for RNA transport and local translation
Edouard Bertrand – Institute of Human Genetics, France
11:45 – 12:00Mechanism of ribosome-associated mRNA degradation in the tubulin autoregulation pathway
Markus Höpfler – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
12:00 – 12:45Keynote lecture:
Co-translational folding and assembly of newly synthesized proteins revealed by ribosome profiling
Bernd Bukau – Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH) and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
12:45 – 13:00Closing remarks
13:00Packed lunch and departure
14:00Optional: Shuttle bus to Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 1) Tickets can be purchased during the conference for 25 EUR with credit card only

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€700
On-site PhD Student€600
On-site Industry€900
Virtual Academia€175
Virtual PhD Student€125
Virtual Industry€225

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Diah Yulianti for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration fee waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:

– up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or EMBO Workshops

The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.


You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your motivation letter for courses, and abstract for conferences. In your application, you will be asked to answer questions regarding why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the motivation letter or abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6-8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.


Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

See our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and shuttles

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

As further changes in our events are possible due to COVID-19, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until Sunday, 11 September, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code EES22-10 and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreHotel Holländer Hof 
Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding HouseHotel MonptiPremier Inn Heidelberg City

Conference shuttle buses

Conference shuttle buses are free of charge for participants, and depart from designated bus stops near the hotels to EMBL and back, mornings and evenings.

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Staycity Aparthotel (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Premier Inn (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmünzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop)
  • ISG Hotel (Im Eichwald 19)

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.

Download the conference bus schedule here.

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. For further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit Public Transportation to the Venue. For information about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

On-site information


All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.

Charging lockers

There are lockers available next to the stairs leading down into the Auditorium. You will find some of those equipped with sockets to charge your smartphone/tablet etc.

Electricity and charging station

In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). An adaptor and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.). A USB charging station for electronic devices is available at the registration desk.

EMBL merchandise

If you are interested in purchasing an EMBL souvenir (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please ask at the registration desk for more information.

Health and safety notes

Please read EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events.
Do not smoke in any EMBL building.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Auditorium and all laboratories.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • The first aid room is located next to the ATC Registration Desk (room 10- 205).
  • Dial the Emergency number 222 from any EMBL internal phone only.
  • Where is the accident? What happened? How many injured?
  • Emergency number 06221-387 7821 from mobile phones.
  • Please report all accidents to the conference officer at the registration desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or the Emergency number 222 from any internal phone.
  • A loud fire alarm will go off if an evacuation is required. On hearing the alarm leave the building immediately following the escape route and fire wardens and head to one of the meeting points
  • Do not use the lifts.

Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference. Note that the next pharmacy is a 4-minute drive from the EMBL, but for many medications you will be required to see a doctor to get a prescription.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor while in Heidelberg. In any case, the EMBL Course and Conference Office will assist you to get to the pharmacy and a doctor of your choice if necessary.


Wi-Fi is available everywhere on the premises (no password required), just log on to ATC-Guest. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ are kept at the registration desk until the end of the conference.


There are lockers available on-site to store your luggage, which require a 2 EURO coin to operate. There is another luggage room on level E0, which is free to use but remains unlocked during the conference.

Nursing room

There is a nursing room available in the ATC Rooftop Lounge on level A29.


During the conference an EMBL Photographer may be taking photographs. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.


We can help printing your boarding passes/train ticket. Please send it to events@embl.de and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.

Room for prayer, yoga and meditation

There is a room for prayer, mediation and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of other participants using the room.


A variety of activities in Heidelberg can be found on the website of Heidelberg Marketing

Travel to and from the venue

During the event we provide conference shuttle busses to and from EMBL. In addition, there is the public bus 39A that serves the EMBL campus and taxis can be easily booked at any time. Information on the conference shuttle busses can be found on the individual event website and more detailed information on travelling to EMBL can be found on our Travel Information page.

Useful German expressions

Where is the nearest Covid test centre?Wo ist das nächste Covid-Testzentrum?
GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehen
Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryTut mir leid
Excuse me…Entschuldigen Sie
How are you?Wie gehts?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?
What is your nameWie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?
My name isIch heisse
Do you speak EnglishSprechen Sie Englisch?
I don’t understandIch verstehe nicht
Please speak more slowlyKönnen Sie bitte langsamer sprechen
Thank youDankeschön
Where is the toilet?Wo ist die Toilette?
Please call me a taxiBitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi
How do I get to….?Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?
A beer/two beers pleaseEin Bier/zwei Bier bitte
A glass of red/white wine pleaseEin Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte
The menu, pleaseDie Speisekarte, bitte
Is there a local speciality?Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?
I’m VegetarianIch bin Vegetarier
It was deliciousEs war hervorragend
The bill, pleaseDie Rechnung, bitte
I have a headacheIch habe Kopfschmerzen
I have a sore throatIch habe Halsschmerzen
My stomach hurtsIch habe Magenschmerzen
I’m allergic toIch bin allergisch gegen
I need a doctor who speaks EnglishGibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?
Virtual Participation

What’s included?

  • Access to all the livestreamed talks
  • Video library of the recorded talks during and after the event
  • Facility to submit questions

Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.

Event platform

We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.


  • Do not broadcast the conference to unregistered participants.
  • You are encouraged to tweet and post about the event. Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise, but be mindful of unpublished data. 
  • Please do not capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting.

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos in the conference platform for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function in the event platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk in the event platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on the Europe/Berlin time zone, unless otherwise stated. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for Participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


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Bronze sponsors


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Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal


Sponsorship Opportunities

We offer a variety of event sponsoring possibilities, with the flexibility to select a set sponsorship package or combine individual sponsorship options to suit your event budget. Discounts are available for companies sponsoring multiple events at EMBL Heidelberg. View other conferences, or contact sponsorship@embl.de for further information on sponsoring possibilities.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


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Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

Pre-conference workshop

Industry webinar will be hosted by our sponsor Immagina Biotechnology S.r.l. prior to the EMBO | EMBL Symposium: The complex life of RNA

on Wednesday 12 October 2022, 12:30 – 13:30

Participation in this workshop is free of charge for registered conference attendees. The number of available places is limited (first come, first served). All registered conference attendees will receive an email with a registration link.


The unbiased characterisation of novel human protein coding genes using Ribosome Profiling

Speaker: Dr. Marc Eamonn Healy, University of Zürich

Carcinogenesis and progression of cancer is fundamentally based on changes to the genome of the tumor cell which results in a decisive growth advantage. However, those exact genetic changes which lead to faster cell growth can also represent potential targets for molecular therapies. Unfortunately, for many cancer types, the identification of such genes has proven largely unsuccessful. In this light, it may be time to “think outside of the box” when it comes identifying potential novel therapeutic targets. Over the last number of years, it has become clear that mammalian protein-coding genomes are incomplete. Recently, challenges to traditional criteria governing protein annotation have identified thousands of novel protein coding non-canonical open reading frames (ncORFs) which have proven to be essential for a number of critical cellular processes ranging from immunology to cellular survival. Our research aims to explore unchartered genetic areas by comprehensively characterising the ncORFs which are indispensable for the survival of non-transformed and cancer cells. By combining ribosome profiling with loss of function CRISPR-Cas9 screening, we have the ability to define and characterise the complete protein coding capacity of the human genome in an unbiased manner. The emerging field of novel ncORF-encoded proteins has the potential to herald a new chapter in cancer research. The unbiased identification of a completely new database of functional proteins may potentially uncover missing pieces to currently unanswerable molecular questions in cancer biology.

Date: 12 - 15 Oct 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Anne Ephrussi
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Wendy V. Gilbert
      Yale University, USA