New approaches and concepts in microbiology – Course and Conference Office

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New approaches and concepts in microbiology


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.

Symposium overview

This symposium will cover a broad range of topics in microbiology, featuring diverse research on bacterial physiology, bacterial communities and microbiomes, bacterial–host and –phage interactions, and bacteria in their natural ecological contexts. Emphasis will be placed on novel approaches and technologies (from systems-based to single-cell) that drive each field or have the potential to revolutionise future research in microbiology.

This meeting is the sixth of its kind, part of a successful series which started in 2013 and held biannually since, becoming a must-attend event for scientists working with bacteria and new technologies. The focus remains on the interface of new technologies and new biology in bacteria, but the thematic areas change and speaker line-ups do not overlap between consecutive symposia.

This symposium aims at bridging the gap between traditional microbiology and novel technologies, by exposing microbiologists to new ways of addressing their hypotheses. At the same time, it provides a platform for systems or technology experts to get a better understanding of the important questions in the field.

Session topics

  • Bacterial systems biology
  • Cell biology and protein machineries
  • Regulation, signalling and transcriptional networks
  • Pathogenesis and anti-infectives
  • Phage
  • Microbiomes and microbial interactions
  • Environment and evolution

What past participants say about the conference

The conference tackled all the important topics in current microbiology, with an adequate length and a good variety of presenters. The networking sessions were good as they can be online (without food and drinks) and the discussion panels may have been the highlight for me!”

– Julia Sanchez-Garrido, Imperial College London, UK



Helge Bode

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology


Carol Gross

University of California, San Fransisco


Ruth Ley

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology


Gene-Wei Li

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Daniel Lopez

Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB)


Tâm Mignot

CNRS-Aix Marseille University


Kim Orth

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Feng Shao

National Institute of Biological Sciences


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.
Day 1 – Tuesday 27 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:00 – 13:30Registration and Light refreshments
13:30 – 13:45Opening remarks
13:45 – 14:45Panel discussion: 10 years after –  future & evolution of microbiology meeting(s) at EMBL
Moderator: Pascale Cossart
14:45 – 15:15Coffee Break
15:15 – 19:00Session 1: Systems biology
Session chairs: Christian Ahrens and Jason Peters
15:15 – 15:45Speeding up access and function of microbial natural products
Helge Bode – Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany
Not available on demand
15:45 – 16:15Unravelling metabolic heterogeneity and cross-feeding using metaproteomics and stable isotope labelling 
Stephan Kamrad – University of Cambridge, UK
16:15 – 16:30Co-seq: easy identification of single cell inherited variability unveils the co-existence of distinct phenotypes in pathogenic E. coli
Raya Faigenbaum-Romm – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Not available on demand
16:30 – 17:00Genome-wide CRISPRi-based functional genomic analyses in model Gram positive bacteria (Terrabacteria)
Carol Gross – University of California, San Francisco, USA
17:00 – 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:00Systematic strategies to uncover the Achilles heels of AMR
Nassos Typas – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
18:00 – 18:15Multiomics profiling provides insights into niche adaptation and alternative carbon source preference in Streptococcus pneumoniae
Vincent de Bakker – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
18:15 – 18:45Runaway transcription and its genome-wide impact
Gene Li – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Not available on demand
18:45 – 19:00Genetic interaction landscape of Streptococcus pneumoniae
Lok-To (Chris) Sham – National University of Singapore, Singapore
19:00 – 20:30Dinner in Canteen
20:30 – 23:00Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge & Meet the speakers (only from 20:30-21:00)
Meet the speakers of the day and editors
– Lavinia Arseni (FEBS Letters)
– Achim Breiling (EMBO reports)
– Ieva Gailite (EMBO)
– Paula Jauregui (PLOS)
– Francois Mayer (Nature)
– Ruby Ponnudurai – (Review Commons)
– Cesar Sanchez (Nature)
– Christina Tobin-Kahrstrom (Nature)
Day 2 – Wednesday 28 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:30Session 2: Cell biology and protein machineries
Session chairs: Despoina Mavridou and Kai Thormann
09:00 – 09:30Universal properties of the intrinsic microbial response to temperature fluctuations 
KC Huang – Stanford University, USA
09:30 – 09:45Live tracking of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in lung organoids reveals strong metabolic and biophysical fitness trade-offs
Lucas Meirelles – EPFL, Switzerland
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:15Towards a mechanistic understanding of multicellular behaviors in bacteria
Tâm Mignot – CNRS-Aix Marseille University, France
10:15 – 10:30Physiological adaptation in flagellar architecture improves bacterial chemotaxis in complex environments
Marianne Grognot – RWTH Aachen, Germany; Rowland Institute at Harvard, USA
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30Enabling discovery by in-cell structural biology 
Julia Mahamid – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:30 – 11:45Multi-scale imaging of an Asgard archaeon illuminates the origin of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton
Florian Wollweber – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Livestream only
11:45 – 12:15How E. coli maintains robust cell envelope growth
Waldemar Vollmer – Newcastle University, UK
Not available on demand
12:15 – 12:30Resurrecting ancestral membranes with minimal bacterial cells
James Saenz – TU Dresden, Germany
13:30-14:00Meet the speakers of the day
14:00-15:30Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)
Please see the poster overview here.
15:30-19:00Session 3: Regulation, signalling and transcriptional networks
Session chairs: Kirsten Jung and Benjamin Ezraty
15:30 – 16:00Structural and functional characterization of bacterial membrane microdomains
Daniel Lopez – Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), Spain
16:00 – 16:15Robust Coherent and Synchronized Circadian Clock-Controlled Oscillations along Multicellular Filaments of Anabaena cyanobacteria
Rinat Arbel-Goren – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Not available on demand
16:15 – 16:45Bridging c-di-GMP signalling and biopolymer metabolism in Streptomyces
Natalia Tschowri – Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
16:45 – 17:00How a metabolic thermometer and a transcriptional feedback loop maintain a fluid membrane in Escherichia coli
Greg Bokinsky – TU Delft, The Netherlands
17:00 – 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:00Mechanisms and Evolutionary Dynamics of Bacterial Anti-Phage Defense Systems
Michael Laub – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Not available on demand
18:00 – 18:15Atlas of mRNA translation and decay for bacteria
Lilit Nersisyan – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
18:15 – 18:45New tools for new antibiotics: Machine learning, imaging, and single-cell sequencing
Zemer Gitai – Princeton University, USA
18:45 – 19:00High throughput expression analysis reveals evolution of key virulence pathways in Mtb
Peter Culviner – Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Not available on demand
19:00 – 20:30Dinner in Canteen
20:30 – 22:30Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge
Day 3 – Thursday, 29 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
09:00 – 12:30Session 4: Phage-bacterial interactions
Session chairs: Ditlev Brodersen and Francois Rousset
09:00 – 09:30New mechanisms of anti-phage defense and counter defense
Rotem Sorek – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45Genomics based predictions of phage bacteria interactions at the species level
Aude Bernheim – Pasteur Institute, France
09:45 – 10:00A multitude of diverse anti-retron proteins in phages
Jacob Bobonis – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
10:00 – 10:30Luciano Marraffini – The Rockefeller University, USA
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:15Bacteriophages use noncontiguous operons to avoid autoimmunity from cognate immune systems
Jakob Rostøl – Imperial College London, UK
11:15 – 11:30Identification of factors required for protein import into a bacteriophage nucleus
Claire Kokontis – University of California, San Francisco, USA
11:30 – 12:00Pseudomonas prophages exploit bacterial signaling to modulate phage receptor activity
Karen Maxwell – University of Toronto, Canada
12:00 – 12:15A discovery pipeline for prophage induction-mediated antagonism between natural Vibrio isolates
Julie Chen – Broad Institute / MIT, USA
12:15 – 12:30It’s “parasites all the way down”: Discovery and characterization of phage satellites in bacterial genomes
Jorge Moura de Sousa – Institut Pasteur, France
13:30-14:00Meet the speakers of the day
14:00-15:30Poster Session 2 (even numbers)
Please see the poster overview here.
15:30 – 19:00Session 5: Pathogenesis & Anti-infectives
Session chairs: Alexandre Persat and Karin Strijbis
15:30 – 16:00Unlocking antibiotic persisters during infection
Sophie Helaine – Harvard Medical School, USA
Not available on demand
16:00 – 16:15The antiphage defense system CBASS controls resistance and enables killing by antifolate antibiotics in Vibrio cholerae
Ana Rita Brochado – University of Würzburg, Germany
Not available on demand
16:15 – 16:30Efflux pump gene amplifications bypass necessity of multiple target mutations for resistance against dual-targeting antibiotic
Anupama Khare – National Cancer Institute, USA
Not available on demand
16:30 – 17:00Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a facultative intracellular pathogen: survival, proliferation and escape from host cell
Kim Orth – The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
17:00 – 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 – 18:00Shigella evades pyroptosis by arginine ADP-riboxanation of caspase-11 
Feng Shao – National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
18:00 – 18:15Infection-induced membrane ruffling initiates danger and immune signalling via the mechanosensor PIEZO1
Andrea Puhar – The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, Sweden
18:15 – 18:45Interferon: tug of war between host and pathogen
Charlotte Odendall – King’s College London, UK
Not available on demand
18:45 – 19:00Temporal single-cell RNA sequencing captures macrophage reprogramming by Salmonella
Christoph Toussaint – Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
19:00 – 21:00Dinner
21:00 – 00:00DJ and party
Day 4 – Friday 30 June 2023
09:00 – 12:30Session 6: Microbiomes & Microbial Interactions
Session chairs: Lisa Maier and Caroline Taouk
09:00 – 09:30Codiversification of humans with gut and oral microbiota and their characteristics
Ruth Ley – Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
09:30 – 09:45Gut bacteria wrestle with SUMO in the intestinal arena
David Ribet – University of Rouen, France
09:45 – 10:15Nicole Koropatkin
10:15 – 10:30FISHing for more: visualising the tumour microbiome
Shraddha Shitut – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30Assessing interpersonal differences in gut microbiota metabolism of medical drugs and organic carcinogens
Michael Zimmermann – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:30 – 11:45Mechanisms of gut microbiome remodelling by dietary xenobiotics
Elizabeth Culp – Yale University, USA
11:45 – 12:15Natural Product Antibiotics: Past, Present, Future
Mohammad Seyedsayamdost – Princeton University, USA
12:15 – 12:30The marine vitamin marketplace: B vitamin auxotrophies shape particle-associated microbial communities
Rachel Gregor – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
13:30-14:00Meet the speakers of the day
14:00-15:00Poster Session 3 (further networking)
Please see the poster overview here.
15:00 – 17:00Session 7: Environment & Evolution
Session chairs: Jordi van Gestel and Shaul Pollak
15:00 – 15:30Evolutionary insights to engineering microbial communities
Alvaro Sanchez – Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC), Spain
15:30 – 15:45Bridging Scales: Correlative Measurements of Mass and Metabolism in Single-Cell Microorganisms
Lars Behrendt – Uppsala University, Sweden
15:45 – 16:15Using artificial selection to optimise microbial community function 
Sara Mitri – Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
16:15 – 16:30Pre-antibiotic era plasmids reveal insights into the historical spread of antimicrobial resistance
Andrian Cazares – EMBL-EBI, UK
Not available on demand
16:30 – 16:40Poster Awards and Closing Remarks
Optional: Bus to Frankfurt airport (Terminal 1). Tickets may be purchased onsite for 30 EUR.

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€200
Virtual PhD Student€150
Virtual Industry€250

A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.

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 Lea Hohmann for more information.

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. These are available for on-site participants at EMBL Conferences and EMBO|EMBL Symposia, and for on-site and virtual participants at EMBO Workshops. We are currently working on securing funding for all virtual participants, and ask that you please apply for financial assistance for both on-site and virtual participation. 

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 to an on-site event (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 Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.

–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.

–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for 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.


On-site participants

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract. 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.

Virtual participants

If you are attending virtually, you can apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by the abstract deadline. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance. Only submissions for financial assistance will be accepted. Presentation abstracts cannot be submitted here and will be declined. 

In your application you will be asked to summarise your current work,  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 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 scientific merit, 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

View 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 30 May 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-06 to confirm the exact price of the room

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
Hotel Bayrischer Hof Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
B&B HotelHotel MonptiHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Premier 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)

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map.

Final bus schedule: HERE (please note that the buses on the last day will leave now at 17:00 instead of 17:30 & 17:45) – Updated 16 June

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 buses 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 buses 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

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 onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Bronze sponsors

Event sponsor

Abberior Instruments

Biolog Inc.

Event supporter

The FEBS Letters

Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Letters, a FEBS Press journal

PLOS Biology, a PLOS journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bio Essays, a Wiley Online Library

Advanced Biology, a Wiley Online Library

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.


EMBL wishes to warn sponsors of EMBL conferences and courses of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer sponsorship opportunities on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. One current scam campaign of which we are aware is conducted using the name ‘Judy Eastman’ (judy@gopcontact.a2hosted.com) and entails approaches to sponsors offering sponsorship opportunities on EMBL’s behalf. Please be kindly advised that all relevant communication regarding sponsorship of EMBL conferences, symposia and courses is handled by EMBL directly and is sent from an official EMBL account. EMBL does not work with any external providers on sponsorship acquisition.

Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.

Media kit

Want to let others know you’re attending this event? Take a look at our shareable media and feel free to use them in your social media channels or presentations.

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Date: 27 - 30 Jun 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Pascale Cossart
    Pasteur Institute of Paris, France
    • Sophie Helaine
      Harvard Medical school, USA
      • KC Huang
        Stanford University, USA

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