Cancer Genomics – Course and Conference Office

EMBL Conference

Cancer Genomics


EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that this conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.

Conference Overview

This conference will provide an opportunity to learn about and keep up to date with the rapidly progressing area of cancer genomics. It will cover presentations from cancer genome projects, the areas of cancer functional genomics, systems biology, cancer immunogenomics and epigenomics, cancer mouse models and the translation and clinical impact of obtained scientific results. The meeting will bring together leading scientists from across these areas for a unique opportunity to interact and stimulate further integration of these efforts.

Session Topics

  • Mutation and clonal selection in normal tissues
  • Genomic instability and mutational processes
  • Cancer evolution and drivers
  • Emerging technologies in cancer genomics
  • Cancer ecosystems, microenvironment and immunogenomics
  • Cancer genome medicine

What past participants say about the conference:

EMBL provided a wonderful opportunity for the exchange and application of new ideas within the OMICs cancer research. A great conference!” – Angelica Boldt, Postgraduate Program in Genetics, Department of Genetics, Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Argentina

This is the third time I have attended this conference. I keep coming back because of the quality of work presented, the expectation that presenters discuss their latest findings and the meeting having the optimal number of attendees.” – Sean Grimmond, University of Melbourne, Australia


Keynote Speaker


Holger Heyn

Holger Heyn

Centre for Genomic

Regulation (CNAG-CRG)


Fran Supek

Fran Supek

Institute for Research

in Biomedicine


Scientific Organisers

Conference Organiser

Maryann Heck

EMBL Heidelberg


Chris Stocks

EMBL Heidelberg



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  • The virtual conference includes live-streamed invited speaker talks and live-streamed selected short talks with live Q&A sessions after each talk as well as meet the speaker sessions.
  • All digital poster presenters are encouraged to upload a recorded flash talk
    or narration with their digital poster and to schedule video calls during poster session times.
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided 1 week before the start of the event.

All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.

To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the programme time and your city into the Time Zone Converter.

Day 1 – Monday 22 November 2021
14:00-14:10Opening remarks
14:10-15:25Virtual Session 1:
Mutation and clonal selection in normal tissues
14:10-14:40The mutational landscape of human somatic
and germline cells

Raheleh Rahbari – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
14:40-14:55Selected short talk
14:55-15:25Monogenic and polygenic inheritance become instruments
for clonal selection

Po-Ru Loh – Harvard Medical School, USA
15:40-16:25Keynote: Talk title to be announced
Peter Campbell – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
16:25-16:30Transition to Meet the speakers
16:30-17:00Meet the speakers from Session 1 in Zoom rooms
17:00-18:00Virtual Poster Session 1
(live chats and video calls with poster presenters)
18:15-20:15Virtual Session 2:
Genomic instability and mutational processes
18:15-18:45Patterns in local mutation density in cancer genomes
Fran Supek – Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain
18:45-19:00Selected short talk
19:00-19:30Talk title to be announced
Nuria Lopez-Bigas – Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain
19:30-19:45Selected short talk
19:45-20:15Talk title to be announced
Jan Korbel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
20:25-20:55Meet the speakers from Session 2 in Zoom rooms
20:55-21:30Virtual Speed Networking
(Rotating through 5-min meet ups
in groups of 2-3 people in a breakout room)
Day 2 – Tuesday 23 November 2021
Time Speaker
13:15-13:45Career fireside chat (optional)
Panelists sharing career advice with PhD/Postdoc participants
14:00-16:30Virtual Session 3:
Cancer evolution and drivers
14:00-14:30Talk title to be announced
Seishi Ogawa – Kyoto University, Japan
14:30-14:45Selected short talk
14:45-15:00Selected short talk
15:00-15:30Talk title to be announced
Christina Curtis – Stanford University, USA
15:45-16:15Stalled development through altered epigenetic states
at the root of oncohistone pathogenicity
Nada Jabado – McGill University, Canada
16:15-16:30Selected short talk
16:30-16:35Transition to Meet the speakers
16:35-17:05Meet the speakers from Session 3 in Zoom rooms
(short talks speakers to be grouped)
17:05-18:05Virtual Poster Session 2
(live chats and video calls with poster presenters)
18:20-19:50Virtual Session 4:
Emerging technologies in cancer genomics
18:20-18:50Talk title to be announced
Marcin Imilienski – Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
18:50-19:05Selected short talk
19:05-19:35Single-cell and spatially-resolved
tumor immune microenvironments
Holger Heyn – Centre for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG), Spain
19:35-19:50Selected short talk
20:00-20:30Meet the speakers from Session 4 in Zoom rooms
20:30-21:30Live Music and Virtual Bar Mixer
(Rotating through 15-min meet ups in groups of 4-6 people

in a breakout room plus live music)
Day 3 – Wednesday 24 November 2021
13:15-13:45Meet the Editors (optional)
14:00-16:30Virtual Session 5:
Cancer ecosystems, microenvironment and

14:00-14:30Understanding of cancer genotype-phenotype association
using organoid technology
Toshiro Sato – Keio University, Japan
14:30-14:45Selected short talk
14:45-15:00Selected short talk
15:00-15:30Talk title to be announced
Dan Landau – Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
15:45-16:15Germline immune variants influence tumor
immunotherapy outcomes
Hannah Carter – University of California, San Diego, USA
16:15-16:30Selected short talk
16:30-16:35Transition to Meet the speakers
16:35-17:05Meet the speakers fro Session 5 in Zoom rooms
17:20-19:20Virtual Session 6:
Cancer genome medicine
17:20-17:50Talk title to be announced
Elli Papaemanouil – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
17:50-18:05Selected short talk
18:05-18:35Talk title to be announced
Moritz Gerstung – EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
18:35-18:50Selected short talk
18:50-19:20Understanding mutational landscapes in metastatic cancer
Edwin Cuppen – UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
19:20-19:30Closing remarks
19:30-20:00Meet the speakers Session 6 in Zoom rooms

Practical Information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, digital poster sessions and online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event. For further information please refer to the FAQ page):

Academia190 Euro
PhD Student140 Euro
Industry240 Euro
EMBL StaffIntranet access

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Maryann Heck 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.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.

Abstract submission

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract.  Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.

When submitting your abstract you can also 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.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Registration Fee Waivers

All academic and student registrants are invited to apply for a registration fee waiver, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme. The registration fee waiver covers the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Conference participants are not required to pre-pay the registration fee to be selected for a fee waiver for a virtual meeting. If you have already paid the registration fee and are awarded a fee waiver, it will be reimbursed after the meeting. Course participants are required to pay the course fee in advance, which will then be reimbursed after the recipient has attended the course.

Childcare Grants

For participants and speakers with childcare responsibilities there is the possibility to apply for a grant, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme, to offset childcare costs incurred when participating at a virtual event. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or childcare facility or travel costs for a care giver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts have been received. Attendance at the event is required in order to be eligible to receive the reimbursement. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.


Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal* (for the submission of abstracts for conferences or the submission of motivation letters for courses) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference or course.

For conferences, if you are not submitting an abstract, you can still apply for financial assistance in the submission portal. Take a look at the instructions for applying for financial assistance.

Note that priority will be given to those submitting an abstract to present at the conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, and, for registration fee waivers, the reasons 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.

*For some events, applications for Childcare Grants will still be done by email. Information about the grant will be sent out shortly after the abstract/motivation letter deadline. Please contact the event Conference Officer if you have any questions.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. Results will be announced approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the event start date. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Registration fee waiver selection is based on your current work or study location, your motivation for applying, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career. Childcare grants are allocated based on career stage, with priority given to early stage researchers.

Further details

A list of external funding opportunities can be found here, and information on attending a conference as an event reporter here.

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

Virtual Participation Guidelines


Please do:

  • Use the event-specific hashtag as communicated during the event for any related tweets
  • Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise
  • Be mindful of unpublished data
  • Be respectful in tone and content

Please don’t:

  • Share Slack, live stream or poster session links with others
  • Broadcast the conference to unregistered participants
  • Capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting unless presenter gives explicit consent
  • Use offensive language in your posts
  • Engage in rudeness or personal attacks

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 events Slack workspace for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Questions during and after the talks can be asked in live streaming platform. The chair moderates the questions and shares them with the speaker. If time runs out or you think of a question later, you can use Slack to ask your questions in the dedicated session channels or via direct message.

Time zone

The programme is planned based on Central European Summer Time (CEST), unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accomodate as many timezones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.

Virtual event platforms

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


Media Partnership

Molecular Systems Biology, 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.

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 sponsoring@embl.de.

Date: 22 - 24 Nov 2021

Location: Virtual


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration: 25 Oct 2021


  • Jan Korbel
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Núria López-Bigas
      Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain

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