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.
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence. At least three systems including DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) are considered to play fundamental roles in epigenetic regulation.
Research over the last two decades has uncovered the role of epigenetics in a variety of human disorders and fatal diseases. Moreover influence of age, environment, lifestyle, and disease state on epigenetic states is being increasingly appreciated and actively studied.
This conference provides an international forum for cutting edge research in chromatin and epigenetics. It provides the “focal hub” for people to present their research and exchange ideas. Renowned speakers will cover the latest advances in the field.
“The conference was very thoughtfully organised, and the subject matter allowed me to deepen my knowledge on many interesting levels. It was a valuable experience that I would like to repeat in the future.” – Magdalena, University of Lodz, Poland
“The training provided by EMBL was very fruitful and productive. I would like to be a part of such training in future too and also like to recommend others to be part of it.” – Dr. Laxman Khanal, BPKIHS, Nepal
“Although online, this conference was well-organised with an overall great quality of talks about many novelties. If I can, I will definitely attend the next time, maybe already on-site!” – Tobias Hohl, Max-Planck-Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Germany
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Harvard Medical School
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
University of California, San Diego
Francis Crick Institute
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
Weizmann Institute of Science
Ludwig Cancer Research
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital
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|12:30 – 14:25||Registration and light refreshments|
|14:25 – 14:40||Opening remarks|
|Session 1: Chromatin Regulation|
|14:40 – 15:05||Genome-wide mapping of chromatin dynamics|
Steven Henifkoff – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
|15:05 – 15:20||Selected:|
|15:20 – 15:35||Selected:|
|15:35 – 16:00||Epigenetic dynamics during plant reproduction|
Mary Gehring – Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA
|16:00 – 16:45||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|Session 2: Heterochromatin|
|16:45 – 17:10||New insights into formation, organization and function of heterochromatin condensates|
Gary Karpen – University of California, Berkeley, USA
|17:25 – 17:40||Selected:|
|17:40 – 18:05||Epigenetic Regulation, Heterochromatin and Antifungal Resistance|
Robin Allshire – University of Edinburgh, UK
|18:05 – 18:20||Selected:|
|18:20 – 18:35||Selected:|
|18:35 – 19:00||The ChAHP complexes|
Marc Bühler – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
|19:00 – 21:00||Welcome reception drinks with tapas dinner and poster preview|
|Session 3: Developmental epigenetics|
|9:00 – 9:25||Asifa Akhtar – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany|
|9:25 – 9:40||Selected:|
|9:40 – 9:55||Selected:|
|9:55 – 10:20||Yi Zhang – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, USA|
|10:20 – 10:35||Selected:|
|10:35 – 10:50||Selected:|
|10:50 – 11:15||Nicola Iovino – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany|
|11:15 – 12:00||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|Session 4: Single cell genomics and microscopy|
|12:00 – 12:25||Spatial Epigenome Sequencing of Mouse and Human Brain|
Rong Fan – Yale University, USA
|12:25 – 12:40||Selected:|
|12:40 – 12:55||Selected:|
|12:55 – 13:55||Lunch|
|13:55 – 15:55||Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)|
|15:55 – 16:20||Decoding regulatory networks in human development: one cell at a time|
Sarah Teichmann – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
|16:20 – 16:35||Selected:|
|16:35 – 16:50||Selected:|
|16:50 – 17:15||Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells|
Ibrahim Cissé – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
|17:15 – 17:30||Selected:|
|17:30 – 17:45||Selected:|
|17:45 – 18:15||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|18:15 – 18:30||Selected:|
|18:30 – 18:45||Selected:|
|18:45 – 20:00||Dinner|
|20:00 – 22:00||Science pub quiz with after dinner drinks|
|Session 5: Transcription and chromatin and diseases|
|9:00 – 9:25||Chromatin regulation in immuno-oncology|
Yang Shi – Ludwig Cancer Research, UK
|9:25 – 9:40||Selected:|
|9:40 – 9:55||Selected:|
|9:55 – 10:20||Single-molecule and single-cell epigenetics: Decoding the epigenome for cancer research and diagnostics|
Efrat Shema – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|10:20 – 10:50||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|10:50 – 11:15||Epigenetic dysregulation and cancer evolution|
Paola Scaffidi – Francis Crick Institute, UK
|11:15 – 11:30||Selected:|
|11:30 – 11:45||Selected:|
|11:45 – 12:45||Lunch|
|12:45 – 14:45||Poster Session 2 (even numbers)|
|14:45 – 15:10||RNA Polymerase II pausing temporally coordinates cell cycle progression and erythroid differentiation|
L. Stirling Churchman – Harvard Medical School, USA
|15:10 – 15:25||Selected:|
|15:25 – 15:40||Selected:|
|15:40 – 16:05||Anne Schäfer – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany|
|16:05 – 16:20||Selected:|
|16:20 – 16:35||Selected:|
|16:35 – 17:05||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|17:05 – 17:10||Poster Prize Announcements|
|From 17:10||Free evening|
|Session 6: Nuclear architecture|
|9:00 – 9:25||Wendy Bickmore – The University of Edinburgh, UK|
|9:25 – 9:40||Selected:|
|9:40 – 9:55||Selected:|
|9:55 – 10:20||Decoding transcriptional regulation|
Alexander Stark – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
|10:20 – 10:35||Selected:|
|10:35 – 10:50||Selected:|
|10:50 – 11:35||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|11:35 – 11:50||Poster Prize Short talk 1|
|11:50 – 12:05||Poster Prize Short talk 2|
|12:05 – 13:35||Lunch|
|13:35 – 14:00||Molecular Mechanisms that Instruct Nuclear Shape|
Cornelis Murre – University of California, San Diego, USA
|14:00 – 14:15||Selected:|
|14:15 – 14:30||Selected:|
|14:30 – 14:55||SKP1A links Polycomb-repressed genes with proteasome|
Haruhiko Koseki – RIKEN, Japan
|14:55 – 15:25||Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers|
|15:25 – 16:10||Selected:|
|16:10 – 16:25||Selected:|
|16:25 – 17:10||Histones variants and friends, a state of play for shaping chromatin and cell fate|
Keynote speaker: Geneviève Almouzni – Institut Curie, France
|17:10 – 17:30||Closing remarks|
|17:30 – 18:30||Apéritif with canapes|
|18:30 – 20:30||Conference dinner|
|20:30 – 00:00||Conference party|
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 PhD Student||€675|
|Virtual PhD Student||€150|
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 Charlotte Courtney for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
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.
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.
The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.
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.
For EMBO Workshop participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at a conference. Eligible costs include fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. A maximum amount of €500 can be awarded per participant applying for an EMBO childcare grant. In order to apply for this grant for EMBO Workshops, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.
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.
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.
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 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 14th April 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code CHR23-01 to confirm the exact price of the room.
|Hotel Anlage||Hotel ibis Heidelberg||Premier Inn Heidelberg City|
|Hotel Bayrischer Hof||ISG Hotel||Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg|
|B&B Hotel||Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre||Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg|
|Exzellenz Hotel||Meininger Heidelberg||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
|Hotel Holländer Hof||Hotel Monpti|
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:
View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
In case of fire …
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 using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.
‘’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.
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 email@example.com and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.
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.
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.
|Good morning||Guten Morgen|
|Good afternoon||Guten Tag|
|Good evening||Guten Abend|
|Good night||Gute Nacht|
|I’m sorry||Tut 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 name||Wie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?|
|My name is||Ich heisse|
|Do you speak English||Sprechen Sie Englisch?|
|I don’t understand||Ich verstehe nicht|
|Please speak more slowly||Können Sie bitte langsamer sprechen|
|Where is the toilet?||Wo ist die Toilette?|
|Please call me a taxi||Bitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi|
|How do I get to….?||Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?|
|A beer/two beers please||Ein Bier/zwei Bier bitte|
|A glass of red/white wine please||Ein Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte|
|The menu, please||Die Speisekarte, bitte|
|Is there a local speciality?||Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?|
|I’m Vegetarian||Ich bin Vegetarier|
|It was delicious||Es war hervorragend|
|The bill, please||Die Rechnung, bitte|
|I have a headache||Ich habe Kopfschmerzen|
|I have a sore throat||Ich habe Halsschmerzen|
|My stomach hurts||Ich habe Magenschmerzen|
|I’m allergic to||Ich bin allergisch gegen|
|I need a doctor who speaks English||Gibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?|
Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.
We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.
Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.
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.
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.
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.
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 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.
Development, a The Company of Biologists journal
EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal
International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
FEBS Letters, a FEBS Press journal
FEBS Open Bio, a FEBS Press journal
FEBS Journal, a FEBS Press journal
Open Biology, a Royal Society journal
Bio Essays, a Wiley Online Library
Advanced Biology, a Wiley Online Library
Nature, a Nature Portfolio journal
Nature Genetics, a Nature Portfolio journal
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Date: 15 - 18 May 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: Closed
Registration (On-site): 3 Apr 2023
Registration (Virtual): 8 May 2023
Contact: Charlotte Courtney
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