Chromatin and epigenetics – Course and Conference Office

EMBL Conference

Chromatin and epigenetics


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.

Conference overview

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.

Session topics

  • Heterochromatin
  • Developmental epigenetics
  • Chromatin regulation
  • Transcription and chromatin defects and diseases
  • Nuclear architecture
  • Single cell genomics

What past participants say about the conference

“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

Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.


Keynote Speaker


Asifa Akhtar

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Marc Bühler

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research


Ibrahim Cissé

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Mary Gehring

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research


Nicola Iovino

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Anne Schäfer

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing


Yi Zhang

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital


Scientific organisers

Asifa Akhtar

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Nicola Iovino

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Conference organiser


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  • Please note that the programme is subject to change. Some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
Day 1 – Monday 15th May 2023
Time (Berlin/Europe)SpeakerLocation
12:30 – 14:30Arrival and RegistrationATC Registration Desk
13:00-14:00Pre-conference workshop: “Single molecule biology: democratizing optical tweezers to enable your breakthrough discoveries in chromatin biology and epigenetics” by LUMICKS B.V. (registration required)
Courtyard room
14:30 – 16:50Session 1: Chromatin Regulation
Chairs: Yang Shi and Wendy Bickmore
14:30 – 14:45Opening remarks
Nicola Iovino – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
14:45 – 15:10Genome-wide mapping of chromatin dynamics
Steven Henifkoff – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:10 – 15:25Repair of double strand breaks in Drosophila polycomb bodies
Aniek Janssen – University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:25 – 15:40A regulator of RNA Polymerase III embedded in the tDNA chromatin proteome
Fred van Leeuwen – Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:40 – 16:05Epigenetic dynamics during plant reproduction
Mary Gehring – Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:05 – 16:50Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers of Day 1
Steven Henikoff, Mary Gehring, Gary Karpen, Robin Allshire, Marc Bühler
Auditorium Foyer
16:50 – 19:05Session 2: Heterochromatin
Chairs: Yehudit Bergman and Alexander Stark
16:50 – 17:15New insights into formation, organization and function of heterochromatin condensates
Gary Karpen – University of California, Berkeley, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:15 – 17:30Coordination of chromatin functions and genome stability by the nuclear membrane protein Lem2
Sigurd Braun – Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:30 – 17:45The bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 is a molecular glue targeting BRD4 to centromeric chromatin
Samuel Corless – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:45 – 18:10Epigenetic Regulation, Heterochromatin and Antifungal Resistance
Robin Allshire – University of Edinburgh, UK
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
18:10 – 18:25VIRTUAL
Linker histone H1 differentially impacts the Polycomb chromatin landscape at genes and telomeric repeats in Arabidopsis
Fredy Barneche – Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
**remote speaker**
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
18:25 – 18:40DiMeLo-seq: mapping protein-DNA interactions and DNA modifications on single chromatin fibers using long-read sequencing
Nicolas Altemose – Stanford University, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
18:40 – 19:05The ChAHP complexes
Marc Bühler – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
19:05 – 20:30DinnerEMBL Canteen
20:30 – 22:00Drinks and poster previewATC Foyer and Helix A&B
Day 2 – Tuesday 16th May 2023
Time (Berlin/Europe)SpeakerLocation
8:30 – 9:00Coffee and light refreshmentsAuditorium Foyer
9:00 – 12:30Session 3: Developmental epigenetics
Chairs: Gary Karpen and Raffaella Santoro
9:00 – 9:25Epigenetic regulation by the MSLs: old complex, new facts
Asifa Akhtar – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:25 – 9:50Mechanism and function of PRC1 and PRC2 in mouse gastrulation
Yi Zhang – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:50 – 10:05The Tbx factor Eomes instructs global chromatin dynamics during pluripotency exit to initiate first lineage specification
Sebastian Arnold – University of Freiburg, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
10:05-10:20Signal decoding at the Xist locus
Edda Schulz – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
10:20 – 11:05Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers of Day 2
Asifa Akhtar, Yi Zhang, Nicola Iovino, Rong Fan, Yehudit Bergman, Ibrahim Cissé, Efrat Shema
Auditorium Foyer
11:05 – 11:30Epigenetics of early development
Nicola Iovino – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:30 – 11:45Molecular timetable of differentiation in human pluripotent stem cells
Maria Rostovskaya – Babraham Institute, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:45 – 12:00Uncovering how the genome directs development – mother to daughter cell regulation of chromatin and gene expression in C. elegans embryogenesis
Julie Ahringer – University of Cambridge, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
12:00 – 12:15Soma-to-germline small RNA transfer promotes intragenerational survival to environmental stress
Germano Cecere – Institut Pasteur, France
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
12:15 – 12:30RNA pol I shapes the large-scale chromatin architecture in response to nutrients in C. elegans
Daphne Cabianca – Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, Germany
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
12:30 – 14:30Lunch Auditorium Foyer
13:30 – 15:30Poster Session I (odd numbers)Helix A & B
15:30 – 18:25Session 4: Single cell genomics and microscopy
Chairs: Asifa Akhtar and Cornelis Murre
15:30 – 15:55Epigenetic programming of allelic extinction
Yehudit Bergman – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:55 – 16:10Genome-wide profiling of DNA repair detects higher-order coordination in single cells
Jop Kind – Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:10 – 16:40Coffee Break & Meet the Editors
Tiago Faial, Linda Koch, Sara Osman, Sabrya Carim, Lavinia Arseni, Vitor Sousa
Auditorium Foyer
16:40 – 17:05Spatial Epigenome Sequencing of Mouse and Human Brain
Rong Fan – Yale University, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:05 – 17:30Single-molecule and single-cell epigenetics: Decoding the epigenome for cancer research and diagnostics
Efrat Shema – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:30 – 17:55Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells
Ibrahim Cissé – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
17:55 – 18:10TET activity propagates cellular memory through embryonic dormancy
Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
18:10 – 18:25The Drosophila acetyltransferase chameau (chm) promotes starvation resilience at the expense of a shortened life span
Axel Imhof – Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
18:25 – 20:00DinnerEMBL Canteen
20:00 – 22:00Pub quiz with after dinner drinksEMBL Canteen
Day 3 – Wednesday 17th May 2023
Time (Berlin/Europe)SpeakerLocation
8:30 – 9:00Coffee and light refreshmentsAuditorium Foyer
9:00 – 17:25Session 5: Transcription and chromatin and diseases
Morning Chairs: L. Stirling Churchman and Robin Allshire
Afternoon Chairs: Steven Henifkoff and Julie Ahringer
9:00 – 9:25Chromatin regulation in immuno-oncology
Yang Shi – Ludwig Cancer Research, UK
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:25 – 9:40Transcription restart stimulates chromatin reassembly following DNA replication
Constance Alabert – University of Dundee, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:40 – 9:55Nucleosomal Asymmetry Regulates Reader Recruitment and Poising at Bivalent Domains
Philipp Voigt – Babraham Institute, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:55 – 10:20Decoding regulatory networks in human development: one cell at a time
Sarah Teichmann – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
10:20 – 11:05Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers of Day 3
Yang Shi, Paola Scaffidi, L.Stirling Churchman, Sarah Teichmann
Auditorium Foyer
11:05 – 11:30Epigenetic dysregulation and cancer evolution
Paola Scaffidi – Francis Crick Institute, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:30 – 11:45Intrinsic transcription factor cooperativity in reconstituted naïve embryonic chromatin
Peter B. Becker – Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:45 – 12:00H4K16ac activates the transcription of transposable elements and contributes to their cis-regulatory function
Pradeepa Madapura – Queen Mary University of London, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
12:00 – 14:00LunchAuditorium Foyer
13:00 – 15:00Poster Session II (even numbers) Helix A & B
15:00 – 15:25RNA Polymerase II pausing temporally coordinates cell cycle progression and erythroid differentiation
L. Stirling Churchman – Harvard Medical School, USA
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:25 – 15:40An RNA-dependent and phase-separated active subnuclear compartment safeguards repressive chromatin domains
Raffaella Santoro – University of Zurich, Switzerland
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:40 – 15:55Chromatin ubiquitylation in development and disease
Peter Verrijzer – Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:55 – 16:20Epigenetic mechanisms of microglia‑driven neurodegeneration
Anne Schäfer – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany
**remote speaker**
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:20 – 16:35Chem-map profiles drug binding to chromatin in cells
Zutao Yu – University of Cambridge, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:35 – 16:50The Sex-specific Factor SOA Establishes X Chromosome Dosage Compensation in Anopheles Mosquitos
Claudia Keller Valsecchi – Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB Mainz), Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:50 – 17:00Poster Prize AnnouncementsKlaus Tschira Auditorium
17:00 – 17:20Coffee BreakAuditorium Foyer
Free evening
Day 4 – Thursday 18th May 2023
Time (Berlin/Europe)SpeakerLocation
8:30 – 9:00Coffee and light refreshmentsAuditorium Foyer
9:00 – 16:40Session 6: Nuclear architecture
Morning Chairs: Ibrahim Cissé and Paola Scaffidi
Afternoon Chairs: Nicola Iovino and Yi Zhang
9:00 – 9:25Enhancer-promoter contacts – depends how you look at it
Wendy Bickmore – The University of Edinburgh, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:25 – 9:40Chromosome-scale organization of the regulatory genome in the Drosophila nervous system
Maria Cristina Gambetta – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:40 – 9:55In vitro reconstitution of chromatin domains
Marieke Oudelaar – Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
9:55 – 10:20Decoding transcriptional regulation
Alexander Stark – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
10:20 – 11:05Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers of Day 4
Wendy Bickmore, Alexander Stark, Cornelis Murre, Haruhiko Koseki, Genevieve Almouzni
Auditorium Foyer
11:05 – 11:20Structural basis of H3K36 trimethylation by SETD2 during chromatin transcription
Lucas Farnung – Harvard Medical School, USA
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:20 – 11:35Recycling of modified H2A-H2B provides short-term memory of chromatin states
Valentin Flury – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:35 – 11:50Poster Prize Short talk 1:

Alternative splicing decouples local from global PRC2 activity
Niccolò Arecco, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
11:50 – 12:05Poster Prize Short talk 2:

Histone divergence in Trypanosoma brucei results in unique
alterations in nucleosome structure

Gauri Deak, University of Edinburgh, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
12:05 – 13:35LunchCanteen
13:35 – 14:00Molecular Mechanisms that Instruct Nuclear Shape
Cornelis Murre – University of California, San Diego, USA
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
14:00 – 14:15DNA elements tether Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 to translate histone methylation into chromatin folding
Yuri Schwartz – Umeå University, Sweden
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
14:15 – 14:30Genome access is transcription factor specific and defined by nucleosome position
Ralph Grand – Center for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH), DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
14:30 – 14:55SKP1A links Polycomb-repressed genes with proteasome
Haruhiko Koseki – RIKEN, Japan
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
14:55 – 15:25Coffee BreakAuditorium Foyer
15:25 – 15:40Nucleosome sliding in condensed chromatin
Felix Mueller-Planitz- Institute for physiological chemistry TU Dresden, Germany
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:40 – 15:55Chromosome structure regulated by a transcription-dependent RNA polymer gel
Nick Gilbert – The University of Edinburgh, UK
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
15:55 – 16:40Histones variants and friends, a state of play for shaping chromatin and cell fate
Keynote speaker: Geneviève Almouzni – Institut Curie, France
Not available on demand
Klaus Tschira Auditorium
16:40 – 17:00Closing remarksKlaus Tschira Auditorium
17:00 – 18:00ApéritifATC Foyer
18:00 – 20:30Conference DinnerEMBL Canteen
20:30 – 00:00Conference Party – Live DJ and drinksAuditorium Foyer

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 (live streamed and on demand) and the facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€775
On-site PhD Student€675
On-site Industry€975
Virtual Academia€200
Virtual PhD Student€150
Virtual Industry€250

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.

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.

Childcare grant (EMBO Workshops only)

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.


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 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 AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel Meininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel Monpti

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:

  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier, Kurfürsten-Anlage 23
  • Leonardo Hotel (Bergheimer Str.)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz
  • Peterskirche
  • ISG Hotel
  • Staycity Aparthotels

Here are the shuttle bus times for EMBL Conference: Chromatin and epigenetics.

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

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 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

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


Silver sponsor

Bronze sponsors


Event sponsor

Arima Genomics

Cell Research

New England Biolabs GmbH

Media partners

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


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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Pre-conference workshop

Pre-conference workshop

For on-site participants only.

This industry webinar will be hosted by our sponsor LUMICKS B.V. prior to the EMBL Conference: Chromatin and Epigenetics

on Monday 15 May 2023, 13:00 – 14:00

Participation in this workshop is free of charge for registered on-site 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 towards the end of April.


Single molecule biology: democratizing optical tweezers to enable your breakthrough discoveries in chromatin biology and epigenetics

Roman Renger, Emma Verver, Philipp Rauch
LUMICKS B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The structure, regulation, maintenance, and organization of chromatin is critical to cellular function. Errors in the underlying molecular mechanisms play a major role in diseases such as cancer. Hence, insights into the molecular details are needed to advance our understanding, improve biological models, and develop novel therapeutics. Dynamic single-molecule technologies offer an exciting opportunity to meet these challenges and to study protein dynamics, function and activity in real time.

In this workshop, we present our efforts for enabling discoveries in the field of chromatin and epigenetics research. With the C-Trap®, we provide an easy-to use instrument that combines optical tweezers, fluorescence microscopy and microfluidics. It allows to visualize the interaction and activity of individual protein complexes with and on chromatin in real time, assemble chromatin structures in situ and to directly measure the mechanical forces that determine chromatin architecture.

We will cover several example studies in which our technology, biochemistry and data analysis solutions enhanced the understanding of chromatin biology, ranging from DNA damage repair to CRISPR-Cas based gene editing to nucleosome remodeling and even the mechanical properties of individual chromatin fibers to complete chromosomes.

Date: 15 - 18 May 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Asifa Akhtar
    Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
    • Yehudit Bergman
      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
      • Nicola Iovino
        Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany

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