Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
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.
The fundamental question of the role of metabolism in development has seen a revival in interest. This is fueled by recent work, shedding new light onto previously unrecognized roles of metabolism. This work revealed the intricate relationship between energy flux, spatial and temporal control of metabolites, the environment and embryogenesis. This emerging view is stimulating research designed to answer fundamental questions including: How does the cellular machinery process information linked to the flow of energy and matter? How does metabolic activity impact and constrain the emergence of form and function? What are the physicochemical properties of developing systems?
Answering these questions requires interdisciplinary approaches, including researchers from disparate fields such as developmental biology, genetics, epigenetics, ecology, physics and math. Currently, researchers engaged in the field lack a common platform. The workshop “Developmental Metabolism- flows of energy, matter, and information” will create an intellectual space to exchange ideas across disciplines and help form a vibrant, diverse community at the interphase between developmental biology, molecular metabolism, mathematics and physics.
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
New York University
The University of Luxembourg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Groningen
Weizmann Institute of Science
Imperial College London
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Imperial College London
Technische Universität Dresden
Harvard Medical School
Université de Montréal
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Van Andel Institute
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
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|12:30 – 14:00||Registration and light refreshments|
|14:00 – 14:10||Opening remarks|
|14:10 – 17:05||Session 1|
|14:10 – 14:40||Dependence of gene expression regulators on cellular metabolic rate (Talk title TBC)|
Richard Carthew – Northwestern University, USA
|14:40 – 14:55||Selected short talk 1|
|14:55 – 15:25||How metabolism affects developmental transitions in plants (Talk title TBC)|
Vanessa Wahl – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
|15:25 – 16:05||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|16:05 – 16:35||Development of complex metabolic networks in fluctuating environments: from ecosystem assembly to ontogeny|
Samraat Pawar – Imperial College London, UK
|16:35 – 16:50||Selected short talk 2|
|16:50 – 17:05||Selected short talk 3|
|17:05 – 18:05||Breakout session 1: Discussion in individual groups|
|18:05 – 19:35||Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)|
|19:35 – 21:05||Dinner in Canteen|
|21:05 – 23:00||Welcome reception|
|08:15 – 09:00||Meet the Editors|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 2|
|09:00 – 09:30||Non-equilibrium physics in living systems (Talk title TBC)|
Nikta Fakhri – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
|09:30 – 09:45||Selected short talk 4|
|09:45 – 10:00||Selected short talk 5|
|10:00 – 10:30||Thermodynamics of metabolism (Talk title TBC)|
Massimiliano Esposito – The University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Biophysics of energy metabolism in development|
Xingbo Yang – Harvard University, USA
|11:30 – 11:45||Selected short talk 6|
|11:45 – 12:00||Selected short talk 7|
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 16:00||Session 3|
|13:30 – 14:00||Metabolic control of diapause and growth (Talk title TBC)|
Sider Penkov – TU Dresden, Germany
|14:00 – 14:15||Selected short talk 8|
|14:15 – 14:30||Selected short talk 9|
|14:30 – 15:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|15:00 – 15:30||On metabolic strategies of hibernation (Talk title TBC)|
Matthew Regan – University of Montreal, Canada
|15:30 – 16:00||Metabolic flux dynamics and role on cell cycle (Talk title TBC)|
Matthias Heinemann – University of Groningen, the Netherlands
|16:00 – 17:00||Breakout session 2: Discussion in individual groups|
|17:00 – 18:30||Poster Session 2 (even numbers)|
|18:30 – 20:00||Dinner in Canteen|
|20:00 – 22:00||All poster viewing and after dinner drinks|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 4|
|09:00 – 09:30||The role of metabolites in stem cell maintenance and differentiation (Talk title TBC)|
Carlos Carmona-Fontaine – New York University, USA
|09:30 – 09:45||Selected short talk 10|
|09:45 – 10:00||Selected short talk 11|
|10:00 – 10:30||Metabolism and body axis formation (Talk title TBC)|
Olivier Pourqué – Harvard Medical School, USA
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Eavesdropping on the metabolic crosstalk in marine algal blooms|
Constanze Kuhlisch – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|11:30 – 11:45||Selected short talk 12|
|11:45 – 12:00||Selected short talk 13|
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 16:15||Session 5|
|13:30 – 14:00||How evolutionary forces shape biochemical pathways (Talk title TBC)|
Kirsti Montooth – University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
|14:00 – 14:15||Selected short talk 14|
|14:15 – 14:30||Selected short talk 15|
|14:30 – 15:00||Communication between metabolic and gene regulatory networks (Talk title TBC)|
Marian Walhout – University of Massachusetts, USA
|15:00 – 15:30||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|15:30 – 16:00||Gut homeostasis (Talk title TBC)|
Irene Miguel-Aliaga – Imperial College London, UK
|16:00 – 16:15||Selected short talk 16|
|16:15 – 17:15||Breakout session 2: Discussion in individual groups|
|17:15 – 17:45||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|17:45 – 18:45||Discussion Groups Summary|
|18:45 – 20:15||Conference dinner in the canteen|
|20:15 – 00:00||Conference party|
|09:00 – 11:30||Session 6|
|09:00 – 09:30||Speaker TBC|
|09:30 – 10:00||Mechanisms underlying intergenerational metabolic effects (Talk title TBC)|
Ana Boskovic – EMBL Rome, Italy
|10:00 – 10:15||Selected short talk 17|
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|10:45 – 11:00||Selected short talk 18|
|11:00 – 11:30||Mitochondria in oocyte homeostasis (Talk title TBC)|
Elvan Böke – Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Spain
|11:30 – 11:45||Closing Remarks and Poster Prize|
|11:45 – 12:00||Packed lunch and departure|
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|On-site PhD Student||€350|
|Virtual PhD Student||€150|
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|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|
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Date: 12 - 15 Sep 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: 20 Jun 2023
Registration (On-site): 1 Aug 2023
Registration (Virtual): 5 Sep 2023
Contact: Nathalie Sneider
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