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Drosophila Genetics and Genomics – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Practical Course

Drosophila Genetics and Genomics

Overview

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

Course Overview

The fruit fly Drosophila has played a leading role in the discovery and dissection of basic biological processes, uncovering general principles of development, evolution and disease. Almost a century of research has generated a powerful genetic toolbox that provides a unique arsenal of methods that can tackle almost any biological question. This, combined with exciting new technologies developed in recent years have changed the way Drosophila research is conducted, enabling biologists to address questions that were impossible to study before. 

The course has three main objectives:

– First, to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, by providing an up-to-date overview and hands-on training of contemporary and classic topics, spanning state-of-the-art techniques in genetics, imaging, and genomics. Participants will obtain an essential knowledge base combined with practical training, forming a launch-pad for their research.

– Second, to stimulate the exchange of ideas between established and early-career scientists, enabling participants to better direct their research trajectory.

– Third, to provide networking opportunities, hence fostering collaborations and career development.

The new course combines interactive theoretical discussions that have been successfully used to train generations of Drosophila researchers for nearly 30 years combined with cutting-edge experimental approaches taught by experts in the field.


Audience

The course is aimed at PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers who are using Drosophila to answer diverse research questions.

Speakers and Trainers

Speakers

Mounia Lagha

Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier

France

Pavel Tomancak

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Germany

Trainers

Ana Cristina Costa Veloso

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

Germany

Deepak Dharmadhikari

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Germany

Scott Gratz

Brown University

USA

Baekgyu Kim

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Miguel Ladum

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Portugal

Stefano Secchia

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Rajan Thakur

Brown University

USA

Rita Valente

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Portugal

Scientific Organisers

Casey Bergman

University of Georgia

USA

Justin Crocker

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Eileen Furlong

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Scott Hawley

Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA

Course Organisers

Iva Gavran

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Elisabeth Wintersteller

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Programme

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  • The virtual course includes recorded online lectures, interactive sessions and student presentations

The following times are used in the programme below:

  • Central European Time (CET): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam Paris
  • Eastern Standard Time (EST): eg. New York, Quebec

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

Day 1 – Monday 11 January 2021

Topic: Introduction to Drosophila as a model for biology and evolution

12:45-13:00 (CET)
06:45-07:00 (EST)
Welcome and check-in
13:00-14:00 (CET)
07:00-08:00 (EST)
Ice breaker – flash talks
14:00-14:25 (CET)
08:00-08:25 (EST)
Using Drosophila in biomedical research
Andreas Prokop – The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)
14:25-14:50 (CET)
08:25-08:50 (EST)
Drosophila functional and evolutionary genomics
Amanda Larracuente – University of Rochester, USA
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)
14:50-15:15 (CET)
08:50-09:15 (EST)
Break
15:15-16:15 (CET)
09:15-10:15 (EST)
Interactive Session: How to design a genetic mating scheme
Andreas Prokop – The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Group exercise
16:15-16:30 (CET)
10:15-10:30 (EST)
Break
16:30-17:30 (CET)
10:30-11:30 (EST)
Student presentations
17:30-18:15 (CET)
11:30-12:15 (EST)
Virtual social programme
Speed networking
18:15 (CET)
12:15 (EST)
End of day 1 – Continued group work, access to networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks
Day 2 – Tuesday 12 January 2021

Topic: Drosophila genetics and genome engineering

12:45-13:00 (CET)
06:45-07:00 (EST)
Overview of the day
13:00-13:25 (CET)
07:00-07:25 (EST)
Genetic screens and Mosaic Analysis in Drosophila
Ruth Lehmann – New York University School of Medicine, USA
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)
13:25-13:50 (CET)
07:25-07:50 (EST)
RNAi and CRISPR tools for Functional Genomics studies in Drosophila cell lines
Norbert Perrimon – Harvard Medical School, USA
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)
13:50-14:15 (CET)
07:50-08:15 (EST)
In vivo CRISPR in flies
Kate O’Connor-Giles, Rajan Thakur, Scott Gratz – Brown University, USA
Interactive workshop
14:15-14:45 (CET)
08:15-08:45 (EST)
Networking break 
14:45-15:45 (CET)
08:45-09:45 (EST)
Interactive Session
Group exercise
15:45-16:00 (CET)
09:45-10:00 (EST)
Break
16:00-17:00 (CET)
10:00-11:00 (EST)
Student presentations
17:00 (CET)
11:00 (EST)
End of day 2 – Continued group work, access to networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks
Day 3 – Wednesday 13 January 2021

Topic: Advanced Imaging in Drosophila

12:45-13:00 (CET)
06:45-07:00 (EST)
Overview of the day
13:00-13:30 (CET)
07:00-07:30 (EST
Advanced Imaging in Drosophila
Pavel Tomancak – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
Interactive Session
13:30-14:00 (CET)
07:30-08:00 (EST
Imaging transcription, translation, and beyond
Mounia Lagha – Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier, France
Interactive Session
14:00-14:30 (CET)
08:00-08:30 (EST)
Break
14:30-15:00 (CET)
08:30-09:00 (EST)
Imaging across scales
Justin Crocker – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Interactive Session
15:00-15:45 (CET)
09:00-09:45 (EST
Panel session
15:45-16:00 (CET)
09:45-10:00 (EST
Group photo
Break
16:00-17:00 (CET)
10:00-11:00 (EST)
Student presentations
17:00 (CET)
11:00 (EST)
End of day 3 – Continued group work, access to networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks
Day 4 – Thursday 14 January 2021

Topic: Transcriptional regulation and single-cell genomics

12:45-13:00 (CET)
06:45-07:00 (EST)
Overview of the day
13:00-13:25 (CET)
07:00-07:25 (EST
Transcriptional Regulation in Drosophila
Robert Zinzen – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)
13:25-13:50 (CET)
07:25-07:50 (EST
Single Cell Genomics
Eileen Furlong – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Live talk
13:50-14:15 (CET)
07:50-08:15 (EST)
Networking break for virtual pub quiz
14:15-14:45 (CET)
08:15-08:45 (EST)
Genomics at single-cell resolution: open discussion on experimental and computational strategies
Ana Veloso – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany and Stefano Secchia – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Interactive Session
14:45-15:00 (CET)
08:45-09:00 (EST
Break
15:00-16:00 (CET)
09:00-10:00 (EST
Wrap-up session: Genetic mating scheme
Andreas Prokop – The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
16:00-17:00 (CET)
10:00-11:00 (EST)
Student presentations
17:00 (CET)
11:00 (EST)
End of day 4 – Continued group work, access to networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks
Day 5 – Friday 15 January 2021

Topic: Using Drosophila species diversity to understand biology

12:45-13:00 (CET)
06:45-07:00 (EST)
Overview of the day
13:00-14:15 (CET)
07:00-08:15 (EST)
Drosophila species diversity, a reservoir of natural variation to address evolutionary questions
Nicolas Gompel – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)


Intraspecific variation: Opportunities and limitations of functional characterization

Christian Schlötterer – University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)


Drosophila symbionts and immunity

Luis Teixeira – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Live Q&A (based on material in pre-recorded talk)

14:15-14:30 (CET)
08:15-08:30 (EST)
Break
14:30-15:45 (CET)
08:30-09:45 (EST
Networking activities
Group exercise
15:45-16:00 (CET)
09:45-10:00 (EST
Break
16:00-17:00 (CET)
10:00-11:00 (EST)
Student presentations
17:00-17:15 (CET)
11:00-11:15 (EST)
Closing remarks
17:15 (CET)
11:15 (EST)
End of course – Continued access to networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks for 2 weeks after the start of the event

 

Additional information

Application is no longer possible. The course was limited to 20 participants.

Registration Fees (included admission and all course materials):

Academia125 Euro
PhD Student125 Euro
Industry225 Euro

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Technical Requirements

Below you will find the software and technical requirements for this course. You will need admin rights to be able to install the software on your computer and we recommend you try this before the course. If you do not have admin rights, please contact your technical support team in advance to make sure the software can be installed.

Internet requirements

  • Client computer with fast and stable internet access for the live virtual sessions
  • Minimum: 50 mbit download and 10 mbit upload (suitable for pre-recorded lectures)
  • Preferred: 100 mbit download and upload (at your host institute )

Additional Software

A networking platform like eCampus will be used to collaborate, communicate and network with all of the course participants. All participants will receive information on how to join shortly before the course. We recommend using Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox browsers for eCampus. 

A classroom application like Zoom will be used for the live talks and Q&A sessions. More information will be provided closer to the start of the course.

Other Information

While using the software during the course, please make sure you have nothing else using your bandwidth. We recommend using a wired connection.

Virtual Participation Guidelines

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 Time (CET), 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.

Sponsors

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.

Date: 11 - 15 Jan 2021

Location: Virtual


Deadline(s):


Contact: Elisabeth Wintersteller


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