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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

New Approaches and Concepts in Microbiology

Overview

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.

Symposium Overview

This symposium will cover a broad range of topics in microbiology, including antibiotic-related research, bacterial communities and microbiome, cell biology, regulation & signalling, pathogenesis and evolution. Emphasis will be placed on novel approaches and technologies (from systems-based to single-cell) that drive each field or have the potential to revolutionise future research in microbiology.

This meeting is the fifth of its kind, part of a successful series which started in 2013 and held biannually since, becoming a must-attend event for scientists working with bacteria and new technologies. The focus remains on the interface of new technologies and new biology in bacteria, but the thematic areas change and speaker line-ups do not overlap between consecutive symposia.

This symposium aims at bridging the gap between traditional microbiology and novel technologies, by exposing microbiologists to new ways of addressing their hypotheses. At the same time, it provides a platform for systems or technology experts to get a better understanding of the important questions in the field.

Session Topics

  • Bacterial systems biology
  • Cell biology and protein machineries
  • Regulation, signalling and transcriptional networks
  • Pathogenesis and infection
  • Antibiotic action-resistance-persistance
  • Microbial communities / microbiotas / symbiosis
  • Evolution and ecology

Speakers & Discussion Panelists

Carol Gross

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Tam Mignot

French National Centre for Scientific Research, France

Scientific Organisers

Conference Organisers

Lea Hohmann

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Programme

Preliminary Programme

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Day 1 — Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Time (CEST)Speaker
12:45-13:00Opening remarks by scientific organisers
Virtual Session 1: Systems Biology
13:00-13:25Talk title to be announced
Mikhail Savitski – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
13:25-13:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:30-13:45Selected short talk
13:45-13:50Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:50-14:05Selected short talk
14:05-14:25Break
14:25-14:50Talk title to be announced
Saeed Tavazoie – Columbia University, USA
14:50-14:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
14:55-15:10Selected short talk
15:10-15:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:15-15:30Selected short talk
15:30-16:00Meet the speakers
15:30-17:00Digital poster session 1
Virtual Session 2: Environment + Antibiotics
17:00-17:25Talk title to be announced
Julia Vorholt – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
17:25-17:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:30-17:45Selected short talk
17:45-17:50Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:50-18:05Selected short talk
18:05-18:25Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:25-18:50Talk title to be announced
Wilfred van Der Donk – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
18:50-18:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:55-19:10Selected short talk
19:10-19:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
19:15-19:30Selected short talk
19:30-20:00Meet the speakers
20:00-20:45Discussion Session: “Scientific Publishing”
20:45-21:45Optional: Speed networking

Day 2 — Thursday, 8 July 2021
TimeSpeaker
Virtual Session 3: Regulation & Signaling
13:00-13:25Talk title to be announced
Urs Jenal – University of Basel, Switzerland
13:25-13:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:30-13:45Selected short talk
13:45-13:50Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:50-14:05Selected short talk
14:05-14:25Break
14:25-14:50Talk title to be announced
Melanie Blokesch – EPFL, Switzerland
14:50-14:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
14:55-15:10Selected short talk
15:10-15:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:15-15:30Selected short talk
15:30-16:00Meet the speakers
15:30-17:00Digital poster session 2
Virtual Session 4: Cell Biology & Protein machines
17:00-17:25Talk title to be announced
Martin Pilhofer – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
17:25-17:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:30-17:45Selected short talk
17:45-17:50Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:50-18:05Selected short talk
18:05-18:25Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:25-18:50Talk title to be announced
Petra Levin – Washington University in St. Louis, USA
18:50-18:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:55-19:10Selected short talk
19:10-19:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
19:15-19:30Selected short talk
19:30-20:00Meet the speakers
20:00-20:45Discussion Session
20:45-21:30Optional: Bar mixer

Day 3 – Friday, 9 July 2021
TimeSpeaker
Virtual Session 5: Pathogenesis
13:00-13:25Talk title to be announced
Wolf-Dietrich Hardt – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
13:25-13:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:30-13:45Selected short talk
13:45-13:50Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:50-14:05Selected short talk
14:05-14:25Break
14:25-14:50Talk title to be announced
Heran Darwin – New York University School of Medicine, USA
14:50-14:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
14:55-15:10Selected short talk
15:10-15:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:15-15:30Selected short talk
15:30-16:00Meet the speakers
15:30-17:00Digital poster session 3
Virtual Session 6: Microbiome
17:00-17:25Talk titleto be announced
Bärbel Stecher – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
17:25-17:30Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:30-17:45Selected short talk
17:45-17:50Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
17:50-18:05Selected short talk
18:05-18:25Break
18:25-18:50Small molecules from the human microbiota
Michael Fischbach – Stanford University, USA
18:50-18:55Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:55-19:10Selected short talk
19:10-19:15Transition (to setup and switch to the next live talk)
19:15-19:30Selected short talk
19:30-20:00Discussion Session
20:00-20:10Closing remarks by scientific organisers
20:10-20:40Meet the speakers

Practical Information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

Registration Fees 

Academia190 Euro
PhD Student140 Euro
Industry240 Euro
EMBL StaffIntranet access

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a reduced press rate or in some cases for complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Lea Hohmann 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 (only up to 8 weeks before event) and credit card payments.

Abstract submission

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

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:

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest of the title should be in lowercase.

Authors and Affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory details are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email. Mark only one author as the role of First author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be presenting. The order of the authors will be listed as follows: First Author, Co-First Author (alphabetically if multiple), co-author(s) (in the order added by the submitter).

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.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

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 and EMBO. 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 course to the fee waiver recipients.

Childcare Grants
For participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme, to offset childcare costs incurred by participants or speakers 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. A maximum amount of 500 EUR can be awarded per participant selected for the virtual childcare grant. Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts have been received. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.

Application

Registration Fee Waivers

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract for this conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, 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.

Childcare Grants

Participants registered by the abstract deadline will be emailed information about the childcare grants. You should apply for the grant by the deadline specified in the email.

Selection

The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process. 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

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

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. You can find these under ‘resources’ on the conference platform.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function. It is possible to send a direct message to participants, poster presenters, and speakers within the conference platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk on the conference platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

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

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.

Sponsors

Media partners:

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

Wiley

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: 7 - 9 Jul 2021

Location: Virtual


Deadline(s):

Abstract submission: 25 May 2021

Registration: 15 Jun 2021


Contact: Lea Hohmann

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