Multiomics to Mechanisms: Challenges in Data Integration – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Multiomics to Mechanisms: Challenges in Data Integration


EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that the conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online. The virtual conference includes talks from invited speakers, short talk presenters, online group discussions and networking opportunities.

Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

Symposium Overview

The current speed at which high-throughput data are produced and the growing number of studies that use not only one but multiple omics technologies on the same samples offers tremendous opportunities for enhancing our molecular understanding of biological systems. One of the biggest challenges in the era of multiomics is the integration and interpretation of the diverse large-scale omics data in a way that provides biological insights. This requires the development of statistical, mathematical and computational tools and – equally important – experimental strategies to follow up on hypotheses generated by large-scale data. Together, these computational and experimental tools will enable us to address novel questions and identify biological mechanisms.

This is the third in series of EMBL|EMBO symposia focusing on challenges and opportunities in data integration. Our goal is to provide a platform for discussing and presenting strategies for multiomics data integration that go beyond descriptive analyses and aim towards mechanistic, biological interpretation. For this we are inviting scientists from different fields that share their enthusiasm for integrating multi-modal data to understand biological systems. Traditionally, the audience of the meeting has been very diverse in terms of biology, yet very united in their interest in discussing about how to integrate and learn from data. Presenters are therefore asked to specifically highlight the integrative aspect of their work and how it helped in understanding biology.

Session Topics

              • Novel high-throughput technologies

              • Statistical methods for data integration

              • Computational tools for data integration

              • Multiomics in single cells

              • Applications of multiomics

              • Applications of metabolomics

              • Applications of proteomics

              • Applications of genomics

              • Mechanistic studies to follow up omics studies


Edda Klipp

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


Scientific Organisers

Conference Officers

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg


Maria Mercedes Bacadare Goitia

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany


Preliminary Programme

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  • The virtual conference includes live-streamed invited speaker talks and live-streamed selected short talks with live Q&A sessions after each talk as well a panel discussion each day and meet the speaker sessions.
  • All digital poster presenters are encouraged to upload a recorded flash talk or narration with their digital poster and to schedule video calls during poster session times.
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided 1 week before the start of the event.

The following times are used in the programme below:

  • Central European Summer Time (CEST): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris
  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): eg. New York, Quebec

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

Day 1 – Wednesday 15 September 2021
Time (EDT)Time (CEST)Speaker
09:00 – 09:1015:00 – 15:10Opening remarks
09:10 – 09:3515:10 – 15:35Talk title to be announced
Thomas Höfer – German Cancer Research Center, Germany
09:35 – 09:5015:35 – 15:50Selected short talk
09:50 – 10:1515:50 – 16:15Talk title to be announced
Christine Vogel – New York University, USA
10:15 – 10:3016:15 – 16:30Break
10:30 – 10:5516:30 – 16:55Talk title to be announced
Amir Ariel – Harvard University, USA
10:55 – 11:1016:55 – 17:10Selected short talk
11:10 – 11:3517:10 – 17:35Talk title to be announced
Katherine Pollard – University of California, San Francisco, USA
11:35 – 11:5017:35 – 17:50Selected short talk
11:50 – 12:2017:50 – 18:20Talk title to be announced
Christina Curtis – Stanford University, USA
12:20 – 12:5018:20 – 18:50Break
12:50 – 13:5018:50 – 19:50Virtual Poster Session 1
13:50 – 14:3519:50 – 20:35Panel Discussion Day 1 Speakers
14:35 – 14:4020:35 – 20:40Transition to Meet the Speakers Day 1 
14:40 – 15:1020:40 – 21:10Meet the Speakers Day 1
15:10 – 15:1521:10 – 21:15Transition over to Virtual Speed Networking
15:15 – 16:0021:15 – 22:00Optional: Virtual speed networking
16:0022:00End of Day 1

Digital posters and pre-recorded talks as well as discussion channels will be available for registered participants throughout the whole virtual meeting.

Day 2 – Thursday 16 September 2021
Time (EDT)Time (CEST)Speaker
09:00 – 09:2515:00 – 15:25Talk title to be announced
Juanma Vaquerizas – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine Muenster, Germany
09:25 – 09:4015:25 – 15:40Selected short talk
09:40 – 10:0515:40 – 16:05Talk title to be announced
Evangelia Petsalaki – EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
10:05 – 10:2016:05 – 16:20Break
10:20 – 10:4516:20 – 16:45Talk title to be announced
Bas Teusink – Amsterdam Institute of Molecular and Life Sciences, The Netherlands
10:45 – 11:0016:45 – 17:00Selected short talk
11:00 – 11:2517:00 – 17:25Talk title to be announced
Tanja Kortemme – University of California, San Francisco, USA
11:25 – 11:4017:25 – 17:40Selected short talk
11:40 – 12:0517:40 – 18:05Talk title to be announced
Stacy Finley – University of California, San Francisco, USA
12:05 – 12:3518:05 – 18:35Break
12:35 – 13:3518:35 – 19:35Virtual Poster Session 2
13:35 – 14:2019:35 – 20:20Panel Discussion Day 2 Speakers
14:20 – 14:2520:20 – 20:25Transition to Meet the Speakers Day 2
14:25 – 14:5520:25 – 20:55Meet the Speakers Day 2
14:55 – 15:0020:55 – 21:00Transition over to Virtual Bar Mixer
15:00 – 16:0021:00 – 22:00Optional: Virtual Bar Mixer
16:0022:00End of Day 2

Digital posters and pre-recorded talks as well as discussion channels will be available for registered participants throughout the whole virtual meeting.

Day 3 – Friday 17 September 2021
Time (EDT)Time (CEST)Speaker
09:00 – 09:2515:00 – 15:25Talk title to be announced
Eran Segal – Weizmann Institute of Science,
09:25 – 09:4015:25 – 15:40Selected short talk
09:40 – 10:0515:40 – 16:05Talk title to be announced
Kyung-Min Noh – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
10:05 – 10:2016:05 – 16:20Break
10:20 – 10:4516:20 – 16:45Talk title to be announced
Edda Klipp – Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
10:45 – 11:0016:45 – 17:00Selected short talk
11:00 – 11:2517:00 – 17:25Talk title to be announced
Ignacia Echeverria Riesco – University of California, San Francisco, USA
11:25 – 11:3517:25 – 17:35Break
11:35 – 12:0017:35 – 18:00Talk title to be announced
Kerwyn C. Huang – Stanford University, USA
12:00 – 12:1518:00 – 18:15Selected short talk
12:15 – 12:4018:15 – 18:40Talk title to be announced
Ivan Marazzi – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
12:40 – 13:1018:40 – 19:10Break
13:10 – 14:1019:10 – 20:10Virtual Poster Session 3
14:10 – 14:5520:10 – 20:55Panel Discussion Day 3 Speakers
14:55 – 15:0020:55 – 21:00Transition to Meet the Speakers Day 3
15:00 – 15:3021:00 – 21:30Meet the Speakers Day 3
15:30 – 15:3521:30 – 21:35Transition over to Closing Remarks
15:35 – 15:4521:35 – 21:45Closing remarks
15:4521:45End of conference

Digital posters and pre-recorded talks as well as discussion channels will be available for registered participants throughout the whole virtual meeting.

Practical information

Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, digital poster sessions and online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event. For further information please refer to the FAQ page):

Academia190 Euro
PhD Student140 Euro
Industry240 Euro
EMBL StaffIntranet access

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Name of CO 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 and credit card payments.

Abstract submission

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

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract.  Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.

When submitting your abstract you can also 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.

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 recipient has attended the course.

Childcare Grants

For participants and speakers with childcare responsibilities there is the possibility to apply for a grant, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO, to offset childcare costs incurred 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. 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.


Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal* (for the submission of abstracts for conferences or the submission of motivation letters for courses) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference or course.

For conferences, if you are not submitting an abstract, you can still apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by following the instructions here. Note that priority will be given to those submitting an abstract to present at the conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, and, for registration fee waivers, the 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.

*For some events, applications for Childcare Grants will still be done by email. Information about the grant will be sent out shortly after the abstract/motivation letter deadline. Please contact the event Conference Officer if you have any questions.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. 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

A list of external funding opportunities can be found here, and information on attending a conference as an event reporter here.

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

Virtual Participation 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 Summer Time (CEST), 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.

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.


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: 15 - 17 Sep 2021

Location: Virtual


Abstract submission: 21 Jul 2021

Application: 18 Aug 2021

Contact: Nathalie Sneider

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