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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Defining and Defeating Metastasis


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Symposium Overview

This symposium will bring together researchers from diverse fields to enhance our understanding of the dissemination and metastatic colonisation of tumour cells. It will provide a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange on current approaches and future collaborations on metastasis and its therapeutic challenges.

Session Topics

  • Metastasis initiating cells, circulating tumour cells
  • Motility and invasion
  • Transcriptional and epigenetic control of metastasis
  • Metastasis heterogeneity, EMT and plasticity
  • Metastasis signalling and latency
  • Metastasis imaging, tumour microenvironment and immune evasion


Keynote Speakers


Thomas Brabletz

Thomas Brabletz

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg


Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Scientific Organisers

Charles Swanton

Charles Swanton

The Francis Crick Institute and University College London

United Kingdom

Conference Officers


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.

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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

Date: 19 - 22 Jun 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Johanna Joyce
    University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Daniel Klimmeck
      The EMBO Journal, Germany
      • Joan Massagué
        Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
        • Charles Swanton
          The Francis Crick Institute and University College London, UK

        Contact: Maria Bacadare

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