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EMBO | EMBL Symposium
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 terms and conditions.
For late registration please contact Maryann Heck.
This symposium provides a discussion platform for all scientists interested in the biology of infection. Cell biologists, microbiologists and immunologists will discuss in joint sessions recent progress in our understanding of host-pathogen interactions. Talks will focus on common processes, rather than particular infectious agents or host cell types, and the strategies of all major types of pathogens in their interaction with plants and animals will be covered. A better understanding of infectious diseases will come from the simultaneous analysis of microbial and host variables, which may open new avenues for treatment and prevention strategies.
“This was my first conference at EMBL. It was well organised and I loved it! The topics covered under the umbrella of innate immune response were diverse. As a beginner in the field of immunology, this conference has cleared up lots of concepts.” – Sadaf Sulman, University of Leicester, UK
“The meeting had a great balance of breadth and depth, presenting the most current work in host-pathogen interactions.” – Elizabeth Hartland, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
“EMBL conferences are always of exceptional quality. It was no different this time. I had an amazing experience and was able to network effectively.” – Sudeep Bhushal, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
Imperial College London
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
University of Exeter
The Hospital for Sick Children
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
University of Birmingham
The University of British Columbia
Weill Cornell Medicine
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
University of Birmingham
National Institutes of Health
University of Geneva
Weizmann Institute of Science
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
National Institute of Biological Sciences
University of Zurich
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|11:45 – 13:15||Registration and Lunch|
|13:15 – 13:30||Opening remarks|
|13:30 – 14:30||Keynote lecture 1|
Fanning the Flames: Pyroptosis in Viral and Bacterial Infection
Judy Lieberman – Harvard Medical School, USA
|14:30 – 18:00||Session 1: Sensing pathogens|
|14:30 – 15:00||Pyroptosis in antibacterial and antitumor immunity|
Feng Shao – National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
|15:00 – 15:15||Structural basis of membrane targeting and coatomer assembly by human GBP1|
Tanja Kuhm – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
|15:15 – 15:30||Mechanism of cGAS-like receptor (cGLR) signaling in animal innate immunity|
Yao Li – Harvard Medical School / Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA
|15:30 – 16:00||Layers of immunity: Deconstructing the Drosophila effector response|
Bruno Lemaitre – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
|16:00 – 16:30||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|16:30 – 17:00||Biochemical mechanisms of plant NLRs|
Jijie Chai – Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
|17:00 – 17:15||The FACT-ETS-1 Antiviral Response (FEAR) Pathway broadly restricts RNA and DNA viruses and is antagonized by poxvirus A51R proteins|
Don Gammon – UT Southwestern, USA
|17:15 – 17:30||A wheat resistosome defines common principles of immune receptor channels|
Alexander Förderer – Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
|17:30 – 18:00||Origin of innate immunity mechanisms in bacterial defense against phages|
Rotem Sorek – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|18:00 – 18:30||Pre-dinner drinks|
|18:30 – 20:00||Dinner|
|20:00 – 21:30||Social event: Science Quiz|
|08:15 – 09:00||Meet the journal editors session|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 2: The cell biology of infection|
|09:00 – 09:30||Molecular mechanisms of innate immunity and inflammatory cell death, PANoptosis|
Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA
|09:30 – 10:00||How cells defend against invasive bacteria |
Felix Randow – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
|10:00 – 10:15||Transertion is used for bile-mediated localized expression and assembly of Vibrio parahaemolyticus T3SS2 |
Kim Orth – HHMI-Janelia Research Campus / UT Southwestern , USA
|10:15 – 10:30||Gasdermin D-mediated permeabilization of phagolysosomal compartments orchestrates inflammasome activation and pyroptosis|
Monica Varela – Leiden University, The Netherlands
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Title to be confirmed|
Wendy Barclay – Imperial College London, UK
|11:30 – 12:00||Perception mechanisms and roles of phytocytokines|
Cyril Zipfel – University of Zurich, Switzerland
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 16:30||Session 3: Fungus-host interactions|
|13:30 – 14:00||Phaeohyphomycosis and Human DECTIN-1 Deficiency|
Rebecca Drummond – University of Birmingham, UK
|14:00 – 14:15||Innate defenses protect the host against the activities of microbial toxins through short secreted peptides that are not antimicrobial peptides|
Dominique Ferrandon – Guangzhou Medical University/SFHI, China/Université de Strasbourg UPR9022 du CNRS, France
|14:15 – 14:30||Training a pathogen: uncovering the evolutionary mechanisms of host adaptation in a human fungal pathogen|
Zoe Hilbert – University of Utah, USA
|14:30 – 15:00||Title to be confirmed |
Iliyan Iliev – Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
|15:00 – 15:30||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|15:30 – 16:00||Immune Evasion by a Lethal Fungal Pathogen|
Robin May – University of Birmingham, UK
|16:00 – 16:15||Exploiting allelic compatibility in plant paired NLRs to facilitate engineering of new pathogen effector recognition specificities|
Adam Bentham – John Innes Centre, UK
|16:15 – 16:45||Something old and something new: innate regulation of adaptive immunity through Dectin-1 |
Gordon Brown – University of Aberdeen, UK
|16:45 – 17:15||Flash talks|
|17:15 – 19:15||Poster Session 1 (odd)|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 4: Cell-autonomous immunity|
|09:00 – 09:30||The Dictyostelium discoideum E3 ubiquitin ligase TrafE coordinates endolysosomal damage response and cell-autonomous immunity to Mycobacterium marinum.|
Thierry Soldati – University of Geneva, Switzerland
|09:30 – 10:00||Listeriolysin O induces a phagosome stress response during Listeria monocytogenes growth in spacious vacuoles|
John Brumell – The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
|10:00 – 10:15||Host driven cholesterol modifications provide innate immunity against bacterial and viral pathogens|
David Heisler – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
|10:15 – 10:30||A type-IV secreted effector from Legionella pneumophila suppresses small RNA-guided gene silencing in human cells to enable disease|
Justine Toinon – Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, France
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Cell autonomous defense of the intestinal epithelium by cell death pathways|
Russell Vance – University of California, Berkeley, USA
|11:30 – 12:00||Title to be confirmed|
Nick Talbot – The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
|12:00 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 16:45||Session 5: Pathological consequences of infection and inflammation|
|13:30 – 14:00||Caspase-7 activates ASM to repair gasdermin and perforin pores|
Ed Miao – Duke University, USA
|14:00 – 14:15||Identification of UBE2L3 & E3 ligases that limit inflammation via mixed ubiquitylation and proteasomal turnover of pro-IL-1β|
Avinash Shenoy – Imperial College London, UK
|14:15 – 14:30||A family of Conserved Shigella effectors dampens IFN responses by blocking Calcium signalling|
Charlotte Odendall – King’s College London, UK
|14:30 – 15:00||License to stay: how human cytomegalovirus disrupts, evades and exploits the host|
Melanie Brinkmann – Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
|15:00 – 15:30||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|15:30 – 16:00||Uncovering key elements involved in the internalization of extracellular dsRNA in insects|
Carla Saleh – Institut Pasteur, France
|16:00 – 16:15||Naturally acquired immunity to malaria is characterized by epigenetic reprogramming of innate immune cells|
Jason Nideffer – Stanford University, USA
|16:15 – 16:45||IFN-γ dependent remodeling of the pulmonary innate compartment enhances control of respiratory pathogens|
Alan Sher – National Institutes of Health, USA
|16:45 – 17:15||Flash talks|
|17:15 – 19:15||Poster Session 2 (even)|
|19:15 – 23:00||BBQ & Live Music (Lazy Fur)|
|09:00 – 13:15||Session 6: Microbiota and pathogen control|
|09:00 – 09:30||Title to be confirmed |
Ruth Ley – Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
|09:30 – 10:00||Title to be confirmed |
Cara Haney – University of British Columbia, Canada
|10:00 – 10:15||Intercrypt Sentinel Macrophages Induce a Tunable Antibacterial NFκB Response in Intestinal Epithelial Cells via TNF|
Annika Hausmann – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
|10:15 – 10:30||Oxygen levels regulate gut microbiota and ILC3 responses|
Marco Vinolo – Unicamp, Brazil
|10:30 – 11:00||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers|
|11:00 – 11:30||Circadian control of enteric virus infection through rhythmic host innate immune response|
Julie Pfeiffer – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
|11:30 – 11:45||An IBD-associated pathobiont collaborates with NSAID to promote inflammation and cell death in the susceptible host via the caspase-8/NLRP3 axis|
Raminder Singh – University College Cork, Ireland
|11:45 – 12:15||Innate mucosal defense against Salmonella gut infection|
Wolf-Dietrich Hardt – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
|12:15 – 13:15||Keynote lecture 2|
Goblet cell mucus provide the first line of defense
Gunnar Hansson – University of Gothenburg, Sweden
|13:15 – 13:30||Closing Remarks and Poster Prize|
|13:30 – 13:45||Packed Lunch and departure|
On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures, meals and coffee breaks. Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.
Virtual registration fees include access to all of the talks (livestreamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.
|On-site PhD Student||€600|
|Virtual PhD Student||€125|
NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.
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 Maryann Heck for more information.
Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.
On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.
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Only registered participants attending the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.
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. The same login credentials are used for both processes.
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.
Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.
Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.
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The travel grant will cover the cost of travel (airfare, train, bus, taxi, accommodation, visa, and/or registration fees*) and is provided up to specified caps which are normally as follows:
– up to €400 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or EMBO Workshops
The organisers may reduce the grant cap to accommodate more participants. Recipients will be notified of their travel cap amount when they are informed of the outcome of their application. Original receipts must be provided with your signature for all costs incurred within two months of completion of travel. Scanned copies cannot be accepted.
You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract for conferences. In your application, you will be asked to answer questions regarding 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.
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the motivation letter or abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately 6-8 weeks before the event start date, however for some events this may be delayed. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Selection is based on your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career.
Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.
As further changes in our events are possible due to COVID-19, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.
The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until Thursday 16 June 2022, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code EES22-08 and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.
|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|
|Hotel Holländer Hof||Hotel Monpti||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
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|Good morning||Guten Morgen|
|Good afternoon||Guten Tag|
|Good evening||Guten Abend|
|Good night||Gute Nacht|
|I’m sorry||Tut mir leid|
|Excuse me…||Entschuldigen Sie|
|How are you?||Wie geht’s?|
|I’m fine thanks. And you?||Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?|
|What is your name||Wie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?|
|My name is||Ich heisse|
|Do you speak English||Sprechen Sie Englisch?|
|I don’t understand||Ich verstehe nicht|
|Please speak more slowly||Können Sie bitte langsamer sprechen|
|Thank you||Danke schön|
|Where is the toilet?||Wo ist die Toilette?|
|Please call me a taxi||Bitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi|
|How do I get to….?||Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?|
|A beer/two beers, please||Ein Bier/zwei Bier bitte|
|A glass of red/white wine please||Ein Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte|
|The menu, please||Die Speisekarte, bitte|
|Is there a local speciality?||Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?|
|I’m Vegetarian||Ich bin Vegetarier|
|It was delicious||Es war hervorragend|
|The bill, please||Die Rechnung, bitte|
|I have a headache||Ich habe Kopfschmerzen|
|I have a sore throat||Ich habe Halsschmerzen|
|My stomach hurts||Ich habe Magenschmerzen|
|I’m allergic to||Ich bin allergisch gegen|
|I need a doctor who speaks English||Gibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?|
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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.