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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Innate immunity in host-pathogen interactions


Symposium Overview

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.

Session Topics

  • Sensing pathogens
  • The cell biology of infection
  • Fungus-host interactions
  • Cell-autonomous immunity
  • Pathological consequences of infection and inflammation
  • Microbiota and pathogen control

What Past Participants Say about the Symposium

“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


Keynote speaker


Jijie Chai

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research


Cara Haney

University of British Columbia


Bruno Lemaitre

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Ruth Ley

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology


Alan Sher

National Institutes of Health


Scientific Organisers

Bernhard Hube

Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute


Feng Shao

National Institute of Biological Sciences


Conference Organiser

Maryann Heck

EMBL Heidelberg



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: 17 - 20 Jul 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Bernhard Hube
    Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute, Germany
    • Julie Pfeiffer
      University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
      • Felix Randow
        MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

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