Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
EMBO | EMBL Symposium
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for testing and other requirements if attending the on-site event.
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This symposium aims to bring together a diverse group of scientists to discuss phenotypic, developmental and transgenerational plasticity from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, focusing on its underlying molecular mechanisms and its role in driving evolutionary novelty. The meeting is designed to provide an interactive platform for scientists who share a common interest in plasticity but usually do not meet, within an intensive conference setting.
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
The University of Edinburgh
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Southern California
University of Cambridge
University of Pennsylvania
University of California, Berkeley
National University of Singapore
Tel Aviv University
Alfred Wegener Institute
Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Konstanz
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|12:00 – 13:30||Registration and light refreshments|
|13:30 – 14:00||Opening remarks|
|14:00 – 17:45||Session 1|
|14:00 – 14:30||What’s cooler than being cool? (Ice cold!)|
Oded Rechavi – Tel Aviv University, Israel
|14:30 – 14:45||A clonal plant acquires transgenerational stress resistance in nature|
Meret Huber – University of Münster, Germany
|14:45 – 15:15||Studying patterns of multitrait change in diatoms (and other phytoplankton)|
Sinead Collins – University of Edinburgh, UK
|15:15 – 16:00||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
Oded Rechavi, Meret Huber and Sinead Collins
|16:00 – 16:30||Spit Happens! Insect feeding elicit ecologically-relevant plasticity in their host plants|
Ian Baldwin – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
|16:30 – 16:45||Nutritional control of appendage development in a sea anemone|
Jaroslav Ferenc – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
|16:45 – 17:00||Light and food interplay controlling phenotypic plasticity in sea urchin larvae|
Maria Cocurullo – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy
|17:00 – 17:30||Environmental regulation of choanoflagellate cell state transitions|
Nicole King – University of California, Berkeley, USA (Virtual speaker)
|17:30 – 17:45||Morphological plasticity in an animal ancestor and the evolution of cell differentiation in animals|
Victoria Shabardina – Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain
|17:45 – 18:30||Meet the speakers with:|
Ian Baldwin, Jaroslav Ferenc, Maria Cocurullo and Victoria Shabardina
|18:30 – 20:00||Dinner|
|20:00 – 21:30||After dinner drinks in ATC Rooftop Lounge|
|09:15 – 14:45||Session 2|
|09:15 – 09:45||Odor preference learning and inheritance in Bicyclus anynana butterflies|
Antonia Monteiro – National University of Singapore, Singapore
|09:45 – 10:00||Mechanisms underlying the evolution of phenotypic plasticity|
Suhrid Ghosh – Harvard University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
|10:00 – 10:15||Developmental phenomics suggests that H3K4 monomethylation confers multi-level phenotypic robustness|
Lautaro Gandara – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
Antonia Monteiro, Suhrid Ghosh and Lautaro Gandara
|10:45 – 11:15||Phenotypic plasticity in Daphnia: from molecules to ecosystems|
Ralph Tollrian – Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
|11:15 – 11:30||Mosquitoes, love, memory: mechanisms toward a lifetime of behavior in Aedes aegypti females|
Leah Houri-Zeevi – Rockefeller University, USA
Not available on demand
|11:30 – 12:00||Evolution of novel metabolic pathways|
Shelley Copley – University of Colorado Boulder, USA
|12:00 – 12:15||The role of glycolytic flux-signaling in regulation of developmental timing|
Hidenobu Miyazawa – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|12:15 – 13:45||Lunch and Meet the speakers with:|
Ralph Tollrian, Leah Houri-Zeevi, Shelley Copley and Hidenobu Miyazawa
|13:45 – 14:15||Developmental plasticity and transgenerational inheritance: from molecular mechanisms to canalization|
Ralf Sommer – Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen, Germany
Not available on demand
|14:15 – 14:30||Diet-dependent maternal provisioning of ribosomes controls intergenerational plasticity of C. elegans growth|
Sigma Pradhan – Institute of Cell Biology-University of Bern, Switzerland
|14:30 – 14:45||The role of gene expression plasticity during recurrent altitudinal divergence|
Aglaia Szukala – Austrian Research Centre for Forests, Austria
|14:45 – 15:30||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
Ralf Sommer, Sigma Pradhan and Aglaia Szukala
|15:30 – 16:30||Session 3|
|15:30 – 15:45||Phenotypic diversity of diel rhythms reveals disconnect between behavior, circadian clock, and metabolism in a marine worm|
Sören Häfker – Max Perutz Labs – University of Vienna, Austria
Not available on demand
|15:45 – 16:15||Plasticity and sociality: Hormonal gatekeeping via the blood brain barrier governs complex behavior in ants|
Karl Glastad – University of Pennsylvania, USA
|16:15 – 16:30||Developmental plasticity as a predisposing factor for tumorigenesis|
Ilaria Panzeri – Van Andel Institute, USA and Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
|16:30 – 18:00||Poster session 1 (all posters) and Meet the speakers with: Sören Häfker, Karl Glastad and Ilaria Panzeri|
|18:20 – 19:50||Optional: Heidelberg Old Town tour with an English speaking tour guide (registration required)|
|09:15 – 14:15||Session 3 continued|
|09:15 – 09:45||“Non-genetic” sources of phenotypic variation: transgenerational plasticity, bet hedging and epigenetic mechanisms in marine stickleback|
Lisa Shama – Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany (Virtual talk)
Not available on demand
|09:45 – 10:00||Parental behavioural tolerance and exposure to ocean acidification influences the offspring transcriptional response in a coral reef fish|
Sneha Suresh – Swire Institute of Marine Science and The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
|10:00 – 10:45||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
|10:45- 11:00||Self-organisation of plasticity and specialisation in a primitively social insect|
Adolfo Alsina – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal
|11:00 – 11:15||Ecological and molecular mechanisms underlying extreme growth variation|
Abderrahman Khila – Institute of Functional Genomics (IGFL), France
|11:15 – 11:45||Epigenetic inheritance – models and mechanisms|
Anne Ferguson-Smith – University of Cambridge, UK
Not available on demand
|11:45 – 13:15||Lunch and Meet the speakers with:|
Adolfo Alsina and Abderrahman Khila
|13:15 – 13:45||Regulatory networks link phenotypic plasticity to evolvability|
Franjo Weissing – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
|13:45 – 14:00||Understanding cellular decisions in latent space|
Paul Francois – McGill University, Canada
|14:00 – 14:15||Multiple molecular events determine stochastic cell-fate switching in a eukaryotic system|
Naomi Ziv – Tel Aviv University, Israel
|14:15 – 15:00||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
Franjo Weissing, Paul Francois and Naomi Ziv
|15:00 – 16:30||Session 4|
|15:00 – 15:30||Directing RNA traffic to adjust gene expression in response to environmental challenge|
Richard Roy – McGill University, Canada
Not available on demand
|15:30 – 15:45||The evolution of canalisation in artificial gene networks|
Ata Kalirad – Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen, Germany
|15:45 – 16:15||Nutritional stress and plasticity in the proteome|
Benjamin Tu – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Not available on demand
|16:15 – 16:30||Dynamic control of yeast cell response and survival to periodic stress by the metabolic environment|
Fabien Duveau – CNRS / École normale supérieure de Lyon, France
|16:30 – 18:15||Poster session 2 (all posters) and Meet the speakers with: Richard Roy, Ata Kalirad, Benjamin Tu and Fabien Duveau|
|18:15 – 19:45||Dinner|
|19:45 – 21:30||Live jazz music and drinks in ATC Rooftop lounge|
|09:15 – 10:45||Session 4 continued|
|09:15 – 09:45||The interplay between metabolism and gene expression: a tale of worms and bugs|
Marian Walhout – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
|09:45 – 10:15||Insights into genotype-by-environment interaction from chromosome synthesis|
Ian Ehrenreich – University of Southern California, USA
|10:15 – 10:45||Brainstorming session|
|10:45 – 11:15||Coffee break and Meet the speakers with:|
Marian Walhout and Ian Ehrenreich
|11:15 – 12:00||Discussion session|
|12:00 – 12:15||Closing remarks and poster prize|
|12:15||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 complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Iva Gavran for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.
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.
Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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:
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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.
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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.
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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 25 September 2022, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code EES22-12 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|
|Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding House||Meininger Heidelberg||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
|Hotel Holländer Hof||Hotel Monpti|
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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.
Date: 26 - 29 Oct 2022
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: Closed
Registration (On-site): Closed
Registration (Virtual): Closed
Contact: Iva Gavran
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