The cellular mechanics of symbiosis – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The cellular mechanics of symbiosis


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.

Symposium overview

Host-microbe interactions can be positive or negative for both a host organism and its symbiotic microbes. Interacting with microbes can allow eukaryotes to acquire crucial functions, like nutrient production, but interactions can also be pathogenic in nature. This cross-disciplinary meeting will bring together scientists using cellular, molecular, ecological, physiological, and theory-based approaches to explore the evolution of intimate species-species interactions. Our aim is to understand the cellular systems and pathways that drive transitions in symbiotic states, for example, as partnerships move from pathogenesis to beneficial and back again.

Session topics

  • Partners in conflict: immunity and pathogenesis in symbiosis
  • Partners in less conflict: how are symbionts harnessed for benefit
  • Living in, on, and around others: when is a symbiosis a symbiosis?
  • Shared lessons across systems: commonalities in symbiosis

Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.


Amy Buck

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

(Virtual Speaker)

Annika Guse

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


Maria Mota

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Biomedical Institute


Assaf Vardi

Weizmann Institute of Science


(Virtual Speaker)

Scientific Organizers

Toby Kiers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Conference Organizer


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For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.

Day 1 – Wednesday 8 March 2023
11:30-13:00Registration & Light Refreshments
13:00-13:15Opening remarks
13:15-14:35Session 1: Partners in conflict: immunity and pathogenesis in symbiosis
Chair: John McCutcheon – Arizona State University, USA
13:15-13:40Host-plasmodium interaction: a tale of symbiosis and pathogenesis
Maria Mota – Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Biomedical Institute, Portugal
13:40-13:55Short talk: The interaction between T. rotula and its phycosphere companion A. macleodii – The story about the three little glass-coated diatoms and the bad parasitic bacterium
Uria Alcolombri – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Not available on demand
13:55-14:10Short talk: Bacterial symbionts, giant viruses, and protists: exploring the mutualism-parasitism continuum
Matthias Horn – University of Vienna, Austria
14:10-14:35Cross-kingdom RNA trafficking between plants and fungal pathogens
Hailing Jin – University of California, Riverside, USA
Not available on demand
14:35-15:20Coffee break & Meet the speakers of Day 1
Maria Mota, Hailing Jin, and Shaeri Mukherjee
15:20-17:05Session 1: Partners in conflict: immunity and pathogenesis in symbiosis (continued)
Chair: John McCutcheon – Arizona State University, USA
15:20-15:45Virtual talk: RNA in communication: new insights into host-helminth interactions in the gut
Amy Buck – University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Not available on demand
15:45-16:00Short talk: Transcription activator-like effector protects bacterial endosymbionts from entrapment within fungal hyphae
Ingrid Richter – Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Jena, Germany
16:00-16:15Short talk: FISHing for more: spatial mapping of the tumour microbiome
Shraddha Shitut – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:15-16:40Pathogens as cell biology tools
Shaeri Mukherjee – University of California, San Francisco, USA
17:00-19:00EMBL pub quiz
20:30-21:30After dinner drinks
Day 2 – Thursday 9 March 2023
08:30-09:15Arrival & Coffee
09:15-10:35Session 2: Partners in less conflict: how are symbionts harnessed for benefit
Chair: Toby Kiers – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
09:15-09:40Virtual talk: Cui bono? When mutualism is not what it seems
Patrick Keeling – University of British Columbia, Canada
Not available on demand
09:40-09:55Short talk: Population and comparative genomics uncover the processes impacting strain-level variation in marine endosymbionts
Roxanne Beinart – University of Rhode Island, USA
09:55-10:10Short talk: Immune-like glycan processing facilitates host control of a facultative endosymbiosis
Ben Jenkins – University of Cambridge / University of Oxford, United Kingdom
10:10-10:35The ecology, evolution and metabolic mechanisms of a microbial symbiosis
Michael Brockhurst – University of Manchester, United Kingdom
10:35-11:20Coffee break & Meet the speakers of Day 2
Annika Guse, Michael Brockhurst, and Martin Kaltenpoth
11:20-12:40Session 2: Partners in less conflict: how are symbionts harnessed for benefit (continued)
Chair: Toby Kiers – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
11:20-11:45Evolution, ecology, and molecular regulation of tyrosine-supplementing symbioses in beetles
Martin Kaltenpoth – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
Not available on demand
11:45-12:00Short talk: A novel symbiosome in an anaerobic single-celled eukaryote
Jon Jerlström Hultqvist – Uppsala University, Sweden
12:00-12:15Short talk: Ticks: not only vectors of pathogenic bacteria but also beneficiaries of bacterial symbiosis
Jan Perner – Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic
12:15-12:40Adaptation to the environment by symbiosis – a model systems’ approach
Annika Guse – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
14:10-15:05Session 2: Partners in less conflict: how are symbionts harnessed for benefit (continued)
Chair: Annika Guse – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich,
14:10-14:25Short talk: Quid pro quo: Leaf beetle propagates a phytopathgen in exchange for pupal protection
Hassan Salem – Max Planck Institute for Biology, Germany
14:25-14:40Short talk: Nutritional rewards can mediate higher-level homeostasis in a tightly integrated leafcutter ant-fungus cultivar symbiosis
Jonathan Shik – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
14:40-15:05Virtual talk: Partners in crime – controlling algal blooms by mutualism and pathogenicity of viruses and bacteria
Assaf Vardi – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
15:05-15:45Flash talks 1
Ellen Cameron (43), Phoebe Cunningham (47), Erbil Gungor (55), Camille Puginier (67), Johana Rotterova (69), Dayana Salas (71), Giovanni Scarinci (73), Daan Speth (79), Taoping Wu (83), Daniel Yee (85), and Linus Matz Zeller (87)
15:45-17:30Poster session 1 (odd) with beer and snacks
Poster numbers
17:30Free evening
18:15-19:45Optional: Heidelberg Old Town tour with an English speaking tour guide
Day 3 – Friday 10 March 2023
08:30-09:15Arrival & Coffee
09:15-10:35Session 3: Living in, on, and around others: when is a symbiosis a symbiosis?
Chair: Martin Kaltenpoth – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
09:15-09:40Searching for keys to symbiosis between Buchnera and its aphid host
Nancy Moran – University of Texas at Austin, USA
09:40-09:55Short talk: Sweet and fat symbionts: tracking the carbon metabolism of microalgae within a host
Andrea Catacora Grundy – Grenoble Alpes University, France
09:55-10:10Short talk: Metabolic compatibility and the rarity of prokaryote endosymbioses
Eric Libby – Umeå University, Sweden
10:10-10:35400 million years of symbiosis between marine lucinid clams and their intracellular sulfur-oxidizing symbionts
Jillian Petersen – University of Vienna, Austria
10:35-11:20Coffee break & Meet the speakers of Day 3
Nancy Moran, Jillian Petersen, Nicole Dubilier, and Toby Spribille
11:20-12:40Session 3: Living in, on, and around others: when is a symbiosis a symbiosis? (continued)
Chair: Martin Kaltenpoth – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
11:20-11:45The ins and outs of beneficial associations between marine invertebrates and their chemosynthetic symbionts
Nicole Dubilier – Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
11:45-12:00Short talk: Diplonemid protists and a panoply of their bacterial endosymbionts
Julius Lukes – Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic
12:00-12:15Short talk: Evolution of a host-derived endosymbiont division machinery in the trypanosomatid Angomonas deanei
Anay Kumar Maurya – Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
12:15-12:40Do we really know what lichen symbionts get from each other?
Toby Spribille – University of Alberta, Canada
14:10-15:05Session 3: Living in, on, and around others: when is a symbiosis a symbiosis? (continued)
Chair: Jillian Petersen – University of Vienna, Austria
14:10-14:35The role of fungal innate immunity in symbioses between fungi and bacteria
Teresa Pawlowska – Cornell University, USA
14:35-14:50Short talk: A dynamic epibiont community associated with the bone eating worm Osedax
Balig Panossian – Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
14:50-15:05Short talk: Integrins promote the specific uptake of dinoflagellate symbionts in coral-algal symbiosis
Sebastian Rupp – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
15:05-15:50Coffee break & Meet the speakers of Day 3 & 4
Teresa Pawlowska, Victoria Orphan, and Norio Takeshita
15:50-17:00Session 3: Living in, on, and around others: when is a symbiosis a symbiosis? (continued)
Chair: Jillian Petersen – University of Vienna, Austria
15:50-16:15Deep-sea electric syntrophy powered by methane
Victoria Orphan – California Institute of Technology, USA
16:15-16:30Short talk: Fungi and algae: the intimacy and diversity of lichen partnerships
Klara Scharnagl – University of California, Berkeley, USA
16:30-16:45Short talk: A systematic inventory of lichen symbioses using metagenomics
Gulnara Tagirdzhanova – The Sainsbury Laboratory, United Kingdom
16:45-17:00Short talk: Translation at the end of the endosymbiotic timeline
Jessica Warren – Arizona State University, USA
17:00-17:30Flash talks 2
Erika Corretto (46), Liam Friar (50), Terezia Horvathova (56), Valentina Margarita (60), Om Patange (64), Line Roager (68), Max Emil Schön (74), Noah Spencer (78), and Shunta Yorimoto (86)
17:30-19:00Poster session 2 (even) with beer and snacks
Poster numbers
19:00-20:30Conference dinner
20:30-22:30Conference party
Day 4 – Saturday 11 March 2023
08:30-09:15Arrival & Coffee
09:15-10:10Session 4: Shared lessons across systems: commonalities in symbiosis
Chair: Thomas Richards – University of Oxford, UK
09:15-09:40Mutual bacterial-fungal relationship; fungal highways let bacteria travel in exchange for thiamine
Norio Takeshita – University of Tsukuba, Japan
09:40-09:55Short talk: Who’s in control? The evolution of invertebrate microbiomes is driven by the bacteria, not the hosts
Vittorio Boscaro – University of British Columbia, Canada
09:55-10:10Short talk: Placement of bacteria into the cytosol of mammalian cells allows real-time analysis of bacterial growth and host responses
Chantal Ernst – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Not available on demand
10:10-10:55Coffee break
10:55-11:40Session 4: Shared lessons across systems: commonalities in symbiosis (continued)
Chair: Thomas Richards – University of Oxford, UK
10:55-11:10Short talk: Phagocytosis underpins the biotrophic lifestyle of intracellular parasites in the class Phytomyxea (Rhizaria)
Andrea Garvetto – University of Innsbruck, Austria
Not available on demand
11:10-11:25Short talk: Expanding the host range for a fungal endosymbiont through implantation by FluidFM
Gabriel Giger – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
11:25-11:40Short talk: A 450 million year-old mechanism of interaction control in arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis
Mélanie Rich – LRSV Toulouse, France
Not available on demand
11:40-12:00Closing remarks & Poster prize
12:15Packed lunch and departure
12:30Bus to ISG Hotel and hotels downtown

Optional: Shuttle bus to Frankfurt Airport (Terminal 1) 
Tickets can be purchased during the conference

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

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 Academia€ 700
On-site PhD Student€ 600
On-site Industry€ 900
Virtual Academia€ 200
Virtual PhD Student€ 150
Virtual Industry€ 250

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 Lina Nikolajeva for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

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. 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 events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

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.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme, EMBO, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. Availability of travel grants is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract submission process. Both on-site and virtual participants can apply for registration fee waivers.

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration fee waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.

Travel grant

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.


On-site participants

You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your abstract. 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.

Virtual participants

If you are attending virtually, you can apply for financial assistance in the submission portal by the abstract deadline. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance. Only submissions for financial assistance will be accepted. Presentation abstracts cannot be submitted here and will be declined. 

In your application you will be asked to summarise your current work, 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.

Further details

View our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

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

Accommodation and shuttles

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 7 February 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code EES23-01 and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel Meininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel Monpti

Conference shuttle buses

Conference shuttle buses are free of charge for participants, and depart from designated bus stops near the hotels to EMBL and back, mornings and evenings.

Download the bus schedule here

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Hotel Staycity (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier, Kurfürsten-Anlage 23
  • Leonardo Hotel (Bergheimer Str.)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz
  • Peterskirche
  • ISG Hotel

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany. For further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit Public Transportation to the Venue. For information about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

On-site information


All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.

Charging lockers

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Electricity and charging station

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Health and safety notes

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Beyond first aid…

Please remember to bring your own medication, if needed, to the conference. Note that the next pharmacy is a 4-minute drive from the EMBL, but for many medications you will be required to see a doctor to get a prescription.

Ensure in advance that your medical insurance will cover you during your visit in the event that you do need to see a doctor while in Heidelberg. In any case, the EMBL Course and Conference Office will assist you to get to the pharmacy and a doctor of your choice if necessary.


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Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ are kept at the registration desk until the end of the conference.


There are lockers available on-site to store your luggage, which require a 2 EURO coin to operate. There is another luggage room on level E0, which is free to use but remains unlocked during the conference.

Nursing room

There is a nursing room available in the ATC Rooftop Lounge on level A29.


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Room for prayer, yoga and meditation

There is a room for prayer, mediation and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of other participants using the room.


A variety of activities in Heidelberg can be found on the website of Heidelberg Marketing.

Travel to and from the venue

During the event we provide conference shuttle buses to and from EMBL. In addition, there is the public bus 39A that serves the EMBL campus and taxis can be easily booked at any time. Information on the conference shuttle buses can be found on the individual event website and more detailed information on travelling to EMBL can be found on our Travel Information page.

Useful German expressions

GoodbyeAuf Wiedersehen
Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryTut mir leid
Excuse me…Entschuldigen Sie
How are you?Wie gehts?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?
What is your nameWie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?
My name isIch heisse
Do you speak EnglishSprechen Sie Englisch?
I don’t understandIch verstehe nicht
Please speak more slowlyKönnen Sie bitte langsamer sprechen
Thank youDankeschön
Where is the toilet?Wo ist die Toilette?
Please call me a taxiBitte rufen Sie mir ein Taxi
How do I get to….?Wie komme ich zum/zur…..?
A beer/two beers pleaseEin Bier/zwei Bier bitte
A glass of red/white wine pleaseEin Glas Rot/Weisswein bitte
The menu, pleaseDie Speisekarte, bitte
Is there a local speciality?Gibt es eine Spezialität aus dieser Gegend?
I’m VegetarianIch bin Vegetarier
It was deliciousEs war hervorragend
The bill, pleaseDie Rechnung, bitte
I have a headacheIch habe Kopfschmerzen
I have a sore throatIch habe Halsschmerzen
My stomach hurtsIch habe Magenschmerzen
I’m allergic toIch bin allergisch gegen
I need a doctor who speaks EnglishGibt es einen Arzt, der Englisch spricht?
Virtual participation

What’s included?

  • Access to all the livestreamed talks
  • Video library of the recorded talks during and after the event
  • Facility to submit questions

Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.

Event platform

We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.


  • Do not broadcast the conference to unregistered participants.
  • You are encouraged to tweet and post about the event. Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise, but be mindful of unpublished data. 
  • Please do not capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting.

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 conference platform for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function in the event platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk in the event platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on the Europe/Berlin time zone, unless otherwise stated. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for Participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Event sponsor

Cell Research

Event supporter:

Media partners

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PLOS Biology, a PLOS journal

FEBS Open Bio, a FEBS Press journal

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Date: 8 - 11 Mar 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Toby Kiers
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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