Brain genome: regulation, evolution, and function – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Brain genome: regulation, evolution, and function


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.

Symposium overview

This symposium explores the many ways by which the genome is regulated in the brain in order to support neural function and plasticity. The extraordinary complexity of the brain places unique demands on the genome: How are several hundreds of different neural types specified by the same genetic instructions? Does the genome provide information that guides their connectivity? How is neural activity regulated by and how does it affect genome output? We will explore these fundamental questions from the standpoint of transcriptional regulation and chromatin-based processes, including but not limited to histone marks and variants, chromatin topology and folding, coding and noncoding RNAs, transposable elements, and DNA modifications.

The conference aims to bring together neuroscientists and experts in genome regulation. It will cover a broad range of experimental approaches and model systems, from biochemistry to single-cell genomics, from worms to human organoids. Overall, the conference will address the impact of genome regulation on unique features of the brain — its excitable nature, exquisite response to the environment and parallel processing capacity — with the longer-term vision of understanding how defective genome regulation can give rise to brain disease.

Session topics

  • Interplay between gene regulation and neuronal activity
  • Genomic regulation of brain plasticity and behaviour
  • Chromatin variations in the brain
  • From one genome to many neurons: neurodevelopment and neural diversity


Angel Barco

Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC


Magdalena Götz

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and

Helmholtz Zentrum München


Ryan Lister

The University of Western Australia


Ian Maze

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Gaia Novarino

Institute of Science and Technology Austria


Ana Pombo

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine


Anne Schäfer

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing


Scientific organisers

Magdalena Götz

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and

Helmholtz Zentrum München


Conference organiser

Iva Gavran

EMBL Heidelberg



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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.

Programme is subject to change

Day 1 – Tuesday 25 April 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:00 – 13:30Registration and refreshments (light lunch)
13:30 – 13:45Opening remarks
13:45 – 18:00Session 1: From one genome to many neurons: neurodevelopment and neural diversity
Chair: Gaia Novarino – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
13:45 – 14:15Chromatin-level regulation of neural stem cell fate during mouse neocortical development
Yukiko Gotoh – The University of Tokyo, Japan
Not available on demand
14:15 – 14:45Epigenetic etiology of intellectual disability
Angel Barco – Instituto de Neurociencias, UMH-CSIC, Spain
Not available on demand
14:45 – 15:00Joint epigenome profiling reveals cell-type-specific gene regulatory programs in human cortical organoids
Boyan Bonev – Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
15:00 – 15:15Deep learning from scMultiomes suggests conserved gene regulatory codes for mammalian and avian brain cell types
Nikolai Hecker – VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium
15:15 – 15:45Transposable elements and the evolution of the human brain
Johan Jakobsson – Lund University, Sweden
15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Yukiko Gotoh, Angel Barco, Johan Jakobsson
16:15 – 16:45From Stem Cells to Organoids to Assembloids and Toward Building Human Circuits in Living Systems
Sergiu Pasca – Stanford University, USA
16:45 – 17:00Mapping Neuronal Networks in Cerebral Organoids with Single-cell Transcriptional Resolution
Ramsey Najm – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
17:00 – 17:15Primate-expressed EPIREGULIN promotes basal progenitor proliferation in the developing neocortex
Mareike Albert – Technical University Dresden, Germany
Not available on demand
17:15 – 17:45Reconstructing cellular biographies
Alex Schier – Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
17:45 – 18:00Development and evolution of the mammalian cerebellum at single-cell resolution
Mari Sepp – Heidelberg University, Germany
Not available on demand
18:00 – 19:00Poster previews and Meet the speakers with Sergiu Pasca and Alex Schier
19:00 – 20:30Canteen dinner
20:30 – 22:00Networking in the ATC Rooftop lounge
Day 2 – Wednesday 26 April 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:15 – 12:15Session 2: Genomic regulation of brain plasticity and behavior
Chair: Boyan Bonev – Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
09:15 – 09:45Autism-associated chromatin dysregulation hinders synaptic plasticity
Gaia Novarino – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
09:45 – 10:00Sites of transcription initiation drive mRNA isoform selection in the brain
Valerie Hilgers – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
10:00 – 10:15Adaptation, phenotypic plasticity and the brain in a changing world
Celia Schunter – University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
10:15 – 10:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Gaia Novarino
10:45 – 11:15Protein monoaminylation in brain: novel mechanisms of neural development, plasticity and disease
Ian Maze – Howard Hughes Medical Institute / Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States of America
11:15 – 11:30Manipulation of neural stem cell fates through activation of global protein translation rates using a novel CRISPR approach
Stefan Stricker – Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich / Helmholtz Zentrum, Germany
11:30 – 11:45The regulatory determinants of modern human brain development and evolution
Alessandro Vitriolo – Human Technopole, Italy
11:45 – 12:15Epigenetic editing for the study of addiction
Elizabeth Heller – University of Pennsylvania, USA
12:15 – 13:45Lunch and Meet the speakers with Ian Maze and Elizabeth Heller
13:45 – 17:00Session 2: Genomic regulation of brain plasticity and behavior (continued)
Chair: Ryan Lister – The University of Western Australia, Australia
13:45 – 14:15Pheromone communication in ants
Daniel Kronauer – The Rockefeller University, USA
Not available on demand
14:15 – 14:30Convergent and complementary selection shaped the evolution of social behavior in bees
Sarah Kocher – Princeton University, United States of America
14:30 – 14:45L1 retrotransposons drive human neuronal transcriptome complexity and functional diversification
Diahann Atacho – Lund University, Sweden
14:45 – 15:15EGL-30/GNAQ activation rejuvenates age-related cognitive decline in worms and mammals 
Coleen T. Murphy – Princeton University, USA
15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Daniel Kronauer, Coleen Murphy and Carolyn McBride
15:45 – 16:15Socially induced brain plasticity and behavioral reprogramming in ants
Roberto Bonasio – University of Pennsylvania, USA
(remote talk)
16:15 – 16:30Nup153 regulates activity dependent-gene expression in neurons
Abhinav Soni – German Center for Neurodegenrative Diseases, Dresden, Germany
Not available on demand
16:30 – 17:00A map of neuronal diversity on mosquito antennae reveals rampant co-expression and co-option of olfactory receptors
Carolyn McBride – Princeton University, USA
17:00 – 17:30Flash talks
Bonefas Katherine #53, Porrua Odil #65, Kentro James #71, Martelli Carlotta# 81, Rowland Megan #93, Soliman Azza #99, Winter Julia #111, Yip Kwok Yui Reymond (Tony) #113
17:30 – 19:00Poster Session 1 (odd) with beer and light refreshments
19:15Free evening (bus downtown)
Day 3 – Thursday 27 April 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
09:30 – 12:45Session 3: Interplay between gene regulation and neuronal activity
Chair: Lindy McBride – Princeton University, USA
09:30 – 09:45Histone H3K79 methylation demarcates an epigenetic barrier of progenitor differentiation and neuronal maturation in cerebral cortex and hippocampus development
Tanja Vogel – University of Freiburg, Germany
09:45 – 10:00Condensins restrict retrotransposable element expression and activity in neural stem cells to promote Drosophila brain development
Michelle Longworth – Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, United States of America
10:00 – 10:30Novel mechanisms of endogenous and induced neurogenesis
Magdalena Götz – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Magdalena Götz
11:00– 11:30Transcriptional regulation of inhibitory synapses impacts place field coding and stability
Brenda Bloodgood – University of California, San Diego, USA
11:30 – 11:45Spatial enhancer activation determines inhibitory neuron identity
Elena Dvoretskova – Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Germany
Not available on demand
11:45– 12:15Chromatin plasticity predetermines neuronal eligibility for memory trace allocation
Johannes Gräff – EPFL, Switzerland
12:15 – 12:45Evolution of neural diversity
Claude Desplan – New York University, USA
12:45 – 14:15Lunch and Meet the speakers
14:15 – 17:15Session 4: Chromatin variations in the brain
Chair: Stefan Stricker – Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich / Helmholtz Zentrum, Germany
14:15 – 14:45The effect of social experience on gene expression, circuit function and behaviors
Pelin Volkan – Duke University, USA
14:45 – 15:00linc-mipep and linc-wrb encode micropeptides that regulate chromatin accessibility in vertebrate-specific neural cells
Valerie Tornini – Yale University, United States of America
15:00 – 15:15Regulatory genomics of primate astrocyte evolution
Aleksandra Pekowska – Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
15:15 – 15:45Olfactory receptor mRNAs as “selfish” lnRNAs that promote transcriptional singularity
Stavros Lomvardas – Columbia University, USA
15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Pelin Volkan, Stavros Lomvardas and Ana Martin-Villalba
16:15 – 16:45The molecular secrets of stemness in the adult healthy and injured brain
Ana Martin-Villalba – German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
16:45 – 17:00HP1 Deficiency Results in De-Repression of Endogenous Retroviruses and Induction of Neurodegeneration via Complement
Andrew Newman – Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
17:00 – 17:15Epigenetically distinct synaptic architecture in clonal compartments in the teleostean dorsal pallium
Yasuko Isoe – Harvard University, United States of America
17:15 – 17:45Flash talks
Burgos Ruiz Ana María #54, Castilla-Vallmanya Laura #56, Gracia Diaz Carolina #66, Horvath Vivien #68, Jacobs Jelle #70, Kitanishi Yuki #72, Krick Keegan #74, Mall Moritz #80, Schofield Mia #96, Villamor Paya Marina #108, Wiseglass Gil #112
17:45 – 19:15Poster Session 2 (even) with beer and snacks
19:15 – 21:00Conference dinner
21:00 – 23:00Live music and drinks
Day 4 – Friday 28 April 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:15 – 12:30Session 4 (continued): Chromatin variations in the brain
Chair: Elizabeth Heller – University of Pennsylvania, USA
09:15 – 09:45Specialization of 3D genome structure in different brain cells and cell state
Ana Pombo – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany
09:45 – 10:00L1 RNAs regulate cortical development by tuning PRC2 activity
Damiano Mangoni – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
10:00 – 10:30The operational principles of neuron-microglia circuits
Anne Schaefer – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Ana Pombo, Anne Schaefer, Ryan Lister and Kyung Min Noh
11:00 – 11:30Human prefrontal cortex gene regulatory dynamics from gestation to adulthood at single-cell resolution
Ryan Lister – The University of Western Australia, Australia
11:30 – 11:45SATB2 organizes the 3D genome architecture of cognition in cortical neurons
Galina Apostolova – Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
11:45 – 12:00A PRC2 network controls neural progenitor death, division, and differentiation
Jamy Peng – St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, United States of America
12:00 – 12:30Functional single-cell genomics of transcription factors and chromatin regulators associated with neurodevelopmental disorders
Kyung-Min Noh – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
12:30 – 12:45Closing Remarks and Poster prize
12:45 – 13:15Packed lunch and departure

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 Iva Gavran 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 and EMBO, as well as other partner institutions, in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. These are available for on-site participants at EMBL Conferences and EMBO|EMBL Symposia, and for on-site and virtual participants at EMBO Workshops. We are currently working on securing funding for all virtual participants, and ask that you please apply for financial assistance for both on-site and virtual participation. 

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.

CPP and EMBO travel grants

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel to an on-site event (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 Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.

–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.

–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Workshops

Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung travel grants

–up to €800 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe as well as the cost of registration.

–up to €1,800 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe as well as the cost of registration.

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 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 scientific merit, 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 27 March 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-02  to confirm the exact price of the room.

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 HotelMeininger 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.

Conference shuttle bus schedule

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Hotel Staycity (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier Inn, Kurfürsten-Anlage 23
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche

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

There are lockers available next to the stairs leading down into the Auditorium. You will find some of those equipped with sockets to charge your smartphone/tablet etc.

Electricity and charging station

In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). An adaptor and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.). A USB charging station for electronic devices is available at the registration desk.

EMBL merchandise

If you are interested in purchasing an EMBL souvenir (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please ask at the registration desk for more information.

Health and safety notes

Please read EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events.
Do not smoke in any EMBL building.
Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Auditorium and all laboratories.
Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

If first aid is required …

  • The first aid room is located next to the ATC Registration Desk (room 10- 205).
  • Dial the Emergency number 222 from any EMBL internal phone only.
  • Where is the accident? What happened? How many injured?
  • Emergency number 06221-387 7821 from mobile phones.
  • Please report all accidents to the conference officer at the registration desk.

In case of fire …

  • Press the nearest fire alarm button or the Emergency number 222 from any internal phone.
  • A loud fire alarm will go off if an evacuation is required. On hearing the alarm leave the building immediately following the escape route and fire wardens and head to one of the meeting points
  • Do not use the lifts.

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.


Wi-Fi is available everywhere on the premises using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

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.


During the conference an EMBL Photographer may be taking photographs. If you would not like to appear in these, please inform the photographer or a member of the Course and Conference Office.


We can help printing your boarding passes/train ticket. Please send it to events@embl.de and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.

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.


Bronze sponsor

Event sponsors
AAAS Science Advances

Active Motif

BGI Genomics

Cell Research

Event supporters

Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Journal, a FEBS Press journal

FEBS Letters, a FEBS Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bio Essays, a Wiley Online Library

Advanced Biology, a Wiley Online Library

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.

If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


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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.

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Date: 25 - 28 Apr 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Roberto Bonasio
    University of Pennsylvania, USA
    • Matthieu Boulard
      EMBL Rome, Italy
      • Magdalena Götz
        Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
        • Kyung-Min Noh
          EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

        Contact: Iva Gavran

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