The organism and its environment – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The organism and its environment


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 safety policy for on-site events.

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Symposium overview

We are at the dawn of a new era of biology where we will start to understand how organisms function together and react or adapt to changes at different molecular levels. This includes the multitude of stresses that organisms are exposed to, from malnutrition and adverse climate events to many other biological, chemical and physical insults. Progress in biological analyses at both a single scale and across scales, have allowed us to further understand organisms in the context of dynamic environments. These can be environments which are changed by disease, commensal cohabitation or competition, as well as abiotic factors. With the molecular understanding we already have at the cellular and organismal levels, and new tools and quantitative approaches, this symposium will address how genotype and the environment bring about phenotypes at the population level.

What past participants say about the symposium

An excellent meeting covering important topics for future research, with outstanding speakers and excellent enthusiastic students.” – Isabel Gordo, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

I really enjoyed the quality and diversity of the talks, all related but different. Enriching and awesomely organized conference!” – Julie Zaworski, New England Biolabs, USA

One of the most enriching conferences in the recent past! Great venue, great food, great support team, and outstanding speakers and presentations. Kudos to the AV team for the glitch-free remote presentations. A great platform for young researchers and emerging scientists!” – Anupam Sengupta, University of Luxembourg


Keynote speaker


Deo Onda

University of the Philippines


Emma Rocke

Emma Rocke

University of Cape Town

South Africa

Ricard Solé

Ricard Solé

Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies


Scientific organisers

Detlef Weigel

Detlef Weigel

Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen


Conference organisers

Maria Mercedes Bacadare Goitia

EMBL Heidelberg



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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: 9 - 12 May 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Detlev Arendt
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Edith Heard
      EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
      • Maria Leptin
        European Research Council, Belgium

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