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EMBO | EMBL Symposium
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.
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 stressors 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.
“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
National Institutes of Health
University of Vienna
Univeristy of Valencia
University of Sydney
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
University of the Philippines
King Abdullah University
University of Cape Town
University College London
Hólar University and the Icelandic Museum of Natural History
Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
University of Otago
European Research Council
Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen
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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.
|13:00 – 14:00||Registration and Lunch|
|14:00 – 14:15||Opening remarks|
|14:00 – 14:45||Keynote: Title to be confirmed|
Richard Durbin – University of Cambridge, UK
|14:45 – 18:00||Session 1: Biodiversity|
|14:45 – 15:15||In what way does the organism environment association drive the development and evolution of biological diversity|
Skúli Skúlason – Hólar University and the Icelandic Museum of Natural History, Iceland
|15:15 – 15:30||A Diatoms tale: from the sea to lab and back! Antonella Ruggiero –|
EMBL/Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn, Germany
|15:30 – 15:45||Evolution of canalization: lessons from a classic case of resource polymorphism|
Kalina Kapralova – University of Iceland, Iceland
|15:45 – 16:30||Coffee break|
|16:30 – 17:00||Australian genomes: saving us and saving them|
Kate Farquharson – University of Sydney, Australia
|17:00 – 17:15||Functional analysis of dna methylation in the marbled crayfish as a model to study rapid adaptation and invasiveness|
Jaime Diaz-Larrosa – DKFZ, Germany
|17:15 – 17:30||Targeted volume Correlative Light and Electron Microscopy of an environmental marine microorganism|
Karel Mocaer – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|17:30 – 18:00||Living with biodiversity|
Johannes Vogel – Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
|18:00 – 19:00||Dinner in Canteen|
|19:00 – 20:00||After dinner drink|
|09:00 – 12:00||Session 2: Marine symbiosis|
|09:00 – 09:30||A first look at bloom infecting parasite phenomics in the Benguela upwelling region|
Emma Rocke – University of Cape Town, South Africa
|09:30 – 09:45||Interactions between marine picocyanobacteria and particulate chitin|
Giovanna Capovilla – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America
|09:45 – 10:00||The genetic mechanisms underlying the transition to piscivory|
Marina de la Cámara – University of Iceland, Iceland
|10:00 – 10:30||Coffee break|
|10:30 – 11:00||Synthase-selected single-cell genomics for discovering symbionts producing bioactive molecules|
Maria Dzunkova – Univeristy of Valencia, Spain
|11:00 – 11:15||Bacterial Physiology in an Environmental Context|
Einat Segev – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|11:15 – 11:30||Nitric oxide signaling controls collective contractions in a colonial choanoflagellate|
Josean Reyes-Rivera – University of California, Berkeley / Howard Hughes Medical Institute, United States of America
|11:30 – 12:00||Title to be confirmed|
Deo Onda – University of the Philippines,
|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00-17:00||Session 2: Marine symbiosis (cont.)|
|13:00 – 13:30||Viral impacts in the marine world: from single-cells to planktonic ecosystems|
Flora Vincent – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|13:30 – 13:45||Unravelling the role of venom in predator-prey interactions using natural populations and transgenic approaches in Nematostella vectensis|
Joachim Surm – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
|13:45 – 14:00||Determining hotspots of cellular adaptation in the marine ragworm Platynereis dumerilii|
Tobias Gerber – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|14:00 – 14:30||Coffee break|
|14:30 – 15:00||Cell biology of bacteria that live on the surface of animals|
Silvia Bulgheresi – University of Vienna, Austria
|15:00 – 15:30||Virtual talk: Restoration and rehabilitation of coral microbiomes|
Raquel Peixoto – King Abdullah University, Saudi Arabia
|15:30 – 16:00||Flash talks – Poster presenters|
|16:00 – 17:00||Poster Session with beer and snacks|
|10:00 – 13:15||Session 3: Terrestrial Symbiosis|
|10:00 – 10:30||When the environment is another organism: deciphering the insect-bacteria molecular dialogue in a nutritional mutualistic endosymbiosis|
Anna Zaidman-Remy – INSA Lyon, France
|10:30 – 10:45||Caenorhabditis elegans susceptibility to virus infection is modulated by its naturally associated bacteria|
Ruben Gonzalez – French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
|10:45 – 11:00||Indicators and partner specificity in plant-fungal interactions|
Leho Tedersoo – University of Tartu, Estonia
|11:00 – 11:45||Coffee break|
|11:45 – 12:15||Microbial symbionts as sources of evolutionary innovations in beetles|
Martin Kaltenpoth – MPI Chemical Ecology Jena, Germany
|12:15 – 12:30||Herbivore-Plant-Soil microbe interaction: Who is helping whom?|
Sandra Cortes – Rothamsted Research and The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
|12:30 – 12:45||When noise is regulation and regulation is noise: how bacteria adapt their phenotypes in an uncertain environment|
Erik van Nimwegen – University of Basel, Switzerland
|12:45 – 13:15||Title to be confirmed|
Yasmine Belkaid – NIH, USA
|13:15 – 14:45||Lunch|
|14:45-18:10||Session 4: Theory|
|14:45 – 15:15||Quantitative biology of microbial phenotypes in changing environments|
Wenying Shou – University College London, UK
|15:15 – 15:30||Selective capture at phenotypic boundaries enhances population evolvability in a changing environment|
Bhaskar Kumawat – University of Michigan, United States of America
|15:30 – 15:45||Zooming in and back out again: Biochemical reflections of intergenerational environmental history across the life course with examples in ADHD|
Su Chu – Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, United States of America
|15:45 – 16:30||Coffee break|
|16:30 – 17:00||Terraforming ecosystems: from synthetic biology to community ecology|
Ricard Solé – Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies, Spain
|17:00 – 17:30||When less isn’t more: the value of indigenous knowledge in understanding the relationship between the organism and its environment|
Phillip Wilcox – University of Otago, New Zeland
|17:30 – 17:45||The genome of Geosiphon and Paraglomus: Early diverging arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus and symbiosis|
Mathu Malar C – University of Ottawa, Canada
|17:45 – 18:10||Ecology and evolution of host-microbiome networks|
Jose-Maria Montoya-Teran – Université Montpellier, France
|18:10 – 19:10||Conference dinner|
|19:10 – 21:00||After dinner drinks|
|09:00 – 11:30||Session 5: Environmental adaptation in model organisms|
|09:00 – 09:30||Linking animal behavior to life history transition in Cnidaria|
Aissam Ikmi – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|09:30 – 09:45||Clockwise adaptation : CLOCK’s role in nematostella’s circadian response to environmental cues|
Raphael Aguillon – Bar Ilan University, Israel
|09:45 – 10:00||Short heat stress has a long-term effect on mesenchymal stem cells transcriptome and their differentiation properties|
Ivana Ribarski-Chorev – The Hebrew University, Israel
|10:00 – 10:30||Coffee break|
|10:30 – 10:45||Exposure to elevated temperature fatally disrupts nuclear divisions in the early Drosophila embryo.|
Girish Kale – Centre for Organismal Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany
|10:45 – 11:00||Tropical high-altitude insects show limited capacity to handle high temperatures|
Subhash Rajpurohit – Ahmedabad University, India
|11:00 – 11:30||Session 6: Paleogenomics|
|11:00 – 11:30||Marine dinoflagellate phenology variations in a changing environment|
Raffaele Siano – IFREMER, France
|11:30 – 11:45||Closing Remarks|
|11:45||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||€150|
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 Maria Bacadare 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.
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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.
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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 Tuesday 11 April 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-03 to confirm the exact price of the room.
|Exzellenz Hotel||Meininger Heidelberg||Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg|
|Hotel ibis Heidelberg||Premier Inn Heidelberg City||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
|Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre|
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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 gehts?|
|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|
|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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Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Journal
EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal
International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Open Biology, a Royal Society journal
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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: 9 - 12 May 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: Closed
Registration (On-site): 16 Apr 2023
Registration (Virtual): 2 May 2023
Contact: Maria Bacadare
EMBL Courses and Conferences are kindly supported by our Corporate Partnership Programme