The ageing genome: from mechanisms to disease – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The ageing genome: from mechanisms to disease


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

Symposium overview

“Time stands still for no one” or for no molecule, for that matter. Of the molecules that undergo changes over time, it is chromosomal alterations that may have some of the most profound and long-lasting cellular and organismal effects. In contrast to any other macromolecule, the genome is irreplaceable and requires constant repair. Despite sophisticated genome maintenance mechanisms, DNA damage accumulates over time and hence with age. The ensuing chromosomal alterations may lead to genome instability, somatic mutations, impaired gene expression and DNA replication, alterations of the epigenetic code and chromatin structure. These molecular processes can impair cell function and alter cell fate thus contributing to disease, tissue and organ dysfunction thus driving the ageing process of the organism.

Therefore, to promote lifelong health it is critical to gain a better understanding of how DNA damage contributes to the ageing process and age-related disease. Similarly, it will be vital to understand how the regulation of DNA repair and genome maintenance changes over the course of ageing. Finally, we need to consider how time-dependent DNA alterations can impinge in gene expression and chromatin structure. Together, a more complete understanding of these interactions will open doors for therapeutic interventions aimed to promote healthy ageing.

This symposium brings together a diverse group of researchers using a breadth of experimental model systems and organisms with a focus on genome maintenance, from DNA repair to chromatin regulation. We hope that by looking at the genome maintenance specifically in the context of ageing, we will gain insights into how chromosomal defects can be avoided, or even repaired during the aging process to ensure optimal cellular function and to promote lifelong health.


  • Endogenous and metabolic genotoxins
  • Aneuploidy
  • Loss of proteostasis
  • Telomere dysfunction
  • Age related disease
  • Model systems for ageing research
  • Senescence responses
  • DNA repair during the ageing process


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


Keynote speakers

María A. Blasco

Spanish National Cancer Research Center


(Virtual speaker)

Jan H. J. Hoeijmakers

Erasmus Medical Center, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, The Netherlands; University of Cologne, Germany


Anthony Cesare

Children’s Medical Research Institute / University of Sydney


George Garinis

Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas and the University of Crete


Jan Vijg

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Scientific organisers

Brian Luke

Johannes Gutenberg University and Institute of Molecular Biology


Conference organiser

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg



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  • Programme is preliminary and subject to change.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.

Please find the poster listing here.

Day 1 – Sunday 4 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
11:45 – 13:15Registration and light refreshments
13:15 – 13:30Opening remarks
13:30 – 14:30Keynote lecture: DNA damage repair: understanding aging and nutritional applications for medicine in general
Jan Hoeijmakers – Erasmus Medical Center, Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, The Netherlands; University of Cologne, Germany
14:30 – 18:00Session 1
Chair: Björn Schumacher – University of Cologne
14:30 – 15:00Molecular mechanisms in transcription-coupled DNA repair
Martijn Luijsterburg – Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
15:00 – 15:15The Yin-Yang sides of retrotransposons in aging and related pathologies: from deleterious to target and tools for antiaging and tissue regeneration
Valerio Orlando – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Not available on demand
15:15 – 15:30Changes in DNA double-strand break repair during aging correlate with increased genomic mutations
Jennifer Cobb – University of Victoria, Canada
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
16:00 – 16:30Sensing DNA as a danger signal through the cGAS-STING pathway
Andrea Ablasser – EPFL, Switzerland
(Remote speaker)
16:30 – 16:45The DREAM complex functions as master regulator of somatic DNA repair capacities
Arturo Bujarrabal-Dueso – University of Cologne, Germany
16:45 – 17:00DBF4-Dependent Kinase (DDK) promotes resection of DNA double stand breaks and repair via homologous recombination
Boris Pfander, German Aerospace Center (DLR) – Germany
17:00 – 17:30The dynamic network of DSB in chromatin
Deborah Toiber – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
17:30 – 18:30Speed Networking
18:30 – 20:00Dinner
20:00 – 22:00After dinner drinks

Day 2 – Monday 5 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 2
Chair: Gaelle Legube – Université Paul Sabatier
09:00 – 09:30DNA repair and anti-cancer mechanisms in the longest-living mammal: the bowhead whale
Vera Gorbunova – University of Rochester, USA
09:30 – 09:45The FIGNL1-interacting protein C1orf112 is synthetic lethal with PICH and mediates RAD51 retention on chromatin
Marcel van Vugt – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Post-transcriptional characterization of the vertebrate aging brain shed insight on the origin of protein/transcript decoupling
Domenico Di Fraia – Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), Germany
Not available on demand
10:00 – 10:30Translating Longevity: Interventions and Diagnostics
Brian Kennedy – National University of Singapore, Singapore
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
11:00 – 11:30cGAS-STING is required for senescence and aging in telomerase deficient zebrafish
Miguel Godinho Ferreira – Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging of Nice, France
11:30 – 11:45Characterization of epigenetic changes and genome integrity in arrested and aging oocytes across female lifespan
Michael Klutstein – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
11:45 – 12:00Aging-associated changes in transcriptional elongation influence longevity
Andreas Beyer – University of Cologne, Germany
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 16:45Session 3
Chair: Jacqueline Jacobs – The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands
13:30 – 14:00Telomere loops and chromosome end protection
Anthony Cesare – Children’s Medical Research Institute / University of Sydney, Australia
14:00 – 14:15Regulation of RNA Polymerase II arrest prevents genome instability and cell death
Esperanza Lisha Granado-Calle – Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
14:15 – 14:30Persistent TFIIH binding to DNA damage impairs in vivo neuron functionality
Hannes Lans – Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
14:30 – 15:00Understanding and modeling aging
Anne Brunet – Stanford University, USA
Not available on demand
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
15:30 – 16:00Formaldehyde induced endogenous DNA damage disrupts blood regeneration, nutritional homeostasis and promotes ageing
K.J. Patel – University of Oxford, UK
16:00 – 16:15Single-cell whole-genome sequencing after chemotherapeutic treatment reveals cell type-specific mutational patterns and clonal dynamics of the regenerating blood system
Lucca Derks – Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology, Oncode Institute, The Netherlands
16:15 – 16:30Accurate aging clocks based on accumulating stochastic variation
David Meyer – University of Cologne, Germany
16:30 – 16:45Programmed neuronal DNA damage and neuronal physiology
Bjoern Schwer – University of California, San Francisco
Not available on demand
16:45 – 17:15Flash talks (odd and even numbers)
Edwige Belotti #51 / Ronald Cutler #63 / Michelle Harwood #72 / Johanna Heid #73 / Gabriel Neuohr #85 / Cecile Otten #89 / Francesca Rossiello #95 / Marjolein van Sluis #107
17:15 – 19:15Poster Session 1 (odd) with beer and snacks
Free evening
Day 3 – Tuesday 6 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 4
Chair: Jacqueline Jacobs – The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands
09:00 – 09:30RHINO restricts MMEJ activity to mitosis
Agnel Sfeir – Sloan Kettering Institute, MSKCC, USA
09:30 – 09:45Biological age of Down syndrome via IgG-glycome profiles reveals 19.1 years acceleration, and iPSC modelling reveals a causative mechanism
Dean Nizetic – Queen Mary University of London, UK
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Transcription-coupled DNA-Protein Crosslink repair by non-canonical TC-NER
Jurgen Marteijn – Erasmus MC, The Netherlands
10:00 – 10:30Therapeutic opportunities in age-related disorders
Fabrizio d’Adda di Fagagna – IFOM ETS-The AIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, IGM, CNR-Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
11:00 – 11:30
DNA damage and innate immune responses during ageing
George Garinis – Foundation for Research and Technology‑Hellas, University of Crete, Greece
11:30 – 11:45Investigating centromere organization during senescence and the role of innate immune activator cGAS at centromeres
Camelia Chakraborty – Institut Curie, France
11:45 – 12:00G-quadruplex DNA structure: an epigenetic alteration of accelerated aging
Robert Hänsel-Hertsch – University of Cologne, Germany
Not available on demand
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
12:30 – 13:15Career Workshop (ATC Auditorium)
Moderator: Rachel Graf
Anthony Cesare – Children’s Medical Research Institute / University of Sydney, Australia
Agnel Sfeir – Sloan Kettering Institute, MSKCC, USA
Helle Ulrich – Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany
13:30 – 16:30Session 5
Chair: Gaelle Legube – Université Paul Sabatier
13:30 – 14:00DNA damage signaling to mitochondria in neurodegeneration and aging
Vilhelm Bohr – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
14:00 – 14:15BTG3 participates in the GG-NER pathway by regulating XPC for efficient repair of UV-induced DNA lesions
Sheau-Yann Shieh – Academia Sinica, Taiwan
14:15 – 14:30Study of the dynamic changes of double-strand break sensor proteins interactome during DNA damage response Alfredo Garcia Venzor – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Not available on demand
14:30 – 15:00The contribution of endogenous DNA damage to age-related diseases
Laura Niederhofer – University of Minnesota, USA
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
15:30 – 16:00Potential functions of the cytoskeleton in DNA repair and the replication stress response
Helle Ulrich – Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany
Not available on demand
16:00 – 16:15Aging is associated with a systemic length-associated transcriptome imbalance
Thomas Stoeger – Northwestern University, USA
16:15 – 16:30Single-cell multiomics unveils heterogeneous landscape of mosaic structural variants associated with myeloid and primitive CD34+ cells
Jan Korbel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
16:30 – 17:00Break
17:00 – 19:00Poster Session 2 (even) with beer and snacks
19:00 – 21:00Conference Dinner
21:00 – 23:00Conference Party
Day 4 – Wednesday 7 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
09:00 – 12:45Session 6
Chair: Brian Luke – Mainz University
09:00 – 09:30Drugging mtDNA transcription to treat cancer and metabolic disease
Nils-Göran Larsson – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45G-quadruplex binding protein Zuo1 is involved in telomere protection in S. cerevisiae
Mona Hajikazemi – University Hospital Bonn, Germany
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Regulation of ribosomal DNA repair by protein UFMylation
Pudchalaluck Panichnantakul – McGill University, Canada
Not available on demand
10:00 – 10:30The good, the bad and the ugly: SLX4IP-dependent regulation of the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres pathway
Stephanie Panier – Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging, Germany
Not available on demand
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the Speakers
11:00 – 11:30Aging of the genome
Jan Vijg – Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
11:30 – 11:45DNA damage induces nuclear envelope rupture through ATR-mediated phosphorylation of Lamin
Marton Kovacs – Institut Curie, France
11:45 – 12:45Keynote lecture: Telomere-originated genomic instability at the origin of cancer and aging
Maria Blasco – Spanish National Cancer Research Center, Spain
(Remote speaker)
12:45 – 13:00Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
13:00 – 13:30Packed 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

A letter to support your visa application will be issued, on request, once payment of the registration fee is confirmed. We recommend that you book your visa appointment as soon as possible, to avoid any delay with your visa application.

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 Nathalie Sneider 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 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.

Travel grant

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

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 Friday 5 May 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-04 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 Hotel & Boarding HouseMeininger 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 conference bus schedule here.

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Staycity Aparthotel (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Premier Inn (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmünzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop)
  • ISG Hotel (Im Eichwald 19)

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.

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Health and safety notes

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Do not enter any restricted areas or the laboratories unless instructed to do so.

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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.


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?
Where is the nearest COVID-19 test centre?Wo ist das nächste COVID-19 Testzentrum?
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

Active Motif

Cell Research


Media partners

Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Journal

EMBO Molecular Medicine, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Journal, a FEBS Press journal

FEBS Letters, a FEBS Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

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: 4 - 7 Jun 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Jacqueline Jacobs
    Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands
    • Gaëlle Legube
      CBI CNRS, University of Toulouse
      • Brian Luke
        Johannes Gutenberg University and Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany
        • Björn Schumacher
          CECAD Research Center, Germany

        Contact: Nathalie Sneider

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