Life at the periphery: mechanobiology of the cell surface – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Life at the periphery: mechanobiology of the cell surface


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

Symposium overview

After a very engaging virtual first edition in 2021, this hybrid symposium on cell surface mechanics will bring together researchers across kingdoms of life interested in dynamic processes occurring at the cell surface. The focus will be on new technologies that empower studies of cell wall, cytoskeleton, and membrane biology, such as advanced imaging in in vitro and in vivo systems, as well as approaches combining molecular biology with computational and biophysical approaches.

The first edition started building a much-needed bridge between the wall and wall-less fields. This edition will cement that bridge, but turn the focus to the balance between keeping a particular cell morphology necessary for function, while allowing the dynamic processes that must occur at the cell surface. The goal is to inspire and induce collaborations across these communities to reach a comprehensive understanding of the biology at the cell surface, integrating cell wall, actin and membrane biochemistry, and biophysics with cell mechanics.


  •  In vitro reconstitution of the cell surface
  • Cell surface in a single cell
  • Planetary mechanobiology
  • Cell surface mechanics in multicellular systems
  • Modelling the cell surface

What past participants say about the symposium

“Life at the Periphery was a rewarding opportunity to connect with people across the world and see some amazing science. I really appreciated in the different sessions how the organizers worked hard to pair seemingly different topics/fields of research together; it made us see the common threads of interest we have in different domains of biology.” – Michael Henderson, Institut Curie

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


Buzz Baum

Buzz Baum

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Peter Bieling

Peter Bieling

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology


Jakub Sedzinski

Jakub Sedzinski

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW


Scientific organisers

Conference organiser

Maria Mercedes Bacadare Goitia

EMBL Heidelberg



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  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk, and the programme is 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.
Day 1 – Monday 12 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:30 – 14:00Registration and light refreshments
14:00 – 14:15Opening remarks
14:15 – 18:30Session 1
Chair: Alexandre Persat – EPFL, Switzerland
14:15 – 14:45Cell adhesion and spreading on fluid membranes through microtubules-dependent mechanotransduction
Patricia Bassereau – Institut Curie, France
14:45 – 15:15Physical and embodied intelligence at the ciliated surface
Kirsty Wan – University of Exeter, UK
15:15 – 15:30Plasma membrane shape homeostasis in response to cell stretch
Anabel-Lise Le Roux – Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
15:30 – 16:00Chytrid fungi differentiate from cell types with an animal-like actin cortex to cells with actin patches and a fungal cell wall
Lillian Fritz-Laylin – University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
16:00 – 16:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
16:45 – 17:15Getting stressed versus going with the flow: the mechanical and diffusive properties of the bacterial cell envelope
KC Huang – Stanford University, USA
17:15 – 17:30Hydrogel-based Molecular Tension Fluorescence Microscopy for Investigating Integrin-mediated Rigidity Sensing
Zheng Liu – Wuhan University, China
17:30 – 17:45Waves on the surface of rewired oocytes: membrane patterning and cytoskeletal biomechanics
Andrew Goryachev – University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
17:45 – 18:00Aberrant cortex contractions impact mammalian oocyte quality
Elvira Nikalayevich – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology; Collège de France, France
18:00 – 18:30From the cell surface to the nucleus through integrins and intermediate filaments
Pere Roca-Cusachs Soulere – Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and University of Barcelona, Spain
18:30 – 20:00Dinner in Canteen
20:00 – 21:30Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge
Day 2 – Tuesday 13 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 2
Chair: Lillian Fritz-Laylin – University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
09:00 – 09:30Probing bacterial cell wall growth by tracing wall anchored protein complexes
Chien-Jung Lo – National Central University, Taiwan
09:30 – 09:45Mechanical polarity of the cell cortex
Anumita Jawahar – PMMH, ESPCI / Institut Curie, France
09:45 – 10:00Membrane to cortex attachment determines different mechanical phenotypes in LGR5+ and LGR5- colorectal cancer cells
Sefora Conti – Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
10:30 – 11:00Multi-scale control of structural functionality in plants
Anja Geitmann – McGill University, Canada
11:00 – 11:15Contribution of cell mechanics in promoting supracellular migration
Selena Gupta – New York University, United States of America
11:15 – 11:30Hepatocyte apical bulkheads provide a mechanical means to oppose bile pressure
Matthew Bovyn – Max Planck Institute for Cellular Biology and Genetics, Germany
11:30 – 12:00A molecular view on the control of actin turnover by phosphate release
Peter Bieling – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
12:00 – 12:25Flash talks (2 minutes / 1 slide per talk)
#49 Sebastian Aland, #51 Raul Aparicio Yuste, #53Natalia Baranova, #55 Catherine Villard, #57 Andrea Disanza, #59 Jaime Fernandez Sobaberas #61 Carolin Gierse, #63 Xiangfu Guo, #65 Saurabh Kaushik and #69 Jesus Lopz Gay Orts
12:25 – 13:25Lunch
13:25 – 14:25Panel Discussion – ChatGPT or Family and science discussion
14:25 – 17:25Session 3
Chair: Carolina Tropini – The University of British Columbia, Canada
14:25 – 14:55Sub-surface activities: the role of the cortical microtubule cytoskeleton in regulating plant cell growth and division
Bela Mulder – AMOLF, Netherlands
14:55 – 15:10ERK activation waves are key drivers in the mechanical cell competition that leads to collective onslaught of bacterially-infected cells
Lara Hundsdorfer – University of Tübingen, Germany
15:10 – 15:25Bacterial adhesion on the apical cell surface modifies the traction force field on the basal side through a new actomyosin structure, called ancreopodia
Daria Bonazzi – Institut Pasteur, France
15:25- 15:55Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:55 – 16:25Multiciliated cells use filopodia to probe tissue mechanics during epithelial integration in vivo
Jakub Sedzinski – Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW, Denmark
16:25 – 16:40Dual roles of β-catenin in signaling and cell-cell junction maintenance in the intestinal epithelium
Andrew Clark – University of Stuttgart, Germany
16:40 – 16:55The stability of Arp2/3 nucleated actin filaments
LuYan Cao – The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom
16:55 – 17:25Cellular Biophysics of Membranes Remodeling and Rupture – Lessons from NETosis
Hawa Racine Thiam – Stanford University, USA (Remote speaker)
17:25 – 17:55Flash talks (2 minutes / 1 slide per talk)
#71 Xinwen Miao, #73 Alexander Dulebo, #75 Priyanka Roy, #77 Jan Sabo, #79 Gautham Hari Sankara Narayana, #81 Lan Jiang, #83 Oscar Stassen, #85 Joseph Vermeil, #87 Hannes Vogler, #89 Arash Yahyazadeh Shourabi and #91 Andrew Zhao
17:55 – 19:25Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)
19:25 – 20:25Dinner in Canteen
20:25 – 21:30Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge
Day 3 – Wednesday 14 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 4
Chair: Jakub Sedzinski – Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Medicine, reNEW, Denmark
09:00 – 09:30Molecular mechanobiology of the extracellular matrix
Viola Vogel – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
09:30 – 09:45Polarity-driven three-dimensional spontaneous rotation of a cell doublet
Quentin Vagne – University of Geneva, Switzerland
09:45 – 10:15Mechanobiology of tight junctions
Sandra Citi – University of Geneva, Switzerland
Not available on demand
10:15 – 10:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
10:45 – 11:00Interacting systems for complex cell wall patterns with special functions
Eva Deinum – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
11:00 – 11:15Membrane reshaping across the tree of life
Felix Frey – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
11:15 – 11:30Modelling macropinocytic cup formation and closure informed by lattice light sheet microscopy data
Judith Lutton – University of Warwick, United Kingdom
11:30 – 12:00Inoviruses in the gut microbiota: release without bacterial lysis
Carolina Tropini – The University of British Columbia, Canada
12:00 – 12:25Flash talks (2 minutes / 1 slide per talk)
#50 Luca Andronico, #52 Bin Qu, #54 Golnar Kolahgar, #56 Srishti Dar, #58 Jenna Elliott, #60 Sherman Foo, #62 David Gomez, #64 Kyojiro N. Ikeda, #66 Mengya Kong and #68 Jia Hui Li
12:25 – 13:25Lunch
13:25 – 16:55Session 5
Chair: Peter Bieling – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
13:25 – 13:55The skin of a living cell: a mechanoresponsive membrane
Satyajit Mayor – National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
13:55 – 14:10Cytoskeleton-mediated spatial accommodation shapes lateral root morphogenesis
Dorothee Stöckle – University of Zurich, Switzerland
14:10 – 14:25Mechanisms and mechanics at the cell surface driving epithelial tube formation
Matteo Rauzi – University Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Inserm, iBV, Nice, France
14:25 – 14:55Bacteria mechanosense surfaces to guide motility and biofilm formation
Alexandre Persat – EPFL, Switzerland
14:55 – 15:25Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:25 – 15:55The evolutionary mechanics of microbial morphogenesis
Enrique Rojas – New York University, USA
15:55 – 16:10Fast remodeling of surface cytoskeleton underlie phenotypic switches in the closest relatives of animals
Thibaut Brunet – Institut Pasteur, France
Not available on demand
16:10 – 16:25Nanoscale Membrane Topography Engineering: in cells, in vitro and in between.
Wenting Zhao – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
16:25 – 16:55Interplay between cell surface mechanics and contact-dependent signaling
Anna Erzberger – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:55 – 17:20Flash talks (2 minutes / 1 slide per talk)
#72 Marie Muenkel, #74 Nicolas Roby, #76 Francois Fagotto, #78 Julio Cesar Sanchez Rendon, #80 Annika Saß, #82 Vui Yin Seow, #84 Abdul Basith Tanari, #86 Filipe Vicente, #88 Steve Caplan and #90 Cheng‑han Yu
17:20 – 18:50Poster Session 2 (even numbers)
18:50 – 20:20Conference Dinner
20:20 – 23:00Conference Party
Day 4 – Thursday 15 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:15 – 14:15Session 6
Chair: Anna Erzberger – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany and
Ewa Paluch – University of Cambridge, UK
09:15 – 09:45More than the sum: How does a composite interface govern function at the cell surface?
Alba Diz-Muñoz – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00PPP2R1A Regulates Migration Persistence through the NHSL1-containing WAVE Shell Complex
Yanan Wang – École Polytechnique, France
10:00 – 10:15Chitosan-glycerol blended micro-structured membranes for the enhancement of peripheral nerve regeneration
Luca Scaccini – Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy
10:15 – 10:30Organic semiconductors for modulation of mechano-sensitive channels in MDCK cells
Vanessa Spagnolo – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
10:30 – 10:45Staying in touch: septate junctions and epithelial sampling in the Drosophila crop
Jason Millington – Stanford University, United States of America
10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:15 – 11:45The final cut: ESCRT-III in cell division from archaea to eukaryotes
Buzz Baum – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
11:45 – 12:00“Cracking” the gut epithelium: junctional rupture at the interface of two different cell types
Justine Creff – Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, France
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 13:30Coordinating morphogenetic events: supracellular actomyosin cables as mechanical insulators
Katja Röper – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
13:30 – 13:45Hechtian strands. The threads for mechanosensing in plant cells?
Denise Arico – Laboratoire de Recherche en Sciences Végétales, Université de Toulouse, CNRS. Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, ENS-Lyon, INRAe, France
13:45 – 14:15The molecular mechanism of force feedback in lamellipodial actin networks
Dyche Mullins – University of California, San Francisco, USA
14:15 – 14:30Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
14:30 – 14:45Departures

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 Maria Bacadare 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 Monday 15 May 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-05 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.

Conference shuttle bus schedule

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.

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 (no password required), just log on to ATC-Guest. 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?
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 sponsor

Molecular Machines & Industries (MMI)

Media partners

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Letters, a FEBS Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Journal of Cell Science, a The Company of Biologists journal

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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Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.


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.

Media kit

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Date: 12 - 15 Jun 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Alba Diz-Muñoz
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

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