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New approaches and concepts in microbiology – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

New approaches and concepts in microbiology

Overview

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

Symposium overview

This symposium will cover a broad range of topics in microbiology, featuring diverse research on bacterial physiology, bacterial communities and microbiomes, bacterial–host and –phage interactions, and bacteria in their natural ecological contexts. Emphasis will be placed on novel approaches and technologies (from systems-based to single-cell) that drive each field or have the potential to revolutionise future research in microbiology.

This meeting is the sixth of its kind, part of a successful series which started in 2013 and held biannually since, becoming a must-attend event for scientists working with bacteria and new technologies. The focus remains on the interface of new technologies and new biology in bacteria, but the thematic areas change and speaker line-ups do not overlap between consecutive symposia.

This symposium aims at bridging the gap between traditional microbiology and novel technologies, by exposing microbiologists to new ways of addressing their hypotheses. At the same time, it provides a platform for systems or technology experts to get a better understanding of the important questions in the field.

Session topics

  • Bacterial systems biology
  • Cell biology and protein machineries
  • Regulation, signalling and transcriptional networks
  • Pathogenesis and anti-infectives
  • Phage
  • Microbiomes and microbial Interactions
  • Environment and evolution

What past participants say about the conference

The conference tackled all the important topics in current microbiology, with an adequate length and a good variety of presenters. The networking sessions were good as they can be online (without food and drinks) and the discussion panels may have been the highlight for me!”

– Julia Sanchez-Garrido, Imperial College London, UK

Speakers

Speakers

Helge Bode

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

Germany

Carol Gross

University of California, San Fransisco

USA

Ruth Ley

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Germany

Gene-Wei Li

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

USA

Daniel Lopez

Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB)

Spain

Tâm Mignot

CNRS-Aix Marseille University

France

Kim Orth

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

USA

Feng Shao

National Institute of Biological Sciences

China

Scientific Organisers

Conference Organiser

Preliminary programme

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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 – Tuesday 27 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:00 – 13:45Registration and Lunch
13:45 – 14:00Opening remarks
14:00 – 15:00Panel discussion
15:00 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 19:30Session 1: Bacterial systems biology
15:30 – 16:00Carol Gross – University of California, San Fransisco, USA
16:00 – 16:15Selected #1
16:15 – 16:45Speeding up access and function of microbial natural products
Helge Bode – Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Germany
16:45 – 17:15Kiran Patil – University of Cambridge, UK
17:15 – 17:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
17:45 – 18:15Nassos Typas – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
18:15 – 18:45Selected #2
18:45 – 19:00Gene Li – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
19:00 – 19:30Selected #3
19:30 – 21:00Dinner in Canteen
21:00 – 23:15Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge
Day 2 – Wednesday 28 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
Session 2: Cell biology and protein machineries
09:00 – 09:30Physical approaches to interrogating microbial ecology
KC Huang – Stanford University, USA
09:30 – 09:45Selected #4
09:45 – 10:15Tâm Mignot – CNRS-Aix Marseille University, France
10:15 – 10:30Selected #5
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:30Julia Mahamid – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:30 – 11:45Selected #6
11:45 – 12:15Peptidoglycan maturation controls outer membrane protein assembly
Waldemar Vollmer – Newcastle University, UK
12:15 – 12:30Selected #7
12:30-15:30Lunch & Poster Session 1
15:30-19:00Session 3: Regulation, signalling and transcriptional networks
15:30 – 16:00Zemer Gitai – Princeton University, USA
16:00 – 16:15Selected #8
16:15 – 16:45Natalia Tschowri – Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
16:45 – 17:00Selected #9
17:00 – 17:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
17:30 – 18:00Michael Laub – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
18:00 – 18:15Selected #10
18:15 – 18:45Daniel Lopez – Spanish National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB), Spain
18:45 – 19:00Selected #11
19:00 – 20:30Dinner in Canteen
20:30 – 22:30Drinks in ATC Roof top lounge
Day 3 – Thursday, 29 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
Session 4: Phage
09:00 – 09:30Fighting with phages: how epidemic Vibrio cholerae defends against viral attack
Kimberley Seed – University of California, Berkeley, USA
09:30 – 09:45Selected #12
09:45 – 10:15Luciano Marraffini – The Rockefeller University, USA
10:15 – 10:30Selected #13
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:30Rotem Sorek – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
11:30 – 11:45Selected #14
11:45 – 12:15Karen Maxwell – University of Toronto, Canada
12:15 – 12:30Selected #15
12:30-15:30Lunch & Poster Session 2
12:30 – 19:00Session 5: Pathogenesis & Antinfectives
15:30 – 16:00Sophie Helaine – Harvard University, USA
16:00 – 16:15Selected #16
16:15 – 16:45Feng Shao – National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
16:45 – 17:00Selected #17
17:00 – 17:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
17:30 – 18:00Kim Orth – The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
18:00 – 18:15Selected #18
18:15 – 18:45Interferon: tug of war between host and pathogen
Charlotte Odendall – King’s College London, UK
18:45 – 19:00Selected #19
19:00 – 20:30Dinner
20:30 – 00:00DJ and party
Day 4 – Friday 30 June 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin) Speaker
Session 6: Microbiomes & Microbial Interactions
09:00 – 09:30Nicole Koropatkin – University of Michigan, USA
09:30 – 09:45Selected #20
09:45 – 10:15Ruth Ley – Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
10:15 – 10:30Selected #21
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:30Michael Zimmermann – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:30 – 11:45Selected #22
11:45 – 12:15Mohammad Seyedsayamdost – Princeton University, USA
12:15 – 12:30Selected #23
12:30 – 15:00Lunch & Poster Session 3
15:00 – 17:00Session 7: Environment & Evolution
15:00 – 15:30Engineering microbial communities from the top-down
Alvaro Sanchez – Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC), Spain
15:30 – 16:00Sara Mitri -Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
16:00 – 16:15Selected #24
16:15 – 16:45Rachel Dutton – University of California, San Diego, USA
16:45 – 17:00Poster Awards, Closing Remarks & Farewell
17:00 – 17:30Goodbye Drink and Meet the speakers
Optional: Bus to Frankfurt airport (Terminal 1)

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€175
Virtual PhD Student€125
Virtual Industry€225

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 Lea Hohmann 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.

On-site information

Catering

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.

Internet

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.

Luggage

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.

Photography

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.

Printing

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.

Sightseeing

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

HelloHallo
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.

Guidelines

  • 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 onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.

Sponsors

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 on sponsoring possibilities.

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

Warning

EMBL wishes to warn sponsors of EMBL conferences and courses of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer sponsorship opportunities on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. One current scam campaign of which we are aware is conducted using the name ‘Judy Eastman’ (judy@gopcontact.a2hosted.com) and entails approaches to sponsors offering sponsorship opportunities on EMBL’s behalf. Please be kindly advised that all relevant communication regarding sponsorship of EMBL conferences, symposia and courses is handled by EMBL directly and is sent from an official EMBL account. EMBL does not work with any external providers on sponsorship acquisition.

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.

Media kit

Want to let others know you’re attending this event? Take a look at our shareable media and feel free to use them in your social media channels or presentations.

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Date: 27 - 30 Jun 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Deadline(s):

Abstract submission: 4 Apr 2023

Registration (On-site): 16 May 2023

Registration (Virtual): 20 Jun 2023


Organisers:

  • Pascale Cossart
    Pasteur Institute of Paris, France
    • Sophie Helaine
      Harvard Medical school, USA
      • KC Huang
        Stanford University, USA

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