Laboratoire de Physique de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure
EMBO | EMBL Symposium
This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.
Recent progress in biology has led to an explosion of factual knowledge about the living world over a huge range of scales in space and time. Yet, many questions about how to make sense of this data remain across the entire diversity of the living world from the smallest bacterium to the ecosystems of the Serengeti. This meeting aims to bring together a diverse collection of researchers interested in finding ways to parlay this ever-increasing factual knowledge into a corresponding array of conceptual knowledge. The goal of this symposium is to assemble an interdisciplinary community and to provide a platform to discuss perspectives on the role of theory in biology, and importantly also vice versa, the impact that biology can have on theory.
Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.
Laboratoire de Physique de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Université de Montréal
University of Cambridge
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
Max Planck Institute for neurobiology of behaviour – Caesar
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life
Tel Aviv University
Indian Institute of Science
Center for Quantitative Biology, Peking University
California Institute of Technology
Pompeu Fabra University (UPF)
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|11:30 – 13:00||Registration and light refreshments|
|13:00 – 17:00||Chair: Jordi Garcia-Ojalvo|
|13:00 – 13:15||Opening remarks|
|13:15 – 13:45||Flocking across scales: from wildebeest to parasite actin|
Christina Hueschen – Stanford University, USA
|13:45 – 14:15||Fast and cirri-ous: excitable dynamics in protists|
Kirsty Wan – University of Exeter, UK
Not available on demand
|14:15 – 14:30||Coarse-grained representations of transcriptional enhancers|
Joseph Nasser – Harvard University, USA
|14:30 – 14:45||A lack of distinct cell identities in single-cell measurements: revisiting Waddington’s landscape|
Breanne Sparta – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|14:45 – 15:30||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers of Day 1|
Francis Corson, Frank Jülicher, Christina Hueschen, Kirsty Wan
|15:30 – 16:00||Flowing into shape: self-organized patterning and morphogenesis|
Francis Corson – Laboratoire de Physique de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, France
|16:00 – 16:15||Are circadian amplitudes and periods correlated? A new twist in the story|
Marta del Olmo – Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
|16:15 – 16:30||Anchoring behavior affected by geometrical cues in the ciliate, Stentor coeruleus|
Syun Echigoya – Hokkaido University, Japan
|16:30 – 17:00||Active Processes in Cells and Tissues|
Frank Jülicher – Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Germany
|17:00 – 17:30||Group activity allocation|
On-site participants only
|17:30 – 18:30||Pre-dinner drinks|
|18:30 – 20:00||Dinner|
|20:00 – 22:00||Group activity|
|09:00 – 09:15||Arrival and coffee|
|09:15 – 10:15||Chair: Virginie Uhlmann|
|09:15 – 09:45||Growth control across scales|
Rita Mateus – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life, Germany
|09:45 – 10:00||A general limit for the sharpness of input-output responses grounds the Hill function in biophysical mechanism|
Rosa Martinez Corral – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
|10:00 – 10:15||Critical points in embryonic tissue organisation|
Nicoletta Petridou – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee Break and Meet the Editors session|
|10:45 – 12:15||Chair: Francis Corson|
|10:45 – 11:15||The Scale Invariant Cell|
Jané Kondev – Brandeis University, USA
|11:15 – 11:30||A feedback motif to increase sensitivity and information integration in sensory systems|
|11:30 – 11:45||Deriving a phase diagram structure of signaling systems with the optimal trade-off between sensitivity and precision|
Ka Kit Kong – Peking University, China
|11:45 – 12:15||Topology protects emergent dynamics in biological networks|
Evelyn Tang – Rice University, USA
|12:15 – 14:15||Lunch|
|14:15-16:45||Chair: Nicoletta Petridou|
|14:15 – 14:30||Theory@EMBL: bringing theoretical approaches closer to experimental biology|
Virginie Uhlman – EMBL-EBI, UK
|14:30 – 15:00||Non-reciprocal interactions and waves without density in flocks on manifolds|
Sriram Rajagopal Ramaswamy – Indian Institute of Science, India
|15:00 – 15:15||Integration of contradictory signals in epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition|
Yaron Antebi – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|15:15 – 15:30||The Core & Periphery hypothesis: a conceptual basis for generality in cell and developmental biology|
Jonas Hartmann – University College London, UK
|15:30 – 16:00||Scaling dictates the decoder structure|
|16:00 – 16:45||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers of Day 2|
Rita Mateus, Jané Kondev, Sriram Ramaswamy, Chao Tang, Evelyn Tang
|16:45 – 17:30||Group activity |
On-site participants only
|17:30 – 19:00||Poster Session 1 (odd) with beer and snacks|
|19:00 – 20:30||Dinner|
|20:30 – 22:30||After-dinner drinks|
|09:00 – 09:15||Arrival and coffee|
|09:15 – 10:15||Chair: Jané Kondev|
|09:15 – 09:45||Model inference for living matter: from biological data to dynamical equations|
Jörn Dunkel – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
|09:45 – 10:00||Understanding feedback control in biological systems|
Mariana Gómez-Schiavon – The National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
|10:00 – 10:15||Inferring the stochastic dynamics of cell shape changes during cellular state transitions|
Wolfram Ponisch – University of Cambridge, UK
|10:15 – 10:45||Coffee Break|
|10:45 – 12:45||Chair: Aneta Koseska|
|10:45 – 11:15||Plant Tropisms as a Window on Plant Computational Processes|
Yasmine Meroz – Tel Aviv University, Israel
|11:15 – 11:30||Topology and Geometry Together in Biology|
Carl Modes – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
|11:30 – 11:45||The noisy physical cell: Vast heterogeneity in cytoplasmic diffusion rates revealed by nanorheology and Doppelgänger simulations|
Rikki Garner – Harvard Medical School, USA
|11:45 – 12:15||Surface dynamics in living systems|
Anna Erzberger – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
|12:15 – 12:45||Does Biological Research Require a Hypothesis?|
Raymond Goldstein – University of Cambridge, UK
|12:45 – 14:15||Lunch|
|14:15 – 15:45||Group activity – Hike|
On-site participants only
|15:45 – 16:15||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers of Day 3|
Jörn Dunkel, Yasmine Meroz, Anna Erzberger, Raymond Goldstein
|16:15 – 17:30||Group activity presentations|
Only for on-site participants to present, but presentations will be live-streamed to virtual participants
Chair: Kirsty Wan
|17:30 – 19:00||Poster Session 2 (even) with beer and snacks|
|19:00 – 20:30||Conference BBQ dinner|
|20:30 – 23:00||Conference party|
|09:00 – 09:15||Arrival and coffee|
|09:15 – 12:15||Chair: Alexander Aulehla|
|09:15 – 09:45||Basis of natural computations|
Aneta Koseska – Max Planck Institute for neurobiology of behaviour – Caesar, Germany
|09:45 – 10:00||Dynamic instability of cell-like compartments|
Jan Brugues – Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
|10:00 – 10:30||Latent Space modelling of biological dynamics|
Paul Francois – Université de Montréal, Canada
|10:30 – 11:15||Coffee Break and Meet the speakers of Day 4|
Hana El Samad, Paul Francois, Aneta Koseska
|11:15 – 11:30||A mechanochemical model for symmetry breaking in regenerating Hydra as alternative to a purely biochemical reaction-diffusion model|
Sera Weevers – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
|11:30 – 11:45||Robust speed of biochemical waves reveals a general scaling relationship|
Jo-Hsi Huang – Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
|11:45 – 12:00||Closing Remarks and Poster Prize|
|12:00 – 13:00||Final conference 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 Charlotte Courtney 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.
Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.
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.
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.
The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.
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.
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.
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.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
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 20th June 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking codeEES23-07 to confirm the exact price of the room.
|Hotel Anlage||Hotel ibis Heidelberg||Premier Inn Heidelberg City|
|Hotel Bayrischer Hof||ISG Hotel||Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg|
|B&B Hotel||Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre||Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg|
|Exzellenz Hotel||Meininger Heidelberg||Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg|
|Hotel Holländer Hof||Hotel Monpti|
Here is the conference shuttle bus timetable for this conference.
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.
The bus stops for this conference are:
View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
In case of fire …
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 using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.
‘’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.
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 email@example.com and collect your print-outs at the registration desk.
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.
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.
|Where is the nearest Covid test centre?||Wo ist das nächste Covid-Testzentrum?|
|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?|
Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.
We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.
Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.
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.
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.
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.
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 information for onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.
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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: 18 - 21 Jul 2023
Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual
Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre
Abstract submission: Closed
Registration (On-site): Closed
Registration (Virtual): Closed