Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life – Course and Conference Office

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Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life


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

Symposium overview

The molecular processes of life are naturally dynamic in space and time from the atomic to the organismal level. The rapid development of imaging methods across the full scale of biological organisation is revolutionising our ability to visualise the inner workings of macromolecular complexes, organelles, cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. Being able to see biological processes unfold in real time allows us to understand the mechanisms of life as well as disease.

The symposium will bring together the leading developers of imaging methods with cutting-edge applications that illustrate how imaging can answer biological questions. We will emphasize methods that can capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging of whole organisms.

From its beginning in 2011, Seeing is Believing has embraced novel imaging technologies that open new windows for biological discovery, including single-molecule and super-resolution, light sheet and correlative light electron microscopy.

The symposium provides many opportunities for presentations, discussions, and interactions between students, postdocs, junior, and senior investigators.

Session topics

  • Imaging structure and function of single molecules in situ
  • Tissue and organoid imaging
  • Probes & biosensors
  • Organismal and intravital imaging
  • Image analysis & modelling
  • New approaches to imaging

What past participants say about the symposium

This conference was very well organised, great talks and exciting new tools and techniques were presented. I am very happy I attended. Highly recommend for everybody interested in microscopy!” – Alina Gavrilov, Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland

The EMBL symposium was well organised and executed. The combination of field expert talk and technical field talk made researchers very much aware about subject research and available advance imaging facility and their applications.” – Dr. Vijay K. Verma Dept. of Microbiology University of Delhi South Campus, India

I was happy to attend this amazing meeting full of talks showing incredible combinations of the most recent state-of the-art techniques, some of which even looked like being from far future or sci-fi.” – Marketa Schmidt Cernohorska, Max Perutz Labs Vienna, Austria

Seeing Is Believing… maybe you have to see it to believe me how AMAZING this conference is. Three days filled with the latest around microscopy, biology, and data analysis, presented by the big names and the young but rising stars. A delight!” – Florian Jug, Fondazione Human Technopole, Italy

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



Ibrahim Cissé

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Ronald Germain

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Andrej Sali

University of California, San Francisco


Scientific organisers

Conference organisers

Iva Gavran

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg



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  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Programme is subject to change.
Day 1 – Wednesday 4 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
10:45 – 11:30Registration for workshop participants
11:30 – 12:30Industry pre-conference workshops (registration required)
11:30 – 13:00Registration and light refreshments
13:00 – 13:15Opening remarks
Session 1: Imaging structure and function of single molecules in situ
Chaired by Xavier Darzacq – University of California, Berkley, USA
13:15 – 13:35Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells
Ibrahim Cissé – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
13:35 – 13:55Single molecule tracking using proximity assisted photoactivation to study the dynamics of proteins engaged in multiple macromolecular assemblies
Xavier Darzacq – University of California, Berkley, USA
13:55 – 14:15Exploring the principles of energy-driven chromatin organisation
Sebastian Eustermann – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
14:15 – 14:35Localization influences macromolecular complex composition: Origin of Nuclear Pore Complex Asymmetry
Jenny Sachweh – Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany
14:35 – 14:55Studying viral infection dynamics and heterogeneity using single-molecule microscopy
Marvin Tanenbum – Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
14:55 – 15:40Coffee Break in Foyer and Meet the invited speakers in the CTY Foyer with Ibrahim Cissé, Xavier Darzacq, Sebastian Eustermann and Marvin Tanenbum
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
15:40 – 16:00Direct observation of motor protein stepping in living cells using MINFLUX
Jonas Ries – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:00 – 16:20Motion of single VAPB molecular tethers reveals a metastable structure at ER-mitochondria contact sites
Chris Obara – HHMI Janelia Research Campus, USA
16:20 – 16:40Mitochondria move via distinct transport modes
Julius Winter – EPFL, Switzerland
16:40 – 17:00Measuring biophysical properties of cells and bioparticles in health and disease
Erdinc Sezgin – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
17:00 – 17:20Unveiling the ultrastructural landscape of native extracellular matrix via lift-out cryo-FIB and cryo-ET
Bettina Zens – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
17:20 – 19:00Poster “Sneak peek” session
19:00 – 20:30Conference dinner
20:30 – 22:00Poster “Sneak peek” session continued
Day 2 – Thursday 5 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
Session 2: Tissue and organoid imaging
Chaired by Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz – HHMI-Janelia Research Campus, USA
09:00 – 09:20Uncovering brain tissue architecture with super-resolution light microscopy
Johann Danzl – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
Not available on demand
09:20 – 09:40Automated live-cell single-molecule imaging reveals the molecular dynamics of overexpressed Sox9 associated with a cancerous state transition in intestinal organoids
Nike Walther, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Not available on demand
09:40 – 10:00Imaging of cancer cell dynamics in vitro and in situ: from a whole organism to subcellular imaging with self-driving, multi-scale microscopy
Stephan Daetwyler – UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break and Meet the editors in ATC Foyer
Meet the speakers in CTY Foyer with Jonas Ries and Erdinc Sezgin
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
10:45 – 11:05Open top dual view light sheet microscope for live imaging of large multicellular systems in multi-well format
Franziska Moos – Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
11:05 – 11:25Exploring life across scales with volume correlative light and electron microscopy
Lucy Collinson – Francis Crick Institute, UK
11:25 – 11:45Do synaptic-like mechanisms control insulin secretion in pancreatic β-cells?
Kylie Dang – University of Sydney, Australia
11:45 – 12:05Investigating the spatial distribution, dynamics, and regulation of translation of mRNAs encoding secretory and membrane proteins by single molecule tracking
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz – HHMI-Janelia Research Campus, USA
12:05 – 14:05Lunch break

Lunch workshop by Thermo Fisher Scientific
12:35 – 13:35 Courtyard Room A

EMBL Imaging centre tours (sign-in sheets at the registration desk)
Meeting point: registration desk
Please be there a few minutes before the start of tour

12:15 – 12:55 Tour 1
13:05 – 13:45 Tour 2
Session 3: Probes & biosensors
Chaired by Atsushi Miyawaki – RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
14:05 – 14:25Sensitized acceptor anisotropy with dim fluorescent donor to monitor FRET-induced angular displacement
Hideaki Mizuno – KU Leuven, Belgium
14:25 – 14:45Highly specific and non-invasive imaging of Piezo1-dependent activity across scales using GenEPi
Konstantinos Kalyviotis – Imperial College London, UK
14:45 – 15:05Chemigenetic kinase biosensors for multiplexed activity sensing and super-resolution imaging
Michelle Frei – University of California, San Diego, USA
Not available on demand
15:05 – 15:50Coffee Break and Meet the editors in ATC Foyer
Meet the speakers in CTY Foyer
with Lucy Collinson and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
15:50 – 16:10Colors by Shape | EMcapsulins as multi-channel gene reporters for Electron Microscopy and correlative imaging modalities
Gil Westmeyer – Technical University of Munich, Germany
16:10 – 16:30Chemically programmable bacterial probes for the recognition of cell surface proteins
Leila Motiei – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Not available on demand
16:30 – 16:50A locally activatable sensor for robust quantification of organellar GSH
Sarah Emmert – University of Zürich, Switzerland
16:50 – 17:10Continuity in space and time
Atsushi Miyawaki – RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
17:10 – 17:40Flash talks
Poster numbers (odd): #63, #85, #91, #109, #147, #149, #155, #157, #161, #163, #173, #185, #195, #197, #209, #211
17:40 – 19:10Poster Session 1 (odd) with beer and snacks
19:10 – 20:30Conference dinner
20:30 – 22:30Pub quiz in the Canteen
Day 3 – Friday 6 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
Session 4: Organismal & intravital imaging
Chaired by Jan Ellenberg – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
09:00 – 09:20Imaging the structure and mechanism of mitotic chromosome folding in human cells and mouse embryos
Jan Ellenberg – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
09:20 – 09:40Programmed disassembly of an Interplanar Amida Network coordinates 3D epithelial growth
Osamu Shimmi – University of Helsinki, Finland
09:40 – 10:00Zebrahub – Multimodal Zebrafish Developmental Atlas Reveals the State Transition Dynamics of Late Vertebrate Pluripotent Axial Progenitors
Loic Royer – Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, USA
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break in Foyer and Meet the invited speakers in the CTY Foyer with Lin Tian, Atsushi Miyawaki, Jan Ellenberg and Loic Royer
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
10:45 – 11:05Highly Multiplex 2D and 3D Imaging Methods and Analytical Tools for Probing Cell Organization and Function in Complex Tissue Settings
Ronald Germain – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, USA
Not available on demand
11:05 – 11:25Deep Brain Tumor Imaging Through Customized Three-Photon Microscopy and Analysis
Varun Venkataramani – University Heidelberg, Germany
Not available on demand
11:25 – 11:45High-resolution line-scan Brillouin microscopy for live-imaging of mechanical properties during embryo development
Carlo Bevilacqua – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:45 – 12:05Computational intravital fluorescence mesoscopy
Qionghai Dai – Tsinghua University, China
Not available on demand
12:05 – 14:05Lunch break

Lunch workshop by BD Life Sciences
12:35 – 13:35 Courtyard Room A

EMBL Imaging centre tours (sign-in sheets at the registration desk)
Meeting point: registration desk
Please be there a few minutes before the start of tour

12:15 – 12:55 Tour 3
13:05 – 13:45 Tour 4
Session 5: Image analysis & modelling
Chaired by Meghan Driscoll – University of Minnesota, USA
14:05 – 14:25Life in the cytoplasm: computational microscope captures in-cell protein dynamics
Taras Pogorelov – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Not available on demand
14:25 – 14:45From integrative structural biology to cell biology
Andrej Sali – University of California, San Francisco, USA
14:45 – 15:05Exploring the universe of sub- and multicellular organization
Aubrey Weigel – Janelia Research Campus, HHMI, USA
15:05 – 15:50Coffee Break in Foyer and Meet the invited speakers in the CTY Foyer with Ronald Germain, Qionghai Dai, Andrej Sali and Aubrey Weigel
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
15:50 – 16:10Image analysis from the perspective of the 3D cell surface
Meghan Driscoll – University of Minnesota, USA
16:10 – 16:30Learning to explore phenotypes
Anna Kreshuk – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:30 – 16:50Deciphering the randomness of lineage decisions in early developing mouse embryos
Gesa Loof – Aix-Marseille Université, France
16:50 – 17:10ultrack: large-scale versatile cell tracking in Python under segmentation uncertainty
Jordao Bragatani – Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, USA
17:10 – 17:40Flash talks
Poster numbers (even): #58, #76, #108, #128, #140, #166, #182, #192, #200, #204, #210, #218
17:40 – 19:10Poster Session 2 (even) with beer and snacks
19:15Bus departures to Heidelberg Castle (please show your dinner ticket when entering the bus and the castle)
19:30Bus departures downtown (for free evening)
19:45 – 01:00Conference dinner and Party at the Heidelberg castle (dinner ticket holders only)

or Free evening
Day 4 – Saturday 7 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
Session 6: New approaches to imaging
Chaired by Satyajit Mayor – National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
09:30 – 09:50Ångström-resolution fluorescence microscopy
Isabell Baudrexel – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
09:50 – 10:10DNA tracing reveals the nanoscale organization of chromatin loops and domains
Kai Beckwith – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
10:10 – 10:30HiExM: high-throughput expansion microscopy enables scalable super-resolution imaging
John Day – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
10:30 – 11:15Coffee Break in Foyer and Meet the invited speakers in the CTY Foyer with Meghan Driscol, Anna Kreshuk, Ons M’Saad and Satyajit Mayor
kindly sponsored by ATTO-TEC
11:15 – 11:35‘pan-OptiX: Illuminating the Nanostructural Landscape of Tissues and Cells for Precision Medicine
Ons M’Saad – Panluminate, USA
11:35 – 11:55Single-molecule peptide identification using fluorescence blinking fingerprints
Salome Püntener – University of Zürich, Switzerland
11:55 – 12:15Examining virus-cell interactions via confocal iSCAT microscopy
Vahid Sandoghdar – Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
12:15 – 12:35Imaging the living cell membrane bilayer, leaflet by leaflet
Satyajit Mayor – National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
Not available on demand
12:35 – 12:50Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
12:50 – 13:20Packed Lunch and departure
13:20Shuttle bus to downtown
13:30Shuttle bus to Frankfurt airport (tickets sold at reception)

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, 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 Iva Gavran 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, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until Wednesday, 6 September 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-09 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergHotel Monpti
B&B HotelISG Hotel Premier Inn Heidelberg City
Exzellenz HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Meininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg

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 bus shuttle schedule

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Hotel Staycity (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop in front of Monpti hotel)
  • 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.

Onsite 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 on campus using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. The eduroam network (secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ items 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 photos. 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 to print your boarding pass/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, meditation and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of others 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 (formal)
Tschüss (informal)
Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryEs 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 nameWie heißen Sie? (formal)
Wie heißt du? (informal)
My name is..Ich 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 English.Ich brauche 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.


  • 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, and travelling to EMBL on our Information for participants page.


Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Event sponsors

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Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO 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

Imaging and Microscopy, a Wiley Journal

PLOS Biology, a PLOS journal


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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Pre-conference workshops

For on-site participants only.

The following industry workshops will be hosted by the sponsors of EMBO | EMBL Symposium: Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life prior to the start of the event.

on Wednesday 4 October 2023, 11:30 – 12:30

In order to read the abstract of each workshop, please click on the corresponding links above.

Participation in this workshop is free of charge for registered on-site conference attendees. The available place is limited (first come, first served).

All registered conference attendees will receive an email with a registration link shortly.

All pre-conference workshops will take place simultaneously, therefore, please choose the one you would be interested in the most.

Lunch workshops

For on-site participants only.

The following lunch workshops will be hosted by the sponsors of EMBO | EMBL Symposium: Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life will prior to the start of the event.

In order to read the abstract of each workshop, please click on the corresponding links above.

Participation in this workshop is free of charge for registered on-site conference attendees. The available place is limited (first come, first served).

All registered conference attendees will receive an email with a registration link shortly.

Date: 4 - 7 Oct 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Jan Ellenberg
    • Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
      • Satyajit Mayor
        National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
        • Atsushi Miyawaki

        Contact: Iva Gavran

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