Biological oscillators: rhythms and synchronisation across scales – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Biological oscillators: rhythms and synchronisation across scales


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

Symposium overview

Are you interested to discuss oscillatory phenomena and biological dynamical systems, accross temporal and spatial scales? At this symposium, multiple disciplines will come together in order to discuss common themes linked to oscillations, rhythms and synchronization, in a broad range of contexts. The 2024 edition of this established symposium will expand the discussion to the scale of ecological oscillations and willl also highlight the interplay between internal and environmental rhythms.

This meeting provides a unique platform to bring together a community working at the interface between quantitative biology, complex oscillatory systems, modelling and theory. As with the editions in 2015, 2018 and 2022, this meeting aims to serve as a bridge between experimentalists and theorists and to reveal common challenges and approaches that can be shared across fields.

Session Topics

  • Oscillation mechanisms across different scales: from circadian clock to embryonic oscillators to biochemical (metabolic) oscillations
  • Oscillation function across scale and context
  • Synchronisation of coupled oscillators
  • Ecological rhythms and oscillations
  • Mathematical modelling and computational approaches
  • Imaging approaches to study oscillatory dynamics

Pre-symposium workshop

‘Oscillator Theory for Biologists” workshop (optional). Registration and details of this will be announced nearer the date

What past participants say about the Symposium

“As a first-time attendant at EMBL conference on Biological oscillations, I found the event exceptionally excellent! As an interdisciplinary researcher I learned about so many diverse topics, and I was even offered a possible postdoc position!” – Hamed Yeganegi, Chair of Zoology, TUM Munich and GSN, LMU Munich, Germany

“It was an exciting conference where new research, unexpected results, and profound analysis were presented. In addition, very bold hypotheses were discussed. As a result, I have new ideas for further research and possible collaborations.” – Nancy Papalopulu, F.M.I., Basel, Switzerland



Aneta Koseska

Max Planck Institue for Neurobiology Behaviour


Maria Robles

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich


Jun Yan

Chinese Academy of Sciences


Scientific Organisers

Conference organiser

Chris Stocks

Chris Stocks

Course and Conference Team Lead

EMBL Heidelberg



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  • Please note that the programme is subject to change. Some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • 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 19 March 2024
12:30 – 13:45Registration and light refreshments
13:45 – 14:00Opening remarks
14:00 – 18:45Session 1
Session Chair: Hanspeter Herzel
14:00 – 14:30Opening talk: Synchrony in ecology: why and how
Alan Hastings – University of California, Davis, USA
14:30 – 15:00Oscillatory transients in natural systems
Aneta Koseska – Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology Behaviour, Germany
15:00 – 15:15Metachronal waves in the ciliary band of Platynereis dumerilii larvae
Rebecca Poon – University of Exeter, UK
15:15 – 15:45Coffee break and meet the speakers
onsite participants to move to Large Operon
15:45 – 16:45Lecture: Oscillator Theory for Biologists
Hanspeter Herzel – ITB, Humboldt University, Germany
Venue: Large Operon
16:45 – 17:00Break to prepare Tutorial
17:00 – 18:00Oscillator Theory 101: Hands-on workshop on Biology and Time
Marta del Olmo – Institute for Theoretical Biology, Berlin
Zsofia Bujtar – Max Delbrück Center, Berlin
Saskia Grabe – Institute for Theoretical Biology, Berlin
Venue: Large Operon
18:00 – 18:15Break and reconvene in the Auditorium
18:15 – 18:45Circadian rhythms in hosts, malaria parasites and their vectors
Filipa Rijo-Ferreira – University of California, USA
18:45 – 20:30Dinner in canteen
20:30 – 22:00After dinner drinks and networking
20:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
21:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
22:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
Day 2 – Wednesday 20 March 2024
09:30 – 12:15Session 2
Session Chair: Aneta Koseska
09:30 – 10:00Mastering noise in rhythm generation: strategies for utilization and avoidance
Jae Kyoung Kim – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
10:00 – 10:15Notch signaling dynamics during small intestine homeostasis
Sonja Weterings – Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
10:15 – 10:30Delta Cells Modulate Pancreatic Islets Beta-Cell Calcium Wave Origin Formation
Yi Yu – Peking University, China
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break and meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:15Controlling condensates and through protein oscillations
Mathias Luidor Heltberg – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
11:15 – 11:45These go to eleven: pushing period range in eukaryotic clocks, a perspective on ultradian as well as fast circadian rhythms
Luis Larrondo – P. Universidad Catolica de Chile, Millennium Institute for Integrative Biology (iBio), Chile
11:45 – 12:15Organization of cellular network of circadian oscillators in the nervous system
Jun Yan – Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, Chinese Acadamy of Sciences, China
12:15 – 13:45Lunch and meet the editors
13:45 – 16:30Session 3
Session Chair: Ueli Schibler
13:45 – 14:15Periodic oscillations and synchronization of forest insect outbreaks across large spatial scales
Andrew Liebhold – USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, USA
14:15 – 14:30Molecular cooperation, but functional antagonism: how NF-κB activation perturbs p53 dynamics impairing DNA damage repair process.
Emanuele Colombo – IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Italy
14:30 – 14:45Distinct transcriptional oscillators in the circadian neuronal network preferentially synchronize with each other
Deniz Top – University of Alberta, Canada
14:45 – 15:15Coffee break and meet the speakers
15:15 – 15:30Early birds and slow worms: probing links between conserved biological timing mechanisms in nematodes and mammals 
Rebecca Spangler – University of California, Santa Cruz, United States of America
15:30 – 15:45Uncovering a signaling role of metabolism in mammalian embryos using entrainment-based dynamical systems approach
Hidenobu Miyazawa – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
15:45 – 16:00Emergent behavioural complexity in a ciliated microorganism
Alexander Boggon – University of Exeter, UK
16:00 – 16:30Morning larks and night owls shed light on human circadian timekeeping
Carrie Partch – University of California, USA (Virtual Speaker)
16:30 – 17:00Flash talks
#35 Bitsch, Marion; #37 Cebrián Lacasa, Daniel; #39 Combres, Lea; #41,Montagnac, Guillaume, #43 Denis, Christian; #49 Hawley, Joshua; #53 Kudo, Shuichi; #59 Naven, Mark; #63 Pietsch, Julian #65 Pei, Duanqing; #67 Rowntree, Andrew; #69 Schreiber, Igor; #73 Stengl, Monika; #77 Valim, Henrique; #81 Zajac, Olivier
17:00 – 19:00Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)
View poster listing here
19:00 – 20:30Dinner in EMBL Canteen
20:30 – 22:00After dinner drinks
20:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
21:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
22:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
Day 3 – Thursday 21 March 2024
09:30 – 12:30Session 4
Session Chair: Alexander Auhlela
09:30 – 10:00On clocks and timers in development
Andrew Charles Oates – EPFL, Switzerland
10:00 – 10:15Interrelation of circalunar, circadian and photoperiodic time keeping in the marine midge Clunio
Jule Neumann – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
10:15 – 10:30A parsimonious mechanism to generate rhythmic gene expression with wide phase dispersion
Helge Grosshans – Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break and meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:15Ghost cycles in biological systems
Daniel Koch – Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology of Behavior, Germany
11:15 – 11:45Spatiotemporal dynamics of the mammalian circadian clock transcriptional active complex at the chromatin
Maria Robles – Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:15Self-organized patterning in the Drosophila eye
François Schweisguth – Institut Pasteur, France
Not available on demand
12:15 – 12:30RBBP5 is an epigenetic regulator of mammalian 12h oscillator and stress responses.
Bokai Zhu – University of Pittsburgh, USA
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 16:30Group Activity – Hike
16:30 – 17:00Coffee break and meet the speakers
17:00 – 17:30Flash talks
#32 Abenza, Juan F; #34 Avello, Paula; #44 el Azhar, Yasmine; #50 Jadhav, Dinesh; #52 Zambrano, Samuel
#54 Mishra, Nikhil; #66 Gelens, Lendert; #70 Sellier-Prono, Marie; #72 Nunley, Hayden; #76 Trummel, Tabea; #78 Weir, Kurt; #82 Zhu, Ruimin
17:30 – 19:30Poster session 2 (even numbers)
View poster listing here
19:30 – 21:00Conference dinner
21:00 – 23:30Conference party with DJ
21:30Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
22:30Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
23:30Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG
Day 4 – Friday 22 March 2024
09:30 – 12:15Session 5
Session Chair: Alan Hastings
09:30 – 09:45Unlocking the rhythm: Deciphering the role of rhythmic stability for circadian dynamics through single-cell analysis and mathematical modeling
Marta Del Olmo – Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin
09:45 – 10:00HES1 oscillations offer a new perspective on re-emergence from cellular dormancy in breast cancer
Oliver Cottrell – University of Manchester, UK
10:00 – 10:30Synchrony from genes to ecosystems
Akiko Satake – Kyushu University, Japan
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break and meet the speakers
11:00 – 11:15Control of segmentation timing in the zebrafish notochord
Adhyapok Priyom – Duke University, USA
11:15 – 11:30Theoretical analysis of body temperature fluctuation during hibernation
Shingo Gibo – RIKEN, Japan
11:30 – 11:45Cytoplasmic oscillations and cytoskeletal dynamics collectively control the cell cycle period
Martina Boiardi – KU Leven, Belgium
11:45 – 12:15Human rhythmic synchronization in music, dance and language
W. Tecumseh Fitch – University of Vienna, Austria
12:15 – 12:30Closing remarks and poster prize announcements
12:30 – 12:45Packed lunch and departure
12:45Airport bus to Frankfurt airport
13:00Conference shuttle bus to all stops downtown including ISG

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€725
On-site PhD Student€625
On-site Industry€925
On-site Journal Editor*€300
Virtual Academia€225
Virtual PhD Student€175
Virtual Industry€275

* Editors from scientific journals are allowed to attend at a reduced rate, but asked to contribute to the conference in return by taking part in ‘meet the editors’ sessions or other planned activities within the programme.

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 Christopher Stocks 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 registration fee waivers, travel grants and childcare grants

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.

Childcare grant

There is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants, speakers and organisers when attending a conference. Eligible costs include (but are not limited to) fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility and travel costs for a caregiver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline. There is a limited amount of funding available for the childcare grants and funds will be distributed amongst eligible applicants.


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 for registration fee waivers and travel grants 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.

Childcare grants will be allocated in the same timeframe (6-8 weeks before the event start date). Please note that priority will be given to early-stage researchers.


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 travel

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 20 February 2024, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES24-02 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageISG Hotel Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Hotel Bayrischer Hof Hotel MonptiStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelMeininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City

Travel information

For travel information, please see here.

If you are travelling to the conference within Germany then you are eligible for the Deutsche Bahn ‘Event Ticket’ (called the ‘Veranstaltungsticket’ in German). This will result in a lower ticket price if your travel distance to Heidelberg is more than 100 km. You need to provide proof of your event attendance when purchasing the ticket.

For more information in English see here or in German see here.

You can book your ticket here.

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.

Here is the conference shuttle bus timetable.

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)
  • 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 more information about accommodation and travel, 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 EMBL merchandise (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please email the EMBL shop to place an order or get in contact with your Course Organiser.

Kindly note the EMBL shop is only open upon request and all purchases must be made in cash (Euros only).

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 the event and for two weeks afterwards. Please note: at the request of individual speakers, some talks are not recorded.
  • 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 onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Event sponsor



Event supporter

Media partners

EMBO Reports, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Letters

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medinformatics, a Bon View Publishing journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society 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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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: 19 - 22 Mar 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Alexander Aulehla
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Alan Hastings
      University of California, Davis, USA

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