Diversity of plants: from genomes to metabolism – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Diversity of plants: from genomes to metabolism


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

Symposium overview

This inaugural EMBO | EMBL Symposium will showcase the future of plant biology. Going beyond the limited number of wild and crop plants that have historically been focused on, modern comparative approaches are revealing the mechanistic bases and evolutionary forces driving the enormous phenotypic variation among the 400,000 plant species on Earth.

This conference is for biologists with an interest in plant diversity at the genomic, (epi)genetic, phenotypic and metabolic level. The major topical threads will be the biology of genomes, evolution of metabolic pathways, and evolution of environment-dependent and -independent phenotypes, which constitute some of the most exciting areas of contemporary biology.

Session topics

  • Evolution of genomes                                   
  • Evolution of metabolism I                              
  • Evolution of metabolism II                             
  • Biology of genomes                          
  • Plants in their environment                          
  • Evolution of phenotypes                                


Keynote speaker


Xiaoqi Feng

Institute of Science and Technology Austria


Sanwen Huang

Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Genomics Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences


Leandro Quadrana

IBENS – Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure


Scientific organisers

Conference organiser

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg



Are you on social media? Post using #EESPlantDiversity and don’t forget to tag @EMBLEvents

  • 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.
  • Please find the poster listing here.
Day 1 – Tuesday 9 April 2024
12:00 – 13:30Registration and light refreshments
13:30 – 13:45Opening remarks
13:45 – 14:45Keynote lecture: Harnessing plant metabolic diversity for food and health applications
Anne Osbourn – John Innes Centre, UK
14:45 – 18:15Session 1: Evolution of genomes
Chaired by: Justyna Lalak-Kanczugowska – Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
14:45 – 15:15The reinvention of potato
Sanwen Huang – Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences / Agricultural Genome Institute at Shenzhen, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
15:15 – 15:30Widespread position-dependent enhancers in plants
Yoav Voichek – Gregor Mendel Institue (GMI), Austria
15:30 – 15:45Allelic variants determine plant-microbe-plant interactions
Niklas Schandry – Ludwig-Maximilians University, Germany
15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Anne Osbourn, Sanwen Huang
16:15 – 16:45Evolving by jumping: the role of mobile DNA in the generation of adaptive variation in response to environmental challenges
Leandro Quadrana – IBENS – Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure, France
16:45 – 17:00The metabolic and genomic imprints of unparalleled growth
Haim Trebes – Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany / Tel-Aviv University, Israel
17:00 – 17:15Illuminating biology of the red algae – the “forgotten” plant lineage
Michael Borg – Max Planck Institute for Biology Tübingen, Germany
Not available on demand
17:15 – 18:15Poster sneak peek
18:15 – 19:45Dinner
19:45 – 21:30Pub Quiz in Canteen / After dinner drinks in the Rooftop Lounge
Day 2 – Wednesday 10 April 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 2: Evolution of metabolism I
Chaired by: Jiawen Chen – KU Leuven, Belgium / John Innes Centre, UK
09:00 – 09:30Let’s connect to nature and explore plant metabolism in a context
Asaph Aharoni – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45Exploring, elucidating and engineering complex flavonoid glycoside biosynthesis
Sandra Irmisch – Leiden University, The Netherlands
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Leveraging the benefits of genetic mapping within local populations more fully reveals the genetic basis of defensive metabolite diversity
Andrew Gloss – New York University, USA
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Leandro Quadrana and Asaph Aharoni
10:30 – 11:00Biosynthesis of quinolizidine alkaloids in lupins
Fernando Geu-Flores – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
11:00 – 11:15A novel single-cell metabolomics method for the study of plant natural products biosynthesis
Lorenzo Caputi – Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
11:15 – 11:45Translational plant natural product research
Xiaoguang Lei – Peking University, China
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:00Esculetin is biosynthesized via novel O-demethylation activity in Arabidopsis thaliana
Alicja Dobek – University of Gdansk, Poland
12:00 – 13:30Vegetarian lunch + Meet the Editors
13:30-16:30Session 3: Evolution of metabolism II
Chaired by: Sarah E. O’Connor – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
13:30 – 14:00Identification and functional characterization of protein-metabolite interactions
Aleskandra Skirycz – Michigan State University, USA
14:00 – 14:15Real-time evolution of plant chemical defenses in natural communities
Shuqing Xu – University of Mainz, Germany
14:15 – 14:30A bipartite biosynthetic gene cluster and convergent enzyme evolution in mint monoterpenoid metabolism
Benjamin Lichman – University of York, UK
14:30 – 15:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Fernando Geu-Flores, Xiaoguang Lei, Aleskandra Skirycz
15:00 – 15:30Understanding plant resilience against climate change through the lens of a thermophilic plant
Seung Yon (Sue) Rhee – Michigan State University, USA
(Remote talk)
Not available on demand
15:30 – 15:45Convergent evolution of ipecac alkaloid biosynthesis
Maite Colinas – Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
15:45 – 16:00Plant metabolic plasticity in response to various microbes
Joëlle Schläpfer Sasse – Universität Zürich, Switzerland
16:00 – 16:30Flash talks – odd numbers
#41 Himani Agrawal / #47 Jiawen Chen / #59 Justyna Lalak-Kanczugowska / #61 Ruoxi Lin / #65 Nadja Nolte / #69 Izabela Perkowska / #71 Claude Becker / #73 Vojtech Schmidt
16:30 – 18:00Poster Session 1 (odd numbers) with beer and snacks
18:00Free evening
Day 3 – Thursday 11 April 2024
09:00 – 12:00Session 4: Biology of genomes
Chaired by: Douglas Domingues – University of São Paulo, Brazil
09:00 – 09:30Epigenetic reprogramming in plant germlines
Xiaoqi Feng – Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
09:30 – 09:45Glycosylation of the transcription factor WOX4 regulates radial growth and gene expression in Arabidopsis
Pascal Hunziker – Centre of Organismal Studies (COS), Heidelberg University, Germany
09:45 – 10:00Changing the structure of plant genomes by CRISPR/Cas-mediated chromosome engineering
Michelle Rönspies – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Xiaoqi Feng
10:30 – 11:00Evolution of cell-type specific specialized metabolism
C. Robin Buell – University of Georgia, USA
11:00 – 11:15Induced genetic variation: Precision breeding utilizing conventional breeding technologies
Agnieszka Nielsen – Traitomic-Carlsberg Group, Denmark
11:15 – 11:45Transcriptional regulation of photosynthesis
Andrea Bräutigam – Bielefeld University, Germany
Not available on demand
11:45 – 12:00Unveiling the green code: benchmarking gene prediction tools and analyzing factors shaping precise annotation in plant genomes
Qussai Abbas – Technical University of Munich, Germany
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30-16:30Session 5: Plants in their environment
Chaired by: Anna Ihnatowicz – University of Gdansk, Poland
13:30 – 14:00My model organism eats your model organism: a Drosophila that attacks Arabidopsis leads to a plant size locus
Noah Whiteman – University of California, Berkeley, USA
14:00 – 14:15Variance in drought tolerance in the European oak genotypes from German forests
Tetyana Nosenko – Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
14:15 – 14:30Interspecies pathway engineering to investigate the immune function of Trp-derived specialized metabolism
Gopal Singh – Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
14:30 – 15:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with C. Robin Buell, Andrea Bräutigam, Noah Whiteman, Tonni Grube Andersen 
15:00 – 15:30Cellular lockdowns: plasmodesmal regulation of trade-offs between growth and defence in plants
Christine Faulkner – John Innes Centre, UK
15:30 – 15:45Structural features of receptor-like proteins (RLPs) enable versatile immune recognition
Adam Steinbrenner – University of Washington, USA
15:45 – 16:15Evolution, sub-functionalisation, and regulation of biosynthetic gene clusters
Claude Becker – Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
16:15 – 16:30Spatio-temporal chemical modulation of root-associated-microbial communities in the Brassicaceae family
Andra-Octavia Roman – Max Planck for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
16:30 – 17:00Flash talks – even numbers
#42 Rachna Behl / #48 Arpita Chowdhury / #50 Douglas Domingues / #62 Jian-Feng Mao / #72 Santiago Priego Cubero
17:00 – 18:30Poster Session 2 (even numbers) with beer and snacks
18:30 – 20:30Conference dinner
20:30 – 23:00Conference party
Day 4 – Friday 12 April 2024
09:00 – 11:45Session 6: Evolution of phenotypes
Chaired by: Claude Becker – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
09:00 – 09:30Thoughts on the evolution of the sporophyte
John Bowman – Monash University, Australia
09:30 – 09:45Creating a genomic and molecular toolbox to assess whether gene duplication has allowed for higher morphological diversity in Begonia?
Lucy Turnbull – University of Edinburgh / Royal Botanical Gardens of Edinburgh, UK
09:45 – 10:00Comparative transcriptomic analysis of the fern group reveals the evolution of cell wall modules
Marek Mutwil – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Christine Faulkner, John Bowman, Edwige Moyroud 
10:30 – 10:45Stoma to stomach – the evolutionary connection of guard cells and gland cells in cephalotus follicularis
Dorothea Graus – University of Würzburg, Germany
10:45 – 11:00A single-cell transcriptomic approach to decode the evolutionary innovation of stomatal form and function in a model grass
Lea Berg – University of Bern, Switzerland
Not available on demand
11:00 – 11:30All bullseyes great and small – understanding the development and evolution of petal patterning in Hibiscus
Edwige Moyroud – University of Cambridge UK
11:30 – 11:45Closing Remarks and Poster Prize Announcements
11:45Packed Lunch and departure

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 Editors*€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 Nathalie Sneider 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 registration fee waivers and travel grants during the motivation letter or 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.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until Monday 11 March 2024 in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES24-04 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Hotel Bayrischer Hof Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
B&B HotelHotel Monpti
Exzellenz HotelPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Holländer Hof Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg

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.

Please find the bus schedule here.

The bus stops for this conference are:

  • Staycity Aparthotel (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Premier Inn (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmünzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop)
  • ISG Hotel (Im Eichwald 19)

View Conference shuttle bus stops and hotels in a larger map. Please note that not every bus stop will be used for every event.

Further details

Address: EMBL, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.

For more information about accommodation and travel, please refer to the FAQ page.

On-site information


All meals and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Our catering staff will prepare a wide variety of vegetarian meals, meat and fish dishes, soups, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of desserts.

Please wear your badge at all times when serving yourself.

No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium.

Charging lockers

There are lockers available next to the stairs leading down into the Auditorium. You will find some of those equipped with sockets to charge your smartphone/tablet etc.

Electricity and charging station

In most places the electricity is 220 volts AC (50 cycles). An adaptor and a plug that fits the German socket may be needed for your appliances/laptop (i.e. American, Japanese, etc.). A USB charging station for electronic devices is available at the registration desk.

EMBL merchandise

If you are interested in purchasing 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 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 EnglishIch 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

* Talks will only be recorded upon speaker’s consent

Please note that only on-site participants are able to submit abstracts and participate in the poster sessions.

Event platform

We are using an event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.


  • Do not broadcast the conference to unregistered participants.
  • You are encouraged to tweet and post about the event. Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise, but be mindful of unpublished data. 
  • Please do not capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting.

Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.

Health and well-being

It is important to stay healthy and move around, especially when you are attending an event virtually. We have put together a few coffee break stretches and yoga videos in the conference platform for you to enjoy during the event.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function in the event platform.

If you have any other questions, you can go to the Help Desk in the event platform. Click on ‘more’ on the top menu and click Help Desk. 

Time zone

The programme is planned based on the Europe/Berlin time zone, unless otherwise stated. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.

Additional information

Please find additional information including FAQs, terms and conditions, COVID-19 safety policy and travelling to EMBL on our Information for participants page.

COVID-19 related questions

COVID-19 information for on-site events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Event sponsor

ABclonal Germany

Media partners

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press Journal

FEBS Open Bio

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Medinformatics, a Bon View Publishing journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society 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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Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
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  • 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: 9 - 12 Apr 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Barbara Ann Halkier
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Sarah E. O’Connor
      Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
      • Detlef Weigel
        Max Planck Institute for Biology, Germany

      Contact: Nathalie Sneider

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