Microtubules: from atoms to complex systems – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Microtubules: from atoms to complex systems


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

Transport alert: storm damage is affecting some rail routes in southern Germany. Please check your journey on the website of the German rail operator, Deutsche Bahn if travelling by train.

Symposium overview

This symposium, initiated in 2010, has taken place every second year since and brings together early-career and established researchers from all over the world who are interested in microtubule biology and its impact on human health and disease.

The microtubule cytoskeleton is essential for a wide variety of cellular functions, such as chromosome segregation, directed vesicle and organelle transport, cell motility, and cell polarity. Impaired microtubule function can lead to human diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, where microtubules serve as important therapeutic targets. In recent years, interdisciplinary approaches embracing cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, and mathematical modelling have made a tremendous impact on microtubule research.

The progressive diversification of the microtubule field creates the need for this strong meeting that unifies the community and brings together researchers from different disciplines interested in microtubule research. As per the now well-established format, the 2024 edition of the symposium will feature inspirational keynote and landmark lectures, a large number of short talk opportunities selected from the submitted abstracts, lively poster sessions, and activities for networking.

Session Topics

  • Patterning of microtubule arrays
  • Microtubule-based control of cell architecture
  • Microtubule motors and their regulation
  • Microtubule biophysics
  • Tubul-ins and outs
  • Microtubules in neurons
  • Microtubules in cell division

What past participants say about the conference

“Wonderful meeting that integrates the latest biophysics and cell biology. An opportunity for extended discussion with emerging leaders of the field.” – Tim Mitchson, Harvard Medical School, USA

“Great meeting that gathers a wonderful community in very fruitful discussions and networking. A must repeat!!!” – Ana Pimenta-Marques, University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

“This conference provided a space for stimulating scientific discussions and constructive feedback! A great community to be a part of.” – Veronica Farmer, Vanderbilt University, USA



Landmark lectures


Buzz Baum

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Reto Gassmann

Institute for Research and Innovation in Health (i3S)


Edgar Gomes

Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes


Xuan Li

University of Cambridge


Jan Löwe

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Simone Reber

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology


Melina Schuh

Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary 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 – Wednesday 05 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:30 – 14:00Registration and light refreshments
14:00 – 14:10Opening remarks
14:10 – 15:55Session 1: Patterning of microtubule arrays
Luke Rice – University of Texas, USA
14:10 – 14:35The role of cytoskeleton in nuclear positioning and membrane remodeling during muscle formation
Edgar Gomes – Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes, Portugal
14:35 – 14:50Step-wise assembly of axonemes visualised by cryo-electron tomography of the ciliary tip
Helen Foster – Human Technopole, Italy
14:50 – 15:15Regulation of microtubule function in ischaemic heart failure
Xuan li – University of Cambridge, UK
15:15 – 15:30Tubulin glutamylation patterns are central to axon guidance via selective tuning of microtubule-severing enzymes
Coralie Fassier – Sorbonne Université, France
15:30 – 15:55Precise control of microtubule structure and intracellular trafficking in living cells and behaving animals
Yu-Chun Lin – National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
15:55 – 16:25Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
16:25 – 17:55Session 2: Emerging topics 1
Susanne Bechstedt – McGill University, Canada
16:25 – 16:40Native structures of tubulin-rich polymers from human parasite Toxoplasma gondii
Rui Zhang – Washington University, USA
16:40 – 16:55Robust cytoplasmic partitioning by solving an intrinsic cytoskeletal instability
Melissa Rinaldin – Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
16:55 – 17:10Torque generation by mitotic motors in microtubule overlaps
Stefan Diez – Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
17:10 – 17:25Molecular interplay between HURP and Kif18A in the regulation of the mitotic spindle
Juan Manuel Perez Bertoldi – University of California, Berkeley, USA
17:25 – 17:40Tubulin Code: Generating recognition patterns to selectively direct Microtubule-Associated Proteins
Arya Krisnan – Institut Curie, France
Not available on demand
17:40 – 17:55Doublecortin and paclitaxel compete for control of microtubule lattice expansion and compaction
Gary Brouhard – McGill University, Canada
17:55 – 20:00Dinner in Canteen
20:00 – 22:00After dinner drinks & poster preview
Day 2 – Thursday 06 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 09:45Landmark Lecture: Microtubule plus-end tracking proteins: 25 years of cellular fireworks
Anna Akhmanova – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
09:45 – 10:15Coffee Break
10:15 – 12:00Session 3: Microtubule motors and their regulation
Zdenek Lansky – Institute of Biotechnology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
10:15 – 10:40Animating microtubules by combining scientific drawing and programming
Renaud Chabrier – Independent author, artist, and researcher
10:40 – 10:55Stepping in two directions: mechanisms that govern the bidirectional motility of mitotic kinesin motors
Leah Gheber – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
10:55 – 11:20A novel adaptor for cytoplasmic dynein 1 regulates ER sheet organization
Reto Gassman – University of Porto, Portugal
11:20 – 11:45Activation of monomeric kinesins
Shinsuke Niwa – Tohoku University, Japan
11:45 – 12:00Cryo-EM studies of cooperation between dynein/dynactin and kinesin-1
Sami Chaaban – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
12:00 – 13:45Lunch & meet the speakers
13:45 – 14:45Session 4: Emerging Topics 2
Laura Schaedel – Saarland University, Germany
13:45 – 14:00Microtubule and centrin networks enable ultrastructural plasticity in planktonic eukaryotes
Gautam Dey – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
14:00 – 14:15Cryo-ET reveals actin filaments within platelet microtubules
Chisato Tsuji – University of Bristol, UK
14:15 – 14:30Investigating microtubule nucleation apparatus in plant cells
Masayoshi Nakamura – Nagoya University, Japan
14:30 – 14:45Expanding the tubulin code through TTLL11 polyglutamylase activity
Jana Nedvedová – Institute of Biotechnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
14:45 – 15:15Flash talks session 1
#67 Subham Biswas
#91 Takahiro Deguchi
#97 Marcos Fariña-Mosquera
#123 Carla Jaramillo
#139 Thibault Legal
#151 Eleonora Messuti
#153 Aniruddha Mitra
#161 Shweta Nandakumar
#171 Yannes Popp
#179 Mariana Romeiro Motta
#197 Sarah Steffens
#199 Bhagyanath Suresh
#205 Emma van Grinsven
#213 Yucheng Ye
#217 Guoli Zhao
15:15 – 15:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:45 – 18:30Poster Session 1 (odd numbers) with beer and snacks
18:30 – 20:00Dinner in EMBL Canteen
20:00 – 20:45Keynote #1
The kinesin superfamily molecular motors and intracellular transport: from regulation of brain functions and development to related diseases
Nobutaka Hirokawa – The University of Tokyo, Japan
20:45 – 22:30Networking drinks
Day 3 – Friday 07 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 10:45Session 5: Microtubule Biophysics
Francois Nedelec – University of Cambridge, UK
09:00 – 09:25Diverse cytomotive actins and tubulins share a polymerisation switch mechanism conferring robust dynamics
Jan Löwe – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
09:25 – 09:50CLASPs stabilize the pre-catastrophe intermediate state between microtubule growth and shrinkage
Marija Zanic – Vanderbilt University, USA
09:50 – 10:15Towards a Complete Mechanochemical Cycle of Dynein-1 by High-Resolution Cryo-EM
Jack Zhang – Yale University, USA
**this talk is virtual**
10:15 – 10:30Visualization of GTP hydrolysis in microtubules
Tomohiro Shima – University of Tokyo, Japan
10:30 – 10:45Non-averaging structural analysis of microtubules using cryo-ET
Hanjin Liu – University of Tokyo, Japan
10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:15 – 13:00Session 6: Microtubules in neurons
Andreas Prokop – The University of Manchester, UK
11:15 – 11:40Zebrafish as a model for the study of in vivo axonal transport in neurons and related disorders
Fillipo Del Bene – Institut de la Vision, France
Not available on demand
11:40 – 11:55Mechanotransduction control of axonal microtubule distribution
Shaul Yogev – Yale School of Medicine, USA
11:55-12:20Of Axons and Microtubules: Tales from the Tubulin Code
Francesca Bartolini – Columbia University, USA
12:20 – 12:35In vitro reconstitution of microtubule doublets by MAP6d1
Dharshini Gopal – Université Grenoble, France
12:35 – 13:00Asymmetric microtubule nucleation from the Golgi in neurons
Paul Conduit- Institut Jacques Monod, France
13:00 – 14:15Lunch
14:15 – 15:00Landmark Lecture #2
Microtubules as tracks and engines: how scientific ideas emerge and evolve
Richard McIntosh – University of Colorado Boulder, USA
15:00 – 15:20Flash talks session 2
#66 Anika Binder
#78 Po-Pang Chen
#86 Sabina Colombo
#96 Juan Estevez- Gallego
#128 Daria Khuntsariya
#130 Alison Kickuth
#140 Miguel Leung
#146 Francesca Maci
#168 Gera Pavlova
#198 Simone Steilberg
15:20 – 15:50Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:50 – 16:40Roundtable discussion: Gamma-Tubulin Complexes
Anna Akhmanova – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Paul Conduit- Institut Jacques Monod, France
Kuo-Chiang Hsia – Institute of Molecular Biology, Taiwan
Tarun Kapoor – The Rockefeller University, USA
Jens Luders – Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain
Thomas Surrey – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
16:40 – 19:00Poster Session 2 (even numbers) with beer and snacks
19:00 – 00:00BBQ and conference party
Day 4 – Saturday 08 June 2024
Time (Europe/BerlinSpeaker
09:30 – 11:15Session 7: Tubul-ins and outs
Jawdat Al-Bassam – University of California, Davis, USA
09:30 – 09:55The TRiCky business of folding tubulin
Judith Frydman – Stanford University, USA
Not available on demand
09:55 – 10:10Ancestrally conserved methyl marks regulating neuronal function “written” on microtubules by the histone methyltransferase NSD3/MES-4
Edward Pietryk – Baylor College of Medicine, USA
10:10 – 10:35Autoregulated control of tubulin mRNA stability
Ivana Gasic – University of Geneva, Switzerland
Not available on demand
10:35 – 10:50Unveiling the tubulin code readers required for directed cell migration
Marin Barisic – Danish Cancer Institute, Denmark
10:50 – 11:15Opportunities & challenges: Studying microtubules form ectotherms
Simone Reber – Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany
Not available on demand
11:15 – 11:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:45 – 13:00Session 8: Microtubule-based control of cell architecture
Isabelle Arnal – Grenoble Institute of Neuroscience, France
11:45 – 12:10The archaeal origins of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton
Buzz Baum – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Not available on demand
12:10 – 12:35Unveiling centriole architecture assembly using expansion microscopy
Virginie Hamel – University of Geneva, Switzerland
Not available on demand
12:35 – 13:00Examining the material properties of the spindle apparatus in cell-free Xenopus egg extracts
Yuta Shimamoto – National Institute of Genetics, Japan
13:00 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 16:15Session 9: Microtubules in cell division
Rytis Prekeris – University of Colorado, USA
14:30 – 14:55Chimeras of Kinesin-6 and Kinesin-14 reveal domain functions and properties that lead to aneuploidy in fission yeast
Phong Tran – Institut Curie,France
14:55 – 15:10Uncovering the molecular mechanism of central spindle symmetry breaking during asymmetric cell division with synthetic biology
Lara Krüger – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
15:10 – 15:35Using 3D large scale electron tomography to study force generation in the mitotic spindlee
Stefanie Redemann – University of Virginia, USA
15:35 – 15:50Midzone spindles reorganisation from metaphase-to-anaphase in vitro
Wei Ming Lim – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
15:50 – 16:15New insights into spindle assembly and aneuploidy in oocytes
Melina Schuh – Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences, Germany
Not available on demand
16:15 – 16:30Poster prizes
16:30 – 16:45Closing remarks

Practical infomation

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 (live streamed and on-demand) and the 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 Chris 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.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until Wednesday 8 May 2024, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES24-07 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz HotelMeininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel MonptiHilton 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.

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)

Conference shuttle bus is available here

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


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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.

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Media partners

EMBO Reports, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Journal of Cell Science, The Company of Biologists Journal

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.


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

Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.

Media kit

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

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Date: 5 - 8 Jun 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Carsten Janke
    Institute Curie, France
    • Thomas Müller-Reichert
      TU Dresden, Germany

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