Innate immunity in host-pathogen interactions – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Innate immunity in host-pathogen interactions


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

Symposium overview

This follow-up meeting to the successful EMBO | EMBL Symposia ‘Innate immunity in Host Pathogen Interactions’ in 2016, 2018 and 2022 will provide a discussion and networking platform for all scientists interested in the biology of pathogen infection. The symposium will promote the exchange of conceptual ideas in this rapidly evolving field, and also foster cross-disciplinary collaborations among the scientists.

Innate immunity is studied by both microbiologists and immunologists; however, their perspectives differ widely. Microbiologists are necessarily specialists for their pathogen(s) of choice, while immunologists tend to focus on the host response. The goal of the conference is to bring together immunologists, microbiologists and cell biologists, who, from their specific points of view, will discuss recent progress in their understanding of host-pathogen interactions. The conference will have a balanced representation of viruses, bacteria, fungi and, for the first time, parasites as the major classes of medically relevant animal or economically important plant pathogens. A unique aspect of the meeting will be the holistic approach of discussing host-pathogen interactions also across phylogenetically distant hosts, i.e. plants and animals.

Session topics

  • Sensing pathogens
  • The cell biology of infection
  • Signaling upon pathogen detection
  • Cell-autonomous immunity
  • Pathogen countermeasures
  • Pathological consequences of infection and inflammation

What past participants say about the Symposium

“This conference is exceptionally good and was my first conference at EMBL. Various topics of innate immune response has been covered in this conference, which further broaden my knowledge in the field of host-pathogen interaction’s. Very well organised and good networking opportunity for the people in the field of immunology and microbiology.” – Sanpreet Singh, CSIR-IMTech, India

“As my first international symposium, the EMBO | EMBL Symposium ‘Innate Immunity in Host-Pathogen Interactions’ was inspiring, great fun and facilitated both scientific exchange and networking. It was great to present my PhD work to a very engaged audience featuring many major names in my field. Looking forward to next time!” – Conor O’Donovan, MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK

“This conference is the best of its kind in bringing together researchers who work in hostpathogen interactions. The format was great, and the conference was exceptionally wellorganized.” – Cynthia Guo, University of Toronto, Canada


Keynote speakers


Veit Hornung

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Bernhard Hube

Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology

Hans Knöll Institute


John Schoggins

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Wai-Hong Tham

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Sho Yamasaki

Research Institute for Microbial Diseases


Jian-Min Zhou

Yazhouwan National Laboratory


Scientific organisers

Conference organisers

Iva Gavran

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 18 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
12:00 – 13:30Registration and light refreshments
13:30 – 13:45Opening remarks
13:45 – 14:45Keynote talk: Toxplasma gondii a persisting challenge
Dominique Soldati-Favre – University of Geneva, Switzerland
14:45 – 18:15Session 1: Sensing pathogens
Trude Flo – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
14:45 – 15:15Immune responses to mycobacterial lipids
Sho Yamasaki – Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Japan
Not available on demand
15:15 – 15:30Recognition of phylogenetically diverse pathogens through enzymatically amplified recruitment of RNF213
Ana Crespillo Casado – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
15:30 – 15:45Immune recognition of structured phage RNA by bacterial cGAS
Dalton Banh – Rockefeller University, USA
15:45 – 16:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Dominique Soldati-Favre and Sho Yamasaki
16:15 – 16:45Understanding and exploiting plant immune receptor mechanisms
Jonathan Jones – The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
16:45 – 17:00ADAR1 haploinsufficiency and viral RdRp dsRNA synthesis synergize to dysregulate RNA editing and cause multi-system interferonopathy
Eric Poeschla – University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
17:00 – 17:15The epigenetic reader SP140 participates in a host-virus nuclear arms race by regulating inteferon beta mRNA stability via RESIST
Russel Vance – HHMI /University of California, Berkeley, USA
17:15 – 18:15Speed networking session
18:15 – 19:45BBQ dinner
19:45 – 21:30After dinner drinks in ATC Rooftop lounge
Day 2 – Wednesday 19 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 2: The cell biology of infection
Chair: Cyril Zipfel – University of Zürich, Switzerland
09:00 – 09:30M. tuberculosis induced cell death and a new macrophage – alveolar epithelial cell co-culture model
Trude Flo – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45The macrophage endoplasmic reticulum protein VAPA participates in the salvage of host lipids by Leishmania amazonensis
Albert Descoteaux – Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada
09:45 – 10:00Nucleotide-Based Defense Strategies in Bacterial Antiviral Immunity
Nitzan Tal – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Jonathan Jones and Trude Flo
10:30 – 11:00Nanobodies that block malaria parasite transmission
Wai-Hong Tham – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia
11:00 – 11:15The role of fungal cell wall in predation by immune cells and bacteria
Agate Auzane – University of Exeter, UK
11:15 – 11:45A functional screen for ubiquitin regulation identifies an E3 ligase secreted by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Jonathan Pruneda – Oregon Health & Science University, USA
11:45 – 12:00Keep an eye on both sides: Host membrane microdomains are required for Mycobacterium marinum-induced membrane damage and infection
Thierry Soldati – University of Geneva, Switzerland
12:00 – 13:30Lunch and Meet the Editors (30min at the end of lunch)
13:30 – 16:30Session 3: Signaling upon pathogen detection
Chair: Chair: Michaela Gack – Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA
13:30 – 14:00Harnessing C. elegans pathogen response to mitigate protein aggregation
Della David – Babraham Institute, UK
14:00 – 14:15A host AAA-ATPase employs chemo-mechanical force to exhibit bacteriolytic activity
Sourav Ghosh – Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
14:15 – 14:30Deciphering oligomerization effects on plant receptor activity in innate immunity
Zhiming Ma – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
14:30 – 14:45 Discovery of a novel actor of the TLR4 pathway using comparative immunology across domains of life
Hugo Vaysset – Institut Pasteur, France
Not available on demand
14:45 – 15:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Wai-Hong Tam, Jonathan Pruneda and Della David
15:15 – 15:45CLRs: Autoimmunity and immunity to fungal infection – a new link!
Gordon Brown – University of Exeter, UK
15:45 – 16:00Identification and characterization of plant cytokines
Jack Rhodes – The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
16:00 – 16:30Intersection of plant immunity and microbiota homeostasis
Julia Vorholt – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
16:30 – 17:15Flash talks
#55, #57, #61, #63, #77, #83, #85, #87, #115, #131, #133, #137, #157
17:15- 19:15Poster Session 1 (odd numbers) with beer and snacks
19:15Free evening
Day 3 – Thursday 20 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:00Session 4: Cell-autonomous immunity
Chair: Felix Randow – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
09:00 – 09:30TRIMming’ autophagic antiviral host defenses
Michaela Gack – Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA
Not available on demand
09:30 – 09:45Metabolic enzymes moonlight as selective autophagy receptors to protect plants against viral induced cellular damage
Marion Clavel – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
09:45 – 10:00How cytosolic bacteria inhibit RNF213-mediated cell autonomous immunity
Magdalena Szczesna – Imperial College, London, UK
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Gordon Brown, Julia Vorholt and Michaela Gack
10:30 – 11:00Membrane channels as facilitators of immune cell cross-talk in infection and inflammation
Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic – Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, UK
11:00 – 11:15Metabolism, infection, and inflammation: the immunometabolic interplay of salmonella persistence in macrophages
Matthew Eldridge – Harvard Medical School, USA
11:15 – 11:45Evolution of anti-viral immunity across domains of life
Aude Bernheim – Institut Pasteur, France
11:45 – 12:00Evolution-guided enhancement of MxA antiviral properties against influenza virus
Rechel Geiger – Fred Hutch Cancer Center, USA
12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 16:30Session 5: Pathogen countermeasures
Chair: Dominique Soldati Favre – University of Geneva, Switzerland
13:30 – 14:00New models of interferon-mediated antiviral immunity
John Schoggins – The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
14:00 – 14:15Targeted degradation of host messenger RNA by a bacterial effector modulates macrophage metabolism
Kitty McCaffrey – Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Not available on demand
14:15 – 14:30The bacterial effector SteD reduces surface levels of MHCII by activating the E3 ubiquitin ligase WWP2
Samkeliso Blundell – Imperial College London, UK
14:30 – 15:00Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Jelena Bezbradica Mirkovic, Aude Bernheim and John Schoggins
15:00 – 15:30The commensal training ground of Candida albicans
Bernhard Hube – Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology | Hans Knöll Institute, Germany
15:30 – 15:45Direct antimicrobial functions of HMGB1 and countermeasures deployed by Gram negative bacteria
Jeannette Messer – Cleveland Clinic, USA
15:45 – 16:15Understanding immune signaling and chemical defense against phytopathogenic bacteria
Jian-Min Zhou – Yazhouwan National Laboratory, China
Not available on demand
16:15 – 16:30Activation and Evasion of the FACT-ETS-1 Antiviral Response Pathway by RNA Viruses
Emily Rex – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
16:30 – 16:45Flash talks
#52, #56, #84, #86
16:45 – 18:45Poster Session 2 (even numbers) with beer and snacks
18:45 – 20:30Dinner in the canteen
20:30 – 23:30Conference party with live music
Day 4 – Friday 21 June 2024
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:30 – 13:45Session 6: Pathological consequences of infection
and inflammation
Chair: Gordon Brown – University of Exeter, UK
09:30 – 10:00How Listeria outsmarts the host
Marc Lecuit – Institut Pasteur, France
Not available on demand
10:00 – 10:15The contribution of the innate immune response to blood-brain barrier breakdown in Cerebral Malaria
Alina Batzilla – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
10:15 – 10:45The (counterintuitive) innate neuroimmune response to cryptococcal infection
Rachael Dangarembizi – University of Cape Town, South Africa
10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers with Bernhard Hube, Jian-Min Zhou, Marc Lecuit, Rachael Dangarembizi, Ken Cadwell, Veit Hornung and Vishva Dixit
11:15 – 11:45Autophagy at the host-microbe interface
Ken Cadwell – University of Pennsylvania, USA
11:45 – 12:00Brain endothelial GSDMD activation mediates inflammatory BBB breakdown
Wei Jiang – National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
12:00 – 12:30Detection of non-self nucleic acids in the endolysosome
Veit Hornung – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Not available on demand
12:30 – 13:30Why so many ways to die?
Vishva Dixit – Genentech, USA
13:30 – 13:45Closing Remarks and Poster Prize Announcements
13:45 – 14:15Packed Lunch and departure
14:15Bus to airport (tickets available at registration desk)
14:30Conference shuttle

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 Iva Gavran for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments. 

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

Title: The title should not exceed 20 words. Only the first word of the title should start with a capital letter and the rest should be lowercase.

Authors and affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory fields are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email.

Kindly mark only one author in the role of First Author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be the Presenter.

Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts together with their organisation/institute. Do not copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Presentation types: When submitting your abstract, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

For detailed instructions on how to submit a conference abstract, follow the instructions provided in this video.

Please check our FAQs pages for further information on how to submit an abstract.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO in the form of registration fee waiverstravel 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 is based on scientific merit, your current work or study location, the reasons for needing financial support, and the impact this event will have on your career.


Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts (from travel costs) have been received.

Further details

View our list of external funding opportunities and information on attending a conference as an event reporter.

For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.

Accommodation and travel

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until 21 May 2024, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES24-08 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.

Conference shuttle bus schedule

Shuttle bus stops (please see Google map with the stops below)

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

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 sorryTut 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 English?Sprechen 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 EnglishGibt es 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 and travelling to EMBL on our Information for participants page.


Event sponsor

ABclonal Germany

Disease Models & Mechanisms (The Company of Biologists)



Event supporters

Media partners

EMBO Reports, an EMBO Press journal

FEBS Journal

FEBS Letters

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.


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.


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: 18 - 21 Jun 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Gordon Brown
    University of Exeter, UK
    • Michaela Gack
      Cleveland Clinic Florida Research & Innovation Center, USA
      • Felix Randow
        MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
        • Dominique Soldati-Favre
          University of Geneva, Switzerland
          • Cyril Zipfel
            University of Zurich, Switzerland

          Contact: Iva Gavran

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