Microglia 2021 – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Workshop

Microglia 2021


EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that this conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.

Conference Overview

This workshop will highlight the many important functions of microglia to nervous system physiology and function, the newest and most exciting literature and will bring together researchers using state-of-the-art imaging, genomics and molecular biology to study these enigmatic cells.

Microglia are a resident macrophage of the central nervous system at the intersection of immunology and neuroscience. They have gained increasingly more attention over the past decade as more research shows that they are key contributors to neural circuit development and function. There is also increasing evidence that microglia are important in the etiology of many nervous system diseases.

Session Topics

  • Microglia ontogeny
  • Microglia and circuit function
  • Microglia in diseased circuits
  • Microglia nomenclature


Scientific Organisers

Sonia Garel

Institut de Biologie de l’École Normale Supérieure


Conference Organisers

Lisa Trinh

EMBL Heidelberg


Diah Yulianti

EMBL Heidelberg


Preliminary Programme

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  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided 1 week before the start of the event.
  • Access to the recorded talks will be available until 2 weeks after the event.

All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.

To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the programme time and date along with your city into the Time Zone Converter.

Day 1 – Thursday, 28 October
13:00-13:45Social programme: speed networking
14:00-14:10Opening remarks
Virtual Session 1 – Microglia Ontogeny
14:10-14:40Keynote speaker
Burkhard Becher – University of Zurich, Switzerland
14:40-14:55Short talk 1
14:55-15:10Short talk 2
15:10-15:25Virtual Coffee Break
15:25-15:40Short talk 3
15:40-15:55Short talk 4
15:55-16:10Poster flash talk presentations 1
16:10-16:40Meet the speakers
16:40-17:40Career workshop
17:40-19:10Virtual Poster Session 1
(live chats and video calls with poster presenters)
Virtual Session 2 – Microglia and Circuit Function
19:10-19:30Keynote speaker
David Attwell – University College London, United Kingdom
19:30-19:50Short talk 5
19:50-20:10Short talk 6
20:10-20:20Virtual Coffee Break
20:20-20:40Short talk 7
20:40-21:00Short talk 8
21:00-21:30Meet the speakers
21:30-22:00Living Room concert by Lazy Fur

Day 2 – Friday, 29 October
13:00-13:45Meet the Editors
Virtual Session 3 – Microglia in diseased circuits
14:00-14:30Keynote: Microglia regulate myelin integrity in health and disease
Veronique Miron – The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
14:30-14:45Short talk 9
14:45-15:00Short talk 10
15:00-15:15Virtual Coffee Break
15:15-15:30Short talk 11
15:30-15:45Short talk 12
15:45-16:00Poster flash talk presentations 2
16:00-17:30Virtual Poster Session 2
(live chats and video calls with poster presenters)
Virtual Session 4 – Microglia nomenclature
17:30-19:00Panel discussions on “Microglial states and nomenclature: a roadmap to 2030”
Amanda Sierra
Beth Stevens
Rosa Paolicelli
Marie Ève Tremblay
19:00-19:15Closing remarks
19:15-19:45Meet the speakers

Practical Information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

Registration Fees 

Academia190 Euro
PhD Student140 Euro
Industry240 Euro
EMBL StaffIntranet access

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a reduced press rate or in some cases for complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Diah Yulianti for more information.

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.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers (only up to 8 weeks before event) and credit card payments.

Abstract submission

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions. 

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:

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

Authors and Affiliations: Please fill in the author’s details as requested in the online form. The compulsory details are: First Name, Last Name, Organisation Name (Affiliation or Company), Country and Email. Mark only one author as the role of First author and please don’t forget to indicate who will be presenting. The order of the authors will be listed as follows: First Author, Co-First Author (alphabetically if multiple), co-author(s) (in the order added by the submitter).

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.

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

Financial Assistance

Registration Fee Waivers

All academic and student registrants are invited to apply for a registration fee waiver, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO. The registration fee waiver covers the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Conference participants are not required to pre-pay the registration fee to be selected for a fee waiver for a virtual meeting. If you have already paid the registration fee and are awarded a fee waiver, it will be reimbursed after the meeting. Course participants are required to pay the course fee in advance, which will then be reimbursed after the recipient has attended the course.

Childcare Grants

For participants and speakers with childcare responsibilities there is the possibility to apply for a grant, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO, to offset childcare costs incurred when participating at a virtual event. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or childcare facility or travel costs for a care giver. 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 have been received. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.


Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal* (for the submission of abstracts for conferences or the submission of motivation letters for courses) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference or course.

For conferences, if you are not submitting an abstract, you can still apply for financial assistance in the submission portal. Take a look at the instructions for applying for financial assistance.

Note that priority will be given to those submitting an abstract to present at the conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, and, for registration fee waivers, the reasons 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.

*For some events, applications for Childcare Grants will still be done by email. Information about the grant will be sent out shortly after the abstract/motivation letter deadline. Please contact the event Conference Officer if you have any questions.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. Results will be announced approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the event start date. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Registration fee waiver selection is based on your current work or study location, your motivation for applying, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career. Childcare grants are allocated based on career stage, with priority given to early stage researchers.

Further details

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

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

Virtual Participation Guidelines

Please do:

  • Use the event-specific hashtag as communicated during the event for any related tweets
  • Tweet unless the speaker specifically says otherwise
  • Be mindful of unpublished data
  • Be respectful in tone and content

Please don’t:

  • Share the link to the conference platform with anyone else
  • Broadcast the conference to unregistered participants
  • Capture, transmit or redistribute data presented at the meeting unless presenter gives explicit consent
  • Use offensive language in your posts
  • Engage in rudeness or personal attacks

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. You can find these under ‘resources’ on the conference platform.

How to ask questions

Please use the Q&A function. It is possible to send a direct message to participants, poster presenters, and speakers within the conference platform.

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

Time zone

The programme is planned based on Central European Time (CET) or Central European Summer Time (CEST) unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accommodate as many timezones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance. Remember to set your time zone in your account. 

Virtual event platforms

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


Media Partnership

Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Journal

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Open Biology, a Royal Society Publishing 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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Date: 28 - 29 Oct 2021

Location: Virtual


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration: 30 Sep 2021


  • Sonia Garel
    Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure, France
    • Florent Ginhoux
      Singapore Immunology Network, Singapore
      • Dorothy Schafer
        University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
        • Amada Sierra
          Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Spain

        Contact: Diah Yulianti

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