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.
This conference is assembling world-leading experts from diverse fields including genomics, epigenetics, structural biology, developmental biology, immunology, cancer biology and neurobiology, to discuss the broad impacts of TEs on organismal biology.
This conference provides a venue for cross-disciplinary discussions, with the goal of catalysing inter-disciplinary collaborations to address emerging questions in these scientific fields.
Although often disparaged as “junk” DNA, it is now undeniable that transposable element (TE) activity has significantly shaped the structure and function of all genomes, ranging from bacteria to humans. TEs are major drivers of genetic diversity and contribute to human disease. Remarkably, recent research has shown that TE-derived sequences also can be co-opted by the host to play important roles in gene expression, early development, immunity, neuronal diversification, and, perhaps, aging.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Institute of Human Genetics
Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell
National Insitute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
Institute of Evolutionary Biology
ax Delbrueck Center Berlin
University of Amsterdam
University of California, Los Angeles
Institute of Molecular Biology
University of Pennsylvania
University of California, San Francisco
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Blizard Institute, QMUL
Francis Crick Institute
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine,
University of Geneva
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA)
Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM)
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|Virtual Session 1 – Genomics and evolution (part 1)|
|14:10-14:40||Cedric Feschotte – Cornell University, USA|
|15:00-15:30||Isabel Gordo – Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal|
|15:45-16:15||Jernej Ule – Francis Crick Institute, UK|
|16:35-17:05||René Ketting – Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany|
|17:05-17:35||MBD5 and MBD6 couple DNA methylation to gene silencing through the J-domain protein SILENZIO|
Steve Jacobsen – University of California, Los Angeles, USA
|17:35-17:50||Poster flash talks|
|17:50-18:20||Meet the speakers session 1 (part 1)|
|18:20-19:20||Informal topic discussion in breakout rooms|
|19:20-20:20||Digital poster session 1|
|13:00-14:00||Social programme: Online speed networking|
|Virtual Session 1 – Genomics and evolution (part 2)|
|14:00-14:30||Josefa Gonzalez – Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Spain|
|14:50-15:20||Vincent Colot – IBENS, France|
|15:35-15:50||Poster flash talks|
|16:50-17:20||Harmit Malik – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA|
|17:40-18:10||Meet the speakers session 2 (part 1)|
|Virtual Session 2 – Transposon regulation (part 1)|
|18:10-19:00||Deborah Bourc’his – Institut Curie, France|
|19:00-19:30||Laura F. Landweber – Columbia University, USA|
|20:05-20:35||Séverine Chambeyron – Institute of Human Genetics, France|
|20:55-21:25||Hiten Madhani – University of California, San Francisco, USA|
|21:25-22:00||Meet the speakers session 2 (part 1)|
|Virtual Session 2 – Transposon regulation (part 2)|
|14:00-14:30||Donal O’Carroll – MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, UK|
|14:50-15:20||Mia Levine – University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|15:40-16:10||Meet the speakers session 2 (part 2)|
|16:10-17:10||Panel discussion on provocative emerging research areas on Mobile DNA|
|17:10-17:25||Poster flash talks|
|17:25-18:25||Break and digital poster session 3|
|Virtual Session 3 – Transposition mechanisms (part 1)|
|18:25-19:15||A structural journey through the evolution of the RAG transposase/recombinase|
David Schatz – Yale University, USA
|19:15-19:45||Pascale Lesage – Inserm, CNRS, France|
|20:00-20:30||Fred Dyda – National Institutes of Health, USA|
|19:55-20:25||Meet the speakers session 3 (part 1)|
|20:25-21:25||Social programme: virtual bar mixer|
|Virtual Session 3 – Transposition mechanisms (part 2)|
|14:00-14:30||Gael Cristofari – Inserm, CNRS, France|
|14:50-15:20||Maria Costa – Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell, |
|15:20-15:35||Poster flash talks|
|15:35-16:05||Meet the speakers session 3 (part 2)|
|16:05-17:05||Break and digital poster session 4|
|Virtual Session 4 – Physiological impacts|
|17:05-17:35||Sam Sternberg – Columbia University, USA|
|17:35-18:05||Epigenetic regulation of LINE-1 elements by the HUSH complex and impacts|
Helen Rowe – Blizard Institute, QMUL, UK
|18:05-18:35||Structural variation in transposable elements as hidden genetic modifiers in human disease-risk loci|
Frank Jacobs – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
|18:35-19:05||Zsuzsanna Izsvak – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany|
|19:05-19:35||Kathleen H. Burns – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, USA|
|19:35-20:05||Didier Trono – EPFL, Switzerland|
|20:05-20:35||Meet the speakers session 4|
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Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event):
|PhD Student||140 Euro|
|EMBL Staff||Intranet access|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Attendance at the event is required in order to be eligible to receive the reimbursement. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.
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This grant covers costs related to your attendance to the course (registration, travel and accommodation costs). The grant is restricted to PhD students and postdocs who conduct basic biomedical research.
Whether you are eligible to apply for a travel grant, depends on when you received your university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, A-Levels, High School Diploma, Final State Examination):
– for PhD and MD students, as well as graduates, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 11 years ago at the time of the envisaged course
– for postdocs, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 13 years ago at the time of the envisaged course
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 by following the instructions here. 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.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
Additional information can be found in our Code of Conduct.
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 events Slack workspace for you to enjoy during the event.
Questions during and after the talks can be asked in live streaming platform. The chair moderates the questions and shares them with the speaker. If time runs out or you think of a question later, you can use Slack to ask your questions in the dedicated session channels or via direct message.
The programme is planned based on Central European Summer Time (CEST), unless otherwise stated. As many virtual participants are attending from around the world, we do our best to accomodate as many timezones as possible when creating the programme. Please take your time zone into consideration when planning your attendance.
We are using a virtual event platform for this conference. More information about the platform will be shared ahead of the conference.
Date: 29 Aug - 1 Sep 2021
Abstract submission: 5 Jul 2021
Registration: 2 Aug 2021