The mobile genome: genetic and physiological impacts of transposable elements – Course and Conference Office

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The mobile genome: genetic and physiological impacts of transposable elements


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.

Conference overview

This conference assembles world-leading experts from diverse fields including genomics, epigenetics, structural biology, developmental biology, immunology, cancer biology, and neurobiology to discuss the broad impacts of transposable elements (TEs) on organismal biology. The meeting 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 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, TE-derived sequences are also often co-opted by the host to play important roles in gene expression, early development, immunity, neuronal diversification, and, perhaps, aging.

Session topics

  • Genomics and evolution
  • Transposon regulation
  • Transposition mechanisms
  • Physiological impacts I
  • Physiological impacts II


Keynote speakers


Joan Barau

Institute of Molecular Biology


Jef Boeke

NYU Grossman School of Medicine


Virtual speaker

Claudia Köhler

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology


Virtual speaker

Martin Taylor

Harvard Medical School


Scientific organisers

Conference organiser


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  • 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 8 November 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
11:00 – 12:45Registration and light lunch
Shuttle Bus schedule
12:45 – 13:00Opening remarks
Scientific organisers: Déborah Bourc’his – Institute Curie, France and Julius Brennecke – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
13:00 – 18:15Session 1: Genomics and evolution
Chaired by: Julius Fabian Brennecke – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
Marianne Yoth – Aarhus University, France
13:00 – 13:30Escapee L1s promote parvalbumin interneuron development
Geoff Faulkner – University of Queensland, Australia
13:30 – 13:45Evolution of gene regulation by species-specific transposable elements in primates
Mari Ohnuki – Kyoto University, Japan
13:45 – 14:00Protein domains from multigene families recurrently associate with domains derived from transposable elements and viruses
Miguel Vasconcelos Almeida – University of Cambridge, UK
14:00 – 14:30A Devil’s Bargain with TEs for crop pathogen adaptation
Daniel Croll – University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
14:30 – 15:00Locus-resolution analysis of L1 regulation and retrotransposition potential in mouse embryonic development
Sandra Richardson – Mater Institute, Australia
15:00 – 15:30The role of the Cer1 transposon in horizontal transfer of transgenerational memory
Coleen Murphy – Princeton University, USA
Virtual talk
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
Geoff Faulkner, Daniel Croll and Sandra Richardson
16:00 – 16:15Exploring the contribution of transposable elements to the evolution of salamander developmental and regenerative programs
Diego Rodriguez Terrones – Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
16:15 – 16:30The silent architects of yeast genome
Aleksandras Konovalovas – Vilnius University, Life Sciences Centre, Institute of Biosciences, Lithuania
16:30 – 16:45The transcriptional repertoire of transposable elements during mammalian preimplantation development
Marlies Oomen – Helmholtz Zentrum Munich Germany
Not available on demand
16:45 – 17:15Horizontal transfer of transposable elements in animals
Clément Gilbert – Paris-Saclay University, France
17:15 – 18:15Keynote speaker 1: ‘The genetics of epigenetic variation at transposable elements’
Anne Ferguson Smith – University of Cambridge, UK
18:15 – 19:45Dinner
19:45 – 21:15Science pub quiz (optional) – EMBL Canteen
19:45 – 21:45After dinner drinks (optional) – ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 2 – Thursday 9 November 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 20:00Session 2: Transposon regulation
Chaired by: Déborah Bourc’his – Institut Curie, France
Juliane Glaser – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
09:00 – 09:30Architects of genomic harmony: KRAB zinc finger proteins expand the domestication potential of mobile elements
Michael Imbeault – University of Cambridge, UK
09:30-09:45Novel actors involved in chromatin-associated TE control in embryonic stem cells
Emeline Roger – Institut Curie, France
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:15H3K27me3 recruitment at Transposable Elements in Arabidopsis
Angélique Deleris – I2BC, Gif sur Yvette, France
10:15 – 10:30Comprehensive investigation of de novo insertions in piRNA clusters reveals dual functions of Panoramix in the piRNA pathway
Yicheng Luo – California Institute of Technology, USA
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
Anne Ferguson Smith and Michael Imbeault
11:00 – 11:30Transposable elements drive hybrid incompatibility in plants
Claudia Köhler – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
Virtual talk
11:30 – 12:00Regulation of TEs in the mammalian germline
Joan Barau – IMB Mainz, Germany
12:00 – 12:15Young & hot L1s in the human genome evade the host restriction factor TEX19
Ricky Padilla Del Valle – University of Washington, USA
Not available on demand
12:15-12:30Flash Talks 1 (odd numbers)
#53, #54, #101, #141, #153
12:30 – 14:00Lunch and Meet the speakers with
Joan Barau
14:00 – 16:00Poster session 1 (odd numbers)
16:00 – 16:30Catalytic and non catalytic functions of PRC2 in the control of transposable elements in Paramecium
Sandra Duharcourt – Institut Jacques Monod, France
16:30 – 16:45Recurrent molecular adaptation revealed by systematic cross-species protein interaction analyses of the Drosophila piRNA pathway
Sebastian Riedelbauch – Aarhus University, Denmark
16:45 – 17:00A direct protein-protein interaction network of cytoplasmic Drosophila piRNA pathway factors
Mandy Jeske – Heidelberg University, Germany
17:00 – 17:30PiRNA-mediated TE control in mammals
Philip Zamore – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
17:30 – 17:45A co-opted retroviral capsid defines a rapidly-evolving architectural protein family that binds to transposable elements
Wayo Matsushima – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
17:45 – 18:00Flash Talks 2 (even numbers)
#92, #118, #162, #164
18:00 – 18:30Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
Sandra Duharcourt and Philip Zamore
18:30 – 19:00Genetics of cheating of genetics
Yukiko Yamashita – MIT, Cambridge, USA
19:00 – 19:30The role of L1 elements in promoting aging
Vera Gorbunova – University of Rochester, USA
Virtual talk
19:30 – 19:45Transposon silencing in duckweeds, lessons from non-model organisms
Arturo Mari-Ordonez – Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology Austria
19:45 – 20:00Structural and biochemical insights on the role of HUSH component MPP8 in transposon regulation
Yorgo Modis – University of Cambridge, UK
20:00 – 21:30Dinner
21:00 – 22:30After dinner drinks
Day 3 – Friday 10 November 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 14:00Session 3: Transposition mechanisms
Chaired by: Orsolya Barabas – University of Geneva, Switzerland
Tomoichiro Miyoshi – RIKEN, Japan
09:00 – 09:30Redefining mobility in bacterial genetics
Jose Penadés – Imperial College London, UK
09:30 – 09:45Structure-function analysis of mammalian tRNA-derived SINEs
Emily Koch – University of Michigan, USA
09:45 – 10:15A network of interferon-stimulated genes inhibits human LINE-1 retrotransposition
Tomoichiro Miyoshi – RIKEN, Japan
10:15 – 10:30Extrachromosomal circular DNA reveals helitron activity in wheat
Etienne Bucher – Agroscope, Switzerland
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
Yukiko Yamashita, Jose Penadés and Tomoichiro Miyoshi
11:00 – 11:30Regulation of site-specific recombination by serine integrases
Femi Olorunniji – Liverpool John Moores University, UK
11:30 – 11:45From retroelements to retroviruses: the evolutionary plasticity of reverse-transcribing RNA viruses
Haoming Zhai – University of Cambridge, UK
11:45 – 12:15Diversity of target selection systems with Tn7-like elements from CRISPR guided transposons to bacterial telomere elements
Joseph Peters – Cornell University, USA
12:15 – 12:30The genetic and environmental basis of heritable transposition in Arabidopsis thaliana
Mireia Bueno Merino – IPS2 – Paris – Saclay University, France
12:30 – 12:45Genomic integration of SARS-CoV-2 sequences in virus infected and viral RNA transfected human cells and infection of bat iPS cells with virus
Rudolf Jaenisch – Whitehead Institute, USA
12:45 – 14:00Lunch and Meet the speakers with
Femi Olorunniji and Joseph Peters
14:00 – 16:30Session 4: Physiological impacts
Chaired by: John Moran – University of Michigan, USA
Stephanie Workman – Mater Research Institute, Australia
14:00 – 14:30Structural analysis and inhibition of human LINE-1 ORF2 protein reveals novel adaptations and functions
Martin Taylor – Harvard Medical School, USA
14:30 – 15:00Giant virus-like transposons mediate widespread horizontal gene transfer in nematodes
Alejandro Burga – IMBA, Austria
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
Martin Taylor and Alejandro Burga
15:30 – 16:30Keynote speaker 2: Studies of a human retrotransposable element
John Moran – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
16:30 – 17:30Panel Discussion on emerging topics in TE biology
Not available on demand
17:30 – 19:30Poster session 2 (even numbers)
19:30 – 21:00Conference dinner
21:00 – 00:00Conference party
Day 4 – Saturday 11 November 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 13:15 Session 4: Physiological impacts (continued)
Chaired by: John Moran – University of Michigan, USA
Stephanie Workman – Mater Research Institute, Australia
09:00 – 09:15Co-opted endogenous retrovirus governed Pregnancy Specific Glycoprotein 9 (PSG9) locus coordinates trophoblast differentiation in human placentation
Zsuzsanna Izsvak – Max Delbrück Center, Germany
09:15 – 09:45Species specific regulation of trophoblast gene expression by endogenous retroviruses
Miguel Branco – Queen Mary University of London, UK
Not available on demand
09:45 – 10:00Helitron-derived repeat structures regulate transgenerational inheritance in C. elegans
Faisal Alkhaldi – King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
10:00 – 10:30Transposable elements and human brain disorders
Johan Jakobsson – Lund University, Sweden
10:30 – 10:45Reverse transcriptase-related genes at the intersection of environmental stress responses
Irina Arkhipova – Marine Biological Laboratory, USA
Not available on demand
10:45 – 11:00Somatic LINE retrotransposition in motorneurons has functional consequences
Thomas Widmann – FIBAO (Fundación de Investigación Biosanitaria) & GENYO – Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research, Spain
11:00 – 11:30Coffee break and Meet the speakers with
John Moran, Miguel Branco, Johan Jakobsson and Eric Miska
11:30 – 11:45Retroviral-like particles inducing cell death drive a limb developmental malformation
Juliane Glaser – Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
11:45 – 12:15Great GEMMs reveal dramatic human phenotypes conferred by intronic retrotransposon insertions
Jef Boeke – NYU Grossman School of Medicine, USA
Virtual talk
Not available on demand
12:15 – 12:30The Drosophila retrotransposable element Copia regulates larval neuromuscular junction physiology
Peter M’Angale – University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, USA
12:30 – 12:45Endogenous retroviruses wrestle with epigenetic surveillance to drive host pathophysiology
Yejing Ge – MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Not available on demand
12:45 – 13:15piRNA dynamics in mammalian genomes
Eric Miska – University of Cambridge, UK
13:15 – 13:30Closing remarks
13:30 – 14:00Packed lunch and departure
14:00Shuttle bus to Frankfurt airport (tickets €30)

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

On-site registration fees include admission, conference materials, COVID-19 safety measures, 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€450
On-site PhD Student€350
On-site Industry€750
Virtual Academia€200
Virtual PhD Student€150
Virtual Industry€250

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 Diah Yulianti 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.

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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 both registration fee waivers and travel grants. These are available for on-site participants at EMBL Conferences and EMBO|EMBL Symposia, and for on-site and virtual participants at EMBO Workshops. We are currently working on securing funding for all virtual participants, and ask that you please apply for financial assistance for both on-site and virtual participation. 

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

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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.

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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 shuttles

Accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.

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:

  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier, Kurfürsten-Anlage 23
  • Leonardo Hotel (Bergheimer Str.)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz
  • Peterskirche
  • ISG Hotel

Here are the shuttle bus times for this conference.

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

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On-site information


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Travel to and from the venue

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Useful German expressions

Good morningGuten Morgen
Good afternoonGuten Tag
Good eveningGuten Abend
Good nightGute Nacht
I’m sorryEs tut mir leid
Excuse me…Entschuldigen Sie
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The menu, pleaseDie Speisekarte, bitte
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I’m VegetarianIch bin Vegetarier
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Virtual Participation

What’s included?

  • Access to all the livestreamed talks
  • Video library of the recorded talks during and after the event
  • 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.


Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

FEBS Open Bio, a FEBS Press journal

Bio Essays, a Wiley Online Library

Advanced Biology, a Wiley Online Library

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If you are interested in becoming a media partner of this event, please visit our media partnerships webpage.


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Date: 8 - 11 Nov 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Déborah Bourc’his
    Institut Curie, France
    • Julius Brennecke
      IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
      • Jose L. Garcia-Perez
        The University of Edinburgh, UK
        • Susan Wessler
          University of California Riverside, USA

        Contact: Iva Gavran

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