From functional genomics to systems biology – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Workshop

From functional genomics to systems biology


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events. 

Conference Overview

Genomics, proteomics and quantitative imaging are rapidly moving fields with technological innovations and new biological insights occurring on an almost monthly basis. For example, mass spectrometry-based proteomics is now able to quantitatively assess close to 80% of the proteome which can nowadays be obtained from very low cell numbers. An even greater jump in sensitivity has recently revolutionized genomics with the rapid spread of measurements at the resolution of single molecule and single cells. Development of new methods and instruments has led to the emergence of high content quantitative microscopy, that enables quantification of dozens of phenotypic readouts in single cells.

A common feature of all these techniques is their ability to generate large amounts of high-resolution quantitative data characterizing biological systems at scales ranging from molecular to organismal level. A topical challenge is to convert this data into predictive quantitative models of biological systems. From functional genomics to systems biology is a venue for scientific leaders to discuss their data beyond their field and promote the emergence of ideas and concepts to bridge the gap between technologies and scales to model complex biological systems.

Session Topics

  • From molecules to cells
  • From cells to organs
  • From biological systems to disease

What Past Participants Say about the Conference

“Attending this conference revealed ideas of methods and tools that can be applied by my team in some aspects of our planned future research. The conference organization and execution skills surpassed the expectation I had of an EMBL event. Thank you for this great experience.” – Joy Ehiwuogu-Onyibe, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Nigeria

“A very beautifully organized virtual conference with excellent presentations in a professional environment that encourages young researchers!” – Muhammad Nisar Ali, Nigde Omer Halisdemir University, Turkey



Mounia Lagha

The Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier


Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research


Athma Pai

University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School


Hugo Snippert

University Medical Center Utrecht

The Netherlands

Scientific Organisers

Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research


Conference Organiser

Preliminary Programme

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  • Recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event.
  • All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.
Day 1 – Tuesday 15 November 2022
12:00 – 13:30Registration & Lunch
13:30 – 13:45Opening remarks
SESSION 1: From molecules to cells
13:45 – 14:15
Synthetic biology to characterize the dynamics of
gene and chromatin regulation
Lacra Bintu – Stanford University, USA
14:15 – 14:45
In-cell interaction networks to understand
integrated processes
Juri Rappsilber – Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
14:45 – 15:15
Molecular views into cellular functions by
cryo-electron tomography
Julia Mahamid – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
15:15 – 15:30Selected short talk
15:30 – 16:15Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers
16:15 – 16:45
Multiplexed chromatin imaging reveals links between
nuclear organization and cell-type specific
transcriptional programs
Marcelo Nollmann – CNRS/INSERM, France
16:45 – 17:00Selected short talk
17:00 – 17:15Selected short talk
17:15 – 17:45
Analysis of tumor ecosystems by spatial proteomics
for precision medicine
Bernd Bodenmiller – University of Zurich, Switzerland
17:45 – 19:15Speed Networking with drinks & snacks
19:15 – 21:00Dinner
21:00 – 23:00Welcome Reception
Day 2 – Wednesday 16 November 2022
SESSION 2: From molecules to cells (continued)
09:00 – 09:30
Highly-expressive gene regulation models learned
from high-throughput quantification of random DNA
Carl DeBoer – University of British Columbia, Canada
09:30 – 09:45Selected short talk
09:45 – 10:00Selected short talk
10:00 – 10:30
The kinetics of mRNA Processing: speeding through
gene regulation
Athma Pai – University of Massachusetts Chan
Medical School, USA
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
11:00 – 11:30
Single molecule genomics to understand
mechanisms of transcription regulation
Arnaud Krebs – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11:30 – 11:45Selected short talk
11:45 – 12:15
Elucidating Sub-Cellular Biology in Real Space and Time:
Insights into Transcription, Chromatin Regulation and
Genome Organization
Alexandros Perstinidis – The Sloan Kettering Institute, USA
12:15 – 13:45
Lunch break (with optional: Walk/run together)
SESSION 3: From cells to organs
13:45 – 14:15
Multimodal perception links cellular state to decision making
in single cells
Lucas Pelkmans – University of Zurich, Switzerland
14:15 – 14:45
Gene expression dynamics during zygotic genome activation
Mounia Lagha – The Institute of Molecular Genetics
of Montpellier, France
14:45 – 15:00Selected short talk
15:00 – 15:15Selected short talk
15:15 – 15:45Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
15:45 – 16:15
Finding biology in microscopy images with machine learning
Anna Kreshuk – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:15 – 16:45
Single cell transcriptomics of prokaryotes
Georg Seeling – University of Washington, USA
16:45 – 17:00Selected short talk
17:00 – 17:30Panel Discussion 1: From molecules to cells
17:30 – 19:30Poster session 1 with drinks & snacks (odd numbers)
19:30 – 21:00Dinner
21:00 – 23:00Networking drinks
Day 3 – Thursday 17 November 2022
SESSION 4: From cells to organs (continued)
09:00 – 09:30
Title tba
Giovanni D’Angelo – Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology Lausanne, Switzerland
09:30 – 09:45Selected short talk
09:45 – 10:15
Evolving cancer genomes at single-cell resolution
Hugo Snippert – University Medical Center Utrecht,
The Netherlands
10:15 – 10:45Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
10:45 – 11:15
Multiplexed imaging of organoids
Prisca Liberali – Friedrich Miescher Institute for
Biomedical Research, Switzerland
11:15 – 11:30Selected short talk
11:30 – 11:45Selected short talk
11:45 – 12:00Selected short talk
12:00 – 13:30Lunch break & Meet the speakers
SESSION 5: From biological systems to disease
13:30 – 14:00
Post translational regulation using mass spectrometry
Judith Villen – University of Washington, USA
14:00 – 14:30
High throughput proteomics in gene function
prediction and the analysis of the metabolic network
Markus Ralser – The Francis Crick Institute, UK
14:30 – 14:45Selected short talk
14:45 – 15:15
Computational, genetic screens and proteomics
Pedro Beltrao – EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
15:15 – 16:00Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
16:00 – 16:30
Love the neighbor – unravelling the tumor
immune microenvironment using multiplexed imaging
Leeat Keren – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
16:30 – 16:45Selected short talk
16:45 – 17:00Selected short talk
17:00 – 17:30Panel Discussion 2: From cells to organs
17:30 – 19:30Poster session 2 with drinks & snacks (even numbers)
19:30 – 21:00Conference Gala Dinner
21:00 – 24:00Conference party tbc
Day 4 – Friday 18 November 2022
SESSION 6: From biological systems to disease (continued)
09:00 – 09:30
Unraveling gene regulatory networks and enhancer logic
at single-cell resolution
Stein Aerts – KU Leuven, Belgium
09:30 – 09:45Selected short talk
09:45 – 10:00Selected short talk
10:00 – 10:30
Drug proteome interactions using thermal proteome profiling
Mikhail Savitski – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
10:30 – 11:15Coffee break & Meet the Speakers
11:15 – 11:45
Deep learning of immune cell differentiation
Sara Mostafavi – University of Washington, USA
11:45 – 12:00Selected short talk
12:00 – 12:15Selected short talk
12:15 – 12:45
Decoding the Central Dogma with Single Molecules
Winston Timp – John Hopkins University, USA
12:45 – 13:15Panel Discussion 3: From biological systems to disease
13:15 – 13:30Closing remarks
13:30 – 14:00Packed lunch and departure

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 (live-streamed and on demand) and facility to submit questions.

On-site Academia€450
On-site PhD Student€350
On-site Industry€750
Virtual Academia€175
Virtual PhD Student€125
Virtual Industry€225

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 Raili Pall 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. 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 registered participants attending the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract.  Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on 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

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. Availability is limited to participants attending on-site events in Heidelberg and will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

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 (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 Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.
– up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Course, EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.
– up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.
– up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for EMBO Practical Courses or 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 (EMBO Practical Courses and Workshops only)

For EMBO Practical Course or EMBO Workshop participants with children, there is the possibility to apply for a childcare grant to offset child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at a course or conference. Eligible costs include fees for a baby-sitter or child-care facility, travel costs for a care giver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. A maximum amount of 500 EUR can be awarded per participant applying for an EMBO Childcare Grant. In order to apply for this grant for EMBO Workshops, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.


You may apply for financial assistance when submitting your motivation letter for courses, and abstract for conferences. 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.


The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all financial assistance during the motivation letter or 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 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.

As further changes in our events are possible due to COVID-19, you should book flights, trains and hotels with flexible options and favourable cancellation conditions.

The hotels below have rooms on hold for participants until 14 October 2022, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code OMX22-01 and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding HouseMeininger Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Hotel Monpti

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:

  • Star Inn Hotel (close to B&B Hotel and Main Train Station)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (close to Main Train Station)
  • Leonardo Hotel City Centre (Bergheimer Strasse)
  • Neckarmünzplatz
  • Peterskirche
  • Crowne Plaza
  • ISG Hotel

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 further information on getting to EMBL Heidelberg visit Public Transportation to the Venue. For information about accommodation and local transportation please refer to the FAQ page.

Onsite 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

EMBL Merchandise is available on Mon – Thu (9 am – 12 pm). If you are interested in purchasing an EMBL souvenir (products presented in the glass display in the registration area), please ask at the registration desk for more information.

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 everywhere on the premises (no password required), just log on to ATC-Guest. The eduroam network (secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community) is also available.

Lost and found

‘’Lost and Found’’ 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 photographs. 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 printing your boarding passes/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, mediation and yoga located on level E0 behind the Auditorium. Please be respectful of other participants using the room.


A variety of activities in Heidelberg can be found on this website: www.heidelberg-marketing.com

Travel to and from the venue

During the event we provide conference shuttle busses 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 busses 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
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 geht’s?
I’m fine thanks. And you?Mir geht es gut , danke, und dir/Ihnen?
What is your nameWie heisst du? Wie heissen Sie?
My name isIch heisse
Do you speak EnglishSprechen Sie Englisch?
I don’t understandIch verstehe nicht
Please speak more slowlyKönnen Sie bitte langsamer sprechen
Thank youDanke schön
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 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 onsite events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found in our COVID-19 FAQs.


Media partners

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Molecular Systems Biology, an EMBO Press 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 on sponsoring possibilities.

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

Date: 15 - 18 Nov 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: 12 Sep 2022

Registration (On-site): 28 Sep 2022

Registration (Virtual): 8 Nov 2022


  • Arnaud Krebs
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Prisca Liberali
      Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

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