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Predicting Evolution – Course and Conference Office

EMBO Workshop

Predicting Evolution

Overview

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

Advances in genome sequencing and gene editing tools are providing unprecedented insights into biological mechanisms and evolutionary processes. In parallel, computational and theoretical approaches are providing new insights into our understanding of these new data. A goal for this conference is to unite people across theoretical and experimental backgrounds into a coherent focus on “predicting evolution”.

The conference will explore the evolution of biological systems at different levels: from genes and molecules to organism development and ecology. As such, we have invited leaders in their respective fields across various scales of evolution: molecular, network, microbial, developmental, and community. Particular emphasis for this conference will be placed on understanding evolution through mechanistic biology. We will explore recent advances in experimental and theoretical approaches to study how genetic and non-genetic changes drive and constrain evolution. The meeting will offer a training ground and productive learning experience for attendees, and provide networking opportunities for scientists across disciplines relevant to evolutionary biology. It should be of particular interest to those working at the interface of evolution, quantitative genetics, development, and systems biology.

Session Topics

  • Predicting the evolution of molecules
  • Predicting regulatory network evolution
  • Predicting microbial evolution
  • Prediction population evolution
  • Predicting community evolution

Speakers

Scientific Organisers

Conference Organisers

Lisa Trinh

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Diah Yulianti

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Programme

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  • The virtual conference includes live-streamed invited speakers and short talk presenters with Q&A sessions after each talk.
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided shortly before the start of the event.
  • Access to the recorded talks will be available for 2 weeks after the start of the event.

The following time is used in the programme below:

  • Central European Summer Time (CEST): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam Paris

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

Please note this is a preliminary programme and is not yet finalised.

Day 1 – Monday, 14 June 2021
TimeSpeaker
13:00 – 13:10 (CEST)Opening remarks
13:10 – 16:25 (CEST)Session 1 – Predicting the evolution of molecules
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Patricia Wittkopp
13:10 – 13:35 (CEST)When can you predict biology from sequence?
Ben Lehner – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
13:35 – 13:40 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:40 – 13:55 (CEST)Selected short talk
13:55 – 14:00 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
14:00 – 14:25 (CEST)Sequence-function relationship in proteins
Anne-Florence Bitbol – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
14:25 – 14:40 (CEST)Short break
14:40 – 15:05 (CEST)How can we predict the effects of mutations?
David McCandlish – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
15:05 – 15:10 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:10 – 15:25 (CEST)Selected short talk
15:25 – 15:30 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:30 – 15:55 (CEST)Mechanisms by which proteins evolve
Joe Thornton – The University of Chicago, USA
15:55 – 16:25 (CEST)Panel discussion 1
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Patricia Wittkopp

Panelists:
Ben Lehner – Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
Anne-Florence Bitbol – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
David McCandlish – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Joe Thornton – The University of Chicago, USA
Plus short talk presenters
16:25 – 16:30 (CEST)Transition (switch to individual Zoom rooms)
16:30 – 17:00 (CEST)Meet the speakers session 1 in individual Zoom rooms with:
Ben Lehner, Anne-Florence Bitbol, David McCandlish and Joe Thornton
17:00 – 18:00 (CEST)Break and digital poster session 1 (odd numbers)
18:00 – 21:15 (CEST)Session 2 – Predicting regulatory network evolution
Chairs: Joshua Payne and Aleksandra Walczak
18:00 – 18:25 (CEST)Synthetic evolutionary biology in bacteria
Yolanda Schaerli – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
18:25 – 18:30 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:30 – 18:45 (CEST)Selected short talk
18:45 – 18:50 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:50 – 19:15 (CEST)Genetic basis for plant evolution
Miltos Tsiantis – Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
19:15 – 19:30 (CEST)Short break
19:30 – 19:55 (CEST)Constraints of regulatory evolution in flies
Justin Crocker – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
19:55 – 20:00 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
20:00 – 20:15 (CEST)Selected short talk
20:15 – 20:20 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
20:20 – 20:45 (CEST)Statistical physics of evolving systems
Armita Nourmohammad – Max Planck for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Germany
20:45 – 21:15 (CEST)Panel discussion 2
Chairs: Joshua Payne and Aleksandra Walczak

Panelists:
Yolanda Schaerli – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Miltos Tsiantis – Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Justin Crocker – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Armita Nourmohammad – Max Planck for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Germany
Plus short talk presenters
21:15 – 21:20 (CEST)Transition (switch to individual Zoom rooms)
21:20 – 21:50 (CEST)Meet the speakers session 2 in individual Zoom rooms with:
Yolanda Schaerli, Miltos Tsiantis, Justin Crocker and Armita Nourmohammad
21:50 – 22:00 (CEST)Short break
22:00 – 23:00 (CEST)Virtual social programme
23:00 (CEST)End of day 1 – Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms
Day 2 – Tuesday, 15 June 2021
TimeSpeaker
13:00 – 16:15 (CEST)Session 3 – Predicting microbial evolution
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Joshua Payne
13:00 – 13:25 (CEST)Making evolutionary biology a predictive science
Michael Lässig – University of Cologne, Germany
13:25 – 13:30 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:30 – 13:45 (CEST)Selected short talk
13:45 – 13:50 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:50 – 14:15 (CEST)Causes and consequences of natural genetic variation
Arjan de Visser – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
14:15 – 14:30 (CEST)Short break
14:30 – 14:55 (CEST)Models in immunology
Aleksandra Walczak – École Normale Supérieure, France
14:55 – 15:00 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:00 – 15:15 (CEST)Selected short talk
15:15 – 15:20 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:20 – 15:45 (CEST)Yeast regulatory evolution
Patricia Wittkopp – University of Michigan, USA
15:45 – 16:15 (CEST)Panel discussion 3
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Joshua Payne

Panelists:
Michael Lässig – University of Cologne, Germany
Arjan de Visser – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Aleksandra Walczak – École Normale Supérieure, France
Patricia Wittkopp – University of Michigan, USA
Plus short talk presenters
16:15 – 16:20 (CEST)Transition (switch to individual Zoom rooms)
16:20 – 16:50 (CEST)Meet the speakers session 3 in individual Zoom rooms with:
Michael Lässig, Arjan de Visser, Aleksandra Walczak and Patricia Wittkopp
16:50 – 17:50 (CEST)Break and digital poster session 2 (even numbers)
17:50 – 21:05 (CEST)Session 4 – Prediction population evolution
Chairs: Patricia Wittkopp and Aleksandra Walczak
17:50 – 18:15 (CEST)How biomolecular networks evolve in yeast
Liedewij Laan – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
18:15 – 18:20 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:20 – 18:35 (CEST)Selected short talk
18:35 – 18:40 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:40 – 19:05 (CEST)HIV evolution
Dmitri Petrov – Standford University, USA
19:05 – 19:20 (CEST)Short break
19:20 – 19:45 (CEST)The mutation spectrum shapes the spectrum of adaptive substitutions
Joshua Payne – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
19:45 – 19:50 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
19:50 – 20:05 (CEST)Selected short talk
20:05 – 20:10 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
20:10 – 20:35 (CEST)Adaptation and speciation
Claudia Bank – Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal
20:35 – 21:05 (CEST)Panel discussion 4
Chairs: Patricia Wittkopp and Aleksandra Walczak

Panelists:
Liedewij Laan – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dmitri Petrov – Standford University, USA
Joshua Payne – ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Claudia Bank – Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal
Plus short talk presenters
21:05 – 21:10 (CEST)Transition (switch to individual Zoom rooms)
21:10 – 21:40 (CEST)Meet the speakers session 4 in individual Zoom rooms with:
Liedewij Laan, Dmitri Petrov, Joshua Payne and Claudia Bank
21:40 – 21:50 (CEST)Short break
21:50 – 22:50 (CEST)Virtual social programme
22:50 (CEST)End of day 2 – Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms
Day 3 – Wednesday, 16 June 2021
TimeSpeaker
13:00 – 16:05 (CEST)Session 5 – Predicting community evolution (part 1)
Chairs: Joshua Payne and Patricia Wittkopp
13:00 – 13:25 (CEST)Butterflies and pollution
Antónia Monteiro – National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS-College, Singapore
13:25 – 13:30 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:30 – 13:45 (CEST)Selected short talk
13:45 – 13:50 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
13:50 – 14:15 (CEST)Fruitfly envionment interactions
Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo – Institut Jacques Monod, France
14:15 – 14:30 (CEST)Short break
14:30 – 14:55 (CEST)Microbiome/host evolution
Isabel Gordo – Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal
14:55 – 15:00 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:00 – 15:15 (CEST)Selected short talk
15:15 – 15:20 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
15:20 – 15:35 (CEST)Selected short talk
15:35 – 16:05 (CEST)Panel discussion 5 (part 1)
Chairs: Joshua Payne and Patricia Wittkopp

Panelists:
Antónia Monteiro – National University of Singapore and Yale-NUS-College, Singapore
Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo – Institut Jacques Monod, France
Isabel Gordo – Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal
Plus short talk presenters
16:05 – 16:50 (CEST)Career workshop
16:50 – 17:50 (CEST)Break and digital poster session 3 (all numbers)
17:50 –  (CEST)Session 5 – Predicting community evolution (part 2)
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Aleksandra Walczak
17:50 – 18:15 (CEST)Plant and aphid interactions
David Stern – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
18:15 – 18:20 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:20 – 18:35 (CEST)Selected short talk
18:35 – 18:40 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
18:40 – 18:55 (CEST)Selected short talk
18:55 – 19:00 (CEST)Transition (setup and switch to the next live talk)
19:00 – 19:15 (CEST)Selected short talk
19:15 – 19:30 (CEST)Short break
19:30 – 19:55 (CEST)Microbial ecology
Marjon de Vos – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
19:55 – 20:25 (CEST)Panel discussion 5 (part 2)
Chairs: Justin Crocker and Aleksandra Walczak

Panelists:
David Stern – Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA
Marjon de Vos – University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Plus short talk presenters
20:25 – 20:35 (CEST)Closing remarks
20:35 – 20:40 (CEST)Transition (switch to individual Zoom rooms)
20:40 – 21:10 (CEST)Meet the speakers session 5 in individual Zoom rooms with:
Antónia Monteiro, Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo, Isabel Gordo, David Stern and Marjon de Vos
21:10 (CEST)End of conference – Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms for 2 weeks after the conference

Practical information

Registration Fees and Abstract Submission

Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event):

Academia190 Euro
PhD Student140 Euro
Industry240 Euro
EMBL StaffIntranet access

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 Lisa Trinh 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.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant

Applies to selected courses only. Availability will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.

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

Application

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.

Selection

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

A list of external funding opportunities can be found here, and information on attending a conference as an event reporter here.

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

Virtual Participation Guidelines

Guidelines

Please do:

  • Use the event-specific hashtag #EMBOPredictEvo 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 live stream, poster session or conference platform links with others
  • 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.


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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: 14 - 16 Jun 2021

Location: Virtual


Deadline(s):

Abstract submission: Closed

Registration: 16 May 2021


Contact: Lisa Trinh

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