Proteomics in cell biology and disease mechanisms – Course and Conference Office

EMBL–Wellcome Connecting Science Conference

Proteomics in cell biology and disease mechanisms


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.

Conference overview

Even after a few decades of great accomplishments, the field of proteomics remains to develop further, fueled by continued technological and computational advances in high-throughput methods and multi-omics big data integration. The ‘Proteomics in cell biology and disease mechanisms’ conference will provide attendees with a program that provides the current “state-of-affairs” in proteomics including a future perspective. It will be held at a pioneering hot spot for proteomics in Europe, in association with EMBL, in Heidelberg Germany.

This year’s programme will focus on the latest technological advances with a focus on medical and clinical applications of proteomics, as well as fundamental and mechanistic aspects of cell biology including intra- and inter-cellular communication through interactions and post-translational modifications.

This is a cross-disciplinary meeting that will bring together proteomics technology experts of all ages, from academia and industry, life science specialists, and medical communities who are interested in systems biology, cell signalling, as well as disease and clinical proteomics.

EMBL Heidelberg will be hosting the final event of this very successful series that has been alternating between Heidelberg, Germany and Wellcome Genome Campus, UK.

Session topics

  • Cellular communication and interactions
  • Proteomics technologies
  • Hot now: single cells and spatial proteomics
  • Proteomics for precision medicine
  • Computational proteomics and data analysis

What past participants say about the conference

I really enjoyed the EMBL-Wellcome Genome Campus Conference: Proteomics in Cell Biology and Disease Mechanisms. It was an exciting and very stimulating opportunity for me and it gave me the opportunity to network and establish novel collaborations. I look forward to participating in the next edition.” – Giovanni Cuda, M.D., Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine University of Magna Graecia, Medical School Catanzaro, Italy

An excellent conference, great for networking and the exchange of knowledge, perfectly organised in the beautiful city of Heidelberg.” – Dina Schuster, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Vienna, Austria


Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety recommendations if attending the on-site event.


Keynote speakers


David Baker

University of Washington


(Virtual speaker)

Marcus Bantscheff



Marco Hein

Max Perutz Labs, Medical University of Vienna


Jing Yang

National Center for Protein Sciences


Scientific organisers

Yu-Ju Chen

Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica


Conference organiser


Are you on social media? Post using #EWCSProteomics and don’t forget to tag @EMBLEvents

  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • Recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event.
  • Programme is preliminary and subject to change.
Day 1 – Wednesday 25 October
Time (Europe/Berlin)Session
11:00 – 12:30 Registration and light refreshments
11:15 – 12:15 Pre-conference workshop Protein Interaction Coupling (PICO) – A Novel Platform Technology for Ultra-sensitive Detection and Quantification of Proteins, Protein Interactions, and PTMs
by ACTOME (registration required)
12:30 – 12:45Opening remarks
12:45 – 13:30Keynote speaker: Using systems approaches to understand mechanisms in disease
Nevan Krogan – University of California, San Francisco, USA
Not available on demand
Session 1: Cellular communication and interactions
Chair: Marco Hein – Max Perutz Labs, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
13:30 – 13:55A proteomic perspective on the removal of dying cells
Maria Tanzer – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
13:55 – 14:10Mapping genetic determinants of phosphorylation identifies upstream signalling regulators
Elise Needham – University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
14:10 – 14:25Intercellular communication within a virus microenvironment dictates cellular resistance to secondary infections in a proximity-dependent manner
James Kostas – Princeton University, United States of America
14:25 – 14:50Flash talks
Poster numbers:
37  Aljohara Alotaibi
39  Miguel Rosado
41  Christian Blum
43  Lucia Buccioli
45  German Rosano
47  Joel Christie
49  Francesca Conte
51  Miguel Cosenza Contreras
55  Matthias Fahrner
57  Joris Frenz
59  Biplab Ghosh
61  Christian Gnann
65  Nisha Hemandhar Kumar
67  Shelley Jager
71  Sonja Kabatnik
73  Hasmik Keshishian
75  Bianca Kuhn
77  Ming Tong
81  Nadja Gebert
14:50 – 15:20Coffee Break
15:20 – 15:45Next generation pan-cancer blood proteome profiling using proximity extension assay and mass spectrometry
Mathias Uhlén – SciLifeLab, Sweden (virtual speaker)
15:45 – 16:00Phosphoprotein dynamics of interacting tumor and T cells by HySic
Kelly Stecker – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
16:00 – 16:15Structural systems biology by crosslinking mass spectrometry and deep learning
Andrea Graziadei – Fondazione Human Technopole, Italy
16:15 – 16:40Mapping the diversity in spatiotemporal regulation of G protein-coupled receptors
Ruth Huttenhain – Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
16:40 – 17:05Flash talks
Poster numbers:
83    Giorgia Massacci
85    Andreas Metousis
87    Ivan Mikicic
89    Sophia Müller-Dott
91    Marie Neu
93    Denys Oliinyk
97    Stefan Ebner
99    Benjamin Raymond
101  Hendrik Weisser
103  Valeriia Sapozhnikova
105  Felix Schneidmadel
107  Adrianna Seredynska
111  Sophia Steigerwald
113  Pranay Talla
115  Marvin Thielert
121  Katharina Waury
125  Marius Wrona
17:05 – 18:35Poster session 1 (odd numbers) with refreshments
18:35 – 20:05Dinner in Canteen
20:05 – 21:35Social event
Day 2 – Thursday 26 October
Time (Europe/Berlin)Session
Session 2: Proteomics technologies
Chair: Ruth Huttenhain – Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
09:00 – 09:25Narrow-window DIA for ultra-fast quantitative analysis of comprehensive proteomes with high sequencing depth
Jesper V. Olsen – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
09:25 – 09:40A nongenetic, optochemical method for proximity labeling in the live mouse brain
Mikiko Takato – Kyoto University, Japan
09:40 – 09:55Deep quantitative glycoproteomics reveals gut microbiome induced remodeling of the brain glycoproteome
Clément Potel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
09:55 – 10:25Coffee Break
10:25 – 10:50Mapping nanoscale proteome landscape and beyond by highly streamlined microfluidics-based strategy
Yu-Ju Chen – Academia Sinica, Taiwan
10:50 – 11:05Advances in sensitive, high-throughput single-shot HLA-I and HLA-II immunopeptidomics
Steven Carr – Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, United States of America
11:05 – 11:20Hydrogel-based tissue transformation methods for spatially resolved untargeted proteomics
Kiryl Piatkevich – Westlake University, China
11:20 – 11:45Advances in subcellular and cell surface proteomics using proximity and chemical labeling approaches
Namrata Udeshi – Broad Institute, USA
11:45 – 13:15Meet the speakers and Lunch
Session 3: Hot now: Single cells and spatial proteomics
Chair: Vadim Demichev – Charité, Germany
13:15 – 13:40Spatially resolved proteogenomic profiling via deterministic barcoding in tissue
Rong Fan – Yale, USA
13:40 – 13:55Single-cell proteomics and transcriptomics of the human hematopoietic stem and progenitor hierarchy enables modelling of protein expression dynamics
Benjamin Furtwängler – Copenhagen University, Denmark
13:55 – 14:10Spatial proteomics reveals regional proteomic heterogeneity in the mouse brain upon circadian disruption
Frederike Schäfer – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
14:10 – 14:55Coffee Break
14:55 – 15:20Design of new protein functions using deep learning
David Baker – University of Washington, USA (pre-recorded talk)
15:20 – 15:35Pooled multicolor tagging for visualizing subcellular proteome dynamics
Andreas Reicher – CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
15:35 – 16:00Spatial proteomics with single cell resolution to study functional heterogeneity in tumor tissues
Matthias Mann – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
16:00Free evening
Day 3 – Friday 27 October
Time (Europe/Berlin)Session
Session 4: Proteomics for precision medicine
Chair: Namrata Udeshi – Broad Institute, USA
09:00 – 09:25Immunoglobulins: the not to be ignored proteins in the plasma proteome
Albert Heck – Utrecht University, the Netherlands
09:25 – 09:40New proteomics approach to identify tissue leakage proteins in liquid biopsies
Esperanza Fernandez – VIB, University of Ghent, Belgium
09:40 – 09:55Systemic analysis of the pathological effects of a snake venom and of the impact of antivenom, in a murine model of envenoming
Solange Maria de Toledo Serrano – Butantan Institute, Brazil
09:55 – 10:25Coffee Break
10:25 – 10:50Proteomic analysis of cancer internal heterogeneity
Tami Geiger – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
10:50 – 11:05Revealing the commonalities of monomeric and polymeric IgA1 clonal repertoires from human serum and milk with LC-MS methods
Amber Rolland – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
11:05 – 11:20Plasma immunopeptidomic profiling by ultra-high sensitive mass spectrometry
Maria Wahle – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
11:20 – 11:45Phamacoproteomic profiling identifies secreted markers for aberrant drug action
Marcus Bantscheff – Cellzome, Heidelberg, Germany

11:45 – 12:10
Flash talks
Poster numbers:
36  Rim Abderrahim
38  Constantin Ammar
40  Franziska Traube
42  Susanne Breitkopf
44  Mira Burtscher
48  Emilio Cirri
50  Miguel Cosenza Contreras
52  Alexandra Davies
54  Katrin Stuber
56  Tobias Feilen
58  Vijayalakshmi Gangadhara
60  Ursula Glocker
62  Nawal Hajj Sleiman
64  Jennifer Heck
66  Ericka Itang
68  Agnete Jensen
70  Anette Johansen
72  Sabita Kawan
74  Hasan Basri Kilic
76  Shibojyoti Lahiri
78  Mujia Li
12:10 – 13:40Meet the speakers and Lunch
Session 5: Computational proteomics and data analysis
Chair: Maria Tanzer – Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
13:40 – 14:05Fast and sensitive DIA proteomics and its applications
Vadim Demichev – Charité, Germany
14:05 – 14:20Tapioca: an ensemble machine learning framework for studying global protein-protein interaction network dynamics identifies NUCKS1 as a pan-herpesvirus proviral factor
Tavis Reed – Princeton University, United States of America
14:20 – 14:35Hierarchical Gaussian process models uncover the dark meltome of thermal proteome profiling experiments
Cecile Le Sueur – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
14:35 – 15:05Coffee Break
15:05 – 15:30Democractizing proteomics for chemists
Jing Yang – National Center for Protein Sciences, China
15:30 – 15:45Enhancing network methods for the systematic analysis of signaling from phosphoproteomics data
Martin Garrido-Rodriguez – EMBL Heidelberg and Heidelberg University, Germany
15:45 – 16:10Systematic immuno-capture of native organelles defines a spatial map of the human proteome
Marco Hein – Max Perutz Labs, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
16:10 – 16:35Flash talks
Poster numbers:
80    Maximilian Maldacker
82    Barbara Kracher
86    Alina Meyer
90    Johannes Bruno Müller-Reif
92    Kendra Njo
94    Dimitris Papagiannidis
95    Iwan Parfentev
96    Kuan-Chih Peng
98    Sandra Pihlström
100  Alicia Reyes
104  Julia Schessner
106  Luisa Schwarzmüller
108  Tatiana Shamorkina
110  Bachuki Shashikadze
112  Oliver Schilling
114  Neil Taylor
116  Annika Topitsch
122  Caroline Weiss
124  Tilman Werner
126  Maximilian Zwiebel
16:35 – 18:05Poster session 2 (even numbers) with refreshments
18:05 – 18:50Keynote speaker: Decoding the protein dance
Paola Picotti – ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Not available on demand
18:50 – 19:05Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
19:05 – 20:35Conference dinner
20:35 – 22:35Conference Party

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€710
On-site PhD Student€610
On-site Industry€910
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 Catherine Casas 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 Catherine Casas 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.

If you have special symbols in your text, make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised.

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 in the form of both registration fee waivers and travel grants. These are available for on-site participants at EMBL Conferences. 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

The travel grant will cover the cost of travel to an on-site event (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 Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from within Europe.

–up to €1000 for participants travelling to an EMBL Conference or EMBO|EMBL Symposium from outside Europe.

–up to €500 for any participant travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €1000 for any participant working in Chile, India, Singapore or Taiwan travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

–up to €700 for any participant working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey travelling to an EMBO Workshop.

*Registration fees are only covered for 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.


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.

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 Wednesday, 27 September 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code PRO23-02 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergPremier Inn Heidelberg City
Hotel Bayrischer Hof ISG Hotel Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
B&B HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreSteffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
Exzellenz HotelMeininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten 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:

  • Staycity Aparthotel (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Premier Inn (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmünzplatz (Heidelberg Tourist Information)
  • Peterskirche (Bus stop)
  • ISG Hotel (Im Eichwald 19)

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.

On-site 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

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 using the EMBL-Events network and the event specific password, which will be provided on site. 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 the website of Heidelberg Marketing.

Travel to and from the venue

During the event we provide conference shuttle buses 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 buses 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

Where is the nearest Covid test centre?
Wo ist das nächste Covid-Testzentrum?
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 gehts?
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 youDankeschön
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?
Where is the nearest COVID-19 test centre?Wo ist das nächste COVID-19 Testzentrum?
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.


Silver sponsor

Bronze sponsor

Event sponsor
Cell Research

Media partners

Disease Models & Mechanisms, The Company of Biologists Journal

FEBS Journal, a FEBS Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Journal of Cell Science, a The Company of Biologists journal

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.


EMBL wishes to warn sponsors of EMBL conferences and courses of fraudulent schemes purporting to offer sponsorship opportunities on behalf of EMBL or affiliated with EMBL officials. One current scam campaign of which we are aware is conducted using the name ‘Judy Eastman’ (judy@gopcontact.a2hosted.com) and entails approaches to sponsors offering sponsorship opportunities on EMBL’s behalf. Please be kindly advised that all relevant communication regarding sponsorship of EMBL conferences, symposia and courses is handled by EMBL directly and is sent from an official EMBL account. EMBL does not work with any external providers on sponsorship acquisition.

Please also note that:

  • EMBL never provides attendee lists for purchase. Any offers of such are fraudulent.
  • EMBL will never call or email you to ask for your credit card details or to request a payment.
  • All payments are on invoice.

Suspicious communications purportedly from, for or on behalf of EMBL should be reported to EMBL at the following email address sponsorship@embl.de.

Media kit

Want to let others know you’re attending this event? Take a look at our shareable media and feel free to use them in your social media channels or presentations.

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Pre-conference workshop

For on-site participants only.

This pre-conference workshop will be hosted by our sponsor ACTOME GmbH prior to the EMBL–Wellcome Connecting Science Conference: Proteomics in cell biology and disease mechanisms

on Wednesday 25 October 2023, 11:15 – 12:15

Participation in this workshop is free of charge for registered on-site conference attendees. The number of available places is limited (first come, first served).

All registered conference attendees will receive an email with a registration link soon.


Protein Interaction Coupling (PICO) – A Novel Platform Technology for Ultra-sensitive Detection and Quantification of Proteins, Protein Interactions, and PTMs

Tamás Szórádi, Marius Pollet and Csaba Jeney
Actome GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

The Protein Interaction Coupling (PICO) technology is a novel, ultra-sensitive immunoassay for the detection and absolute quantification of native proteins, protein interactions, and post-translational modifications (PTMs). PICO combines the advantages of immunoassays with digital PCR technology by employing DNA-labeled antibodies. The PICO workflow involves labeling of antibodies with unique DNA oligonucleotides (PICO Labels), the lysis of the biological sample, the mixing and incubation of the lysed sample with the DNA-labeled antibodies, the amplification and readout with QIAGEN’s QIAcuity dPCR System, and the data analysis with AMULATOR, Actome’s web-based analysis software. PICO has a broad range of applications in basic research, biomarker, and drug discovery, and is particularly useful for studying low-abundance proteins and transient interactions. In addition, PICO enables the absolute quantification of proteins without the need of an external standard. With its unparalleled sensitivity and absolute quantitative feature, PICO is poised to transform the field of protein analysis and quantification and enables detailed insight into biological signal transduction.

Date: 25 - 27 Oct 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): Closed


  • Yu-Ju Chen
    Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
    • Ileana Cristea
      Princeton University, USA

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