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Transcription and chromatin – Course and Conference Office

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Transcription and chromatin

Overview

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 terms and conditions.

Conference overview

The EMBL Transcription and Chromatin meeting has a long-standing tradition in shaping the field of transcriptional regulation. The meeting brings together leading experts covering all aspects of transcription including cis-regulatory function, long range regulation, 3-dimensional looping, the basal transcriptional machinery, RNA polymerase regulation and function, nucleosome positioning, chromatin modifications, chromatin remodelling and epigenetic inheritance of transcriptional silencing. The meeting contains many talks selected from the abstracts that are interspersed with invited speakers, discussing the latest breakthroughs in transcriptional regulation.

The conference is designed to promote interactive discussions at both the talks and poster sessions. Given the excellent line up of speakers and the meeting’s outstanding reputation, this is a ‘must’ attend for anyone interested in cutting edge research in transcription.

Topics

The conference will include the following topics:

  • Activators, enhancer function, evolution and modelling
  • Long range transcriptional regulation and enhancers
  • General basal transcriptional machinery
  • Pol II function, pausing and the role of RNA in transcription
  • Chromatin modifications and transcription
  • Transcription regulation during embryonic development and stem cell reprogramming
  • Genome topology and three-dimensional regulation
  • Single cell quantification

What past participants say about this conference

“I had a great time at EMBL Transcription and Chromatin. I enjoyed the variety of topics covered in the talks and I got a lot of input during the poster session. I hope one day I can also give a talk at this conference!” Laura Breimann, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany.

“This was certainly the most exciting meeting I have ever attended. The EMBL respires science of excellence. I will be back!” Marcelo Fantappie, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil.

“The EMBL Transcription and Chromatin Conference 2018 was excellent. It provided me with an invaluable opportunity to network, discuss my research with experts and learn a lot about the cutting edge research in the field. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to attend this conference.” Katrina Mitchell, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia.

Speakers

Ibrahim Cissé

Ibrahim Cissé

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

Germany

Patrick Cramer

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Germany

Eva Nogales

Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of California, Berkeley

USA

Antoine Peters

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Switzerland

Robert Schneider

Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health

Germany

Dirk Schübeler

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research

Switzerland

Scientific organisers

Conference officer

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg

Germany

Preliminary programme

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The full programme will be announced ahead of the conference but will follow a similar structure to the last on-site edition of the meeting in 2018 (in 2020, the event took place virtually). Please take a look at the 2018 programme here for more information.

Note: on Day 1, a conference start time of 17:00 Europe/Berlin is planned (with arrival and registration taking place between 14:00 – 17:00). On Day 4, the conference will end in the late evening after the dinner and evening social event.

  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk, and the programme is subject to change.
  • 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 – Saturday 27 August 2022

The full programme will be announced ahead of the conference.

Day 2 – Sunday 28 August 2022

The full programme will be announced ahead of the conference.

Day 3 – Monday 29 August 2022

The full programme will be announced ahead of the conference.

Day 4 – Tuesday 30 August 2022

The full programme will be announced ahead of the conference.

Practical information

Registration fees and abstract submission

There is currently a waiting list in place for on-site participation. We do expect a few places to become available and for those who register for the waiting list, we will aim to contact you by the end of June to let you know if you can attend.

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€775
On-site PhD Student€675
On-site Industry€975
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 complimentary press registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Nathalie Sneider 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 Nathalie Sneider 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.

Application

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.

Selection

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.

Reimbursement

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 Tuesday 26 July 2022, in some cases at special rates. Please quote the booking code TRM22-01  and confirm the exact price of the room with the hotel directly.

Hotel Anlage Hotel Holländer Hof  Staycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
Hotel Bayrischer Hof  Hotel ibis Heidelberg Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg
B&B Hotel Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Centre Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg
Exzellenz Hotel & Boarding HousePremier Inn Heidelberg City

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.

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.

Guidelines

  • 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.

Sponsors

Bronze sponsors

 

Media partners

EMBO Journal, an EMBO Press journal

Genes and Development, a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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.

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

Date: 27 - 30 Aug 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


Deadline(s):

Abstract submission: Closed

Registration (On-site): Closed

Registration (Virtual): 19 Aug 2022


Organisers:

  • Karen Adelman
    Harvard Medical School, USA
    • Eileen Furlong
      EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
      • Jürg Müller
        Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany
        • Peter Verrijzer
          Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands

        Contact: Nathalie Sneider

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