Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life – Course and Conference Office

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Seeing is believing: imaging the molecular processes of life


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

Symposium overview

The molecular processes of life are naturally dynamic in space and time from the atomic to the organismal level. The rapid development of imaging methods across the full scale of biological organisation is revolutionising our ability to visualise the inner workings of macromolecular complexes, organelles, cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. Being able to see biological processes unfold in real time allows us to understand the mechanisms of life as well as disease.

The symposium will bring together the leading developers of imaging methods with cutting-edge applications that illustrate how imaging can answer biological questions. We will emphasize methods that can capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging of whole organisms.

From its beginning in 2011, Seeing is Believing has embraced novel imaging technologies that open new windows for biological discovery, including single-molecule and super-resolution, light sheet and correlative light electron microscopy.

The symposium provides many opportunities for presentations, discussions, and interactions between students, postdocs, junior, and senior investigators.

Session topics

  • Dynamic super-resolution imaging
  • New approaches in imaging
  • Probes & biosensors
  • Organismal and intravital imaging
  • Cross-scale imaging
  • Image analysis & modelling

What past participants say about the symposium

This conference was very well organised, great talks and exciting new tools and techniques were presented. I am very happy I attended. Highly recommend for everybody interested in microscopy!” – Alina Gavrilov, Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland

The EMBL symposium was well organised and executed. The combination of field expert talk and technical field talk made researchers very much aware about subject research and available advance imaging facility and their applications.” – Dr. Vijay K. Verma Dept. of Microbiology University of Delhi South Campus, India

I was happy to attend this amazing meeting full of talks showing incredible combinations of the most recent state-of the-art techniques, some of which even looked like being from far future or sci-fi.” – Marketa Schmidt Cernohorska, Max Perutz Labs Vienna, Austria

Seeing Is Believing… maybe you have to see it to believe me how AMAZING this conference is. Three days filled with the latest around microscopy, biology, and data analysis, presented by the big names and the young but rising stars. A delight!” – Florian Jug, Fondazione Human Technopole, Italy

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



Ibrahim Cisse

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics


Ronald Germain

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Andrej Sali

University of California, San Francisco


Lin Tian

University of California, Davis


Scientific organisers

Conference organisers

Iva Gavran

Course and Conference Officer

EMBL Heidelberg


Preliminary programme

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  • Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic situation, some speakers may need to join virtually to give their talk.
  • For registered participants, recorded talks will be accessible on demand for 2 weeks after the end of the event, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Programme is preliminary and subject to change.
Day 1 – Wednesday 4 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
10:45 – 11:30Registration for workshop participants
11:30 – 12:30Concurrent Industry Workshops (registration required)
11:30 – 13:00Registration and light refreshments
13:00 – 13:15Opening remarks
13:15 – 17:20Session 1: Dynamic super-resolution imaging
13:15 – 13:35Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells
Ibrahim Cisse – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
13:35 – 13:55Selected talk
13:55 – 14:15Selected talk
14:15 – 14:35Imaging biophysical properties of biological structures in health and disease
Erdinc Sezgin – SciLifeLab, Sweden
14:35 – 14:55Selected talk
14:55 – 15:40Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:40 – 16:00Studying viral infection dynamics and heterogeneity using single-molecule microscopy
Marvin Tanenbum – Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
16:00 – 16:20Selected talk
16:20 – 16:40Direct observation of motor protein stepping in living cells using MINFLUX
Jonas Ries – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:40 – 17:00Selected talk
17:00 – 17:20Using single molecule tracking to dissect the rules of engagement of macro-molecular assemblies
Xavier Darzacq – University of California, Berkley, USA
17:20 – 18:50Poster sneak peek session with beer and snacks
18:50 – 20:50Conference dinner
20:50 – 22:50Welcome reception
Day 2 – Thursday 5 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:05Session 2: New approaches in imaging
09:00 – 09:20Intelligent Image-Activated Cell Sorting and Beyond
Keisuke Goda – University of Tokyo, Japan
09:20 – 09:40Selected talk
09:40 – 10:00Selected talk
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
10:45 – 11:05Selected talk
11:05 – 11:25Selected talk
11:25 – 11:45Invited talk
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz – HHMI-Janelia Research Campus, USA
11:45 – 12:05Selected talk
12:05 – 14:05Lunch with concurrent EMBL Imaging centre tours (registration required)
14:05 – 17:10Session 3: Probes & biosensors
14:05 – 14:25Invited talk
Lian Tian – University of California, Davis, USA
14:25 – 14:45Selected talk
14:45 – 15:05Selected talk
15:05 – 15:50Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:50 – 16:10Selected talk
16:10 – 16:30Invited talk
Atsushi Miyawaki – RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
16:30 – 16:50Selected talk
16:50 – 17:10Selected talk
17:10 – 17:40Flash talks
17:40 – 19:10Poster Session 1 (odd) with beer and snacks
19:10 – 21:10Conference dinner
21:10 – 23:10Networking drinks
Day 3 – Friday 6 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:00 – 12:05Session 4: Organismal & intravital imaging
09:00 – 09:20Exploring the principles of energy-driven chromatin organisation
Sebastian Eustermann – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
09:20 – 09:40Selected talk
09:40 – 10:00Invited talk
Satyajit Mayor – National centre for Biological Sciences, India
10:00 – 10:45Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
10:45 – 11:05Exploring life across scales with volume correlative light and electron microscopy
Lucy Collinson – Francis Crick Institute, UK
11:05 – 11:25Selected talk
11:25 – 11:45Selected talk
11:45 – 12:05‘pan-OptiX: Illuminating the Nanostructural Landscape of Tissues and Cells for Precision Medicine
Ons M’Saad – Panluminate, USA
12:05 – 14:05Lunch with concurrent EMBL Imaging centre tours (registration required)
14:05 – 17:10Session 5: Cross-scale imaging
14:05 – 14:25Invited talk
Anna Kreshuk – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
14:25 – 14:45Selected talk
14:45 – 15:05Exploring the universe of sub- and multicellular organization
Aubrey Weigel – Janelia Research Campus, USA
15:05 – 15:50Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
15:50 – 16:10Image analysis from the perspective of the 3D cell surface
Meghan Driscoll – University of Minnesota, USA
16:10 – 16:30Selected talk
16:30 – 16:50From integrative structural biology to cell biology
Andrej Sali – University of California, San Francisco, USA
16:50 – 17:10Selected talk
17:10 – 17:40Flash talks
17:40 – 19:10Poster Session 2 (even) with beer and snacks
19:10 – 00:10Castle dinner at the Heidelberg Schloss (limited seating, first come first served)
Day 4 – Saturday 7 October 2023
Time (Europe/Berlin)Speaker
09:30 – 12:55Session 6: Image analysis & modelling
09:30 – 09:50Zebrahub – Multimodal Zebrafish Developmental Atlas Reveals the State Transition Dynamics of Late Vertebrate Pluripotent Axial Progenitors
Loic Royer – Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, USA
09:50 – 10:10Selected talk
10:10 – 10:30Intravital fluorescence mesoscope with digital adaptive optics
Qionghai Dai – Tsinghua University, China
10:30 – 11:15Coffee Break and Meet the speakers
11:15 – 11:35Highly Multiplex 2D and 3D Imaging Methods and Analytical Tools for Probing Cell Organization and Function in Complex Tissue Settings
Ronald Germain – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
11:35 – 11:55Selected talk
11:55 – 12:15Selected talk
12:15 – 12:35Invited talk
Jan Ellenberg – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
12:35 – 12:55Selected talk
12:55 – 13:20Closing Remarks and Poster Prize
13:20Packed Lunch and departure
Tentative invited speakers' titles
  • Ibrahim Cisse – Super-resolution imaging of transcription in living cells
  • Lucy Collinson – Exploring life across scales with volume correlative light and electron microscopy
  • Qionghai Da –i Intravital fluorescence mesoscope with digital adaptive optics
  • Xavier Darzacq – Using single molecule tracking to dissect the rules of engagement of macro-molecular assemblies
  • Meghan Driscoll – Image analysis from the perspective of the 3D cell surface
  • Jan Ellenberg – tba
  • Sebastian Eustermann – Exploring the principles of energy-driven chromatin organisation
  • Ronald Germain – Highly Multiplex 2D and 3D Imaging Methods and Analytical Tools for Probing Cell Organization and Function in Complex Tissue Settings
  • Keisuke Goda – Intelligent Image-Activated Cell Sorting and Beyond
  • Anna Kreshuk – tba
  • Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz – tba
  • Ons M’Saad – ‘pan-OptiX: Illuminating the Nanostructural Landscape of Tissues and Cells for Precision Medicine
  • Satyajit Mayor – tba
  • Atsushi Miyawaki – tba
  • Jonas Ries – Direct observation of motor protein stepping in living cells using MINFLUX
  • Loic Royer Zebrahub – Multimodal Zebrafish Developmental Atlas Reveals the State Transition Dynamics of Late Vertebrate Pluripotent Axial Progenitors
  • Andrej Sali – From integrative structural biology to cell biology
  • Erdinc Sezgin – Imaging biophysical properties of biological structures in health and disease
  • Marvin Tanenbaum – Studying viral infection dynamics and heterogeneity using single-molecule microscopy
  • Lin Tian – tba
  • Aubrey Weigel – Exploring the universe of sub- and multicellular organization

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€700
On-site PhD Student€600
On-site Industry€900
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 Iva Gavran for more information. Please note that we do not offer complimentary registrations for editors of scientific journals.

Confirmation and payment

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee. If you are added to our waiting list, please consider taking advantage of our offerings to participate virtually.

On-site participants: Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.

Virtual participants: We are only able to accept card payments. In exceptional cases we can accept bank transfers. Please contact events@embl.de for details.

Abstract submission

Only participants registering to attend the on-site event are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted from virtual participants.

After registration you can submit your abstract via a separate link that will be provided in the email confirmation. Alternatively, you can access the link on the confirmation page directly after registering. The same login credentials are used for both processes.

Please note:

Abstract body: The limit of 2000 characters refers to manually typed text and excludes spaces. If an error occurs try using a different web browser (preferably Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox).

If you copy-paste the text into the form, hidden formatting might still be included which may cause the text to exceed the 2,000 character limit resulting in an error message. We recommend you clear all formatting before pasting in the text.

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

Your place in the meeting is only confirmed by paying the registration fee, which is mandatory even when receiving a fee waiver.

Registration fee waiver

The fee waiver will cover the registration sum that you have paid to attend the course or conference.

Travel grant

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, 6 September 2023, in some cases at special rates. Please email the hotel directly, quoting the booking code EES23-09 to confirm the exact price of the room.

Hotel AnlageHotel ibis HeidelbergHotel Monpti
B&B HotelISG Hotel Premier Inn Heidelberg City
Exzellenz HotelLeonardo Hotel Heidelberg City CentreStaycity Aparthotel Heidelberg
Hotel Holländer Hof Meininger HeidelbergHotel Vier Jahreszeiten Heidelberg

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:

  • Hotel Staycity (Speyerer Str. 7)
  • Kurfürsten-Anlage (Opposite Main Train Station)
  • Hotel Premier (Kurfürsten-Anlage 23)
  • Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg City Center (Bergheimer Str. 63)
  • Neckarmuenzplatz (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.

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

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 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?
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.


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Media partners

EMBO reports, an EMBO Press journal

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Journal of Cell Science, a The Company of Biologists journal

Open Biology, a Royal Society journal

Bio Essays, a Wiley Online Library

Advanced Biology, a Wiley Online Library

Imaging and Microscopy, a Wiley 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.


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.


EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

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Date: 4 - 7 Oct 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


Abstract submission: 12 Jul 2023

Registration (On-site): 23 Aug 2023

Registration (Virtual): 27 Sep 2023


  • Jan Ellenberg
    • Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
      • Satyajit Mayor
        National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
        • Atsushi Miyawaki

        Contact: Iva Gavran

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