Innate immunity in host-pathogen interactions – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Innate immunity in host-pathogen interactions


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

Registration is not yet open for this event. If you are interested in receiving more information please register your interest.

Symposium overview

This symposium provides a discussion platform for all scientists interested in the biology of infection. Cell biologists, microbiologists and immunologists will discuss in joint sessions recent progress in our understanding of host-pathogen interactions. Talks will focus on common processes, rather than particular infectious agents or host cell types, and the strategies of all major types of pathogens in their interaction with plants and animals will be covered. A better understanding of infectious diseases will come from the simultaneous analysis of microbial and host variables, which may open new avenues for treatment and prevention strategies.

What past participants say about the Symposium

“This conference is exceptionally good and was my first conference at EMBL. Various topics of innate immune response has been covered in this conference, which further broaden my knowledge in the field of host-pathogen interaction’s. Very well organised and good networking opportunity for the people in the field of immunology and microbiology.” – Sanpreet Singh, CSIR-IMTech, India

“As my first international symposium, the EMBO | EMBL Symposium ‘Innate Immunity in Host-Pathogen Interactions’ was inspiring, great fun and facilitated both scientific exchange and networking. It was great to present my PhD work to a very engaged audience featuring many major names in my field. Looking forward to next time!” – Conor O’Donovan, MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK

“This conference is the best of its kind in bringing together researchers who work in hostpathogen interactions. The format was great, and the conference was exceptionally wellorganized.” – Cynthia Guo, University of Toronto, Canada


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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.

Date: 18 - 21 Jun 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Gordon Brown
    University of Exeter, UK
    • Michaela Gack
      Cleveland Clinic Florida Research & Innovation Center, USA
      • Felix Randow
        MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

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