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Defining and defeating metastasis


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 will bring together researchers from diverse fields to enhance our understanding of the dissemination and metastatic colonisation of tumour cells. It will provide a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange on current approaches and future collaborations on metastasis and its therapeutic challenges.

What past participants say about the Symposium

The ‘Defining and Defeating Metastasis’ Symposium was probably the best conference I have attended during my PhD. Engaging speakers, new science, and plenty of opportunity to network and socialise – all a stone’s throw from the centre of beautiful Heidelberg. Hoping for a repeat event in the future!” – Emma Colliver, Francis Crick Institute, UK

As a PhD student in breast cancer research, the symposium in “Defining and defeating metastasis” was amazing. The speakers were excellent, and I left the conference with a lot of learning from established and new researchers. The EMBL Heidelberg venue was quiet and provided a good backdrop to discuss current research in metastasis. Catering was great, with many vegan/vegetarian options as well. The conference provided a lot of opportunities to network with other fellow students, but also with established researchers.” – Jomar, Gustave Roussy/Universite Paris-Saclay, France

“‘Defining and Defeating Metastasis’ was the most engaging and stimulating conference I ever attended. EMBL location is amazing and the conference was perfectly organised.” – Mila Gugnoni, Laboratory of Translational Research, AUSL-IRCCS Reggio Emilia, Italy

The level of the science presented was great, did a marvellous work covering broad and key aspects of metastasis development.” – Beatriz Pérez, Garvan MRI, Australia (virtual participant)


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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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: 30 Sep - 3 Oct 2024

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Eduard Batlle
    Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain
    • Johanna Joyce
      • Daniel Klimmeck
        • Joan Massagué
          • Samra Turajlic
            The Francis Crick Institute, UK

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