The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is organising a Symposium on Actin in Action: From Molecules to Cellular Functions on September 7 – 10, 2016 on Heidelberg, Germany and kindly asks you to participate.
This meeting will bring together researchers from different communities interested in actin-related processes and is designed to cover actin organisation broadly, from the molecular scale to the whole organism.
The meeting will specifically focus on new technologies that enable integration of actin biology at different scales, such as advanced imaging in in vitro and in vivo systems, and those combining molecular biology with computational and biophysical approaches. The goal is to create for the first time the opportunity for a multi-scale understanding of actin biology, integrating actin biochemistry, physics and cell biology from the level of a single actin filament to cell and tissue scales.
- Molecular mechanisms of actin filament nucleation
- In vitro reconstituted systems
- Actin and cell motility
- The actin cortex
- Actin in cell division
- Actin’s functions in cell and tissue mechanics
- The role of actin in nuclear structure and function
- Evolution of the actin cytoskeleton
Historically, actin research at different levels of biological organisation has developed into separate fields such as in vitro actin biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology. Biochemists, cell biologists and physicists working in these different areas typically publish in different journals and attend different conferences.
However, we see a trend, enabled by new technologies, towards bridging these fields, offering for the first time the opportunity for multi-scale understanding of actin biology. This would allow us to directly explain how biochemistry and biophysics of single actin filaments and single molecules of motor proteins or cross-linkers give rise to cell and tissue scale functions.
- Thomas D. Pollard – Yale University, USA
- Jake Baum – Imperial College London, UK
- William Bement – University of Wisconsin Madison, USA
- Magdalena Bezanilla – University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
- Peter Bieling – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Germany
- Laurent Blanchoin – iRTSV, CEA Grenoble, France
- Clifford Brangwynne – Princeton University, USA
- William Brieher – University of Illinois, USA
- Margaret Gardel – University of Chicago, USA
- Ethan Garner – Harvard University, USA
- Stephan Grill – MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and TU Dresden, Germany
- Robert Grosse – University of Marburg, Germany
- Kineret Keren – Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
- Gijsje Koenderink – FOM Institute AMOLF, The Netherlands
- Jan Löwe – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
- Ed Munro – University of Chicago, USA
- Brad Nolen – University of Oregon, USA
- Matthieu Piel – Curie Institute and CNRS, France
- Guillaume Romet-Lemonne – Institut Jacques Monod, France
- Ulrich Schwarz – University of Heidelberg, Germany
- Melina Schuh – MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
- Michael Sixt – Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Austria
- Brian Stramer – King’s College London, UK
- Marie-Emilie Terret – Collège de France, France
- Maria Vartiainen – Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Danijela Vignjevic – Institut Curie and INSERM, France
- Orion Weiner – University of California San Francisco, USA
EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme Registration Fee Waivers and EMBO Travel Grants are available for young researchers for the EMBO|EMBL Symposia Series.
Registration Fee Waiver: The sum that you have paid to attend the meeting will be reimbursed
Travel Grant: Up to €500 for participants arriving from the eligible countries listed below
Priority is be given to participants working in labs in: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.
Travel grants may also be provided to participants working in labs in: Africa, Asia (excluding Japan, Singapore, and Korea), South and Central America, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine.
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all fellowships during the abstract selection process.
For further information about fellowships please refer to the FAQ page.
- Dyche Mullins – University of California, San Francisco, USA
- Buzz Baum – University College London, UK
- Cecile Sykes – Institut Curie, France
- Jan Faix – Hannover Medical School, Germany
- François Nédélec – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
- Péter Lénárt – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
- Carolina Garcia Sabate – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany