The EMBO | EMBL Symposium on the Mobile Genome – Genetic and Physiological Impacts of Transposable Elements will be organised by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) on September 16 – 19, 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany.
Summary and Aims
Transposons are abundant in most genomes and constitute about 50% of the human genome. They are usually considered as genomic parasites, the mobilisation of which can cause harmful genetic mutations.
Various mechanisms have evolved throughout the tree of life to defend genomes from the deleterious effects of transposition. Curiously, the past couple of years have brought about seminal discoveries showing that transposons also have functions essential to their host. For example, they play key roles in mammalian development, neurogenesis, and immune response.
These novel findings suggest that transposons have widespread vital functions and call for thorough investigation in all genomes and organisms.
The proposed symposium aims to facilitate the development of this emerging view by bringing together world-leading experts from diverse areas of biology including genomics, structural biology, microbiology, developmental biology, plant biology and neurobiology.
The meeting will stimulate interdisciplinary discussions on various key topics including
- impact of mobile DNA on genome structure and evolution
- novel advances in the mechanism of transposition and transposon defense
- developmental and physiological roles of transposition.
These discussions will facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations and greatly improve the common understanding of mobile genetic elements, as well as genome structure and function in general.
- Doris Bachtrog – University of California, Berkeley, USA
- Mireille Bétermier – CGM, CNRS, France
- Déborah Bourc’his – Curie Institute, France
- Guillaume Bourque – McGill University and Genome Québec Innovation Center, Canada
- Kathleen H. Burns – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
- Ronald Chalmers – The University of Nottingham Medical School, UK
- Fred Dyda – NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, USA
- Geoffrey J. Faulkner – Mater Medical Research Institute, Australia
- Jose Luis García Pérez – GENYO, Spain
- Isabel Gordo – IGC, Portugal
- Henrik Kaessmann – University of Lausanne, Switzerland
- George Kassiotis – MRC National Institute for Medical Research, UK
- Jan Korbel – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
- Laura F. Landweber – Princeton University, USA
- Jeanne B. Lawrence – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
- Ellen Pritham – The University of Utah, USA
- Phoebe A. Rice – The University of Chicago, USA
- Azim Surani – The Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
- William Theurkauf – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
- Maria Elena Torres Padilla – IGBMC, CNRS, France
- Didier Trono – EPFL, Switzerland
- Olivier Voinnet – ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- Ting Wang – Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, USA
- Oliver Weichenrieder – MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany
- Phillip Zamore – University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
- Orsolya Barabas – EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
- Eric A. Miska – Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK
- John V. Moran – University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, USA
- Donal O’Carroll – EMBL Monterotondo, Italy
- Duncan Odom – University of Cambridge, Cancer Research UK-Cambridge Institute, UK
Registration Fee Waivers and Travel Grants are available for young researchers for the EMBO I EMBL Symposia Series (see below). Please indicate your interest for a Registration Fee Waiver or Travel Grant or both when submitting your abstract.
- 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
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of all fellowships during the abstract selection process.
If you are awarded a fellowship, you will be notified after the completion of the abstract selection. This is usually 8 weeks before the event start date. Please note that you must pay your registration fee by the payment deadline (6 weeks before the event start date). The EMBL Course & Conference Office will request your bank details and reimburse the registration fees after the event. Travel Grants can only be reimbursed after the event once the receipts have been submitted.
Eligible Countries for Travel Grants
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.
For scientists based in Singapore additional travel grants are available. Please visit the website for more information.
Travel grants are also available as part of the cooperation agreement with the National Science Council of Taiwan, in addition to travel grants for participants from Italy in cooperation with the SIBBM.