24th EMBL PhD Symposium




7-9th December, 2022

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Heidelberg, Germany

The Spectra of Life

Dimensional breadth in biological research

Biological research can be visualised as happening across scales; from single molecules to planetary ecosystems, from single-celled organisms to highly specialised, multicellular systems, from extremely quick enzyme catalysis to the slow, steady march of evolution, and from temperate environments to the extreme to the inhospitable lava vents at the bottom of our oceans and even the cold, silent void of space. To truly understand biological phenomena, it is essential to understand the interactions and coordination between the separate but inextricably interlinked spatial, temporal, systematic, and environmental contexts within which the phenomena occur. To achieve this, the cooperation between experts from across different disciplines is imperative. We are committed to organising a Symposium which will assemble and unite a diverse array of scientists. We hope to trigger many fruitful discussions and exciting collaborations across disciplines to progress towards the lofty goal of advancing a holistic perspective on investigating biological systems.

We are pleased to invite you to join our symposium on-site!

7-9th December, 2022

EMBL, Heidelberg

On-site registration

PhD student: 280 € Academia: 320 € Industry: 350 €

Remote attendance? No problem!

We also offer the possibility to follow the talks online. However, you will not able to submit your abstract or poster, and the workshops will not be available.

Virtual registration

PhD student (virtual): 80 € Academia (virtual): 190 € Industry (virtual): 240 €

Sessions

The symposium will be organised in 4 sessions - each with a focus on a broad category of biological scales:


Extremes

Extremes

From hostile desert conditions to ice cold waters - life can go to extreme measures to survive. How resilient are ecosystems? While we can pick and choose the environment in the lab, this only begins to explore the landscape of possible habitats that nature thrives in.

Complexity

Complexity

The genetic code forms the basis of all the life we know. While the individual building blocks might seem simple to understand, putting them together at a large scale leads to a level of complexity that we are only starting to comprehend. With all interesting patterns of behavior emergent from the many routes of evolution and degrees of genetic variation, life shows complexity at every scale

Size

Size

Whether investigating quantum effects in biology or impact of unicellular organisms on whole ecosystems, how we describe living systems can scale from particles to biomes. Every layer of magnitude reveals new insights. Our understanding at all sizes matters.

Time

Time

Biological processes take place from fast molecular reactions to slow evolutionary steps. From the formation of biomolecular condensates, transgenerational epigenetics, to the fitness landscapes over evolution – every time scale, is of the essence.

Speakers

Here are the speakers who confirmed their participation to date (the list is continuously updated).

  • Clarice D. Aiello
    UCLA Samueli School of Engineering
  • Edoardo Calizza
    Sapienza University, Rome
  • Elizabeth Murchison
    University of Cambridge
  • Ikram Blilou
    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • Jean Fan
    Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University
  • Paul Guichard
    Université de Genève
  • Prisca Liberali
    Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Sandra Smit
    Wageningen University
  • Saskia Brix
    DZMB, Epifauna Team
  • Tanmay Bharat
    MRC LMB
  • Vittorio Sebastiano
    Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

The EMBL PhD Symposium is organized by EMBL PhD students to serve as a gathering that connects young researchers and high-profile scientists alike. This year, our Symposium centers on the theme “The Spectra of Life: Dimensional Breadth in Biological Research.”

The symposium is scheduled to take place from the 7th to the 9th of December 2022.

The symposium will be at EMBL Heidelberg, and the address is: Meyerhoffstraße 1, 69126 Heidelberg, Germany.

While the symposium is mainly aimed toward PhD students, everyone is invited to attend!

Please feel free to contact phdsymposium2022@embl.de

Registrations are not open yet, but we can let you know when they are! Just register your interest with the form below.

Yes! All registrants intending to attend the symposium in person are welcome to submit their abstracts. They can indicate if they want to give a talk or a poster presentation. The flash talks will be selected by the organizing committee after the submission deadline.

Only registered applicants can submit abstracts. You can find the link for abstract submission in the confirmation email.

While we encourage abstract submissions, we don’t require abstracts to participate in the symposium.

We do not have this information yet, but we will update this page as soon as possible.

Contact us for any queries

info.phdsymposium2022@embl.de