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EMBO | EMBL Symposia



In order to further promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area, EMBO and EMBL are collaborating to jointly organize scientific symposia. These are held at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre, in Heidelberg, Germany.


EMBO | EMBL Symposia aim to provide the European scientific community with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.


The foci of these symposia are complementary to existing programmes promoted by both organizations. Topics should emphasize strategically upcoming developments and be interdisciplinary.



Annual application deadline: 1 March for symposia taking place at least 22 months later.


The application process is handled via the online application system. Applications should be received in the calendar year, two years before the proposed symposium date (e.g. the 1 March 2013 deadline is for symposia taking place in 2015).


Organizers are strongly urged to ensure the symposium dates do not overlap with The EMBO Meeting.


Each proposal is reviewed by the EMBO | EMBL Symposia Committee. Applicants will be informed of the decision within 12 weeks of the application deadline.


All applications are treated in confidence and only publicized following acceptance of the funding conditions by the organizer. All correspondence concerning applications should be conducted with the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Any attempts to influence the decision process by contacting individual members of the EMBO | EMBL Symposia Committee will result in disqualification of the application.



Programme details

Organizers should propose an outline programme, including session titles with brief explanations of the subject matter that will be covered and how they fit together, plus the names of suggested speakers for each session and the reason for their selection. Approximately 30 first choice speakers should be listed, if backup speakers are included, these should be clearly identified.


When selecting speakers organizers are requested to ensure a wide geographical representation of scientists with no substantial bias towards any one country. Both established and early stage group leaders/investigators should be included in the speaker list.


Organizers are strongly encouraged to aim for a minimum of 30 % female representation when selecting speakers (justification for a lower proportion must be provided). Applications with an excessive gender imbalance are generally not successful.



A dedicated conference officer will be responsible for all logistics and budgetary issues relating to each EMBO | EMBL Symposium (e.g. dealing with enquiries; liaising with participants and speakers; arranging catering, travel and accommodation etc.)


Further advice is available on the advice for organizers page.


EMBO | EMBL Symposia will be advertised on the EMBO and EMBL's respective event posters, websites and social media channels as well as well as to the European life science community.


A dedicated website will be set-up and posters will be designed and distributed widely, in addition to the event being advertised in selected journals.



1 March for symposia taking place in two years time.


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Anne-Marie Glynn
Programme Manager
 T. + 49 6221 8891 104


Bronagh Carey

Bronagh Carey
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Elena Ratcliff
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Aditya Kusuma Jati
Web & Graphic Design Assistant
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