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The EMBO Meeting comes to Birmingham


The 6th EMBO Meeting will take place at the ICC in Birmingham, England, on 5–8 September 2015. “The EMBO Meeting is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the life sciences across a broad range of topics,” says EMBO Member Gillian Griffiths, Professor at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and one of the organizers and chairs of this year’s meeting. “I’m very excited that the meeting will be held in the United Kingdom.” The event takes place at the ICC, one of Europe’s high-profile conference venues that typically hosts over 350 meetings and more than 300,000 delegates annually. A central location in the United Kingdom makes it a perfect choice for The 6th EMBO Meeting.


The EMBO Meeting encourages scientists to look beyond their own fields, engage with the international scientific community and explore interdisciplinary approaches to research in the life sciences. Participants experience new perspectives on topics that cover the entire range of the life sciences – from studies of molecules and the cell all the way up to investigation of larger, complex biological systems. More than 1000 scientists are expected to attend.


This year’s meeting includes 20 concurrent sessions that take a comprehensive look at biology from the perspective of molecules, cells, the organism and the very latest methods that researchers use to study the life sciences. The sessions include talks from more than 50 scientists from around the world.


EMBO Young Investigator Claudine Kraft, a Group Leader at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories at the University of Vienna, Austria, remarks: “Our work focuses on the signalling events and molecular steps leading to the induction of autophagy, the waste disposal system of a cell. Defects in autophagy are involved in numerous diseases, including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, yet little is known about the cellular mechanisms that lead to these conditions. I am very much looking forward to presenting our latest findings at the meeting in Birmingham.” EMBO Member Philippe Sansonetti, Professor at the Pasteur Institute and the Collège de France in Paris adds: “My talk will address how the concepts and tools of the cellular microbiology of bacterial pathogens can be adapted to study the symbiotic interaction between the gut microbiota and the host intestine.”


The EMBO Meeting is all about the community of life scientists in Europe and beyond’” says EMBO Director Maria Leptin. “It allows scientists from all countries in Europe to hear talks by leading international researchers from all over the world. Young scientists also have access to career opportunities through networking events and other career-related activities.” The meeting will also include a full range of options for exhibitors to interact with attendees as well as poster sessions where researchers can present their work to the wider scientific community


The plenary lectures will look at nuclear architecture, pathogens and defense and stem cell biology. Joan Steitz from Yale University School of Medicine and Peter Walter from the University of California, San Francisco will give keynote lectures covering non-coding RNA-protein complexes and the unfolded protein response, respectively. Other confirmed speakers at the meeting include Stephen P. Jackson, Robert Martienssen, Daniel St Johnston, Azim M. Surani, and Inder M. Verma.


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