Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 28 - 29 Aug 2019
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Day 1 - Wednesday 28 August 2019
08:00-09:00 Registration and light breakfast
09:00-09:10 Opening remarks by Iain Mattaj - Human Technopole Foundation, Italy
09:10 - 12:40 Morning Session: Chair - Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Fotis Kafatos: A Cretan childhood
Ioanna Soufleri
 - University of Athens, Greece


Building a pan-European Legacy
Iain MattajHuman Technopole Foundation, Italy


The Fotis I Knew
Sarah Kafatou - Greece


Coffee Break


bHLH transcription factors and cell fate decisions in Drosophila
Christos Delidakis - University of Crete, Greece


Evolving views of integrin adhesion
Nick Brown - University of Cambridge, UK


Insights into gene regulation from the Drosophila ovary
Paul F. Lasko - McGill University, Canada


Shaping the vertebrate head: From Z(ic) to A(lx)
Yevgenya Grinblat - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA



14:00 - 18:30

Afternoon Session: Chair - Nick Brown, University of Cambridge, UK


Uncovering the Cell Biology of Cancer using Drosophila melanogaster
Tor Erik Rusten
 - University of Oslo, Norway


Scaling up the genetics of parasite vector interactions
Oliver Billker - Umeå University, Sweden

15:00-15:30 From dot blots to reading, editing and writing genomes
Lars Steinmetz - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Brain wiring and behavior: from humans to mice and flies
Claudia Bagni - University of Lausanne, Switzerland

16:00-16:30 Development and evolution: Exploring arthropod diversity
Michael Akam - University of Cambridge, UK
16:30-17:30 Coffee Break
17:30 - 18:00 Old questions, new models: Exploring regeneration in new species
Michalis Averof
 - Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon, France
18:00 - 18:30 Butterfly Wings and the Developmental Basis for Structural Coloration
Nipam Patel - Marine Biological Laboratory, USA
18:30-19:30 Reception in the Operon Foyer
19:30-21:00 Dinner in the EMBL Canteen
21:00-23:00 Drinks in ATC Rooftop Lounge
Day 2 - Thursday 29 August 2019
09:00 - 12:30 Morning Session: Chair - Iain Mattaj, Human Technopole Foundation, Italy

Gene Drive mediated population editing for human malaria vector control
Andrea Crisanti - Imperial College London, UK

09:30-10:00 Plasmodium: From fundamental cell biology to new vaccines against malaria
Freddy Frischknecht - Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
10:00-10:30 How to train your vector to be immune to malaria
George K. Christophides
 - Imperial College London, UK
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:30 Plasmodium evasion of mosquito immunity and malaria
Carolina Barillas-Mury
 - NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
11:30-12:00 The Genomics and Molecular Biology of Olfaction in Vector Mosquitoes and Eusocial Ants Drive the Development of Insect Excito-Repellents
Larry Zwiebel - Vanderbilt University, USA

Homeostasis perturbations in sickness and in health
Luís F. Ferreira Moita - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Session: Chair - Stephen M. Cohen, UK
14:00-14:30 Seeing is believing: Exploring how enhancers decode signals in real time
Sarah Bray
 - University of Cambridge, UK
14:30-15:00 A Molecular Geneticist's Approach to Understanding the Fly Brain
Gerald M. Rubin
 - Janelia Research Campus, USA
15:00-15:30 Chromosome structure meets function during development: Lessons from the X chromosome
Edith Heard
 - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
15:30-15:40 Closing Remarks by Anne Ephrussi - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
16:00 Departure