Location & dates Virtual 30 Sep - 2 Oct 2020
Deadlines Registration closed Abstract submission closed

EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.


Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.


More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

Programme

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  • All talks will be live-streamed with Q&A sessions after each talk. 
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided shortly before the start of the event.
  • Digital posters and pre-recorded talks (including e-short talks from Vivian Chen, Timothy Fuqua, Natalia Gabrielli, Michelle Hays, Wenhong Jiang, Gurmeet Kaur, Sergey Kryazhimskiy, Antonio Di Pietro, Vikas Yadav) will be available for registered participants throughout the virtual conference. E-short talk presenters will be available for discussion during the dedicated ‘Meet the Speaker’ sessions. 
  • Access to the recorded talks will be available for 2 weeks after the start of the event.

The following times are used in the programme below:

  • Central European Summer Time (CEST): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam Paris
  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): eg. New York, Quebec
Day 1 - Wednesday 30 September 2020
TimeSpeaker
13:00-13:10 (CEST)
07:00-07:10 (EDT)
Opening remarks by Gianni Liti
13:10-15:50 (CEST)
07:10-09:50 (EDT)
Virtual Session 1 - Evolutionary Systems Biology
Chair: Gianni Liti
13:10-13:40 (CEST)
07:10-07:40 (EDT)

Interactions between yeasts and other organisms: are these driven by exaptations or adaptations?
Mat Goddard - University of Lincoln, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

13:40-14:00 (CEST)
07:40-08:00 (EDT)

Within-gene epistatic selection shapes polymorphism in natural populations of the world’s most variable eukaryotic species
Anastasia Stolyarova - Skolkovo Institute is Science and Technology, Russia
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:00-14:30 (CEST)
08:00-08:30 (EDT)

Emerging by merging: origin and evolution of hybrid yeast pathogens
Toni Gabaldón - Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:30-14:50 (CEST)
08:30-08:50 (EDT)

Multidimensional evolution of biophysical traits in a functionally divergent paralog pair
Aaron M. New - Centre for Genomic Research (CRG), Spain
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:50-15:20 (CEST)
08:50-09:20 (EDT)

Genomics and the making of biodiversity across the budding yeast subphylum
Antonis Rokas - Vanderbilt University, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

15:20-15:50 (CEST)
09:20-09:50 (EDT)

Evolution of post-translational regulation
Pedro Beltrao - EMBL-EBI Hinxton, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

15:50-16:15 (CEST)
09:50-10:15 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 1: Mat Goddard, Anastasia Stolyarova, Toni Gabaldón, Aaron New, Antonis Rokas, Pedro Beltrao and Gurmeet Kaur

16:15-17:15 (CEST)
10:15-11:15 (EDT)

Break and Virtual Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)

17:15-19:25 (CEST)
11:15-13:25 (EDT)

Virtual Session 2 - Systems and Synthetic Biology
Chair: Kiran Patil

17:15-17:45 (CEST)
11:15-11:45 (EDT)

Fitness Landscapes and the Predictability of Evolution
Claudia Bank - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

17:45-18:05 (CEST)
11:45-12:05 (EDT)

Genes involved in unfolded protein response and chromatin structure buffer the fitness effects of random mutations
Jens Frickel - VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, Belgium

18:05-18:35 (CEST)
12:05-12:35 (EDT)

Exploring organelle evolution through synthetic approaches
Angad Mehta - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

18:35-18:55 (CEST)
12:35-12:55 (EDT)

A roadmap of evolutionary trajectories toward cooperativity between ancient transcriptional regulators
Kyle Fowler - University of California, San Francisco, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

18:55-19:25 (CEST)
12:55-13:25 (EDT)

Synthetic genetic systems for continuous protein evolution in vivo
Chang C. Liu - University of California, Irvine, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

19:25-19:50 (CEST)
13:25-13:50 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 2: Claudia Bank, Jens Frickel, Angad Mehta, Kyle Fowler and Chang C. Liu

20:00 - 21:00 (CEST)
14:00 - 15:00 (EDT)

Speed Networking (optional; visit the Slack channel for more details)

End of day 1 - Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks

Day 2 - Thursday 01 October 2020
TimeSpeaker
13:00-16:00 (CEST)
07:00-10:00 (EDT)

Virtual Session 3 - Assembly and Evolution of Microbial Communities
Chair: Sara Mitri

13:00-13:30 (CEST)
07:00-07:30 (EDT)

Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a small bacterial community
Sara Mitri - University of Lausanne, Switzerland
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

13:30-13:50 (CEST)
07:30-07:50 (EDT)

Polarization of microbial communities between competitive and cooperative metabolism
Daniel Machado - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

13:50-14:20 (CEST)
07:50-08:20 (EDT)

Evolution of gut bacterial communities
Isabel Gordo - Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:20-14:40 (CEST)
08:20-08:40 (EDT)

Multicellular dynamics and evolution in dense microbial populations
Jona Kayser - Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:40-15:10 (CEST)
08:40-09:10 (EDT)

The rapid evolution of a new metabolic interaction in cells suffering nutrient-growth dysregulation
Wenying Shou - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

15:10-15:30 (CEST)
09:10-09:30 (EDT)
Spatial structure limits on-person adaptive evolution of a prominent skin commensal
Tami Liebermann - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
15:30-16:00 (CEST)
09:30-10:00 (EDT)

Ecological interactions in cheese rind communities
Rachel Dutton - University of California, San Diego, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

16:00-16:25 (CEST)
10:00-10:25 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 3: Rachel Dutton, Daniel Machado, Isabel Gordo, Jona Kayser, Wenying Shou, Tami Lieberman, Sara Mitri, Natalia Gabrielli, Sergey Kryazhimskiy and Vikas Yadav

16:25-17:30 (CEST)
10:25-11:30 (EDT)

Break and Virtual Poster Session 2 (even numbers)

17:30-18:30 (CEST)
11:30-12:30 (EDT)

Virtual Session 4 - Assembly and Evolution of Microbial Communities (continued)

17:30-18:30 (CEST)
11:30-12:30 (EDT)

Roundtable discussion with Jun-Yi (moderator), Maitreya Dunham, Isabel Gordo, Gianni Liti and Nassos Typas
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

18:30-18:55 (CEST)
12:30-12:55 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 4: Jun-Yi Leu, Maitreya Dunham, Isabel Gordo, Gianni Liti and Nassos Typas

19:15 - 20:15 (CEST)
13:15 - 14:15 (EDT)

Virtual Bar Mixer (optional; visit the Slack channel for more details)

End of day 2 - Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks

Day 3 - Friday 02 October 2020
TimeSpeaker

11:30-12:30 (CEST)
05:30-06:30 (EDT)

Career Development Session (optional; visit the Slack channel for more details)
13:00-15:40 (CEST)
07:00-09:40 (EDT)
Virtual Session 5 - Experimental Evolution
Chair: Jun-Yi Leu
13:00-13:30 (CEST)
07:00-07:30 (EDT)

Learning from synthetic genomic applications in yeast
Lars Steinmetz - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

13:30-13:50 (CEST)
07:30-07:50 (EDT)

Probing the impact of drugs on in vitro gut microbial communities
Sarela Garcia-Santamarina - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

13:50-14:20 (CEST)
07:50-08:20 (EDT)

Experimental evolution to understand microbial response to climate change
Sinead Collins - The University of Edinburgh, UK
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:20-14:40 (CEST)
08:20-08:40 (EDT)

Genomic stability and adaptation of beer brewing yeasts during serial repitching in the brewery
Christopher Large - University of Washington, USA
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

14:40-15:10 (CEST)
08:40-09:10 (EDT)

Characterization of transient hypermutator cell subpopulations in yeast colonies
Gilles Fischer - Sorbonne Université, France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

15:10-15:40 (CEST)
09:10-09:40 (EDT)
Expanding the Synthetic Capabilities of Yeast
Virginia Cornish - Columbia University, USA
15:40-16:05 (CEST)
09:40-10:05 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 5: Lars Steinmetz, Sarela Garcia-Santamarina, Sinead Collins, Christopher Large, Gilles Fischer, Virginia Cornish, Vivian Chen, Antonio Di Pietro, Timothy Fuqua and Wenhong Jiang   

16:05-17:00 (CEST)
10:05-11:00 (EDT)

Break and Virtual Poster Session 3 (odd and even numbers)

17:00-19:30 (CEST)
11:00-13:30 (EDT)

Virtual Session 6 - Evolution of Complex Traits
Chair: Maitreya Dunham 

17:00-17:30 (CEST)
11:00-11:30 (EDT)

Species-wide survey of genetic complexity and phenotypic expressivity of traits in yeast
Joseph Schacherer - University of Strasbourg, France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

17:30-17:50 (CEST)
11:30-11:50 (EDT)

A yeast living ancestor reveals the origin of genomic introgressions
Melania Jennifer D'Angiolo - Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN), France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

17:50-18:20 (CEST)
11:50-12:20 (EDT)

Saccharomyces cerevisiae: a journey from the insect gut to the lab bench
Irene Stefanini - University of Turin, Italy
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

18:20-18:40 (CEST)
12:20-12:40 (EDT)

A high frequency mutation-independent mechanism of drug resistance
Jing Lin Xie - Stanford University, USA

18:40-19:10 (CEST)
12:40-13:10 (EDT)

Multiple convergent events of mating-type loci linkage through different rearrangements
Tatiana Giraud - Evolution et Systématique Laboratoire ESE, Université Paris-Sud XI, France
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

19:10-19:40 (CEST)
13:10-13:40 (EDT)

Databasing, Analyzing, and Leveraging Laboratory Evolution Data for Systems and Synthetic Biology, ALEdb
Adam Feist - Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
AVAILABLE ON DEMAND AFTER LIVE STREAM

19:40-19:50 (CEST)
13:40-13:50 (EDT)

Closing remarks by Kiran Patil

19:50-20:15 (CEST)
13:50-14:15 (EDT)

Coffee Break and Meet the Speaker - Session 6: Joseph Schacherer, Melania Jennifer D'Angiolo, Irene Stefanini, Jing Lin Xie, Tatiana Giraud, Adam Feist and Michelle Hays

End of day 3 - Continued access to digital posters, networking and discussion platforms, pre-recorded talks