Location & dates Virtual 6 - 8 Dec 2020 Register Now
Deadlines Registration - 5 Nov 2020 Abstract - 12 Oct 2020

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.


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  • The virtual conference includes live-streamed invited speaker talks
    with live Q&A sessions after each talk as well as meet the speaker sessions.
  • All digital poster presenters are encouraged to upload a recorded flash talk
    with their digital poster and to schedule video calls during poster session times.
  • Information on the live stream and access to the discussion platform and digital posters will be provided shortly before the start of the event.

The following times are used in the programme below:

  • Central European Time (CET): eg. Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris

To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the CET programme time
and your city into the Time Zone Converter.

Day 1 - Sunday 6 December 2020
15:00-15:10 (CET)
09:00-09:10 (EDT)
Opening remarks
15:10-16:40 (CET)
09:10-10:40 (EDT)

Virtual Session 1 - Imaging across scales

15:10-15:40 (CET)
09:10-09:40 (EDT)

Decoding Molecular Plasticity in the Dark Proteome in cellulo
Edward A. Lemke - IMB, JGU and EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

15:40-16:10 (CET)
09:40-10:10 (EDT)

Superresolution microscopy for structural cell biology
Jonas Ries - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

16:10-16:40 (CET)
10:10-10:40 (EDT)

Watching the birth of crystals in cells and tissues
Lia Addadi - Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

16:40-16:50 (CET)
10:40-10:50 (EDT)


16:50-17:35 (CET)
10:50-11:35 (EDT)

Keynote lecture:
Structural Biology in situ or the Power of Seeing the Whole Picture
Wolfgang Baumeister - Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany

17:35-18:00 (CET)
11:35-12:00 (EDT)

Meet the speakers (E. Lemke, J. Ries, W. Baumeister) in individual zoom rooms

18:00-19:00 (CET)
12:00-13:00 (EDT)

Virtual Poster Session 1 including live chats, recorded flash talks and discussion channels on Slack

19:00-20:00 (CET)
13:00-14:00 (EDT)
Virtual Mixer (Meet in randomly mixed groups for ten minutes - repeated four times) - optional
Day 2 - Monday 7 December 2020
13:30-15:00 (CET)
07:30-09:00 (EDT)

Virtual Session 2 - Structural analysis in situ
13:30-14:00 (CET)
07:30-08:00 (EDT)

Towards a mechanistic understanding of motile and primary cilia with cryo-electron tomography
Gaia Pigino - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany

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

Mechanisms of COPII-mediated membrane remodelling revealed by cryo-tomography and subtomogram averaging
Giulia Zanetti - Birkbeck, University of London, UK

14:30-15:00 (CET)
08:30-09:00 (EDT)

Streamlining Subtomogram Averaging Workflow for Structural Determination of Large Macromolecular Complexes
Beata Turonova - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

15:00-15:30 (CET)
09:00-09:30 (EDT)

Meet the speakers (G. Pigino, G. Zanetti, B. Turonova) in individual zoom rooms

15:30-16:30 (CET)
09:30-10:30 (EDT)

Virtual Poster Session 2 including live chats, recorded flash talks and discussion channels on Slack

16:30-18:30 (CET)
10:30-12:30 (EDT)

Virtual Session 3 - Molecular sociology
16:30-17:00 (CET)
10:30-11:00 (EDT)
In situ structural studies of prokaryotic cell surface molecules
Tanmay Bharat - University of Oxford, UK
17:00-17:30 (CET)
11:00-11:30 (EDT)

How membrane architectures contribute to cellular functions
Wanda Kukulski - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

17:30-17:40 (CET)
11:30-11:40 (EDT)


17:40-18:10 (CET)
11:40-12:10 (EDT)

Cell-cell interactions studied by cryo-electron tomography
Martin Pilhofer - ETH Zürich, Switzerland

18:10-18:40 (CET)
12:10-12:40 (EDT)

Elizabeth Villa - University of California, San Diego, USA

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

Meet the speakers (T. Bharat, W. Kukulski, M. Pilhofer, E. Villa) in individual zoom rooms

Day 3 - Tuesday 8 December 2020
13:00-13:30 (CET)
07:00-07:30 (EDT)

Meet the editors in individual zoom rooms (optional)
13:30-15:00 (CET)
07:30-09:00 (EDT)

Virtual Session 4 - Biophysical analysis in cells
13:30-14:00 (CET)
07:30-08:00 (EDT)
Mikhail Savitski - EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
14:00-14:30 (CET)
08:00-08:30 (EDT)

Proteomes in 3D: in situ protein structural states as a readout for proteome functional alterations
Paola Picotti - ETH Zürich, Switzerland

14:30-15:00 (CET)
08:30-09:00 (EDT)

In cell integrative structural biology by crosslinking mass spectrometry and cryo-electron tomography
Juri Rappsilber - TU Berlin, Germany

15:00-15:30 (CET)
09:00-09:30 (EDT)

Meet the speakers (M. Savitski, P. Picotti, J. Rappsilber) in individual zoom rooms

15:30-15:40 (CET)
09:30-09:40 (EDT)


15:40-17:05 (CET)
09:40-11:05 (EDT)

Virtual Session 5 - Integrative modelling

15:40-16:10 (CET)
09:40-10:10 (EDT)

Putting it all together: from experiment and simulation to structure and dynamics
Gerhard Hummer - Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany

16:10-16:40 (CET)
10:10-10:40 (EDT)
Integrative structural biology
Andrej Sali - University of California, San Francisco, USA
16:40-17:10 (CET)
10:40-11:10 (EDT)

Modeling Molecular Cell Biology
David S. Goodsell - Scripps Research, USA

17:10-17:20 (CET)
11:10-11:20 (EDT)


17:20-18:05 (CET)
11:15-12:05 (EDT)

Keynote lecture: From cryo-electron tomograms to whole-cell stochastic simulations of cellular processes
Zaida (Zan) Ann Luthey-Schulten - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

18:05-18:15 (CET)
12:00-12:15 (EDT)
Closing remarks and poster prizes
18:15-18:45 (CET)
12:15-12:45 (EDT)
Meet the speakers (G. Hummer, A. Sali, D. Goodsell, Z. Luthey-Schulten) in individual zoom rooms