Patterns in Biology
9th International EMBL PhD Student Symposium

Organisation of Life in Space and Time

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Tentative Programme

Wednesday, October 24
19:00 - 20:00  Public lecture (optional, delivered in German)
Jochen Wittbrodt, Developmental Biology Unit, EMBL Heidelberg
Das Augen: unser Fenster zur Wirklichkeit
Location: DKFZ Auditorium, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg
20:00 on Tour of Heidelberg at night + Pub crawl
Thursday, October 25 (Official start of symposium)
09:30 - 11:00 Registration
11:00 - 11:20 Welcome address: Lars Steinmetz, Gene Expression Unit, EMBL Heidelberg

Session 1. Computational Pattern Detection and Analysis

11:20 - 12:10 Andreas Deutsch, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
Cellular automaton modelling of biological pattern formation
12:10 - 13:00 Richard Durbin, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Patterns of sequence variation in yeast and humans
13:00 - 13:50 Lunch
Operon foyer
13:50 - 14:40 Daniel G. Brown, University of Waterloo, Canada
Extensions to standard HMM techniques in sequence analysis
14:40 - 15:30 Janet Thornton, director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
Patterns in protein structures
15:30 - 15:50 Coffee break
15:50 - 16:20 Premiere Sponsor Talk: Laurent-Bernard Fay, Nestlé Research Center, Switzerland
Bioinformatics for "good food good life"
16:20 - 17:20 Short talks by Participants
Diego Cortez, Sarah Raphaelle Deeny, Michael DiBernardo, Haralambos Hatzikirou
17:20 - 19:30 Poster session + beer/wine + snacks
18:30 on Dinner + drinks
Friday, October 26
09:00 - 09:30 Coffee + cookies

Session 2. Patterns Regulating Organisms: from Molecules to Cells to Behaviour

09:30 - 10:20 Ivan Dikic, Goethe University Medical School, Germany
Targeting the Ubiquitin system
10:20 - 11:10 Christian Häring, Gene Expression Unit, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
The dynamic organization of mitotic chromosomes by SMC protein complexes
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:20 Stephen J. Gaunt, The Babraham Institute, UK
Hox and cdx genes as regulators of vertebrate body patterning
12:20 - 13:30 Lunch
Operon foyer
13:30 - 14:30 Short talks by participants
Michael Heymann, Fanny De La Iglesia, Gesine Pufal, Krista Rantanen
14:30 - 15:30 Marc Naguib, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Animal Communication: structure, use and function of signal patterns in birdsong
15:30 - 15:50 Coffee break
15:50-16:40 Gerhard Scholtz, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Origin and evolution of cell division patterns in Crustacea - what can we learn from comparative pattern analysis?
16:40 - 17:30 Ueli Schibler, University of Geneva, Switzerland
The mammalian circadian clockwork: time, food, and temperature
17:30 - 17:50 Coffee break
17:50 - 19:00 Panel discussion: The scientific publication process
Chair: Andreas Ladurner
Panelists: Ueli Schibler, Daniel G. Brown, Sandra Caldeira (EMBO Reports), Thomas Lemberger (Molecular Systems Biology)
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner + drinks
20:00 - 21:30 Live: Oliver Heydenreich & Martin Maurer from The Flames
Saturday, October 27
09:00 - 09:30 Coffee + cookies

Session 3. Patterns in Gene Expression

09:30 - 10:20 Luis Serrano Pubull, vice director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain
"Let's talk," the Walrus said, "of many things: space and time, networks and robustness, of what we know and what we do not know."
10:20 - 11:10 Susan Gasser, director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Nuclear position and chromatin dynamics: gene activation in yeast and C. elegans
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:20 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Nobel laureate, director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
12:20 - 13:40 Lunch

Session 4. Molecular Patterns and Disease

13:40 - 14:30 Jules A. Hoffmann, president of the Academy of Sciences, France
The way to TLRs, from Drosophila to Mammals
14:30 - 14:50 Coffee break
14:50 - 15:40 EMBO Plenary Lecture:
Stephen C. Harrison, Harvard Medical School, USA
Patterns in membrane traffic structure and dynamics of clathrin coated vesicles
15:40 - 16:30 Urs A. Meyer, University of Basel, Switzerland
Pharmacogenomics: how patterns of genomic and transcriptomic variation determine the response to drugs and chemicals
16:30 - 16:45 Coffee break
16:45 - 17:35 Erika Hagelberg, University of Oslo, Norway
Analysis of ancient bone DNA from the wreck of Mary Rose, the flagship of Henry VIII
17:35 - 18:00 EMBO Science Writing Prize and Presentation
18:00 - 18:10 Closing remarks: Lars Steinmetz, Gene Expression Unit, EMBL Heidelberg
18:10 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 on Party
Operon foyer

  • This programme is tentative, and the details are subject to change. However, the duration of the symposium is fixed: 25th morning till 27th evening.
  • Speakers and participants are encouraged to arrive on the evening of the 24th and depart on the 28th in order to take advantage of all of the symposium's events, and accommodation will be provided accordingly.
  • The lecture on Wednesday evening is open to the general public. Therefore, it will be delivered in German. It is optional for symposium participants, but you are more than welcome to attend. The remainder of the symposium events will be in English.
  • A proper breakfast will be served at the hotels, and transportation will be provided to/from hotels at the start and end of each day's events. All other listed meals are provided free of charge.
  • Please send questions or comments to
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