General Information

Symposium Bus
We will provide the bus for the Symposium participants on each day of the Symposium. You can download the bus schedule here.

For short talk speakers:
Please keep all short talks to 15 minutes. 3 minutes will provided for questions and discussion.

For poster presenters:
The poster boards provided will be a standard A0 portrait format. Please plan your posters accordingly.

Poster Prizes
Posters will be judged (see guidelines below) by a panel of EMBL scientists and communications workers.
There will be 2 prizes given out for each theme for the day and winning poster of each day will be awarded a cash prize of 100 € and a certificate of accomplishment.

All undergraduate, master and PhD students are eligible.

Posters should summarize the research in a clear and concise manner. Posters will be judged by the clarity and structure of their textual and visual information. Posters should also contain a short text summary accessible to a general scientific audience and will be judged by their accessibility to non specialists.

Day 1

Thursday, 21st November

Molecular Competition

This will focus on the molecular mechanisms for intra- and inter-cellular competition. It aims to elucidate the importance of small molecules and chemical reactions as fundamental steps of sustaining and limiting life. Topics in the session will span from molecular assembly and prevalence of molecular interaction and inhibition, to viral infection and hijacking.

8.00 - 9.00
9.00 - 9.30
9.30 - 10.20

10.20 - 10.50
10.50 - 11.10

11.10 - 12.00

12.00 - 12.20

12.20 - 12.30
12.30 - 13.40
13.40 - 14.00

14.00 - 14.50

14.50 - 15.40
15.40 - 16.00

16.00 - 16.50

16.50 – 17.50
18.00 - 19.00
Symposium opening and Welcome by Prof. Iain Mattaj (Director General of EMBL)
Keynote Lecture 1: John Sutherland
Competition in and between molecular systems at the origin of life
Coffee break
Short talk I: Joanna Kwiatek
How does the plasma membrane organise lipids and proteins?
Keynote Lecture 2: George Kassiotis
Balancing act between microbes and the immune system of the mammalian host
Short talk II: Oleksandr Skorokhod
Characterization of S6 kinase 2 interaction with new protein partner TDRD7
Group photo
Short talk III: Daphne Ezer
Transcription Factor Binding Competition Encodes Promoter Logic
The EMBO Lecture: Jörg Vogel
Winning the competition with small RNAs
Blackboard Session & Coffee
Short talk IV: Rohit Farmer
A recognition model of ACP-HCS interaction for programmed beta-branching in type I polyketide synthases
Keynote Lecture 3: Ron Fouchier
Airborne transmission of zoonotic influenza A viruses
Panel Discussion
Poster Session (P1–P23)

Day 2

Friday, 22nd November

Host vs. Pathogen

This will discuss infection biology and host-pathogen interactions. The topics covered will include evolutionary epidemiology, systems and synthetic biology, pathogen infection strategies and host defence mechanisms.

8.40 - 8.50
8.50 - 9.40

9.40 - 10.00

10.00 - 10.30
10.30 - 10.50

10.50 - 11.40

11.40 - 12.00

12.00 - 13.20
13.20 - 14.20
14.20 - 15.10

15.10 - 16.00
16.00 - 16.20

16.20 - 17.10

17.10 - 18.10
18.10 - 19.30
19.30 - 20.30
Keynote Lecture 1: Susanne Häußler
Connectivity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa sigma factor regulons to build up higher-level-functions
Short Talk V: Jose Burgos-Portugal
The role of autophagy in the pathogenesis of Campylobacter concisus
Coffee break
Short Talk VI: Andrea Strakova
Host-pathogen competition in a unique transmissible cancer
Keynote Lecture 2: Matthew W. Chang
Synthetic microbes engineered for therapeutic applications: Turning biology's competition into our benefit
Short Talk VII: Aditi Kesari
Effect Of Heparan Sulfate On Transduction Efficiency Of Pseudotyped Viral Gene Therapy Vector
Keynote Lecture 3: Marilyn J. Roossinck
Competition versus symbiosis: viruses as models for new evolutionary paradigms
Blackboard Session & Coffee
Short talk VIII: Sarah Leist
The race for survival - a competition between host genetics and influenza A
Keynote Lecture 4: Eduardo Moreno
The competitive nature of cells
Panel Discussion
Poster Session (P24–P44)
Trip to downtown Heidelberg

Day 3

Saturday, 23rd November

Species Competition

This will focus on systemic levels of competition from the context of microbial populations to a general approach on the study of the evolution of cooperation. Topics will include examples of social life and interactions between different species of bacteria, social approaches for humans, as well as general evolutionary studies.

9.00 - 9.10
9.10 - 10.00

10.00 - 10.20

10.20 - 10.50
10.50 - 11.10

11.10 - 12.00

12.00 - 12.20

12.20 - 13.40
13.40 - 14.00

14.00 - 14.50

14.50 - 15.40
15.40 - 16.00

16.00 - 16.50

16.50 - 17.50
17.50 - 19.00
19.00 - 19.15
19.15 - 20.30
Keynote Lecture 1: Eva Kisdi
On competition, limiting similarity, and the origin of species
Short talk IX: Katharine Coyte
Fighting in flow: how hydrodynamics affects bacterial evolution
Coffee break
Short talk X: Carina Valente
Streptococcus pneumoniae warfare: insights on the role of pherotype in pneumococcal co-existence in the nasopharynx
Keynote Lecture 2: Kevin Foster
Social evolution in microbes
Short talk XI: Claire-Marie Loudon
A novel niche allows the temporary survival of a low fitness mutant
Short talk XII: Volha Skrahina
Candida albicans transcriptional response to micronutrients starvation
Keynote Lecture 3: Rebecca Kilner
Competition in life after death: the building and breeding of burying beetles
Blackboard Session & Coffee
Short talk XIII: Joseph Nesme
Characterization of the diversity and prevalence of antibiotic resistance gene determinants in the environment using a metagenomic approach
Keynote Lecture 4: Gregory Velicer
The evolution of social competition in a cooperative microbe
Panel Discussion
Poster Session (P45–P62)
Prize ceremony and Closing

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