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Call for Papers: Tissue Self-Organisation @ European Molecular Biology Laboratory [Heidelberg, Germany, Mar 11-14]: Submit by Dec 13

By: Debarpita Pande | 30 Nov 2017 10:50 AM


This symposium will cover cell and developmental biology, tissue biophysics, theoretical modelling, organoids and synthetic biology, and provide a platform to discuss and identify key approaches and future collaborations in tissue self-organisation.

EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany.


  • Symmetry breaking in cells and tissues
  • Collective cell behaviour
  • Morphogenesis
  • Tissue mechanics
  • Pattern formation
  • Modelling self-organisation
  • Synthetic biology
  • Organogenesis and organoids

Why attend?

This symposium aims to understand the mechanisms of self-organising properties of multi-cellular systems. One of the defining features of living systems is their capacity to break symmetry and self-organise to form reproducible shapes and patterns. However, the mechanistic understanding of this process remains a challenge as it requires a multi-disciplinary approach.

This symposium will bring together those working in distinct disciplines such as cell and developmental biology, tissue biophysics, theoretical modelling, organoids and synthetic biology, and will provide a platform to discuss and identify key approaches and future collaborations.

Who should attend?

Researchers working on both the mechanisms and manipulation of tissue morphogenesis, using in vivoanimal models and ex vivo organoid approaches.

Location and Dates:

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
11 – 14 Mar 2018


Registration: Jan 31, 2018
Abstract: Dec 13, 2017


Registration Fees (include admission, conference materials, meals and coffee breaks):
Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

Academia 550 Euro
PhD Student 450 Euro
Industry 750 Euro

EMBL Staff can register here (intranet access)

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a reduced press rate. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Tim Nürnberger  for more information.

Confirmation and Payment:

Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers (only up to 8 weeks before event) and credit card payments.

Abstract submission:

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.

After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract.  Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.

When submitting your abstract you can also apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.

Please note:

Browsers: Our system only supports Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

Abstract length: The maximum limit of 2000 characters (ca. 200 words) refers to manually typed text (spaces included).

Co-authors: Please enter your co-authors correctly via the system by adding accounts with their institution and DO NOT copy-paste them into the body of the abstract text, as they will not be indexed in the abstract book.

Text only: Please note that the abstract book will show a text-only version of your abstract, so all style commands will be stripped once submitted. If you copy-paste the text, hidden formatting might still be included and you will be informed that your text exceeds the limit of 2000 characters. We recommend either:

  1. saving your text as text only in your editor or Email programme, OR
  2. copy-pasting it into Notepad and then onto the website.

Some web browsers do not accept abstracts close to the 2000 character count.

Symbols: If you have special symbols in your text make sure you are using Unicode characters, otherwise these will not be recognised by the tool.

Abstract availability: Please be aware that all abstracts may be made available digitally to all delegates shortly before the meeting.

Further details

For further information about registration and abstract submission please click here.


Conference Venue:

EMBL Advanced Training Centre
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg, Germany


EMBL Course and Conference Office
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg

Tel:  +49 6221 387 8797
Fax: +49 6221 387 8158

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