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EMBO Workshop

Histone variants: Molecular functions in health and disease

06 – 08 September 2017 | Planegg-Martinsried, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 14 July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 July 2017

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About the Workshop

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This EMBO Workshop features histone variants, which are part of an interconnected "epigenetic" network including DNA methylation, posttranslational histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, regulatory RNAs and nuclear organization. Worldwide research on histone variants over the last years has revealed their important function in gene regulation, cell cycle progression, DNA damage repair, genome stability, cell differentiation and organism development. Additionally, recent studies have highlighted the role of mutations or deregulation of expression of histone variants and their binding partners in diverse diseases, most notably cancer.

This EMBO Workshop will provide a comprehensive representation of all of these histone variant-related processes, with a balanced portrayal of different model organisms, including rare variants in parasites and evolutionary aspects, as well as presentations of the different variant families, such as linker histone variants. Specialists of variant deposition mechanisms, chromatin structure and interaction networks, will meet with biochemists focusing on chemical modifications, as well as developmental biologists, bioinformaticians and physiologists to share common interest in histone variants in parasites, yeast, insects, plants and mammals. This is the third meeting entirely dedicated to this important topic after two highly successful previous workshops held in Strasbourg in 2011 and 2014.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 13 July 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 13 July 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 14 July 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 24 July 2017



Registration includes:

Catering as specified in the programme is included in the registration fee. Accommodation and travel are not included.


Payment will be processed after registration. An email with instructions for payment will be sent to the participants once registration is processed.

Selection criteria

This workshop is limited to 120 participants who will be selected on the basis of their abstracts. All selected participants will present a poster and a subset will be selected for oral presentation, based on the pertinence of the topic to the histone variant field and the novelty of the research. We will aim to give ample opportunity for early researchers to participate, particularly during oral presentations.

Abstract guidelines

Please indicate all authors and their full affiliation, a title and short text describing your research. Please limit your abstract text to a maximum of 200 words. Please indicate on the abstract submission form if you wish to present a short talk by choosing "oral presentation".

Poster specifications

All participants not selected for a short talk will present a poster, which should not exceed 120 cm x 120 cm.

Travel grants

PhD students can apply for travel grants. We will award 10 grants based on the scientific excellence from their abstract as well as economic need.



BioMedical Center (BMC)

Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich

Grosshaderner Str. 9

82152 Planegg-Martinsried




Participants will need to book and to arrange their own accommodation.

Delegates stay at the Campus At Home, IZB Hotel, a limited number of rooms are available for other participants. Please mention the “EMBO Workshop on Histone Variants” when making the reservation.

  • Campus At Home, IZB Hotel (website)

Additional hotels near the venue are:

Suggestions for accommodations convenient to the BMC

Hotels in Großhadern (walking/bus distance to BMC, U-bahn access):

  • Hotel Thalmair Heiglhofstr. 3 81377 Munich, Single room: 92€ double room: 120€ 3-bed-room: 150€ 4-bed-room: 180€ Incl. breakfast, 1 room fully barrier free; via bus: 10 min, walking distance to BMC: about 26 min.
  • Hotel Neumayr Heiglhofstr. 18 81377 Munich, single room: 92€ double room: 115€, incl. breakfast, 1 room fully barrier free; via Bus: 13 min, walking distance to BMC: about 26 min. www.hotel-­
  • Empress Hotel Würmtalstr. 99 81375 Munich, single room: 77€ double room: 109€, incl. breakfast, basement garage: 8,00 €; via bus: 15 min walking distance to BMC: about 28 min.

Hotels in Munich along the U6 (U-bahn, subway):

Given prices are approximate and might vary. Please confirm prices with the hotel.


How to get to the BMC

by car
from the highway Autobahn A9 Nürnberg: Take exit Mittlerer Ring West (A99) direction "Lindau / Garmisch". Once A99 intersects with Autobahn Lindau (A96), follow A96 direction "München Zentrum / Garmisch". Take exit 36b "Gräfelfing", and immediately turn left at the first traffic light. Follow right-of-way traffic through the industrial park to the next traffic light. Turn left onto "Würmtalstraße" (direction "Großhadern"). Then turn right after approx. 1.5 km, following signs to "Max-Planck-Institute" and the Biomedizisches Centrum. Visitor parking is located directly on the right. The BMC is the first large new (green-tiled) building on the right.

from Munich city center: Follow the ring road (Mittlerer Ring) direction "Lindau". Take the highway A96 towards Lindau. Leave the highway at exit 37 "Blumenau" direction Hadern/Großhadern. Turn left onto "Waldwiesenstrasse" and after 950m turn right onto "Würmtalstrasse". Follow the road for 1.2 km before turning left into "Am Klopferspitz". For parking, use the large public parking lot located on the right. The BMC is the first large new (green-tiled) building on the right.

from the highway A8 from Stuttgart follow the A99 towards "Garmisch-P./Lindau/Schweiz". At the interchange "Dreieck München-Süd-West" stay in the left lane and follow the signs "A99 Garmisch-P./München-Sendling/München-Zentrum". Leave the highway at exit 37 "Blumenau" direction Hadern/Großhadern. Turn right onto "Waldwiesenstrasse" and after 950m turn right onto "Würmtalstrasse". Follow the road for 1.2 km before turning left into "Am Klopferspitz". For parking use the large public parking area on your right. The BMC is the new large green-tiled building on right.

from the highway A95 from Garmisch-Patenkirchen or from the A8 from Salzburg enter the ring road ("Mittlerer Ring") and turn left at the Luise-Kiselbach Platz onto "Waldfriedhofstrasse". Follow this road for 4.2 km via "Würmtalstrasse". After passing through Großhadern, turn left at the traffic lights directing to "Max-Planck-Institute" onto "Am Klopferspitz". Visitor parking is located directly on the right. The BMC is the first large new (green-tiled) building on the right.

by train and public transportation
When arriving at Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) by train take the subway line U-bahn 1 or 2 (U1: direction "Mangfallplatz"; U2: direction "Messestadt Ost") and get off at "Sendlinger Tor". From "Sendlinger Tor" take the subway line U6 towards "Klinikum Großhadern" and get off at its final stop "Klinikum Großhadern". Exit the subway station following signs to bus line 266. Take the bus line 266 towards "Planegg" and get off at the stop "LMU Martinsried". Follow signs to BMC.

U-bahns to and from "Klinikum Großhadern" run every 10 min. The bus line 266 runs every 10 min. Total travel time to the BMC from the Hauptbahnhof is approx. 40 min.

Ticket Information

by plane
Arrive at Munich International Airport (MUC). If you want to proceed by public transportation, take the S-Bahn (S1 or S8) to "Marienplatz" and change to the U-bahn line U6 towards "Klinikum Großhadern". Get off at its final stop "Klinikum Großhadern", exit following signs to the bus line 266. Take bus 266 towards "Planegg" and get off at the stop "LMU Martinsried". Follow signs to BMC.
It will take you about 40 minutes to reach the city center from the airport and another 25 minutes to get to the BMC. Public transportation fare is €10.80 one way.

Taxi fare is at least €50 from the airport to the city center.

About the Area

The Biomedical Center (BMC)

The newly constructed Biomedical Center on the LMU Campus in Martinsried accommodates eight research institutes from the pre-clinical, theoretical and clinical domains of the Medical Faculty. The research at the BMC on the overarching theme of Plasticity of Cellular Programmes is carried out by some 60 groups representing working in the realms of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and biophysics, physiology, immunology and neuroimmunology. Some of the BMC research topics deal with fundamental aspects of the genetic and epigenetic regulation of gene expression programmes, chromosome dynamics, stability and repair, as well as stem cell biology and differentiation. On the more applied side, the efforts focus on neurodegeneration and –regeneration, multiple sclerosis, synaptic plasticity, immunity, tolerance and inflammation and cardiovascular physiology.

The Life Science Campus

The greater Munich area is the most important region for biotechnology in Germany, and is leading in Europe. Munich hosts more than 300 life science companies, the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU), the Technical University Munich (TUM), several Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Centre for Environmental Health.

The Life Science Campus Grosshadern/Martinsried, located in the southwest of Munich, is a growing and vibrant areal offering an exceptional density of research institutions and biotechnology companies. The close proximity of the Faculties of Medicine, Biology and Biochemistry, the Gene Center, the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry promotes close cooperations.


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The official website of the city of Munich is, where you can find information about the cultural life in Munich and a link to the tourist information.

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