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EMBO Workshop

DNA topology and topoisomerases in genome dynamics

16 – 20 September 2019 | Les Diablerets, Switzerland

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 August 2019

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About the Workshop

The helical structure of DNA and the dynamic organization of the entire length of the genome within a reduced cellular volume, inevitably result in topological challenges. Especially, as the genetic information is continuously accessed and manipulated for its expression, duplication, packing and distribution between daughter cells. These problems are solved by highly specialized nuclear enzymes, DNA topoisomerases, which change the topology of chromosomal domains by cutting, shuffling and re-ligating DNA strands. DNA topology and topoisomerase function are therefore inherent to all DNA transactions, playing thus a fundamental role in the organization and dynamics of the genome. Consequently, a full understanding of genome metabolism must necessarily consider the topological context in which these processes occur and how they are influenced and regulated by the action of DNA topoisomerases.

This EMBO Workshop is designed to cover, not only the basic and fundamental aspects governing DNA topology and topoisomerase function, but also to integrate this topological context within relevant processes of genome metabolism, including transcription, replication, chromosome segregation, genome architecture and repair. With this, we aim to provide a global view of how DNA topology and topoisomerase function act as keystones of genome organisation and dynamics.

The LS2 Satellite Meeting “DNA topoisomerases and DNA topology” for PhD Students and Postdocs will be held on 15-16 September 2019 at the same venue. This will provide young researchers in the field with the opportunity to present and discuss their work in a relaxed setting before the EMBO Workshop starts. First 20 registered students are free, while the remaining will only pay the hotel rates for the additional night & board.

For more information and registration for the LS2 Satellite Meeting “DNA topoisomerases and DNA topology” please visit:







  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 June 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 July 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 August 2019



The registration fee does not include accommodation or meals, which must be booked directly with the Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets Hotel in the form of a conference package, see below.


Payment details will be sent to successful participants.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on scientific grounds and geographical distribution (broad distribution and not more than 15% from Switzerland).

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words, excluding the title, authors and affiliations.

Poster specifications

Posters should be portrait format with a maximum width of 80cm and maximum length of 120cm.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Felipe Cortés-Ledesma

+34 954 467 471

Rosana Herrera-Palau




Eurotel Victoria

Ch. du Vernex 3

Case postale 112

CH-1865 Les Diablerets

Tel : +41 (0)24 492 37 21


This EMBO Workshop will be held in the Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets Hotel.

Accommodation and meeting package must be booked directly with the hotel.

The meeting package includes accommodation and meals with drinks, commencing with dinner in the evening of Monday 16th September 2019 and ending with breakfast on Friday 20th September 2019, before departure. It also includes coffee breaks during the meeting and refreshments during the two poster sessions, as well as a welcome drink on Monday before the opening session.

The meeting package for the 4 nights of the Workshop is 1,163 CHF in a single room and 943 CHF per person in a double room, if shared accommodation is selected. Triple and quadruple rooms may also be available upon request. There are also special prices for extended stays and for accompanying persons in shared accommodation, to be booked directly with the Hotel.

Workshop price:


DOUBLE ROOM (rate per person): 943 CHF

This must be booked directly with the hotel using the booking form.


There are good train links between Geneva Airport and Les Disablerets. Eurotel Victoria is within walking distance of the Les Diablerets train station, alternatively the meeting hotel provides a free shuttle bus.

We may provide the option of coach transportation from-to the Geneva Airport if there is sufficient demand. We will ask participants if they wish to use this service after acceptance.

About the Area

The meeting venue is situated in a beautiful location in the Swiss mountain resort of Les Diablerets. Weather permitting there will be an organized hike on the Wednesday afternoon or, if possible, a visit to Glacier 3000.

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