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India|EMBO Symposium

Engineering meets evolution: Designing biological systems

30 January – 01 February 2020 | Chennai, India

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 November 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 November 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 December 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 December 2019

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About the India-EMBO Symposium

Richard Feynman once famously remarked, “What I cannot create, I do not understand”. As engineers strive to create complex systems, biologists have strived to understand the evolved complexities of biological systems. This Symposium will bring together biologists, engineers, and theoreticians to discuss exciting advancements and exchange ideas and challenges in the field of synthetic biology. The invited speakers are leaders in the fields of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and microbial communities. We will also have a panel discussion on the future of biology as an engineering discipline. Set in the beautiful campus of India’s top-ranked Institute, this Symposium will bring together minds to further biological advances drawing on engineering principles.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 30 November 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 30 November 2019
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 December 2019
  • Payment Deadline
  • 27 December 2019


  • INDUSTRY INR 12000

Registration includes:

  • The registration fee includes participation on all the three days of the Symposium
  • Conference kit, refreshments during the Symposium including lunches and dinners
  • Hotel accommodation during the Symposium days
  • The registration fee does not include travel for the selected participants.

However, a limited number of EMBO travel grants are available.


This section is valid for those with selected abstracts only.

Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail and will be invited to pay registration fee by bank transfer (bank details will be sent in the e-mail). Final registration will be validated once the registration fee is received.

Selection criteria

  • To select applicants for participation in the Symposium, the abstracts submitted during registration will be screened by a team of experts.
  • The criteria for selection will include the relevance of the abstract to the selected session, scientific quality, and novelty of the work described in the abstract, as well as past work carried out by the authors in synthetic biology.
  • Undergraduates and junior PhD students are welcome to apply without an abstract. Instead of an abstract, they should submit a motivation letter describing how attending this Symposium would be beneficial to them
  • Students and post-doctoral fellows should also submit a reference letter from their mentor or supervisor
  • The selection committee will ensure sufficient representation of students, postdocs, and junior faculty

Abstract guidelines

  • The abstract should be between 250-300 words
  • Only one abstract per presenting author is allowed

Poster specifications

A1 size (594 x 841 mm) portrait

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 the 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.



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The Auditorium

Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras)

Chennai 600036, Tamil Nadu, India


Invited speakers

Park Hyatt Chennai

39 Velachery Road, Near Raj Bhavan

Chennai 600032

Participants (on twin sharing basis, separate for male and female participants)

Ramada Plaza Chennai

36 Sardar Patel Road, Guindy

Chennai 600032


For speakers and participants, buses will be arranged to pick them their respective hotels to the symposium venue inside IIT Madras campus.

In general, depending on how you arrive, there are various modes to reach IIT Madras campus that can be found here.

About the Area

IIT Madras is the top-ranked engineering institute in the country. The campus is situated in the heart of a busy metropolis, Chennai, but boasts of hundreds of acres of forests, which are also home to a variety of birds and animals, including the endangered blackbuck.

The cultural capital of Southern India, Chennai is a perfect fusion of magnificent heritage and modern developments.

Sri Parthasarathy Temple – Built by the Pallavas in the 8th century, Sri Parthasarathy is one of the oldest temples in Chennai, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Kapaleeshwarar Temple – Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kapaleeshwarar Temple was built in the 8th century by the Pallavas. Amongst the most beautiful temples in Chennai, the temple exhibits a rich history and culture of the city.

Santhome Cathedral Basilica – Inspired by the Neo-gothic style, the cathedral is believed to be built on the place where one of the 12 apostles of the Christ was put to death in 72 A.D.

Marina Beach – A trip to Chennai is incomplete without visiting the second longest beach in the world, which is known for its alluring sunrises and golden sand.

T. Nagar – Nobody leaves Chennai without packing some silk sarees in their bags. A haven for shopaholics and silk lovers, T. Nagar is a bustling shopping district with stores selling beautiful silk sarees and gold jewellery.

Mahabalipuram – The rock-cut built-up architecture and temples in this town have been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is one of the rich architectural legacies of the country.

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