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EMBO Workshop

Chromatin dynamics and nuclear organization in genome maintenance

24 – 28 May 2020 | Leiden, the Netherlands

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 2 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 April 2020

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About the Workshop

Maintenance of genome integrity lies at the heart of cell homeostasis. While DNA repair mechanisms have received significant attention for more than half a century, the contribution of the chromatin environment and nuclear organization to genome maintenance has only begun to emerge over the past decade. It is evident that chromatin, being the actual substrate for repair machineries, is heavily remodeled following damage detection and exerts a key function in both targeting and regulating repair at different genomic loci.

The second edition of this workshop continues to bring together an outstanding group of scientists from around the world, including young researchers as well as leaders in the field, to cover the following topics central to our understanding of chromatin function in nuclear organization and genome maintenance: (i) DNA repair in distinct nuclear domains, (ii) chromatin motion in response to DNA damage, (iii) histone modifications and nucleosome dynamics following DNA damage and (iv) regulatory functions of transcription and RNA during DNA repair and replication stress.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 2 March 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2 March 2020
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 March 2020
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 April 2020



Registration includes:

  • Welcome reception refreshments
  • Lunch and coffee breaks for three days of the workshop
  • Refreshments at poster sessions
  • Three buffet dinners
  • Gala dinner on the last evening of the workshop

Excluding accommodation


Payment information will be provided shortly.

Selection criteria

  • All applicants are expected to present a poster or short talk. Applicants should indicate their preference at abstract submission.
  • Scientific quality of the abstract
  • Relevance to the theme and objectives of the workshop
  • Balance of gender and EU/outside EU investigators
  • Priority will be given to early stage investigators

Abstract guidelines

Abstract maximum length is 200 words, not including title, author names and affiliations. Abstracts must be in English and should clearly indicate scientific relevance, results and conclusions.

Poster specifications

Poster boards are 125 x 100 cm (h x w), so it is best to print your poster in portrait style. Push pins or Velcro for hanging the posters will be provided.

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.



Ingrid Braxhoven





Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Darwinweg 2
2333CR Leiden
The Netherlands


Participants (excluding the invited speakers) are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Optional hotels located in close proximity to the venue and railway station in Leiden are:

Hotels near the city center:

Ibis hotel ***

Tulip Inn Leiden ***

Golden Tulip Leiden ****

Mayflower Leiden ***

Hotels outside the city center:

Holiday Inn Leiden ****

Van der Valk Leiden ****

Hilton Garden Inn Leiden ****


The meeting will take place in the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Leiden is located just south of Schiphol airport, from which it can be easily reached by train within about 20 minutes. For more info about trains visit the NS website. The Naturalis Biodiversity Center is within walking distance of the railway station in Leiden.

About the Area

The meeting will take place in the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, a national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity in Leiden, the Netherlands. The museum, which was recently completely renovated, showcases the amazing world of nature with brand-new exhibition halls filled with the best of the natural world: a collection of 42 million plants, animals, fossils and rocks, including T.rex Trix.

The venue is located in Leiden, a medium-sized, lively and historic town. The city is famous for its almshouses, museums and history. In 1575, Leiden had the distinction of becoming the first city in the Netherlands to have a university. It is also the city where Rembrandt was born. Finally, the canals, historical buildings, alleyways, and treasuries of culture and science in Leiden are worth a visit. For more information, please visit Leiden's tourism site.

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