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EMBO Workshop

The yin and yang of chromosomal and extra-chromosomal DNA

17 – 20 July 2022 | Ascona, Switzerland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 15 May 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 24 May 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2022

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About the Workshop

Eukaryotic cells maintain their genome as linear chromosomes in the nucleus and smaller, circular chromosomes in their autonomous organelles. Sporadically, they also contain non-chromosomal DNA, generally in circular form, due to recombination of chromosomal fragments, movement of DNA from mitochondria to the nucleus, uptake of extracellular DNA, or the presence of selfish DNA of endogenous or exogenous origin, like transposons and viruses. When it does not harm or kill the cell, this material may contribute to the evolution and structural dynamics of the genome. Reversely, selfish DNAs evolve sophisticated machineries to multiply and propagate independently of, but also frequently via chromosomes. During this meeting we will review recent insights on the complex relationships that chromosomes and extra-chromosomal DNAs entertain with each other, discussing how cells distinguish them, how their relationships contribute to the biology of the cell in health and disease, and affect genome plasticity and evolution. The intricate relationships between chromosomes and extra-chromosomal DNAs are raising fundamental questions in both basic and medical sciences. We will further conceptualize these questions and discuss how to best approach them experimentally and theoretically.

In addition to the invited speakers, selected abstracts will be chosen for short talks and presented during poster sessions. Registration is limited to 90 participants.

Images were provided by the Mischel, Manel, Kroschewski and Barral laboratories, which were then compiled to create the header image as designed by Ana-Maria Farcas.

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
  • 15 May 2022
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 24 May 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 May 2022



Registration includes:

  • Lodgings
  • Boarding
  • Welcome drink
  • Excursion


The payment details will be communicated by email to the chosen participants by 24 May 2022.

Refund policy: There will be a partial refund of the registration fee, minus 100 CHF on cancelations announced by 15 June 2022. There will be no refund on cancellations announced after 15 June 2022.

Selection criteria

  • Poster abstract
  • Motivation letter
  • CV

In addition to the invited speakers, selected abstracts will be chosen for short talks.

Abstract guidelines

  • 300 words limit
  • Include title, names of all authors and affiliations
  • No tables, no graphics

Poster specifications

  • A0 portrait

Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. Priority is given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. More information is available on 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.



Liz Hoss


Ana-Maria Farcas





Monte Verità
Strada Collina 84
CH-​6612 Ascona


Shared room accommodation


Train connections to Locarno on the SBB website.

On arrival in Locarno you can reach Monte Verità as follows:

1. Free shuttle bus

A shuttle bus (9-​seater) to Monte Verità will be available for 4 to 5 hours on arrival day of the CSF event. The shuttle's schedule should be published on the website of the corresponding event. Please contact the organizer to find out more about any other organized transportation options.

The minibus stops next to the end of platform 4 (close to where public transport is leaving). Look for the white bus with the Monte Verità logo (pictures on the right).

2. Public bus

Take bus no. 1 from Locarno railway station to the bus stop "Ascona Posta" (duration: 15 - 20 minutes). Then take the bus no. 5 "Buxi" opposite the bus stop line 1 at the Autosilo Ascona (duration: 8 minutes) to Monte Verità.

The corresponding timetables of the lines no. 1 and 5 can be found here.

Please note that the timetables of bus line no. 1 are different for Monday - Saturday (Lunedì - Sabato e feriali) and for Sundays and holidays (Domenica e festivi).

The bus line no. 5 runs irregularly. From the bus stop "Ascona Posta" you can also reach Monte Verità in 25 - 30 minutes on foot (follow the "Strada Collina") or by taxi located next to the Autosilo Ascona.

3. Taxi

Various taxis are available at Locarno railway station. The company "EcoTaxsi"
usually has a slightly lower price, reservation required: +41 91 792 21 01 or
0800 321 321 (free call from Swiss numbers) or via Skype. The ride takes about
15 minutes and costs about CHF 30.00.

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