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EMBO Workshop

Awakening of the genome: The maternal-to-zygotic transition

18 – 21 May 2022 | Vienna, Austria

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    Hybrid event

  • Registration Deadline and Abstract Submission Deadline (in-person)
  • 1 April 2022
  • Registration Deadline (virtual)
  • 8 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 April 2022

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About the Workshop

Life for all sexually reproducing species commences with the generation of a totipotent embryo with a unique transcriptional program. This process requires the gradual handover of developmental control from maternally provided mRNAs and proteins to products of the zygotic genome. This maternal-to-zygotic transition (MZT) is accompanied by epigenetic reprogramming, 3D chromatin reorganization, changes in chromatin accessibility, dynamic regulation of non-coding and coding RNA, as well as transcriptional activation of genes and transposons from a repressed state. Pioneer transcription factors required for zygotic genome activation (ZGA) and developmental progression beyond the MZT have been identified in Drosophila but essential regulators of genome awakening remain unidentified in most organisms. The revolution in single-cell approaches may close this gap and will facilitate answering mechanistic questions in early embryos across species. Therefore, the major objective of this meeting is to advance the mechanistic understanding of ZGA and the MZT. To achieve this, this EMBO Workshop will bring together both established scientists and young researchers working on diverse organisms and in different disciplines, ranging from development and transcription to structural biology, with a shared interest in the earliest stages of life.

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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 and Abstract Submission Deadline (in-person)
  • 1 April 2022
  • Registration Deadline (virtual)
  • 8 May 2022
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 April 2022
  • Payment Deadline
  • 29 April 2022


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (in-person) EUR 290
  • ACADEMIC (in-person) EUR 390
  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS (virtual) EUR 65
  • ACADEMIC (virtual) EUR 110

Registration includes:

  • Welcome reception, get-together coffee
  • Scientific Sessions
  • Lunches
  • Coffee/tea breaks
  • Dinner on-site (18 May)
  • Gala Dinner and tour at the Fine Art Museum (19 May)
  • Casual Dinner at Schweizerhaus (20 May)

Accommodation is not included. Reduced rates will be offered in hotels near the venue.

Virtual registration includes:

  • Programme, including abstract booklet by e-mail
  • Live streamed talks


Payment should be made through the registration system.

Selection criteria

Conference participants will be selected by the organizers (Harrison, O’Carroll, Tachibana, Vastenhouw), as a group, based on submitted abstracts, taking into consideration the relevance of the work to ZGA and MZT, novelty and scientific excellence. EMBO guidelines on balancing gender, new and senior scientists, and a representation of different nationalities, will be followed.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.
Abstract submission is only possible if you attend in person.

Poster specifications

70 x 100 cm (portrait style)

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.

Specific travel grants and fee waivers are available for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan. To apply, please fill out the relevant section in the registration system or send an email directly to the meeting organisers justifying your request.

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.



Manuela Steurer





Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1

1030 Vienna, Austria


Booking Deadline: 7th April 2021

Hotel Doppio****

Rennweg 99, 1030 Vienna

Single room: € 100,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 116,00/night including breakfast

Please book via the following link to get the special meeting rate:

Hotel Gabriel***

Landstrasser-Haupstrasse 165, 1030 Vienna

Single room: € 74,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 88,00/night including breakfast

Please contact the hotel via e-mail: – booking code: EMBO WS

Hotel Savoyen****

Rennweg 16, 1030 Vienna

Single room: € 125,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 148,00/night including breakfast

Please contact the hotel via e-mail:

Hotel Rioca*** Vienna Posto 2

Viehmarktgasse 4, 1030 Vienna

Single room: € 75,00/night including breakfast

Double room: € 85,00/night including breakfast

Please contact the hotel via e-mail: – booking code: Meeting Mai22

There is free wireless access for all participants.




There are two train connections from the Airport to the City. The metropolitan railway ("S7" = line No. 907 WIEN FLORIDSDORF – FLUGHAFEN WIEN – WOLFSTHAL and back; which usually runs every 30 minutes and takes 19 minutes to travel); and the City Airport Train (CAT), as well as a shuttle bus or taxis.

Regional train S7: The metropolitan railway S7 stops at “St. Marx/Vienna Biocenter”, which is 200 metres from the IMP. When embarking at the airport, the direction is given as “Floridsdorf”. The S7 is generally the fastest and cheapest public transport link to the IMP.

Express Train CAT: The CAT is an express train, but it only stops downtown at “Wien Mitte/Landstraße”, so a second connection is required to get to the IMP: take the 74A bus to the stop “St. Marx”. Combined, the journey may take longer than the S7.

Shuttle Bus: Alternatively, you can take a Vienna Airport Lines shuttle bus, which will take you to Vienna's central train station (Hauptbahnhof Wien). From there, the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”, around the corner from the IMP.

Taxi: If you catch a taxi from the airport to the IMP, the ride will take about 20 minutes and costs around 35 EURO.


Travelling to Vienna by train, you will most probably arrive at one of the city’s two main train stations, either “Wien Hauptbahnhof” or the Vienna Western Train Station – “Westbahnhof”.

From “Wien Hauptbahnhof”, the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”, around the corner from the IMP. The trip should take under 10 minutes.

Also from “Westbahnhof” the No.18 tram (direction “Schlachthausgasse”) will take you to the stop “Viehmarktgasse”. The travelling time from Westbahnhof is about 25 minutes.


If you arrive via the motorway A23, take the exit called “St. Marx”. Drivers coming via the A4 should exit at “Knoten Prater”.

Parking near the IMP

On the streets surrounding the IMP (3rd district), parking during the day (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.) is only possible with prepaid tickets and restricted to 2 hours at a time.

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