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EMBO Workshop

The evolution of animal genomes

18 – 21 September 2023 | Sevilla, Spain

  • Registration Deadline
  • 12 July 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 July 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 July 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 26 July 2023

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About the Workshop

Genome evolution represents the basis of species adaptation to changing environments and habitats. Recent breakthroughs in sequencing technologies resulted in the acquisition of complete genome information for an increasing number of animal species, propelling the field of evolutionary genomics into a new era of discovery. Yet, our limited capacity to interpret genome variation hinders our understanding on how phenotypical changes drive adaptation. This urges the development of novel strategies to reconcile genomic sequence and function, for which a proper integration of cell-specific gene programs, non-coding regulation and 3D chromatin organization becomes essential. Further, establishing causal relationships between genome mutations and phenotypes still remains a major challenge in the field. Within this context, novel synthetic biology approaches are emerging as a means to understand developmental processes in the context of evolution. The aim of this EMBO workshop is to bring together international scientists with distinct, but complementary expertises on interpreting genome variation, on mechanisms of gene regulation and on in vivo synthetic biology approaches. This allows a comprehensive overview that goes from fundamental principles encoded in genomes to their ultimate biological significance on the formation of living, evolving organisms.

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
  • 12 July 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 12 July 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 July 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 26 July 2023



Registration includes:

  • Attendance to all talks
  • Lunch
  • Coffee breaks
  • Excursion
  • Excluding accommodation


Successful applicants will be sent payment details by email.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for participant selection will be the scientific quality and research relevance to the workshop’s themes as judged by the submitted abstract.

We will take special care to achieve a balanced distribution of participants, considering a diverse representation of countries, career stages, and genders.

Participant selection will be decided by the meeting organizers.

In addition, each session contains short talks that will be selected from the submitted abstracts by the organizers. In addition, a few flash talks will be selected from the presented posters. Whenever possible we will attempt to showcase scientific results from earlier stage researchers.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are expected to mostly describe unpublished work. Altogether abstracts should not exceed 300 words (incl. any citations). Please make sure full authors’ names and affiliations are included, and indicate if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

Poster should have the A0 format (84.1 cm x 118.9 cm or 33.1 inches x 46.8 inches) and be displayed in a portrait orientation.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

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

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare 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 childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

This EMBO meeting shall maintain an environment free of harassment and discriminatory behaviour for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, beliefs (religious or otherwise) or manner of articulation.

Harassment and discrimination of attendees in any form, either in person or online is not tolerated.

Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and all communication and behavior should conform to a respectful environment for all.



NH Sevilla Plaza de Armas

C. Marqués de Paradas, 13,

41001 Sevilla, Spain


Participants can be housed in the same hotel as the speakers, at reduced rates. However, since the venue is located in the center of Sevilla, there are many additional hotels available in the area and within walking distance from the event venue, to accommodate different budgets.


Sevilla has an excellent network of transport, as well as an international airport. The venue is easily accessible from the airport, either by car/taxi (15 minutes) or by public transport (40 minutes). In addition, Sevilla also has a central train and bus station, both easily accesible from the venue (10 minutes by public transport or 30 minutes walking).

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