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EMBO Workshop

DNA topology and topoisomerases in genome dynamics

03 – 07 September 2023 | Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 14 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2023

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About the Workshop

Following the elucidation of the structure of DNA, it was clear that the iconic double helix structure of DNA would impact and impede the fundamental genomic transactions required for cellular life. Even after 70 years of research, novel roles for DNA topology and topoisomerase action in transcriptional control, chromosome structure, anti-viral responses, and genome stability are still being uncovered. We are also still deciphering how many chemotherapeutics target topoisomerases and DNA topology-impacted processes. The EMBO workshops on DNA topology and topoisomerases bring together scientists who have only recently discovered the importance of DNA topology in their specialties with long-standing researchers in the field. This generates a vibrant interdisciplinary meeting, which highlights and disseminates work involving diverse and rapidly evolving approaches. This workshop highlights studies using techniques as varied as single molecule physics and structural biology, pan-genomic analysis of chromosome structure and chromatin composition and live cell single particle tracking to uncover new findings on the nature of DNA topological transactions and how they impact cellular processes.

The workshop will also be linked to a 2 day LS2 satellite meeting at the Hotel Victoria on DNA topology and topoisomerases, solely focusing on interactions between post-docs and students. The first 20 participants only will pay an administrative fee of 25 CHF and their additional hotel night will be fully reimbursed by LS2. More information is available from: and

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
  • 14 May 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 14 May 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 May 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 16 June 2023



Registration includes:

The registration fee pays for conference expenses and refreshments during the workshop. It does not include the full board accommodation at the Hotel Victoria where all participants are expected to stay.


Following online registration and workshop selection, selected participants will be sent payment details by email. Both registration and accommodation payments will be made direct to the Hotel Victoria.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria will primarily be based on the abstracts submitted. If no abstract is to be submitted, please submit your CV.

Abstract guidelines

Please limit your abstract length to 350 words maximum.

Poster specifications

Please print posters in A0 form (84 cm x 119 cm).

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.

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 availablefor 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.

PhD students and postdocs from other countries may be eligible for funds to offset travel costs. Please contact for further information.

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.



Please contact Jonathan Baxter for any further information:

Dr Jonathan Baxter

Reader of Genetics
Genome Damage and Stability Centre
School of Life Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9RQ


Telephone: +44-1273-876637




Hotel Victoria

Route des Layeux 1
1884 Villars-sur-Ollon
Tel : +41 24 495 31 31

Venue photos – supplied by Hotel Victoria, by Philip Hahn Photography


"Conference package" rates with half board on 3rd and full board on 4th, 5th and 6th of September 2023:

  • Single Room at CHF 971 for 4 nights
  • Double Room at CHF 759 per person for 4 nights

Or sharing a room with an accompanying partner (not participating in the conference). The rate for an accompanying person not participating in the conference is

  • CHF 130 per night with breakfast
  • CHF 165 per night with half-board (breakfast & dinner)
  • CHF 200 per night including full-board (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

For shared accommodation, attendees can share a Triple/Quadruple Room at CHF 679 per person for 4 nights

“Extra nights” rates (for the night before and after the conference). Rooms are dependent on availability:

  • Single Room at CHF 161 per night including breakfast
  • Double Room at CHF 130 per person per night including breakfast


Villars-sur-Ollon can best be reached by train. Guests arriving at Geneva International Airport can take the train directly from the train station in the airport. Take the train to either Bex or Aigle. At Bex catch the mountain train to Villars-sur-Ollon. At Aigle transfer onto the bus at Stop B which will take you to Villars-sur-Ollon. The total traveling time by train or train/bus is about 2-2.5 hours. For more information, please kindly visit their website.

Guests renting a car at the airport can get directly on the Geneva-Lausanne-Aigle motorway and reach Les Villars-sur-Ollon in about 1.5 hours (1 hour highway to Aigle and about 30 minutes on a mountain road through Ollon up to Villars-sur Ollon).

Taxi from/to Geneva Airport: with pleasure, we can also arrange a taxi for you from the airport. The rate for a 4-seat taxi is between CHF 480 and CHF 520.

About the Area

The Hotel Victoria in Villars-sur-Ollon, a beautiful village in the Vaud Alps in sight of Mount Blanc. The area is a centre for the skiing network that includes Gryon. Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000. During the summer, local activities include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, tennis golf, and paragliding.

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