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EMBO Workshop

Epigenetics and condensates in lineage decisions

28 – 30 September 2023 | Dresden, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 4 August 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 28 July 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 August 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 8 September 2023

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About the Workshop

In metazoan development, epigenetic mechanisms are required for the transition from multipotency to lineage commitment. Epigenetic regulation contributes to the extraordinary reproducibility and stability of multiple lineage decisions during gastrulation and organogenesis. Recent evidence indicates that phase transitions in the nucleus are involved in epigenetic mechanisms including the regulation of gene expression and therefore, potentially, lineage decisions. The perception of nuclear proteins as structured folds with extra disordered regions that can be ignored has fundamentally shifted. Intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs), often together with nucleic acids, are now thought to assemble into condensates in the nucleus. Several nuclear condensates have been documented, including the nucleolus, and recently, heterochromatin. Evidence that condensates are involved in the regulation of gene expression is also emerging. This EMBO Workshop is based on the anticipation that condensates in the nucleus will be involved in the regulation of gene expression through epigenetic mechanisms. Conversely, epigenetic mechanisms likely include phase transitions to regulate gene expression. This EMBO Wworkshop aims to juxtapose the frontier of condensates and phase transitions with chromatin and the epigenetics of early developmental transcriptional decisions in higher metazoans. We aim to catalyze interdisciplinary discussion and speculations at the forefront of an emerging interface.

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
  • 4 August 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 28 July 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 August 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 8 September 2023


  • ACADEMIC (Virtual) EUR 100
  • INDUSTRY (Virtual) EUR 200

Registration includes:

  • Admission and conference materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Refreshments and snacks during poster

Excluding accommodation


The registration fee should be paid after the acceptance to the meeting, and no later than 28.08.2023.

The payment details for the registration fee will be forwarded to the participants via e-mail. NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Selection criteria

Up to 100 participants will be selected based on scientific excellence with a strong consideration for early career scientists, ensuring gender, demographic and geographic balance. From the submitted abstracts, the organisers will select 15 talks and 20 for poster flash talks, where preference will be given to:

  • Early career researchers (e.g., group leaders with less than 5 years experience, PhD students, postdocs)
  • Maximum one applicant from the same lab
  • Underrepresented groups

We aim to foster an inclusive early career researcher participation. We will therefore assign 33% of the workshop talks to speakers selected from the abstracts. All applicants will be able to present their work during poster sessions.

Pending successful external sponsorships, we will waive the registration fees for the speakers with talks selected from the abstracts.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts (maximum 350 words) must be written in English.

The organisers will review all abstracts and selected participants will receive an email letting them know whether their abstracts have been selected for an oral presentation or a poster presentation by 28.07.2023. Among the poster presenters the organisers will select 20 presentations for poster flash talks.

Poster specifications

A0 – Further details will be provided to accepted applicants.

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 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.

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

At EMBO, we believe that harassment and discriminatory behaviour are unacceptable in any setting. EMBO's code of conduct is applicable for all participants of this EMBO meeting and can be found here.



Simon Alberti





Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering

TU Dresden

Fetscherstr. 105

01307 Dresden



All participants will take care of their own accommodation. Around the conference venue, there are a variety of accommodations at different price ranges within walking distance or reachable through public transportation.

The conference organizers will provide support to registered participants on accommodation possibilities and public transport details, including special accommodation deals.


Travel to Dresden is most easily accomplished by flying to Dresden or Berlin (BER) airport, or taking Deutsche Bahn. There is a direct train from BER airport to Dresden which takes about 100 minutes. The Dresden international airport (DRS) is 15 minutes from the city center and 25 min from the workshop venue, either by taxi or by train (S-Bahn), which runs regularly from the airport to the two main Dresden train stations (Dresden-Hauptbahnhof or Dresden-Neustadt). Take tram 6 from Dresden-Neustadt or 10 from Hauptbahnhof and then change to 12 and stop at Blasewitzer/Fetscherstr, which is the nearest stop to the venue at the CMCB. In addition to buses and trams, Dresden also has a public bicycle program and an electric scooters that can be used to reach the conference venue from the hotel.

About the Area

The conference venue is in the heart of Dresden Johannstadt at Fetscherstr 105 next to the Uniklinikum. The Center for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering (CMCB) is formed by the three institutes BCUBE, BIOTEC, and CRTD, and is about 10 minutes by tram 12 from the Altstadt or tram 6 from Neustadt. As part of the research priority area of the TU Dresden "Health Sciences, Biomedicine and Bioengineering" the CMCB is playing a crucial role in the Excellence Strategy of the Federal and State Governments.

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