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EMBL in the USA: Weekend Symposium

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Beauport Hotel

55 Commercial Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

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The “EMBL in the USA: Weekend Symposium” offers a platform to share and celebrate the research and achievements of EMBL alumni in the USA. It is an excellent networking opportunity, attracting EMBL’s community of international life science leaders from America’s outstanding universities and pharma companies.

More than 20 current and former EMBL life scientists and industry leaders will present TED-style talks on the relevance of their work today and lead thought-provoking panel discussions on life science topics and opportunities in the USA and at EMBL.

Additionally the programme includes a personally guided tour of the Genome Marine Biology Institute (next door to the hotel) by the Institute's co-founder on Sunday morning.

Ticket Options

Full Weekend Symposium Ticket - $150
Saturday One Day Only Ticket (including lunch and dinner) - $95
Saturday One Day Only Ticket (including lunch) - $45
Friday Evening Only Ticket (including drinks reception) - $35
Saturday One Day Only Student Ticket (including lunch) - Free with valid student ID

Quintessential New England Venue

Situated on the historic Gloucester waterfront, with sweeping views of Gloucester Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, Beauport Hotel Gloucester is the quintessential New England seaside hotel. It features classically designed rooms and suites, a rooftop pool and bar, fitness center, distinctive dining choices and some of the best water views in New England.

The event catering by the hotel restaurant and bar will showcase New England inspired dishes which celebrate delicious modern American cuisine prepared with fresh local ingredients. Dinner on Saturday will feature lobster and a traditional New England clambake.

Please contact the hotel directly to book a room and mention the EMBL in the USA event to receive the discounted room rate. Please note that accomodation costs are not included in the registration fee.

This event is open to all.

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Friday 3 November

17:00-19:00 Arrival, registration and welcome drinks reception / meet the exhibitors

Saturday 4 November

09:00-10:30 Lobster Session
Nadia Rosenthal, Scientific Director, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

  • 09:10 - Talk title TBC
    Douglas Melton, Professor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

  • 09:30 - "How mucus keeps us healthy"
    Katharina Ribbeck, Group Leader, MIT Biological Engineering, Cambridge, MA

  • 09:45 - "What I have done since leaving EMBL: Aging and aging research"
    Dirk Bohmann, Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

  • 10:00 - "Sensory neurons drive organ development and homeostasis - a Drosophila model"
    Katja Brückner, Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco, CA

  • 10:15 - "How kind should we be when treating cancer? Functional genomics and drug discovery"
    Giulio Draetta, Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

10:30-11:00 Refreshments and networking break

11:00-12:30 Plankton Session
Chair: Karla Neugebauer, Professor, Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • 11:10 - "From genes to cell shape mechanics"
    Eric Wieschaus, Professor, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

  • 11:30 - "Integrated bioimaging across the scales: From tissues and cells to organelles and supramolecular complexes"
    Manfred Auer, PI, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

  • 11:45 - "Cryo-electron tomography: A link between cells and atoms"
    Andreas Hoenger, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, MCDB, Boulder, CO

  • 12:00 - Talk title TBC
    Ruben Abagyan, Professor, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

  • 12:15 - "Evolution of the nervous system: Our origin from a cell type perspective"
    Detlev Arendt, Group Leader, Senior Scientist and Academic Mentor Postdoctoral Training, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Whale Session
Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Professor, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

  • 14:10 - "The Euro tree"
    Marc Vidal, Director, Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA and Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

  • 14:30 - "Gone fishing: Natural products discovery with whole animal and high-content phenotypic screening"
    Kristin Gunsalus, Associate Professor, New York University, New York, NY

  • 14:45 - "Turning up the heat on the brain"
    Arnd Pralle, Assistant Professor, State University New York, Buffalo, NY

  • 15:00 - "To boldly go where no EMBL alum has gone before!"
    Sigrid Reinsch, Cell Biologist, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

15:30-16:00 Refreshments and networking break

16:00-17:30 Oyster Session
Chair: Joep Muijrers, Partner, Life Science Partners, Waltham, MA


  • Peter Sorger, Otto Krayer Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

  • Juergen Bauer, Deputy Managing Director, EMBLEM, Heidelberg, Germany

  • Dominic Clark, Industry Programme Manager, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK

  • Jonathan Rothblatt, Director, Sanofi, Cambridge, MA

  • Oscar Puig, Chief Scientific Officer, Phosphorus, New York, NY

17:30-18:00 EMBL in the USA
Detlev Arendt, Group Leader, Senior Scientist and Academic Mentor Postdoctoral Training, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

18:00-21:00 Drinks reception / meet the exhibitors and dinner

Sunday 5 November

09:00-10:00 Starfish Session
“EMBL in the USA: Where do we go from here?”
Discussion with Mark Dollhopf, former President of Yale Alumni Association

10:00-10:15 Closing Remarks
Peter Papagiannis, Alumni Volunteer Officer, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

10:30-11:30 Tour of the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute
Tour by Marc Vidal, Institute Co-Founder and Scientific Advisory Board Member

12:00 End of programme

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