ESF-EMBO Symposium "Systems Biology of Drosophila Development"
[21/05/2012 - 26/05/2012 ]
Polonia Castle
Pultusk, Poland

Chaired by: 
Johannes Jaeger,
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, ES
Eileen Furlong,
Genome Biology Unit, EMBL, Heidelberg, DE

The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has emerged as one of the most prominent and promising model systems for pioneering integrative, systems-level approaches to animal development. These approaches use quantitative data to guide, test and constrain mathematical models of developmental processes. A growing number of questions and phenomena have been and are being investigated in this way, from the structure and function of cis-regulatory elements involved in transcriptional control of gene expression, to the dynamics and topology of gene regulatory networks, to the biophysical properties of morphogen gradients and their effect on patterning and growth.

Most studies so far have focused on specific developmental processes—such as the egg and early embryo as well as the wing imaginal disc of Drosophila—but the insights gained from them are of wide-ranging interest to developmental and systems biologists outside the Drosophila community. The molecular components and architecture of developmental processes and gene regulatory networks are highly conserved across metazoans. Therefore, detailed quantitative understanding of these processes in the fly will have direct and important consequences for developmental biology in general, and biomedically related studies of human developmental diseases in particular.

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Conference format:

  • lectures by invited high level speakers
  • short talks by young & early stage researchers
  • poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods
  • forward look panel discussion about future developments


Monday 21st May: arrival day with a welcome reception and dinner in the evening
From Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th May: full conference days
Saturday 26th May: departure from the venue will be directly after breakfast

Confirmed Speakers:

David Arnosti -  Michigan State University, East Lansing, US
Sven Bergmann - University of Lausanne, CH
Fernando Casares - Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, ES
Bart Deplancke -  Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne,  CH
Eileen Furlong -  European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, DE
Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan -  University of Geneva, CH
Bassem Hassan -   Leuven BE & Center for Human Genetics, BE
Michael Levine - University of California at Berkeley, US
Yogi Jaeger -  CRG, Barcelona, ES
Alfonso Martinez-Arias -  University of Cambridge, UK
Uwe Ohler -  Duke University, Durham, US
John Reinitz -  The University of Chicago, US
Steve Russel - University of Cambridge, UK
Saraubh Sinha -  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Stanislav Y. Shvartsman -  Princeton University, US
Alexander Stark -  Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, AT
Angelike Stathopoulos - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US
Gašper Tkacik - Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), AT
Pavel Tomancak -  Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden,  DE
Bas Van Steensel -  Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam,  NL


Conference registration is possible only after successful application.
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Deadline for application EXTENDED UNTIL 19 February 2012.


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Ms. Allegra Roccato
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