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All set for The EMBO Meeting 2013

With only two weeks to go and almost a thousand participants registered, the preparations for The EMBO Meeting 2013 have reached their final stages. This year's conference takes place in Amsterdam from 21-24 September.

Kai Simons will deliver the opening keynote lecture and explain how intricate changes in membrane structure can influence how cells work. In further keynote lectures, Hans Clevers will discuss how stem cells are involved in self-renewal and disease and Sir Michael Stratton will talk about how genetic changes contribute to cancer in humans. Peter Hegemann and Georg Nagel will discuss optogenetics.


The Future of Cancer Genomics, Monday 23 September at 11-12 am

Press panel with Sir Michael Stratton, Thijn Brummelkamp and Kári Stefánsson. The panelists will speak and answer questions from the press on research underway to help diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Topics include the cancer genome, diagnostics, genetic risk factors for cancer and genetic variation.

Meet the Press with Anne Glover, Monday 23 September at 6 pm

Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, will speak and answer questions from the press about the roles of scientists, the media, and the European Commission in making the work of scientists more accessible to society. She will also talk about some challenging areas where communication needs to be improved.

Scientific programme highlights include:

Jürgen Knoblich speaking about neural stem cells and brain development in Drosophila and humans.
Yoshihiro Kawaoka discussing how to quell the impact of the influenza virus in his talk Why influenza kills and will kill again.
Award-winning Australian writer Cordelia Fine, a psychologist with interests in neuroscience and gender, speaking in the Women in Science session.
Vishva Dixit, Vice President of Physiological Chemistry at Genentech, part of the Roche Group, and Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco discussing the role of ubiquitin signalling in cancer.
Christopher McKay, planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA, delivering an update about the Mars Curiosity Rover in The Special Lecture Is there life on other planets?

The full programme can be viewed at

Online press registration and more information for journalists are available at: The link to the Abstract Book will be emailed to registered participants and journalists a week before the conference starts. Interviews can be arranged with speakers prior to the conference or on site. A dedicated press room can be found in room G101 on the first floor of the Amsterdam RAI.

Media contacts

Barry Whyte, Head, EMBO Public Relations & Communications
Yvonne Kaul, Communications Officer
P: +49 6221 8891 108 / 111

Yvonne Kaul | idw
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