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Chromatin and epigenetics: from mechanism to function

​​​​Join Nobel laureate John Gurdon in Munich to discuss the latest developments within the chromatin field.  

Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany
April 57, 2017

Due to high demand, this conference has reached full capacity and online registration has been closed.



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  • Chromatin dynamics
  • Epigenomics and single cell approaches
  • Histone, RNA and DNA modifications
  • Shaping chromatin with ncRNA
  • Epigenetic phenomena


This exciting three day conference will build a bridge between chromatin mechanisms and epigenetic phenomena - two key pillars of modern biology. This conference will cover the latest advances in the chromatin field, ranging from basic molecular mechanisms of transcriptional regulation to complex epigenetic pathways in development, disease and reprogramming across model systems.

Scientific organizers

Keynote speaker

  • John Gurdon (The Gurdon Institute, UK)
    The mode of action of transcription factors in oocytes

Confirmed speakers

  • Karen Adelman (Harvard Medical School, US)
    Interplay between Pol II elongation and chromatin structure at coding and non-coding RNA loci
  • Adrian Bird (University of Edinburgh, UK)
    The influence of DNA sequence on the epigenome
  • Bradley Cairns (Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, US)
    Conserved roles for murine DUX and human DUX4 in activating cleavage stage genes​ and MERVL/HERVL retrotransposons
  • Giacomo Cavalli (Institute of Human Genetics, CNRS, France)
    Polycomb proteins and 3D epigenetic regulation of development
  • Susan Gasser (Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland)
    How to silence genes and repeats
  • Martin Hrabě de Angelis (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)​
    ​Genetic and epigenetic inheritance in diabetes mellitus
  • Stefan Knapp (University of Oxford, UK)
    The role of reader domains controlling gene expression
  • Philipp Korber (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
    Nucleosome remodeling enzymes specify nucleosome positioning
  • Tony Kouzarides (The Gurdon Institute, UK)
    Modifications of RNA: their function and role in cancer
  • Danny Reinberg (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US)
    Epigenetics: one genome, multiple phenotypes
  • Robert Schneider (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)
    Novel players in chromatin
  • Yang Shi (Boston Children’s Hospital, US)
    Histone methylation regulation, recognition and link to human disease
  • Azim Surani (University of Cambridge, UK)
    Regulating germ cell fate and programming for epigenetic inheritance
  • Maria Elena Torres-Padilla (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)
    Epigenetic mechanisms in early mammalian development: searching for global chromatin trends
  • Didier Trono (EPFL, Switzerland)
    Mobile elements, polydactyl proteins and the species-specificity of human biology
  • Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands)
    Revealing novel cell types, cell-cell interactions, and cell lineages by single-cell sequencing
  • Jerry Workman (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, US)
    Signaling to chromatin from transcription and metabolism


Short talk slots and poster presentations places are available. Abstracts can be submitted during online registration.

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  • Talk abstracts: closed
  • Poster abstracts: closed 

Registration​ closed

This conference has reached full capacity and online registration has been closed.

Early bird

Before Nov 22, 2016


Before Feb 7, 2017


Registration includes

  • Entry to scientific sessions and conference materials
  • Refreshment breaks and lunches during the conference
  • Entry to conference evening social

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Start: April 5, 2017, 1.00pm            Finish: April 7, 2017, 5.00pm

Note, these times are provisional and are subject to change.

Adjoining meeting

​Directly before this meeting, a conference on Programming and reprogramming the brain will be taking place at Biomedizinisches Centrum  in Munich (April 3-4, 2017). Full details can be found on the meeting website.


The conference will  be held at Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) in Munich, where a community of epigenetics researchers  aims to uncover the mechanisms of epigenetic regulation and its impact on health and disease. 

Helmholtz Zentrum München has several campuses. This meeting will take place at the Nueherberg campus.

The main campus of Helmholtz Zentrum München is located in Neuherberg.


Information on accommodation options available in Munich can be found on the Munich Tourist Information website.

* Important note *
Abcam does not have an affiliated hotel agency for this event.
Please be careful of direct approaches from companies offering hotel reservations for this event. Reservations made by unaffiliated organizations may appear to be for lower rates, however they may be illegitimate, have unreasonable cancelation or change penalties, or be completely non-refundable. Please be aware of, and report any unauthorized solicitation to Abcam.

Terms and conditions

  • Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of incident, or cancellation due to circumstances beyond Abcam's control.
  • All fees payable to Abcam are non-refundable.
  • Substitute delegates can be made at any time by contacting Abcam Events Team.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can I submit an abstract?
    Abstracts can be submitted through the online registration process. 
  • What happens if I've registered by cannot attend?
    Substitute delegates can be nominated at any time by contacting the Abcam Events Team.
  • Do I need insurance?
    As before any travel, delegates are strongly advised to ensure they have adequate medical and travel insurance.
  • What do I need to get into the country?
    Please ensure you have an up-to-date passport before booking travel and are aware of any visa requirements which may be in operation for nationals of your country.
  • Are there exhibition and/or sponsorship opportunities?
    Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for this conference. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please e-mail the Abcam Events Team for more information.
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