Chromatin and Epigenetics: Inheritance and Design


This meeting has reached capacity. Those who are interested in attending must email to join the waitlist

Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany
April 1-3, 2019




  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​Chromatin dynamics
  • Designing epigenomes
  • Epigenomics and single cell approaches
  • Histone, RNA and DNA modifications
  • Epigenetic phenomena


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

Scientific organizers

​   epigenetics@HMGU - community website 

Keynote speaker

Confirmed speakers

  • Robin Allshire (University of Edinburgh, UK)
    Establishment and maintenance of specialised chromatin domains
  • Frederic Berger (Gregor Mendel Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences)
    ​Histone variants : architects of genome functional organization
  • Wendy Bickmore (University of Edinburgh, UK)
    The remote control of gene expression
  • Hendrik Dietz (Technische Universität München, Germany)​
    DNA machines of the future
  • Beat Fierz (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
    Probing the dynamic interaction landscape of modified chromatin
  • Eileen Furlong (EMBL, Germany)
  • Karmella Haynes (Emory University, US)
    ​Synthetic reader-effectors for epigenetic reprogramming of genes in cancer
  • Kristian Helin (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, US)Role of the Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) in Transcriptional Regulation and Cancer
  • Gavin Kelsey (Babraham Institute, UK)
    A mutation in DNMT3A enhances methylation of bivalent chromatin
  • Tony Kouzarides (University of Cambridge, UK)
    Modifications of RNA: their function and role in cancer
  • Rob Martienssen (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Howard Hughes Medical Institute​, US)
    The chromosomal impacts of small RNA
  • Fabian Theis (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany)
    Machine learning in single cell genomics
  • Bas van Steensel (The Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands)
    Large-scale perturbation approaches to study chromatin and gene regulation


Short talks have now been selected and speakers have been contacted. All abstract deadlines have now passed but those who wish to submit a late abstract must email the Abcam Events Team for consideration. Poster should be prepared for A0 size, 84.1 x 118.9 cm

Download abstract guidelines


  • Talk abstracts: Closed
  • Poster abstracts: Closed


This meeting has reached capacity and those interested in attending must join the waitlist. Email to be added to the wait list. Attendance will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.


before March 8

Delegate - local**€499
Student - local**€449

Registration fee includes:

  • Attendance to scientific sessions and conference materials
  • Refreshments and lunches during the conference
  • Networking and drinks reception
  • Conference evening social

** The local rates do not include accommodation. Any registration recieved after December 19 does not include accommodation.

Only a limited number of places are available for this conference and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The previous meeting was sold out several months in advance! To avoid disappointment, please book early! 

Confirmation note: All registered attendees will receive an email confirmation from within 48 hours of registering. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact the Abcam Events Team to confirm your registration.


Start: April 1, 2019, 2.00pm            Finish: April 3, 2019, 5.00pm

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

Provisional meeting program

Panel discussion: Ethics in research publishing

On Monday April 1, 2019 (11:30 – 13.00) an expert panel will gather to offer their thoughts and expertise on ethics in research publishing (current challenges and bottlenecks, misconduct and consequences, measures towards research integrity, etc). The panel will include Bern Pulverer (Scientific Publications EMBO), Brian Plosky(Molecular Cell), Anke Sparmann (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology) and Bas van Steensel (Netherlands Cancer Institute).

The panelists will participate in an informal discussion with one another and with the attendees, sharing their advice and insights. The discussion will be moderated by Astrid Lunkes (Scientific Portfolio Management & Strategy, Epigenetics and Stem cells, Helmholtz Zentrum Munich).

This discussion is free to attend, however, registration is required . Please use the link to secure your seat. 


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 deadline to reserve rooms at the Pullman Munich Hotel was December 19th. For those who booked hotel accomodations with their registration prior to December 19th, it includes breakfast and taxes but do not include extras, eg. mini bar, laundry, etc. If you are interested in staying with the group and using the group transportation to the meeting each morning, we encourage you to book your accomodations directly with the Pullman Munich Hotel ​. 

Hotel directions

  • Single occupancy:  €154 per night
  • Twin occupancy**:  €178 per night

* Additional room nights must be booked during online conference registration prior to December 19th. Rooms can be cancelled up until December 17, 2018. After this date a 100% cancellation fee is applicable.

* Only a limited number of additional rooms are available and these are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

** Twin occupancy are only available to people who nominate a roommate. Abcam will not pair people together to share twin rooms.

* 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 but 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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