Dec 1 / Clara Fischer

Exploring the EMBL 2024 Event Calendar: A Dive into the World of Biological Sciences

In commemoration of its illustrious 50-year legacy in advancing molecular biology, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) proudly unveils the EMBL 2024 event calendar. Rooted in a rich history of scientific excellence, EMBL has consistently played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of biological research.

As we embark on this landmark year, the calendar stands as a testament to EMBL's enduring commitment to fostering academic collaboration and innovation.

Delve into a meticulously curated array of conferences, workshops, and symposiums, each meticulously designed to reflect the cutting-edge research and global collaboration that has defined EMBL's five decades of impactful contributions to the scientific community. 

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has unveiled its much-anticipated event calendar for the year 2024, offering a diverse array of courses, conferences, workshops, and symposiums. The calendar provides a fascinating glimpse into the cutting-edge research and advancements taking place in the field of biological sciences.

Diversity of Events:

The calendar is packed with a rich assortment of events spanning various formats, each tailored to cater to different aspects of biological research. Let's delve into the statistics to get a comprehensive overview:

1. Conferences:

The calendar boasts a total of 24 conferences scheduled throughout the year! These conferences cover a wide range of topics from transcription and chromatin studies to the mechanics of life and beyond. The inclusion of various symposiums further adds depth to the discussions offering a platform for researchers to exchange ideas and insights.

2. Workshops:

While workshops are fewer in number, they are no less impactful. With 8 workshops on the agenda participants have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences, exploring topics such as cryo-EM data carpentry, and time-resolved STED nanoscopy.

3. Symposiums:

The heart of intellectual exchange lies in the symposiums, and the EMBL 2024 calendar hosts a substantial 18 symposiums. Covering everything from the complexity of RNA to innate immunity and host-pathogen interactions, these symposiums promise to be intellectual feasts for researchers across the globe.

4. Practical Courses:

For those seeking a more immersive learning experience, the practical courses offer an invaluable opportunity. The calendar features an impressive 20 practical courses, covering a spectrum of techniques and methodologies, from structural characterization of macromolecular complexes to synthetic biology and bioinformatics.

Virtual Engagement:

In response to the evolving landscape of global events, EMBL has adapted by incorporating virtual elements into its offerings. A total of 8 virtual events are scattered throughout the calendar, ensuring that researchers worldwide can participate and benefit from the wealth of knowledge being shared.

Key Highlights:

  • The calendar kicks off in January with a focus on exploratory analysis of biological data and cryo-EM in academia and industry.
  • February brings a virtual introduction to RNA-seq and functional interpretation, along with courses on multi-omics data integration and visualisation.
  • March explores gene expression at spatial resolution and delves into the mathematics of life through virtual courses.
  • In April, the spotlight turns to data-driven approaches in understanding dementia, attacking open chromatin in single cells, and the diversity of plants.
  • May features advanced fluorescence imaging techniques, cellular mechanisms driven by phase separation, and an introduction to metabolomics analysis.
  • June brings a practical course on structural characterization of macromolecular complexes and a symposium on microtubules.
  • The summer months continue with a diverse range of events, including workshops on building networks in vascular biology and an EMBL-EBI course on synthetic biology.
  • September covers topics ranging from genome engineering with CRISPR/Cas to reconstructing the human past using ancient and modern genomics.
  • October explores imaging down to single-molecule resolution and managing a bioinformatics core facility.
  • November includes courses on structural bioinformatics and the fundamentals of high-end cell sorting.
  • The calendar concludes in December with hands-on courses for sample preparation and data analysis in proteomics and the 26th EMBL PhD Symposium.
The EMBL 2024 event calendar is a testament to the dynamic nature of biological sciences, reflecting the constant evolution and innovation in the field. With a plethora of conferences, workshops, symposiums, and practical courses, the calendar provides a platform for researchers to connect, collaborate, and stay at the forefront of advancements in molecular biology.As we look forward to the unfolding of these events, the EMBL 2024 calendar promises to be a hub of knowledge exchange, fostering a vibrant community of scientists dedicated to pushing the boundaries of biological research. Whether in person or virtually, the diverse array of offerings ensures that participants from around the world can actively engage in the pursuit of scientific discovery.

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