European Molecular Biology Organization


Chromatin structure, organization and dynamics

9 - 13 April | 2011 | Prague | Czech Republic



Principal themes and objectives of the workshop

Chromatin structure, organization and dynamics underlie every aspect of genome function. Over the past few years, the combined use of novel imaging tools along with structural, cell biological, biochemical and genetic analyses have led to a major progress in our understanding of the relationships between chromatin structure and dynamics and its functions in replication, transcription and mitosis. Importantly, the progress in basic research in this field also finds increasing application in human medicine. The aim of this workshop is to bring together experienced research scientists, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows working on chromatin structure and dynamics and scientists working on the diverse functions of chromatin. Our goal is to establish an informal and intimate atmosphere (120 participants in total), in which oral and poster presentations by students and postdoctoral fellows will be complemented by talks from leading researchers in these areas. The speakers will present exciting recent work, discuss their perspectives on future developments and highlight the existing conceptual views and technical problems in the area.

List of Topics

  • Nuclear organization and chromatin structure
  • DNA replication and repair
  • Chromatin organization and dynamics during mitosis
  • Gene transcription
  • RNA processing
  • Epigenetic regulation of chromatin
  • Chromatin regulation by the nuclear pore complex
  • Chromatin and the nuclear envelope


Outline of meeting

Two plenary lectures will be given by eminent scientists working on chromatin organization and function, Dr. Joseph Gall on Saturday, April 9th, and Dr. Roger Kornberg on Tuesday, April 12th. Lectures given by invited speakers and by speakers selected from submitted abstracts will be organized in 8 sessions and will form the core of the workshop. Poster presentation sessions will be held on Sunday, April 10th, and on Monday April 11th, in the afternoon between 14:00 and 17:40. Posters will be displayed for the entire duration of the workshop to provide more opportunity for scientific discussion and interaction among participants.


The four best posters will be awarded with 1-year subscriptions to one of the following scientific journals: Science, Nature Cell Biology, EMBO Journal, or Journal of Cell Biology.

Important note

Nucleus (a Landes Biosciences Journal publishing articles on molecular processes linked to nuclear organization and function, see will put together a special issue on the workshop, edited by Ivan Raška, Yosef Gruenbaum and Karla Neugebauer. We will offer speakers and selected contributors to the workshop the opportunity to publish original research articles and reviews on the presented topics in this issue.

Meeting Point for the EMBO Reports

Eran Meshorer and Herald Herrmann will write a summary of this EMBO workshop, with a focus on its highlights, to appear in EMBO Reports.

We look forward to welcoming you to
the Czech Republic!

The Organizers

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