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Villars Symposium I: Advances in Epigenetics and Epigenomics


TBA - 3 days

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Mme Corinne Dentan, UNIL


TO BE CONFIRMED: 8 external and international speakers


The Villars 2022 Symposium, taking place in the beautiful village of Villars-sur-Ollon in the western Swiss Vaud Alps, will bring together internationally leading experts in epigenetics and epigenomics to discuss cutting-edge advances and recent trends in this fascinating field. The area of epigenetics – the study of developmental and phenotypic changes that do not involve DNA sequence changes – touches upon many fundamental aspects of biology and is therefore of great interest to a large audience of biologists: development and cellular biology; gene regulation; chromatin biology; phenotypic plasticity; non-genetic inheritance; and evolutionary adaptation.

Fundamental questions that will be discussed at the meeting include for example:

  • How can the same genome give raise to different cell types?
  • How do epigenetic mechanisms lead to changes in chromatin structure and gene expression?
  • How are environmental changes translated into epigenetic changes?
  • How does epigenetics impact phenotypes and disease states?
  • To what extent is epigenetic variation controlled genetically?
  • How heritable and stable are epigenetic marks over time?
  • What is the role of epigenetic inheritance in evolution and adaptation?

The symposium is open to PhD students from all four CUSO doctoral programs inbiology (i.e., Staromics, Plant Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology andEvolution).

The symposium will consist of lectures by the invited experts as well as discussions with the students in smaller groups (journal club format).


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Reimbursements for CUSO EE Students:- Train ticket, 2nd class, half-fare from the main train station of your university location to the place of the activity.
- NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.

NEW since 2021: Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO account.

See HERE for the procedure.

For any question regarding reimbursements please contact the CUSO EE coordinator Catherine Suarez at: ecologie-evolution(at) cuso(dot)ch.


Deadline for registration: TBA

- 10 places available for CUSO EE students



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