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Title

Villars Meeting 2020: Advances in Epigenetic and Epigenomics - reported to 2021

Dates

Postponed in 2021

Organizer(s)

Thomas Flatt, UNIFR, DPEE Director

Marta Bellone, UNIFR, DPEE coordinator

 

Speakers

Josep Casadesus,  University of Seville

Vincent Colot, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Troy Day, Queen's University, Kingston (Ontario, Canada)

Albert Jeltsch, University of Stuttgart

Franck Johannes, Technical University of Munich

John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Axel Visel, JGI, Berkley

Daniel Zilberman, John Innes Centre, Norwich (UK)

 

Description

Due to the increased uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organisers of Villars 2020: Advances in epigenetic and epigenomics decided to suspend the conference to be held on September 16-18, 2020. It will likely be rescheduled to next September 2021, but exact dates are not yet known.

 

We sincerely apologize for this change of plans and hope you understand our decision.

 


The Villars 2020 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 in biology (i.e., Staromics, Plant Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Ecology and Evolution). The symposium will consist of lectures by the invited experts as well as discussions with the students in smaller groups (journal club format)

 

Program

Due to the increased uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organisers of Villars 2020: Advances in epigenetic and epigenomics decided to suspend the conference to be held on September 16-18, 2020. It will likely be rescheduled to next September 2021, but exact dates are not yet known.

 

We sincerely apologize for this change of plans and hope you understand our decision.

 


General schedule:

 

From September 16 late morning until September 18

 

The program of the workshop will consist of a combination of plenary talks by invited speakers and work performed in small groups, in which the participants will discuss a particular theme together with one of the invited speakers. The results of these small-group sessions will be presented to the plenum by student participants, followed by a general discussion.

 

Tentative tiltles of pleanry speakers:

TBA, Josep Casadesus

Plant transgenerational epigenetics, Vincent Colot

The role of natural selection and epigenetics in adaptation, Troy Day

Setting of DNA methylation patterns, Albert Jeltsch

Spontaneous epimutations in plants, Franck Johannes

TBA, John Stamatoyannopoulos

Distant-Acting Enhancers in Development, Disease, and Evolution, Axel Visel

Inheritance and function of DNA methylation within chromatin, Daniel Zilberman

 

 

 

Location

Villars sur Ollon, CH

Map

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Evaluation

Full attendance and active participation

 

Information

When?

 

Due to the increased uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic, the organisers of Villars 2020: Advances in epigenetic and epigenomics decided to suspend the conference to be held on September 16-18, 2020. It will likely be rescheduled to next September 2021, but exact dates are not yet known.

 

We sincerely apologize for this change of plans and hope you understand our decision.

 

Where?

Eurotel Victoria, Villars sur Ollon

 

Questions?

Marta Bellone

@: ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch

 

 

Expenses

Reimbursement:

 

CUSO PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to the coordinator of your program.

 

For DPEE candidates:

 

Marta Bellone 

Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

University of Fribourg

Chemin du Musée, 10

CH-1700 Fribourg

 

Registration

Register via your MyCUSO account!

 

Registration Fees:

 

Free for participants enrolled in a CUSO Biology program (namely, StarOmics, Molecular Plant Sciences, Microbilogy or Ecology and evolution)

 

A safe deposit of 100 CHF will be demanded, and reimbursed after the workshop, if the candidate attended it. If cancellations arrives prior to the registration deadline, the deposit will be returned.

 

Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)cuso.ch to seek information on the available place and participation fee

 

Participation fee includes full board and accommodation for the time of the workshop

 

Places

40

Deadline for registration
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