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Theme: Emergence in Biological Systems: Challenges to Bridging Hierarchies

Date: Tuesday, March 1 to Thursday, March 3, 2022

Venue: Virtual

Registration fee: FREE

Registration: Advance registration is required for all attendees.

Deadline: Abstract Submission Sunday, January 16, 2022
Registration Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Registration will close when the capacity of 500 is reached.
Priority will be given to the presenters.


- The Origin of Life
- Adaptation and Evolution
- Intracellular Organization
- Multicellular Systems
- Brain Functions and Consciousness
- AI, Computing and Robotics

We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from participants around the world to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

We look forward to welcoming you to our online symposium in March 2022.

RIKEN BDR Symposium 2022 Secretariat
RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research
E-mail: bdr-sympo2022[at] *Please replace [at] with @ when addressing Emails

2021-11-26 2022-03-03

Organizer: TEMTIA (the EMT international association)

Registration website:

Time: Dec 14-17 (2-hours each day for 4 days; see below for exact time windows)

Format: virtual

Meeting topics: “from basic biology EMT to therapeutic targeting of EMT”

There will be four sessions: Targeting EMT (1,2), Immunosensitisation / Immunotherapy (3) and Prognostic/Predictive EMT signatures(4).

A program of 4 @ 2 hrs sessions, (Tue December 14 to Fri December 17) is set with alternating session times to allow global participation.

Australia - AEDT Sydney, Melbourne
Tue Dec 14: Plan B time (AEDT - Sydney, Melbourne time: 3-5pm)
Wed Dec 15: Plan A time (AEDT - Sydney, Melbourne time: midnight-2am)
Thu Dec 16: Plan B time (AEDT - Sydney, Melbourne time: 3-5pm)
Fri Dec 17: Plan A time (AEDT - Sydney, Melbourne time: midnight-2am)

Tue Dec 14: Plan B time (JST Japan time: 1-3pm)
Wed Dec 15: Plan A time (JST Japan time: 10 pm -12 midnight)
Thu Dec 16: Plan B time (JST Japan time: 1-3pm)
Fri Dec 17: Plan A time (JST Japan time: 10 pm -12 midnight)

2021-11-24 2021-12-17

Date: December 14, 2021, 17:00 – 18:30 JST

17:00–17:10: Welcome
Prof. Nagahiro Minato, President, Kyoto University, Japan
Prof. Maria Leptin, Former Director, EMBO, Germany

17:10–17:40: Epigenetic dynamics of X-chromosome inactivation
Prof. Edith Heard, Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

17:40–17:50: Q&A session
Moderated by Dr. Shihori Yokobayashi, Lecturer, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, Japan

17:50–18:20: The X-chromosome dosage compensation program in cynomolgus monkeys
Prof. Mitinori Saitou, Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology, Kyoto University, Japan

18:20–18:30: Q&A session
Moderated by Dr. Shihori Yokobayashi

*Open to the life sciences community in Europe and Japan

"Epigenetic dynamics of X-chromosome inactivation"

Prof. Edith Heard, Director General, EMBL

X-chromosome inactivation during early female development is an essential epigenetic process that is required to achieve appropriate dosage for X-linked gene products. We are interested in understanding how the differential treatment of the two X chromosomes in the same nucleus is set up during development and how this differential expression is then maintained, or reversed in certain circumstances during development or in a disease context. The establishment of X inactivation involves the non-coding Xist RNA that triggers chromosome-wide chromatin re-organisation and gene silencing. Our lab has provided recent insights into the nature of these chromosome-wide changes, and the factors that induce them during early development and in stem cell models. I will present our recent work exploring the epigenetic mechanisms underlying X inactivation and the relationship between gene activity and chromosome topology.

"The X-chromosome dosage compensation program in cynomolgus monkeys"

Prof. Mitinori Saitou, Director, Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Biology, Kyoto University, Japan

The germ-cell lineage ensures the creation of new individuals, perpetuating/diversifying the genetic and epigenetic information across the generations. We have been investigating the mechanism for germ-cell development in mice, monkeys, and humans both in vivo and in vitro, elucidating the mechanism of key events such as germ-cell specification, epigenetic reprogramming/programming, sex determination, and meiotic entry. Here, I would like to discuss our latest findings regarding the X-chromosome dosage compensation program in cynomolgus monkeys. Our findings reveal evolutionary divergence of epigenetic regulations in development among mammals and bear a critical implication in the female pluripotent stem cell-based in vitro reconstitution studies in primates, including humans.

2021-11-15 2021-12-14

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd ASHBi SignAC Workshop will be held online on 10 December 2021, and the registration is now open!

Date: Friday, 10 December 2021

Time: 9:00-18:00

Registration Fee: Free

Organizers: Yasuaki Hiraoka, Toshiaki Yachimura,Takuya Yamamoto, Taro Tsujimura, Mitinori Saitou (ASHBi, Kyoto University)


Registration form:
(Deadline: 8 December 2021 / Number of participants: Limited to 450)
Registrants will receive a Zoom link approximately one week prior to the workshop.

Please find the flyer or visit the following website for more information.

2021-10-25 2021-12-10

Date: December 12 - 15, 2021

Venue: Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan

Lead-organizer: Eiji Hara (Osaka University)


*This Conference is supported by grant from the Molecular Biology Society of Japan (MBSJ) International Meeting Support Program.

2021-10-05 2021-12-15

Date: 22–24 February 2022

Key Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 8 September 2021
Early Registration Deadline: 30 November 2021

Addressing the immense burden of pediatric infectious diseases
The 12th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) is going virtual! Join us online from 22-24 February 2022 to address the most important issues in infectious diseases that affect children and their families. WSPID, the only global society that is devoted entirely to pediatric diseases in children, invites you to hear the latest developments relevant to your patients, to interact with world experts in all aspects of pediatric infectious diseases, to meet colleagues from all over the world and to network for new opportunities and collaborations to address the immense burden of infectious diseases.
Learn more at

We look forward to seeing you online!

2021-08-04 2022-02-24

Date: February 19 – 23, 2022

Venue: San Francisco, CA

2021-04-06 2022-02-23