ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium

Systems Biology of Drosophila Development

22-25 May 2012

Polonia Castle in Pultusk, Poland

Chaired by: 
Johannes Jaeger, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, ES
Eileen Furlong, Genome Biology Unit, EMBL, Heidelberg, DE 


The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has emerged as one of the most prominent and promising model systems for pioneering integrative, systems-level approaches to animal development. These approaches use quantitative data to guide, test and constrain mathematical models of developmental processes. A growing number of questions and phenomena have been and are being investigated in this way, from the structure and function of cis-regulatory elements involved in transcriptional control of gene expression, to the dynamics and topology of gene regulatory networks, to the biophysical properties of morphogen gradients and their effect on patterning and growth.

Most studies so far have focused on specific developmental processes—such as the egg and early embryo as well as the wing imaginal disc of Drosophila—but the insights gained from them are of wide-ranging interest to developmental and systems biologists outside the Drosophila community. The molecular components and architecture of developmental processes and gene regulatory networks are highly conserved across metazoans. Therefore, detailed quantitative understanding of these processes in the fly will have direct and important consequences for developmental biology in general, and biomedically related studies of human developmental diseases in particular.

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Conference registration is possible only after successful application.

Application process is now closed. To submit a late application, please contact the conference officer.

Deadline for application 19 February 2012.


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - please confirm attendance (and, when applicable, pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 10 April 2012

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 24 April 2012

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners325 €
Early Bird
2 weeks before registration deadline - 10 April
500 €
Registration and payment by deadline (24 April)600 €
Registration after the deadline750 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Practical Information

Polonia Castle in Pultusk, Poland
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