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EMBO | EMBL Symposium: Biological oscillators: design, mechanism, function

March 6, 2022 to March 9, 2022



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This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 terms and conditions.

Conference Overview

Are you interested in oscillatory phenomena and biological dynamics? At this symposium, multiple disciplines will come together in order to discuss common mechanisms underlying the generation of oscillations.

This meeting provides a unique platform for the emerging new community working at the interface between quantitative biology, complex oscillatory systems, and physics.

Oscillations are abundant – from hormonal oscillations with periods of days and months, to genetic fluctuations in the range of hours (circadian clock, embryonic oscillators), and metabolic and biochemical oscillations in the order of minutes (glycolytic oscillations) and seconds (Calcium-dynamics) – oscillations are central to biology across different temporal and spatial scales.


Meeting Themes

  • Oscillation mechanisms across different scales: from circadian clock to embryonic oscillators to biochemical (metabolic) oscillations/li>
  • Oscillation function: besides their role as intrinsic clocks, other emerging concepts of oscillator function, for instance in embryonic development, stem cells, physiology and disease
  • Synchronisation of coupled oscillators, across different contexts and scales
  • Structure and Function of Brain Oscillators
  • Mathematical modelling and computational approaches to oscillatory dynamics
  • Quantitative/imaging approaches in order to study oscillatory dynamics
  • Pre-symposium ‘Oscillator Theory for Biologists” workshop (optional, sign-up during registration)


    Alexander Aulehla, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    Hanspeter Herzel, ITB, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
    Eve Marder, Brandeis University, USA
    Ueli Schibler, University of Geneva, Switzerland




    JAN 10:   Abstract Submission
    JAN 20:   Registration (on-site)
    FEB 27:   Registration (virtual)

    On-site registration | Virtual registration



March 6, 2022
March 9, 2022
Event Category:


EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


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