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EMBO Workshop | Developmental metabolism: flows of energy, matter, and information

September 12, 2023 to September 15, 2023



This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy recommendations if attending the on-site event.



The fundamental question of the role of metabolism in development has seen a revival in interest. This is fueled by recent work, shedding new light onto previously unrecognised roles of metabolism. This work revealed the intricate relationship between energy flux, spatial and temporal control of metabolites, the environment and embryogenesis. This emerging view is stimulating research designed to answer fundamental questions including: How does the cellular machinery process information linked to the flow of energy and matter? How does metabolic activity impact and constrain the emergence of form and function? What are the physicochemical properties of developing systems?

Answering these questions requires interdisciplinary approaches, including researchers from disparate fields such as developmental biology, genetics, epigenetics, ecology, physics, and math. Currently, researchers engaged in the field lack a common platform. The workshop ‘Developmental metabolism: flows of energy, matter, and information’ will create an intellectual space to exchange ideas across disciplines and help form a vibrant, diverse community at the interphase between developmental biology, molecular metabolism, mathematics, and physics.

Session Topics

  • Physical bioenergetics
  • Metabolic constraints in developing systems
  • Metabolic control: who got the power?
  • Metabolic signalling in time and space: metabolites as morphogens
  • Novel approaches and models to study metabolism in time and space
  • Metabolic plasticity: facing ever-changing internal and external environments
  • Intergenerational metabolic reprogramming: the role of metabolism in offspring reprogramming




JUN 20:   Abstract Submission
AUG 01:   Registration (On-site)
SEP 05:   Registration (Virtual)

On-site Registration   |   Virtual Registration



September 12, 2023
September 15, 2023
Event Category:


EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


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