Past events

Past events

  • EpiGeneSys Final Meeting in Paris

    Location  Maison des océans – Paris

    Final Meeting in Paris a great success – and the adventure continues!

    More than 280 scientists attended the fifth Annual Meeting of EpiGeneSys, which took place in Paris from 11th to 13th February 2016. The conference kicked off with a talk by coordinator Geneviève Almouzni, Director of the Research Center at the Institut Curie, highlighting the achievements of the network over more than five years. The programme featured 27 research talks in seven sessions, following the research themes of EpiGeneSys, plus keynote talks by Leonid Mirny (MIT) and Eileen Furlong (EMBL, Heidelberg). The scientific talks were complemented by reports on accompanying activities such as the RISE1 (Research Integrating Systems biology and Epigenetics) programme for young PIs, the training activities, and the public science efforts of the network.

    An eighth session presented possible future outlooks and directions for the project, and informed those present about international research programmes in epigenomics and nucleome organisation in 4D. One exciting announcement was that although this was the final meeting for EpiGeneSys as an official EC project, the EpiGeneSys community will live on, with the continuation of the website and a meeting next year!

  • The Non-Coding Genome – An EpiGeneSys – EPIGEN joint workshop for Junior Researchers

    Location  Hotel Mediterraneo – Rome, Italy

    Come to Rome in December to this last training workshop of the EpiGeneSys network. The event is jointly held with the Italian EPIGEN initiative. Do not miss your chance to hear exciting talks and network with both communities!

    Confirmed speakers include:

    • Robin Allshire (University of Edinburgh – UK)
    • Davide Gabellini ( San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan – Italy)
    • Alena Shkumatava (Institut Curie – Paris)
    • Irene Bozzoni (Sapienza University of Rome Italy)
    • Massimiliano Pagani (INGM, Milan Italy)

    We invite you to submit an abstract for oral presentation, we will chose two speakers from abstracts. We will also have breakout sessions for further discussions with the senior speakers, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

    Date: the workshop will start after lunchtime of Dec 3rd and close around the same time on December 4th.

    Venue: Hotel Mediterraneo, Via Cavour 15, 00184 Rome

  • Paris / TriRhena Chromatin Club

    Location  Institut Curie Amphithéâtre Constant Burg 12 rue Lhomond 75005 Paris

    Organised by EpiGeneSys.

    Join us in Paris at the Institut Curie to listen to exciting talks and network with members of the Chromatin community!We have confirmed some great speakers:

    • Anaïs F. Bardet (FMI Basel, Switzerland)
    • Poonam Bheda (IGBMC, France)
    • Ekaterina Boyarchuk (UMR Epigenetics & Cell Fate, Paris Diderot, France)
    • Maxim V.C. Greenberg (Institut Curie, France)
    • Tess Lu (MPI Freiburg, Germany )
    • Jorge M Pereira (Institut Pasteur, France)
    • Doug Higgs (University of Oxford, UK)
    • José Luis Garcia Pérez (GENYO, Granada, Spain)

    The workshop will start at 11:15 and close in the afternoon around 17:00, followed by a beer session in the garden of Marie Curie, if the weather allows (otherwise we will have to stay indoors).

  • Single Cell Epigenetics – An EpiGeneSys TAB workshop

    Location  Genopolys – Campus Arnaud de Villeneuve – Montpellier, France

    Join us in June in Montpellier to learn about current approaches to single cell epigenetics and to meet up and network with members of the EpiGeneSys community!

    Topics include:

    • Recent Developments on single-cell methodologies
    • Application of single-cell to epigenetics

    We have confirmed some great speakers on this topic:

    • Poonam Bheda (IGBMC, France)
    • Gilles Charvin (IGBMC, France)
    • Robert Feil (IGMM, France)
    • Gavin Kelsey (Babraham Inst. UK )
    • Jop Kind (Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands)
    • John Marioni (EMBL, UK)
    • Marcelo Nollmann (CNRS/INSERM Montpellier, France)
    • Etienne Schwob (IGMM, France)

    The workshop will start in the morning of the June 11th and close in the afternoon of June 12th.

    Campus Arnaud de Villeneuve
    141 rue de la Cardonille
    34396 Montpellier CEDEX 5

  • Breakthroughs in Epigenetics – An EpiGeneSys-IMB joint workshop

    Location  The workshop is organised at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz

    The epigenetic control of gene expression is increasingly recognized as a vital regulatory layer defining cell function and identity. The term ‘epigenetics' was originally used to define the poorly understood processes by which a fertilized zygote develops into a mature, complex organism. Over the years, with the understanding that all cells of an organism carry the same DNA and with increased knowledge of regulation of transcription, researchers looked for heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes in genomic sequence and discovered chemical modifications of DNA and histones. Given the widespread acceptance of importance of epigenetic mechanisms in both development and disease this decade, it is a desirable time to revisit some crucial discoveries that have helped build our concepts in the field and laid future milestones. Through our workshop, we will provide participants with an introduction to the key discoveries and fundamental concepts in epigenetics as well as future outlook, at the same time offer young scientists the possibility of interacting with pioneers in the field.

    Confirmed speakers:

    A total of 13 scientists are confirmed speakers at the workshop. The scientists on this list have made fundmental discoveries in specific branches of epigenetics and are among world leaders in their fields.

    • Thomas Jenuwein, MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
    • Karolin Luger, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
    • Gunter Reuter, University of Halle, Halle, Germany
    • Andreas Ladurner, LMU, Munich, Germany
    • Giacomo Cavalli, CNRS, Montpellier, France
    • Amos Tanay, The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
    • Dirk Schübeler, FMI, Basel, Switzerland
    • Azim Surani, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK
    • Peter Becker, LMU, Munich, Germany
    • Frank Grosveld, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    • Peter Fraser, The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
    • Asifa Akhtar, MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
    • Stephen B. Baylin, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA


    The workshop will take place from 10:00 on Thursday, 19th March until 17:00 on Friday, 20th March 2015. The majority of the workshop will be dedicated to plenary lectures from the invited speakers. There will also be networking activities, such as catered lunches, coffee breaks and a workshop dinner.

  • 4th Annual Meeting at the Centre of Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona

    Location  Barcelona

    Registration is open for the EpiGeneSys 4th Annual Meeting at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona!

    Come to the Catalan capital to hear about with the latest EpiGeneSys research, get an update on EpiGeneSys activities and discuss science with members of the EpiGeneSys community.

    Registration will open at 13:30 on November 27th; the meeting will close on November 29that around 14:00.

    We are happy to announce that

    • Daniela Rhodes (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
    • Victor Corces (Emory University, Atlanta)
    • Ricard Solé (ICREA/Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

    have agreed to be our keynote speakers. As with previous meetings, the conference will feature 7 scientific sessions, a poster session plus social events.

    Participants will be staying at the H10 Marina Barcelona hotel.

    Places are limited, so register as soon as possible! We anticipate great interest, so for the time being places are limited to two participants per team. As usual, EpiGeneSys will bear the costs for meeting and accommodation, attendees are responsible for their travel arrangements and costs.

  • Linking Genome Variation with Epigenetics, Gene Expression and Disease

    Location  Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine – Oxford

    An EpiGeneSys Training Workshop

    Linking genetics and epigenetics will have major implications for our understanding of the development of many diseases, which may result from the co-action of genetic variations and epigenetic factors. The potentially reversible nature of epigenetic changes has made them a promising target for the development of novel medical treatments.

    This workshop will explore the relationship between genome variants, gene expression and epigenetic mechanism and look at the implications of their interplay for diseases such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, neurological diseases and cancer.

    We have secured a number of great speakers for this workshop:

    • Ahmed Ahmed (WIMM, Oxford)
    • Zam Cader (WIMM, Oxford)
    • Tudor Fulga/Joey Riepsaame (WIMM, Oxford)
    • Anna Gloyn (WTCHG, Oxford)
    • Angela Goncalves (Sanger Centre, Cambridge)
    • Doug Higgs (WIMM, Oxford)
    • Jim Hughes (WIMM, Oxford)
    • Jonathan Marchini (University of Oxford), tbc
    • Mark McCarthy (WTCHG, Oxford)
    • Gil McVean (WTCHG, Oxford)
    • Dirk Paul (University College, London)
    • Nicole Soranzo, Sanger Centre, Cambridge, tbc

    The workshop will start at lunchtime on October 6th (registration and lunch from 11h30 – 12h45) and close in the afternoon of October 7th (around 16h30).

    Venue: Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, John Radcliffe Hospital/Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DS, United Kingdom.

    There will be a workshop supper on October 6th.

    Please register as soon as possible as space is very limited! Registration fees and accommodation are covered by the EpiGeneSys Network, but all participants will be responsible for his/her own travel.

  • Models, epigenetics and evolution 2014 – An EpiGeneSys TAB workshop

    Location  Institut Curie, 26 rue d’Ulm, 75248 Paris

    Mathematical modelling has become essential to be able to integrate and better understand the increasing amount of epigenomic data being generated. I order to arrive at a useful correct model it is important to establish good communication between the “modeler” and the experimental biologist. The aim of this workshop is:

    1. To present the recent developments on the topic of mathematical modelling applied to epigenomic data.
    2. To learn from the experience of invited speakers on how to start a”modeler”experimental biologist collaboration or how to move from experimental to computational biology.

    We have confirmed some great speakers on this topic:

    • Edith Heard (Institute Curie)
    • Denis Thieffry (IBENS)
    • Jacques van Helden (Aix-Marseille Université)
    • Martin Howard (John Innes Center)
    • Erik van Nimwegen (Universitat Basel)
    • Marc Rehmsmeier (University of Bergen)
    • Leonie Ringrose (IMBA),
    • Francisco Ubeda (University of London)

    Date: The workshop will start in the morning of the May 22nd and close in the afternoon of May 23rd

  • Modelling Approaches in Epigenetics 2014 – An EpiGeneSys and BLUEPRINT joint workshop

    Location  Christ's College – St Andrew's Street – Cambridge CB2 3BU – UK

    Contact  :

    The aim of this workshop is to discuss novel ideas for mechanistic modelling of epigenetic phenomena within a small group of interested scientists with a modelling background.The two days meeting will feature ample discussion opportunities as well as invited speakers with experience in modelling and epigenetics.


    Starts on March 20th at 10am
    Closes on March 21st at 4:30pm

    Confirmed invited speakers:

    Martin Howard, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
    Thimo Rohlf, Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

    Researchers from at all stages of their career with some experience in modelling are welcome to apply. However, since we have limited places, applicants are kindly asked to write a brief (200 words max) description of what they work on as requested during registration. Registration on the EpiGeneSys website is free and necessary to register for the workshop.

    Registration and accommodation on March 20 and 21st (including breakfast) will be covered by EpiGeneSys and BLUEPRINT.

    Meals: coffee and lunches included on both days, dinners not included.

  • Application for the international course “10th course on Epigenetics” – Special edition : 10th anniversary

    We are pleased to announce that registration is open for the 10th course on Epigenetics organized by Institut Curie in partnership with UPMC and EpiGeneSys.

    Applications are open to Master and PhD students and should be submitted online via the training unit website before October 30th, 2013 –

    We invite you to take a look at the front page of the Training Unit website: – editorial – where you will be able to listen to our previous course recordings.


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