Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 3 - 6 Jun 2020 Register Now
Deadlines Registration - 27 Apr 2020 Abstract submission closed
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Coronavirus information for participants

The onsite course and conference programme at EMBL has been paused until the end of June 2020.


We aim to continue offering our advanced training for the scientific community however we safely can. While some events have been cancelled, many have been rescheduled for a later date and others will be delivered as virtual events.


Registration is open for onsite courses and conferences starting after 1 July and for the virtual events. All registration fees for any events which don’t take place due to the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.


More information for participants of events at EMBL Heidelberg can be found here.

In an effort to prioritise our participants’ health while still promoting scientific exchange, we are hosting this event as a virtual meeting. This includes live streamed oral presentations from invited speakers, digital poster sessions and online group discussions. More information on the costs, late abstract submission and virtual programme will follow soon.

Check out the 2018 event report to find out what happened last time this event took place!

Symposium Overview

The microtubule cytoskeleton is essential for a wide variety of cellular functions, such as chromosome segregation, directed vesicle and organelle transport, cell motility and cell polarity. Impaired microtubule function can lead to human diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. In recent years, interdisciplinary approaches embracing cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology and mathematical modelling have made a tremendous impact on the microtubule field.

The progressive diversification of the microtubule field into subdomains has created the need for a strong meeting that unifies the community and brings together researchers from different disciplines interested in microtubule research. This symposium will continue the success of the EMBO Conference series "Microtubule Structure, Regulation and Function", and the EMBL|EMBO Symposium series “Microtubules: From Atoms to Complex System”, which have been held every two years since 2010. The meeting will bring together early-career and established researchers from all over the world who are interested in microtubule biology and its impact on human health and disease. This tenth-anniversary meeting will feature inspirational keynote and landmark lectures, a large number of short talk opportunities selected from the submitted abstracts, lively poster sessions, and special activities focused on the visualisation of scientific results to support research, learning, and scientific communication.

Session Topics

  • Structural determinants of microtubule formation
  • Control of microtubule dynamics
  • Microtubules in cell division
  • Building cilia and centrioles
  • Cilia formation and function
  • Cytoskeletal cross-talk and spatial organisation
  • Microtubules in differentiated cells
  • Visualisation of scientific results
  • Emerging topics