Location & dates EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 28 Jun - 1 Jul 2020
Deadlines Registration 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.

EMBL has taken the difficult decision to pause our programme of external courses and conferences. As a result, we are postponing the meeting to 2022 (new dates to be confirmed) and apologise for the inconvenience.

Symposium Overview

This symposium provides a discussion platform for all scientists interested in the biology of infection. Cell biologists, microbiologists and immunologists will discuss in joint sessions recent progress in our understanding of host-pathogen interactions. Talks will focus on common processes, rather than particular infectious agents or host cell types, and the strategies of all major types of pathogens in their interaction with plants and animals will be covered. A better understanding of infectious diseases will come from the simultaneous analysis of microbial and host variables, which may open new avenues for treatment and prevention strategies.

Session Topics

  • Sensing pathogens
  • The cell biology of infection
  • Fungus-host interactions
  • Cell-autonomous immunity
  • Pathological consequences of infection and inflammation
  • Microbiota and pathogen control

What Past Participants Say about the Symposium

"This was my first conference at EMBL. It was well organised and I loved it! The topics covered under the umbrella of innate immune response were diverse. As a beginner in the field of immunology, this conference has cleared up lots of concepts." - Sadaf Sulman, University of Leicester, UK

"The meeting had a great balance of breadth and depth, presenting the most current work in host-pathogen interactions." - Elizabeth Hartland, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia

"EMBL conferences are always of exceptional quality. It was no different this time. I had an amazing experience and was able to network effectively." - Sudeep Bhushal, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany