Location & dates Virtual 21 - 24 Oct 2020 Register Now
Deadlines Registration - 28 Sep 2020 Abstract submission closed
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EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.


Registration is open as usual for many events, with back-up plans in place to move further courses and conferences online as necessary. Registration fees for any events affected by the COVID-19 disruption are fully refundable.


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

EMBL is committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that the symposium is going virtual and invite you to join us online. The virtual symposium includes talks from invited speakers, short talk presenters, digital poster sessions and networking opportunities.

Symposium Overview

The ability to grow human tissues from stem cells in 3D culture has the potential to revolutionise the drug discovery process and regenerative medicine. Building on a long tradition of cell and developmental biology knowledge, organoids resembling a variety of human tissues have been generated. This symposium will bring together the leading researchers in this field to establish a new research community and reveal parallels between various tissue models.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers from different fields to enhance our understanding of how organoids can be formed and maintained, how they can be used to study disease and how we might eventually use them to regenerate and replace human organ tissue.

Session topics

  • Concepts from developmental biology
  • Organoids from adult stem cells
  • Organoid architecture
  • Organoids in regenerative medicine
  • Organoids in disease modelling

What Past Participants Say About the Symposium:

“By attending the Organoids symposium, we acquired a snapshot of the current advances in the field and also a flavour of what would be the future technologies. We realised that the next step in terms of methodology for our organoid work was the development of robust imaging and drug screening capabilities.” - Thierry Jarde, Monash University, Australia

"Participating at this meeting was an amazing opportunity for a young scientist like me to grow a deeper knowledge and connections in my research field, learning from previous work and discuss about future directions. It was inspiring." - Francesca Paradiso, Swansea University, UK

"The organoids symposium was one of the best conferences I attended so far. Beside the location and networking possibilities I would like to emphasize the great choice of speakers and posters. The presented data and new applications were astonishing and represented the development of organoid field very nicely. Thank you very much for the organization of such a great symposium." - Thomas Däullary, University of Würzburg, Germany

"A very focused meeting perfect for gaining insights into the most recent research and clinical findings, and a significant opportunity to network and receive feedback from peers and experts of the Organoid field." - Shyam S Jose, FNUSA-ICRC, Czech Republic