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EMBL Conference, 19-21.06.2018, Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland
Polish Science
Towards EMBL
19-20.06.2018 Warsaw, Poland


The objective of the conference is to celebrate Poland's way towards accession to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and to enrich this process with the scientific symposium bringing together Polish and world’s leading experts and researchers in the field of biomedical research.

The scientific symposium and information part about the EMBL will be held in parallel as it is a unique opportunity to consolidate the community involved in molecular biology and to provide biology students, PhD students and researchers with comprehensive information on possibilities of cooperation with the EMBL. Information on career opportunities for students, PhD students and researchers will be provided. Participation of EMBL Alumni is envisaged.

If you are interested in the event please register here not later than 15.06.2018

Organizing Committee:

Contact us at: m.rucinska@nencki.gov.pl +48 22 589 23 30


Agenda: NENCKI_EMBL_agenda_v3.pdf
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Nencki - EMBL Symposium on Molecular BioMedicine
13.30-14.00 Registration + welcome coffee
14.00-14.10 Welcome: Agnieszka Dobrzyn (Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland / Director)
Introduction: Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek (Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland / EMBL Council delegate)
14.10-14.40 Lecture 1: Bożena Kamińska (Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland)
Tumor-derived molecules shape tumor microenvironment: from biology to therapy.
14.40-15.10 Lecture 2: Kyung-Min Noh (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
Dynamics and function of histone variant H3.3 in embryonic stem cells and neurons.
15.10-15.40 Lecture 3: Grzegorz Węgrzyn (University of Gdansk, Poland)
Novel approach for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, based on genistein-mediated stimulation of autophagy.
15.40-16.10 Coffee break
16.10-16.40 Lecture 4: Carmen Sandi (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
Brain mitochondria in anxiety and stress-coping behaviors.
16.40-17.10 Lecture 5: Katarzyna Kotulska-Jóźwiak (Children’s Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland)
Understading of epileptogenesis: towards prevention of epilepsy and its neuropsychiatric comorbidities.
17.10-17.40 Lecture 6: Alicja Józkowicz (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland)
Good seed and good soil: a recipe for longevity of hematopoietic stem cells.
17.40-20.00 Poster session
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Poland - EMBL: Synergy / Opportunities / Perspectives
09.00-09.30 Registration + coffee
09.30-12.00 Scientific lectures
09.30-10.00 Lecture 7: Ewelina Knapska (Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland)
Circuit- and symptom- specific targeted therapy of Fragile X Syndrome rescues cognitive impairments and normalizes synaptic plasticity in central amygdala.
10.00-10.30 Lecture 8: Robert Prevedel (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)
New tools for optical recording of neuronal activity across model organisms.
10.30-11.00 Lecture 9: Michael Owen (Cardiff University, UK)
Genetics and the Nature of Schizophrenia.
11.00-11.30 Lecture 10: Andrzej Dziembowski (Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences / University of Warsaw, Poland)
Regulation of gene expression by non-cannonical poly(A) and poly(U) polymerases.
11.30-12.00 Lecture 11: Agnieszka Chacińska (Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland)
Cellular stress management: the case of mitochondria.
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.00 Poland joining EMBL session:
A message from Agnieszka Dobrzyń, Director of the Nencki Institute
Prof. Jarosław Gowin, Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education
Prof. Iain Mattaj, EMBL Director General
Prof. Leszek Kaczmarek, Nencki Institute / EMBL Council delegate
Prof. Andrzej Legocki, President of the Polish Biochemical Society
Prof. Jerzy Duszyński, President of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Prof. Grzegorz Węgrzyn, Chair of the Committee of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences
14.00-14.30 Press Conference + coffee break
14.30-15.00 Opportunities for Polish researchers at EMBL: Silke Schumacher (EMBL Director International Relations)
15.00-15.30 Lecture 12: Maciej Figiel (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań, Poland)
Multifaceted pathogenesis of polyQ neurodegenerative disease uncovered using mouse models and stem cells.
15.30-16.00 Lecture 13: Marcin Drąg (Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland)
In quest of optimal technology to investigate activity of proteolytic enzymes in health and disease.
16.00-16.30 Lecture 14: Krzysztof Sobczak (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
Pathomechanism of myotonic dystrophy and potential therapeutic strategies.
16.30 Closing of the Conference



Carmen Sandi, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Michael Owen, Cardiff University, UK
Min Noh, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Robert Prevedel, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Agnieszka Chacińska, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw, Poland
Alicja Józkowicz, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Katarzyna Kotulska-Jóźwiak, Children’s Memorial Health Institute, Warsaw, Poland
Andrzej Dziembowski, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences / University of Warsaw, Poland
Marcin Drąg, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland
Maciej Figiel, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań, Poland
Krzysztof Sobczak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Grzegorz Węgrzyn, University of Gdansk, Poland
Bożena Kamińska, Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland
Ewelina Knapska, Nencki Institute, Warsaw, Poland


Iain Mattaj, Director General, EMBL
Silke Schumacher, Director International Relations, EMBL

EMBL Information



Registration form

Preferred poster size: up to 110 cm high x 95 cm wide



Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS
3 Pasteur Street, 02-093 Warszawa, Poland


You can catch a taxi cab outside of the terminal, or call any of the companies: ECO Taxi +48 22 644 22 22; WAWA Taxi +48 22 196 44; SAWA Taxi +48 22 644 44 44. The cost of the ride from the airport should not be more than 7 EUR (35 PLN) and take no longer than 10-15 minutes.


There are two convenient direct bus lines from the airport terminal to the Nencki Institute (no. 175 and no. 188). The ride will take approximately 16 minutes (12 stops). You need to get off at a stop called “Banacha Szpital” and take a 10-minute walk (800 m) along the Banacha and Pasteura Streets. The ticket costs c.a. 1 euro (4,40 PLN) – we recommend buying a 75-minute ticket in case of heavy traffic.