The EMBO Conference on Meiosis, the third in a series of EMBO-funded conferences, aims at bringing together leading experts in meiosis research, conveying up-to-date data and concepts, and promoting intense discussions to contribute moving this field ahead. The conference will cover the entire process of meiosis from meiotic entry through both meiotic divisions to the formation of haploid gametes. The two meiotic divisions fundamentally differ: meiosis II is similar – although not identical – to mitotic division, and meiosis I is unique. Meiosis I features specific chromosome structures like the synaptonemal complex and chromosome processes such as programmed DNA double-strand breaks, interhomolog pairing and recombination, telomere bouquet formation, obligate chiasmata, mono-orientation of kinetochores, and specific checkpoints not present in any other cell type or cell division. Meiocytes also harbor unique genome defense mechanisms that reduce the spreading and activation of "genome parasites" that threaten the fidelity of homologous recombination and genome haploidization. These features and processes need to be specifically regulated and controlled, and the conference will focus on the molecular basis of these mechanisms. The basics of meiosis are highly conserved throughout evolution, but certain features and processes are distinctly adapted in different organisms. The conference will cover a variety of model organisms, from yeast to non-vertebrate metazoa, to vertebrates and to man. Thereby it will address fundamental biological functions and molecular events as well as processes that are highly relevant for human health such as the generation of aneuploidy through meiotic errors. Particular emphasis will be given at this conference to meiotic progression and how the two meiotic divisions are controlled and executed.
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Preliminary Programme

Saturday, September 14th

16:30 - 18:00 Arrival/Registration
Welcome Get-Together
18:00 - 20:10 Session 1: Entry into meiosis, regulation of meiotic gene expression


Sunday, September 15th

08:30 - 12:00 Session 2: Meiotic chromosome structure and meiotic recombination


14:30 - 17:00 Poster Session 1/Coffee
17:30 - 20:00 Session 3: Meiotic recombination

21:30 - 22:30 Poster Session 1 continued

Monday, September 16th

08:30 - 12:00 Session 4: Prophase chromosome movements


14:00 - 17:00 Dresden City Tour
18:00 - 20:00 Session 5: Meiotic cell cycle regulation and prophase quality control


Tuesday, September 17th

08:30 - 12:00
Session 6: Chromosome segregation (I)

14:30 - 17:00 Poster Session 2/Coffee

18:00 - 20:00 Session 7: Chromosome segregation (II) and checkpoints

21:30 - 22:30
Poster Session 2 continued

Wednesday, September 18th

08:30 - 12:00 Session 7: Meiotic spindle and cytokinesis

14:30 - 17:00 Session 8: Pathological meiosis
19:00 Gala Dinner

Thursday, September 19th


Simon Boulton, UK
Julie Cooper, UK
Bernard de Massy, France
Abby Dernburg, USA
Jan Ellenberg, Germany
Mary Herbert, UK
Tatsuya Hirano, Japan
Andreas Hochwagen, USA
Christer Höög, Sweden
Neil Hunter, USA
Verena Jantsch, Austria
Maria Jasin, USA
Scott Keeney, USA
Nancy Kleckner, USA
Michael Lichten, USA
Raphael Mercier, France
Barbara Meyer, USA
Christine Mezard, France
Galina Petukhova, USA
Eugenio Sanchez-Moran, UK
Tim Schedl, USA
Olaf Stemmann, Germany
Iva Tolic-Norrelykke, Germany
Attila Toth, Germany
James Turner, UK
Marie-Hélène Verlhac, France
Anne Villeneuve, USA
Katja Wassmann, France
Yoshinori Watanabe, Japan
Wolfgang Zachariae, Germany

14 Sep - 19 Sep 2013
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