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Exploring identity: lessons from genomes and epigenomes

A one-day meeting exploring how genome organization and epigenome function contribute to regulation of gene expression and cellular identities

Université Paris Diderot, France 
May 31, 2018


Exploring the determinants of identity raises significant challenges with far-reaching consequences for both our fundamental understanding of living systems and our ability to intervene clinically to re-establish identity in pathological scenarios. Genomes and epigenomes respond dynamically to changes in the local environment, contributing to defining identities and transmitting memories to subsequent generations. This interplay creates the complexity and adaptability that define living systems. During the one-day symposium, we will discuss how genome organization and epigenome function contribute to the regulation of gene expression and cellular identities. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Yad Ghavi-Helm (Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Lyon, France)​
    Spatio-temporal dynamics of chromatin organization during Drosophila embryogenesis​
  • Eric Miska (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Sophie Polo (Université Paris Diderot​, France)
    ​Epigenome maintenance in response to DNA damage
  • François Spitz (Institut Pasteur, France)
  • Didier Trono (EPFL, Switzerland)
    Mobile genetic elements, their controllers and the species-specificity of human biology

​* More speakers to be announced


  • Jonathan Weitzman (Université Paris Diderot​, France)
  • Claire Rougeulle (Université Paris Diderot​, France)
  • Pauline Andreu (Université Paris Diderot​, France)


Start: May 31, 2018, 9.30am              Finish: May 31, 2018, 6.30pm

* Note, these time are subject to change.


Early bird
before March 15
before April 30
before May 18

Registration fee includes

  • Attendance to scientific sessions and meeting materials
  • Refreshments and light lunch
  • Drinks and networking reception​

Confirmation note: All registered attendees will receive an email confirmation from within 48 hours of registering. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact the ​Abcam Events Team to confirm your registration. 

Want to present your work?

Everyone, especially young researchers and students are encouraged to submit their exciting new unpublished work for presentation.

  • Short talk deadline: March 15, 2018
  • Poster deadline: April 30, 2018

Download abstract guidelines


Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France


Information on accommodation options are available in Paris can be found on the Paris Tourist Office website. 

* Important note:
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Terms and conditions

  • Delegates are advised to ensure they have adequate travel insurance to cover their attendance at the conference in case of any incident, or cancelation due to circumstances beyond Abcam's control
  • All fees payable to Abcam are non-refundable 
  • Substitute delegates can be made at any time by contacting the Abcam Events Team.

Frequently asked questions

  • How can I submit an abstract?​
    Abstracts can be submitted through the online registration process. The deadline for talk abstract submissions has passed (March 17, 2017).
  • What happens if I've registered but cannot attend?
    ​​​​Substitute delegates can be nominated at any time by contacting the Abcam Events Team.
  • Do I need insurance?
    As before any travel, delegates are strongly advised to ensure they have adequate medical and travel insurance.

  • What do I need to get into the country?
    Please insure you have an up-to-date passport before booking travel and are aware of any visa requirements which may be in operations for nationals of your country.

  • Are there exhibition or sponsorship opportunities?
    Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for this conference. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please email the Abcam Events Team for more information.​
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