EMBC 50th Anniversary

The European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC), an international organization of 30 countries with the common goal of promoting excellence in the life sciences, was founded in 1969. Since its creation, the EMBC has been funding EMBO, enabling it to fulfil its mission: supporting generations of young life scientists across Europe and beyond, stimulating knowledge exchange and helping to build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

Anniversary Symposium, 24 June 2019

The symposium will acknowledge the contributions of EMBC through a reflection on how research in the life sciences has changed our views on the history and prospects of human life. Three presentations by leading experts on these topics will be followed by a panel discussion.


Otto Hahn Auditorium, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany.

The MPIK campus is located right next to the EMBL/EMBO campus. Transport will be provided with bus shuttles to and from the symposium and to the reception/dinner venue; please see below. We highly recommend that you use either the shuttles provided, public transport, or a taxi. If you are coming by car, a number of parking spaces have been reserved in the upper EMBL car park (P2 on this map). The reserved spots are on the upper level of the car park and will be marked "EMBO Symposium". The way to MPIK is signposted from there.



14:00 - Registration and coffee

14:30h - Welcome
Manfred Lindner, Scientific Director, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
Gerrit van Meer, EMBC President
Maria Leptin, EMBO Director

14:50h - The genetic history of Europe: migration and adaptation in prehistory
Johannes Krause, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

15:20h - What's special about the brain?
Matthew Larkum, Humboldt University, Berlin

15:50h - Coffee break

16:20h - How combatting malaria contributes to improving human health across the world
Maria Mota, João Lobo Antunes Institute of Molecular Medicine (IMM), Lisbon

16:50h - Panel Discussion: Understanding past and present science policy to advance future research
Chair: Michele Garfinkel (Head, EMBO Science Policy Programme)
Participants: Johannes Krause, Matthew Larkum, Maria Leptin, Maria Mota, Gerrit van Meer

17:30h - End of symposium


Evening reception and dinner

(By invitation only)

Location: Heidelberg Castle

19:30h - Reception
Altan Terrace

20:00h - Festive dinner

22:30h - End



Hotel room blocks

Our room blocks have now lapsed; please book your accommodation as soon as possible if you have not already done so. To find a conveniently located hotel, please check the shuttle bus stops below.



From Frankfurt Airport to Heidelberg

Please note that with the exception of the train, these have to be pre-booked.

Lufthansa Shuttle

  • See "Timetable & Fares" / "Early booking discount".
  • The bus stops very close to the Exzellenz Hotel (4 min walk).


  • From Frankfurt airport (Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof) via Mannheim to Heidelberg Central Station (Heidelberg Hauptbahnhof).

Other options:


Shuttles to and from anniversary locations

Bus shuttles will be provided to and from the venues and various locations across Heidelberg. Please use this map to locate the shuttle stops in town.

To the symposium venue (Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, MPIK):

13:15h - Heidelberg Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), Kurfürstenanlage opposite the train station
13:30h - NH Hotel/Qube (the shuttle will stop at the back entrance of the hotel on Alte Eppelheimer Strasse)
13:35h - Bus stop "Marstall" (for all guests staying in the old town, e.g. HIP Hotel)
13:45h - Exzellenz Hotel (Rohrbacher Strasse)

From the symposium venue to hotels downtown and ISG Hotel:

17:30h - to Exzellenz Hotel, Marstall, NH Hotel/Qube
17:30h - to ISG Hotel

From downtown and ISG Hotel to Heidelberg Castle:

18:50h - ISG Hotel

18:50h - Exzellenz Hotel
19:00h - Qube/NH Hotel
19:05h - Bus stop "Marstall" (old town)

From Heidelberg Castle to hotels:

22:30h - to all hotels downtown: Marstall - Exzellenz Hotel - Qube/NH Hotel
22:30h - to ISG Hotel



Bettina Trueb
Senior Project Coordinator

Phone: +49 6221 8891 104
Fax: +49 6221 8891 200

European Molecular Biology Conference (EMBC)
Postfach 1022.40
69012 Heidelberg