EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum

We have the pleasure to invite young scientists to participate in the EMBO Young Scientist Forum conference, which will take place on October 21-22, 2021 in Warsaw. The meeting is planned in a hybrid form. There will be an opportunity to listen to interesting lectures, discussions and present your own results.

Registration is now open (payments will start at a later date).


The EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum (EYSF) aims to provide a chance for aspiring scientists (PhD students, post-docs) to meet and exchange ideas with renowned research leaders in life sciences, share their findings and interests to an international and interdisciplinary public, and network with their peers from other countries. The event is held annually, hosted by various European cities where principal investigators of EMBO grants are based. The 12th EYSF, organized by recipients of EMBO Installation Grants from Polish academia, will take place in Warsaw – the capital of Poland. The planned two-day programme includes talks and seminar sessions on a variety of molecular biology-related topics, such as microbiology, genomics, structural biology and evolutionary biology, as well as discussions on career development, a poster session, and a wide choice of social events. We believe that the 12th edition of the EMBO Young Scientists’ Forum will be a perfect opportunity for the participants to broaden their perspectives beyond their primary scope of interest, form connections that will evolve into cooperative projects, as well as develop new ideas both for academic research and future endeavours outside of academia



Maria Górna, University of Warsaw, PL

Anna Karnkowska, University of Warsaw, PL

Agata Starosta, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL



University of Warsaw Biological and Chemical Research Centre

Żwirki i Wigury 101

02-089 Warsaw










PAYMENT DEADLINE: 24 September 2021

REFUND DEADLINE: 4 October 2021



Day 1 – 21 October 2021

08:00-09:30 | Registration, poster installation & coffee

Session 1

09:30-10:00 | Welcome |Lena Steshenko, Leszek Kaczmarek & Organizers

10:00-10:25 | Martin Schwarzer | Microbiota and specific bacterial strains impact the host’s systemic postnatal growth

10:25-10:50 | Elin Org | Gut metagenome associations in a population-based Estonian Microbiome Cohort

10:50-11:15 | Short talks

11:15-11:30 | Coffee break

Session 2

11:30-11:55 | Rafał Mostowy | Bacterial genomics and HGT: from evolution to co-evolution

11:55-12:20 | Noam Stern-Ginossar | Remodeling Translation During Virus Infection

12:20-12:45 | Short talks

12:45-13:45 | Lunch break

Session 3

13:45-14:10 | Piotr Szwedziak | TBA

14:10-14:35 | Sebastian Glatt | TBA

14:35-15:00 | Short talks

15:00-15:15 | Coffee break

15:15-16:15 | Poster session

Session 4

16:15-16:55 | Bernd Pulverer | Scientific publishing and editing

16:55-17:10 | Coffee break

17:10-18:00 | Panel Discussion

Karen Shaw, Janusz Bujnicki, Paula Dobosz, Jennifer Gardy

18:00-19:00 | TBA |Social event



  • Ogun Adebali, Sabanci University, TR
  • Panagiotis Alexiou, Central European Institute of Technology, CZ
  • Janusz Bujnicki, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, PL
  • Christophe Dessimoz, University of Lausanne, CH
  • Paula Dobosz, MNM Diagnostics, PL
  • Jen Heemstra, Emory University, USA
  • Serap Erkek, Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center, TR
  • Jennifer Gardy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sebastian Glatt, Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, PL
  • Axel Innis, European Institute of Chemistry and Biology, FR
  • Leszek Kaczmarek, The Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, PL
  • Sonja Lorenz, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, DE
  • Marta Miączyńska, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, PL
  • Gemma Modinos, King’s College London, UK
  • Rafał Mostowy, Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology, Jagiellonian University, PL
  • Elin Org, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Bernd Pulverer, EMBO Press, DE
  • Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), ES
  • Karen Shaw
  • Independent Consultant: antibacterial and antifungal drug discovery and development at Hearts Consulting Group
  • Martin Schwarzer, Laboratory of Gnotobiology, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Noam Stern-Ginossar, Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
  • Piotr Szwedziak, The International Institute of Molecular Mechanisms and Machines, Polish Academy of Sciences, PL