Joint NUS-HU Workshop on Patterning and Timing in Development and Evolution

The workshop is free and open to all interested researchers.

Embryonic development represents a balancing act between robustness and evolvability. For individual organisms, developmental processes must be robust to environmental fluctuations and the influence of segregating mutations. But at the same time, development must be able to evolve if populations are to adapt. Understanding this interplay requires the integration of genetic and evolutionary approaches, a physical understanding of how the embryo develops, and modern methods for assessing developmental phenotypes (from developmental rate to embryonic shape to developmental gene expression profiles).

Recently, there has been increasing interest in the importance of temporal regulation during development. How such temporal regulation emerged and how it is controlled at a molecular level are still poorly understood. We aim to bring together a broad range of research interests – from evolution to timing to cell biology – to build potential collaborations to tackle this intriguing problem.

Dates: 26th-28th of February 2018
Where: IRI Life Sciences at Humboldt University, Berlin



Invited Speakers

The organizers are honored to welcome the following invited speakers to present at the Joint NUS-HU Workshop on Patterning and Timing in Development and Evolution. The workshop is free and open to all interested researchers.

National University of Singapore
Gregory Jedd Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory
Antonia Monteiro NUS
Nick Tolwinski Yale-NUS College
Hongyan Wang Duke-NUS
Yusuke Toyama Mechanobiology Institute, NUS (MBI)
Humboldt University, Berlin
Hans Peter Herzel  Institute for Theoretical Biology
Kerstin Kaufmann  Institute for Biology
Jan Philipp Junker  Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine
Leonie Ringrose  IRI Life Sciences
Robert Zinzen  Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine
Other Invited Speakers
Alexander Aulehla European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Bart Deplancke Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Mounia Lagha  Institut Génétique Molécuaire Montpellier
Christian Schlötterer  University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna


Registration in the Joint NUS-HU Workshop on Patterning and Timing in Development and Evolution is free and open to all interested researchers. To apply for a space please contact Timothy Saunders, Assistant Professor, Mechanobiology Institute. We must receive your registration request by 8th January, 2018.

There will be opportunities for attendees to present their work. If you wish to give a talk, please provide an abstract (<300 words) to Timothy Saunders by the above deadline.


Nearby Hotels

Hotel Berlin Mitte by Campanile, Invalidenstr. 98, 10115

Calma Berlin Mitte, Linienstr. 139-140, 10115

Generator, Oranienburger Strasse 65,  10117

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Mitte “Humboldthaus” Oranienburger Straße 67/68, 10117 Berlin


Timothy Saunders, Assistant Professor, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore

David Garfield, Independent Junior Group Leader, IRI Life Sciences, Department of Biology, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

The Joint NUS-HU Workshop on Patterning and Timing in Development and Evolution will be held on the campus of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.


The Bernhard von Langenbeck Room
Langenbeck-Virchow Haus
Luisenstrasse 58/59
Berlin, Germany

About IRI Life Sciences

Founded in 2013, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences (IRI Life Sciences) is a unique collaboration between three research institutions: the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU), the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max-Delbrück-Center (MDC) for Molecular Medicine.

The IRI Life Sciences is an initiative to pool resources and to pursue interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. Research at the IRI Life Sciences bridges theoretical and quantitative experimental approaches across multiple scales of biology, ranging from the molecular to the systems-biological level.

Learn more about IRI Life Sciences at Humboldt University

Supported by

Humboldt University and NUS are connected through several strong and long existing cooperations between researchers in various disciplines. Similarities between both universities in structure, size and research focus offer many opportunities for further research collaborations.

Both universities commit resources to take existing ties and cooperative projects to a next level as well as to encompass additional disciplinary areas and types of activity. Each university contributes 150,000 EUR per year to a budget that is dedicated to supporting activities within the partnership. Learn more

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