ABOUT THE workshop

Pioneering studies using Drosophila melanogaster over the last five years have resulted in advances in our understanding of mitotic spindle formation, chromosome segregation and cytokinesis, DNA and spindle checkpoint maintenance, DNA repair, and stem cell renewal and specification. The aim of this workshop is to bring together outstanding scientists working in this exciting area in order to assess the state of the field, define possible future developments, strengthen collaborations and establish new ones.

The main objective of the EMBO Workshop, co-sponsored by the University of Exeter, UK, is to bring together scientists working across the world, who are actively engaged in research on the cell division cycle using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. This model organism combines more than 100 years of mutational studies with a particularly well annotated genome (and genomes of related species), the ability to undertake biochemical and proteomic studies, amenability for high-temporal and spatial microscopy approaches, and both cell culture-based and in vivo-based RNAi methodology. Together, these techniques have advanced our understanding of cell division in areas such as the mechanisms underlying chromosome segregation, DNA and spindle checkpoint mechanisms, the molecular basis of DNA repair, stem cell renewal and specification, and tumor formation. This workshop follows three previous EMBO workshops organized on similar lines, at approximately 6 year intervals, that have been highly successful both in assessing the state of the field and in providing a broad view of the type of research that is possible using Drosophila.


  • Cell Proliferation and Stem Cells
  • Chromosomes, DNA replication and repair
  • Mitosis and Cell Division
  • Centrosomes
  • Cell Cycle control and checkpoints
  • Meiosis

Attendance will be limited to 120 people





Dartington Hall,



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