Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interfaces

Emphasis on molecular control of development in amniotes

6 – 9 May 2015 | Göttingen, Germany


About the workshop

It is a well known fact that the fertilized egg of all amniotes (reptiles, birds and mammals) establishes both the embryo and the embryo's "extraembryonic" supporting tissues, e.g. the amnion, yolk sac and chorio-allantoic placenta, but most current scientific effort is spent looking at either of the two categories separately. The goal of this EMBO Workshop is to underscore the importance of a holistic approach to early development, highlighting interactive relationships between embryonic and extraembryonic tissues and the roles these interactions play in ensuring proper development in utero and into post-birth.


List of topics:

  • Comparative strategies for amniote development, including marsupial mammals and the fossil record
  • Hox patterning genes that unite embryonic/extraembryonic components into a single holistic entity
  • Ploidy, imprinting, and epigenetics of extraembryonic and embryonic tissues; fetal-maternal conflict
  • The fetal-umbilical connection – at least half of all extraembryonic umbilical defects are associated with embryonic abnormalities, the developmental relationship between the umbilicus and embryo is obscure
  • Role of environment on extraembryonic tissues, leading in turn to embryonic defects and adult-onset disease
  • Inductive mechanisms of visceral endoderm on embryonic development
  • Amniote strategies for creating the germ line
  • The body axis
  • Imaging the post-implantation conceptus



Early bird registration

31 January 2015


31 March 2015 (Extended)

Abstract submission

31 March 2015 (Extended)

Travel grant application

28 February 2015

Notification of Acceptance

16 March 2015

Payment deadline

31 March 2015

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Early bird registration

31 January 2015


31 March 2015 (Extended)

Abstract submission

31 March 2015 (Extended)

Travel grant application

28 February 2015

Notification of Acceptance

16 March 2015

Payment deadline

31 March 2015


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Registration includes:

  • Catering (coffees, lunches, dinners)



Successful participants will receive an email with the payment link.


Abstract guideline

Main text maximum 300 words, containing a brief introduction to the problem, results and main conclusions.


Travel grants

EMBO will support travel grants from young scientists from countries in need of scientific support (EMBO Travel Grants' page). For non-restricted travel grants, funds are available from the DFG and the March of Dimes.


Travel grants, not to exceed 500€, will cover travel, but not the costs of obtaining a visa or the registration fees. The grants will be awarded at the Organizers' discretion, based on a brief letter (500 words maximum), which will include motivation for attending the Workshop and the estimated costs of travel to and from Göttingen. Please send your application to Karen Downs ( Deadline for submission of a travel grant application is 28 February 2015. Grants will be awarded in the form of reimbursement after the Workshop.


selection criteria

The Workshop is limited to 120 participants; those working in the field will have priority.


Poster prize

Two awards for the Best Poster will be announced at the end of the Workshop. Preference will be given to a young scientist.


Other notes

All poster presenters will have the opportunity to provide a 2-3 minute overview of their posters during a "Poster Preview" session.

In addition, we have reserved 13 places for Young Investigators to present their work during the platform sessions. These will be selected from the Abstracts by the Organizers.





Christoph Viebahn
University of Göttingen, Germany

+49 551 397001







Historical Library Building
The Historical Library Building is a Gründerzeit style building in the city of Göttingen and houses facilities for conferences and exhibitions (Paulinerkirche, the former Main Hall of the Georg-August-Universität). Access to the Historical Library Building is through the Kollegienhaus (college house, s. picture), which is located on ‘Papendiek’ street and was constructed as a baroque building between 1734 and 1737 from material of an old Dominican monastery. In front of the building is a bronze statue of the famous Göttingen professor Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.




All transport connections mentioned here, including those by car and coach, use Göttingen railway station as final destination because the station is easy to find (road sign-posted 'Bahnhof' or Description: and lies within easy walking distance (approx. 10 min.) of the conference venue (see the map below).


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By Train

Göttingen railway station is an InterCityExpress (ICE) stop on Germany's high-speed rail network with hourly connections to all major cities in Germany and beyond. For train times and fares (also to European destinations) check the website of the German Railway (Deutsche Bahn). Upon arrival exit the station on the side marked ‘Zentrum’.


By Plane

The most convenient airports for Göttingen are Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) and Hannover Airport (HAJ). Although it takes longer to travel from Frankfurt airport to Göttingen (approx. 2hr by rail) than from Hannover airport (approx. 1hr), air connections are often cheaper and more flexible via Frankfurt. For rail connections to and from these airports check the website German Railway (Deutsche Bahn).


By Coach

The Göttingen long-distance coach station is in front of the old 'Zoologisches Institut' next to Göttingen railway station. For coach times and fares check the website Fernbusguide.


By Car

Leave highway A7 (Hannover-Kassel) at the exit 72 'Göttingen-Nord' for national road no. B27 towards Göttingen. After 3.7 km turn right at traffic lights into Weender Straße towards Göttingen town centre (sign-posted ‘Zentrum’ or Description:; after a further 2.9 km turn right and after 500 m you will find Göttingen station (sign-postedDescription: on your right.
As there is only limited car parking near the conference venue you may want to leave your car at the hotel.



Göttingen offers various accommodation options for all kinds of requirements.

Accomodation booking through tourist information:


Individual places:


Low budget (<40 EUR for a single room)

Jugendherberge/Youth Hostel (German)

Jugendherberge/Youth Hostel (English)


Hotel Berliner Hof

Hotel Beckmann


Mid budget (>40 EUR for a single room)

Hotel Weender Hof

Hotel Beckmann

Hotel Novostar


Hotel Astoria


High budget (>70 EUR for a single room)

Hotel Gebhards

Eden Hotel

Best Western - Am Papenberg

Hotel Central