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Integrating genomics and biophysics to comprehend functional genetic variation

26 – 28 August 2016 | Istanbul, Turkey

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About the workshop

This EMBO Workshop has been rescheduled to 8 – 10 September 2017 and will be held in Turin, Italy. For full details and to register for the workshop, visit the new website at


New genome sequencing technologies are releasing a flood of sequence variants in which disease-causing mutations must be distinguished from neutral variants. This distinction is critical to identifying disease mechanisms and is at the core of precision medicine efforts: they may provide critical information on how a patient may progress or respond to therapy. While several approaches have been developed to predict such 'functional' mutations, biophysical approaches have been relatively scarce. Biophysical methods, which directly model the effect of a sequence variant, hold promise to predict functional mutations more accurately.


The main goal of this EMBO Workshop is to bring together computational experts in genomics and biophysics to discuss recent developments and landmark discoveries on the interpretation of genetic variants and biophysical modeling. We aim to foster a lively and thought-provoking dialogue between these communities in an interdisciplinary environment in order to exchange ideas and research tools. The session topics cover the state of the art in both fields as well as presentations on work aiming to bridge the two.


Specifically, this EMBO Workshop will highlight recent progress in large- scale genomics projects that have generated large catalogs of putative disease variants in the genome to foster discussion of how biophysical approaches can aid in their accurate and rapid functional interpretation. We will take special care in encouraging young/early stage scientists and junior faculty to participate by providing ample opportunities for them to present as invited speakers and poster presenters; fostering discussion during the sessions; and hosting the event within a campus setting.







Registration deadline


Abstract submission deadline


Selected participants will be notified by


Payment deadline



Student/EARLY STAGE postdocs






Registration includes:

  • Participation in the workshop
  • Breakfasts and coffee breaks for all three days of the workshop
  • Lunches for the first two days of the workshop
  • Meet the speaker dinner by the Bosphorus
  • Gala Dinner on Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Abstract book, meeting bag and materials
  • On-campus accommodation for three nights (August 25-27) is included in the registration fee

 Excluding travel to and from venue or extra nights of accommodation.

Selection Criteria

All participants are required to submit abstracts during registration.  Abstracts can be submitted online at the time of application. Organizers will select participants on the basis of their scientific interests and abstracts aiming to ensure relevance, quality and fair representation of genders. Priority will be given to EMBC member states as well as early stage/young investigators. Eight abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by email.

Abstract Guidelines

2000 characters maximum length, including spaces.

Poster Specifications

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the entire meeting. All posters will be displayed in one room next to the Auditorium. Participants may display ‘virtual’ posters (e.g. live demonstration of research on presenter’s laptop) during the poster sessions. Presenters are asked to be by their posters during the poster sessions. Wi-Fi will be available in the poster area at all times.


Posters will be 100 x 85 cm (height x width).


Paypal account details regarding the payment will be sent after acceptance to the workshop.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for 8 eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.




Sermin Karakale

Phone: +90 212 338 1166




venue map


Sevgi Gönül Auditorium
Koç University
Rumeli Feneri Koyu
Sarıyer, Istanbul 34450

Accommodation Details

All speakers and participants will stay at the same housing complex on Koç University campus, within walking distance to Workshop venue, the Sevgi Gönül Auditorium. The housing options include on campus Henry Ford Guesthouse, S or U buildings.  Most units are single-occupancy with a few double-occupancy units. Wireless internet access, cable-TV, phone line, mini fridge and air conditioning are available in each unit. Housing details (and photos) can be seen here.


Accommodation expenses for the nights of August 25-27, 2016 are included in Workshop registration.

Travel Details

There are two international Airports in Istanbul with direct flights to major cities in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Both are within easy access to campus with multiple travel options. The Atatürk International Airport is at the European side of Istanbul, close to the city center and is located 68 km from the meeting venue. Most international flights land there. The Sabiha Gökçen airport is slightly distant to the city center, and is located about 70 km from the meeting venue, at the Asian side of Istanbul. From both airports, there are airport taxis to campus. Alternatively, hourly shuttle services, buses and ample cabs are available from both airports to city center and to campus (details here).
We will provide a link to a flat fee car service with EMBO Workshop discount for all registrants.

About the Area

3D virtual tour of Koç University:
3D virtual tour of Istanbul:

Koc University is in Sarıyer area, with ample restaurants and attractions. There is a 10 min free shuttle to/from campus to Sarıyer centre.




Koc University