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Past Events > EMBO Conference - Helicases and Nucleic Acid-Based Machines - Sponsored by Harden Conferences

EMBO Conference - Helicases and nucleic acid-based machines: Structure, mechanism and regulation and roles in human disease: Sponsored by Harden Conferences

23—28 July 2017

Kloster Banz Conference Centre, nr Bamberg, Germany

Earlybird registration deadline: Friday 21 April 2017

Registration now open

Abstract submission is now closed




Helicases and nucleic-acid based machines are involved in all aspects of nucleic acid metabolism. Their malfunction is frequently associated with human disease.


In the past, research on helicases mainly focused on the mechanism of individual enzymes. Recent developments such as the identification of target sites and interaction partners on a genome-wide level, and advances in structural biology and single molecule imaging in vitro and in vivo with increasing resolution, now increasingly allow to understand the regulation of helicase function within large complexes and regulatory networks in their natural environment.


Since 1999 this biannual meeting has developed our understanding of helicases and nucleic acid-based machines. This year’s meeting puts a strong focus on new emerging topics, including recent technological developments, new genome wide screening approaches, molecular interactions and single molecule techniques.


We invite young and established researchers from these emerging fields to network and exchange ideas and stimulate discussion in this residential meeting within the beautiful surrounds of former Benedictine monastery, Kloster Banz.

Oral communication slots are available at this meeting. 

All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration as an oral communication.


Unique to the Biochemical Society, Harden Conferences are residential research conferences covering a specialist topic.


The conferences bring together scientists from various backgrounds with a common interest in - but varying approaches to - the topic of the conference.


To maintain a suitably high level of discussion and presentation at the conference, it is desirable that participants be experienced in the field covered; most of the participants will be expected to have postdoctoral or equivalent experience, although Ph.D. students will also be welcome.


The planned scientific sessions feature speakers invited by the Organizers and, in addition, time is left for extensive discussion and for short contributions, including posters, by other conference participants.


All participants must be resident for the duration of the conference. Scientists wishing to participate are asked to apply online.


Bursaries and free places


A limited number of bursaries to cover the cost of registration are available to assist younger members of the Biochemical Society to attend the conferences.


Preference will be given to senior graduate students (or those who gained their Ph.D. in the last 5 years) and restricted to members of the Biochemical Society.


Applications for these places should be sent to the Biochemical Society from the applicant's supervisor and should be accompanied by an independent reference.


*Please note: you MUST still register through the normal registration path in order to be eligible for the bursary. If your application is successful, your travel will be reimbursed*


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