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Annual Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease

11—13 December 2012

University of Leeds, UK

Venue information

The Biochemical Society Annual Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease will take place from 1113 December 2012 at:


The University of Leeds

Leeds, LS2 9JT

United Kingdom


Lectures will take place in the Conference Auditorium which is located at number 100 on the campus map. Breaks and poster sessions will take place in the Sports Hall which is located at number 101 on the map.


Registration will take place in:

The Sports Hall

Willow Terrace Road

University of Leeds

Leeds, LS2 9JT

United Kingdom

Venue map

Campus map


Location map

Travelling to the venue

The University campus is a pleasant 20 minute walk from Leeds city station. For more information and directions please see the University of Leeds website.


By train
Leeds station connects the University with all major UK cities and has a fast and efficient London service. For train information and timetables visit National Rail Enquiries.


By bike
The University has secure bike racks and showers. See the Leeds City Council Cycling map.


By bus
There are number of bus services in Leeds. Visit the West Yorkshire Metro website and First Leeds for timetables and general information.


There is also a city bus which stops at the bus and train stations and the southern end of campus (near the back of Leeds General Infirmary A&E) every 10 minutes from 6:30 - 19.30 Monday to Saturday.


Visit the National Express website for coach details.


By car
For satellite navigation please use the below address:

University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9JT


Leeds is linked to the M1 and M62.


Parking on campus is limited, but is available on campus on a first come, first served basis, and the charge is £5.00. Please go to the main entrance by the Parkinson Building.


For more information please see the University of Leeds website.


By air
Leeds is served by two major airports: Leeds Bradford and ­Manchester Regular flights are available from a huge number of European and International cities. Leeds Bradford airport is approximately 7 miles away from the University, so easily commutable by taxi.


Registration fees and forms

Earlybird registration deadline: 12 November 2012.

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the meeting please contact the Conference Office.


Please note, a £50 late fee has now been added to the registration fee.



Non residential registration fee (no accommodation)
Full/Early Career Member: £245
Non Member: £345
Student Member: £205


Registration includes lunches, refreshments and dinners for the duration of the Conference. This includes the Conference dinner on 12 December. Registration does not include accommodation.


Note: Full/Early Career Members and Student Members must be members of the Biochemical Society.
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Members of the New Zealand Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible to register at member rates. Please ensure you enter your membership number during registration. For details please see International Associate Membership.

Payment of fees

All payments must be made prior to the meeting. Please note that invoices for registration fees will not be issued.

Credit card/Debit card
(Preferred method of payment, and the only acceptable form of payment for online registration).

The following credit/debit cards will be accepted:
Mastercard, American Express and Visa.

If you wish to pay by cheque, bank draft or bank transfer please contact the Conference Office.

Confirmation email

At the final stage of the online registration process, all registered delegates will be directed to a confirmation page and receive a separate email to confirm registration details. This confirmation should be checked carefully to ensure that all requirements are correct. In particular, the spelling of names and affiliations should be checked, as this information will be used to create badges.

Confirmation emails also act as a receipt. Please bring a copy of the email with you to the meeting.

If you have not received a confirmation email two weeks before the meeting, please contact the Conference Office.

Registering at the meeting

Please bring your confirmation email to present at the registration desk at the meeting. Badges will be issued upon registering and, for security reasons, must be worn for the duration of the meeting.

Student bursaries

The maximum bursary available for a Focused Meeting or Annual Symposium is £200 in the UK and £300 overseas.


For an Independent Meeting sponsored by the Society the maximum bursary available is £100.

  • Students can apply for a Student Bursary if they are a member of the Society by the closing date for poster abstract submission for the particular event they wish to attend.
  • If you apply for a Student Bursary  to attend a meeting you must submit a poster abstract for presentation at the meeting.
  • Students may only apply for one Student Bursary in any year.

How to apply:
The online registration form for the meeting should be completed along with the Student Bursary Application Form.
Subject to approval, applicants will receive a bank transfer of the appropriate amount of funds after the meeting. Payment of funds will be initiated within 10 working days after the last day of the meeting. Please note that overseas payments might take longer to reach the recipient's account. 


The maximum amount for travel expenses that will be reimbursed will be at the level of the current Young Persons Railcard fare. If the application does not use up the full amount of the Bursary, the balance cannot be transferred to another meeting. Please note that you may apply for a bursary at the Registration Desk, or up to four weeks after the meeting.

Poster abstract submission

Abstract submission deadline EXTENDED: 16 October 2012

Abstract submission is now closed. If you would like to submit an abstract please contact the Conference Office.


Abstract submission guidelines
The maximum number of words allowed in your abstract is 230 words. This does not include the title, authors and affiliations.
The preferred method for submission is to type your abstract straight into the online submission form using the buttons on the form to add special characters or formatting. However it is also possible to paste text from a word-processed document as long as formatting and special characters are added via the buttons on the online submission form.

Please do not include tables, figures or references as these will be removed before your abstract is published.


Has my abstract been accepted?
After submitting your abstract you should receive a submission number which will identify your abstract. If you have not received a submission number, then please contact the Conference Office.

Approximately 2 weeks after the abstract submission deadline has passed, you will receive an email informing you whether your poster has been accepted or not and informing you of your poster number and session time.

All poster abstracts will be available to view online two weeks prior to the meeting.

Poster Board size: 1m wide x 2m high (portrait).

Velcro to mount your poster will be provided at the meeting.

Biochemical Society Poster Prize

A Biochemical Society Poster Prize of £200 will be awarded to the best poster presented at this meeting by a researcher in the early stages of their career (post-graduate or first post-doctoral position). 


The Biochemical Society Poster Prize was awarded to Peter Tessarz (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom) for his poster entitled "Methylation of histone H2A Q105 regulates FACT accessibility to chromatin".

Biochemical Society Transactions Oral Communication Prize

Biochemical Society Transactions oral communication prize of £200 will be awarded to the best oral communication presented at this meeting.


The Biochemical Society Transactions oral communication prize was won by Catherine Rose (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom) for her talk entitled "Investigating germ line epigenetic reprogramming in the rat".


Registration does NOT include accommodation. Lunches and refreshments are included in the registration fee, along with the conference dinner on the 12 December 2012. 


Suggest hotels in Leeds are:


Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre

To book please telephone +44 (0) 113 242 6200

Ibis Hotel Leeds Centre

To book please telephone +44 (0) 113 220 4100 
Please quote "Leeds University rate" to benefit from the rate of £47 per night.



The Biochemical Society cannot guarantee that the room rates advertised will be the most economical available, either direct from the hotel, or via late availability websites.



At the meeting
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees and will be included in the registration fee.

Dietary requirements

Should you have any special dietary requirements, please indicate this on the registration form. Alternatively, please inform the Conference Office as changes to the menu cannot be made at the meeting.

Public lecture

A free public lecture will be held during the Annual Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease. The lecture entitled "Epigenetics – creating new medicines from the missing link between nature and nurture" will be given by Nessa Carey (Pfizer, United Kingdom) and is open to anyone who would like to attend. 


The lecture will take place on Tuesday 11 December at 19:00-20:00 and will take place in the Conference Auditorium which is located at number 100 on the campus map.

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. If you require assistance during the meeting please contact the Conference Office.

Sponsors and trade exhibition

The following companies will be sponsoring the meeting:

Biochemical Society Transactions
Portland Press Limited

Active Motif

Tocris Bioscience

Volition RX 


Please feel free to view our sponsorship and trade exhibition opportunities at this meeting.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the meeting please contact the Conference Office.



Cancellations will be accepted in writing until 26 November 2012, and a refund (less £15 administration charge) will be issued.

After this date, neither full nor partial refunds can be given. Please note that refunds of less than £15 cannot be issued.

Official letters of invitation

Official letters of invitation, which are intended to assist with administrative arrangements in certain countries will only be issued when the individual has completed the following criteria:

1) Submitted an abstract which has been approved by the meeting scientific organizer for inclusion into the relevant meeting

2) Sent a letter from the head of their academic department on University headed paper saying why they need to attend the meeting in relation to their research

3) Registered and paid for the meeting
Such letters do not imply commitment of financial or other support by the organizers

Tweeting and Blogging

With increasing frequency, conference attendees at scientific conferences are using Twitter or blogs to share and highlight interesting information discussed at conferences, and also to network with each other. The Biochemical Society has created the following policy with regards to the use of networking sites at Biochemical Society conferences.


The Biochemical Society’s Twitter and blogging policy

Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events
Proceedings and abstracts of Harden Conferences and Hot Topic Events are unpublished, in order to promote the exchange of novel information and ideas.  Delegates are asked to respect the closed nature of the conferences, and not to report information discussed via Twitter, Facebook, blogs and similar social networks.

Focused Meetings, Workshops and Annual Symposia

The Biochemical Society encourages the discussion of its conferences via Twitter, Facebook and similar social networks.  In order to promote discussion and the exchange of information, delegates who wish to tweet are asked to use the Biochemical Society hashtag:




Speakers will be made aware of this policy, and have the right to ask delegates not to disseminate their research via the Internet. If a Speaker makes this request, delegates are asked not to discuss the relevant work in this way. Delegates are respectfully asked to refrain from communicating using mobile devices whilst lectures are in progress.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Annual Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease has been approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Biology.  Participants can claim 54 credits for attending. These points are valid if attendees are registered on the Society of Biology CPD scheme.  Approval signifies that the Society of Biology recognizes the Annual Symposium: Epigenetic mechanisms in development and disease event is of merit to the development needs of participants. Attendees can request a CPD certificate for this conference whilst completing the post event feedback questionnaire, which will be sent by email to all attendees shortly after the event.

Contact Us

If you require any further information, please contact:

The Conference Office
Biochemical Society
Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street
London WC1N 2JU



Telephone (Conference Office): +44 (0)207 685 2450
Telephone (Main reception): +44 (0)207 685 2400
Fax: +44 (0)207 685 2467



The information on this website is regularly updated. Although at the time of publication the information contained on this web site is believed to be correct, neither the Speakers, Organizers nor the Biochemical Society assume any responsibility for any errors or omissions herein contained.


Delegates who plan on attending meetings are advised to check the website has not been amended, and if in doubt, contact the Conference Office to confirm meeting start and finish dates before booking transport and accommodation.


In addition, delegates who have not received confirmation of their registration should contact the Conference Office to confirm their attendance before making arrangements to attend.