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The course will comprise 16 lecturers (all serving also as tutors and discussion leaders) and 70 students (junior scientists: advanced Ph.D. students and young post-docs) which daily interact with each other in different organized activities, specified below. Since both students and lecturers stay at the Spetses hotel they will have excellent opportunities for informal discussions and conversations at breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks and at the beach.

Keynote Lecture

The IUBMB keynote lecture will be given by Kathryn  Moore (New York University, US) about the role of noncoding RNAs in metabolic diseases. 


All lecturers will divide their talk into two parts: a more general part introducing the topic and technology, a more specific part focusing on the most recent research. The total presentation time shall not exceed 30 min, leaving up to 15 min for discussions. Questions from the students will be actively encouraged by the session chairs (each day two different lecturers), thereby avoiding that lecturers would dominate discussions. Prior to the course, student groups will be assigned to each lecturer with the task to prepare questions. Lecturer-student groups will individually continue to discuss specific topics related to the lecture.


Students will choose 2 out of 7 science topics, which will be intensely discussed during one afternoon session. Each student will be asked to prepare at least two questions for the workshops.

Tentative workshop topics:

  1. Epigenetics vs. epigenomics: what we really talk about
  2. Epigenomic technology: next generation sequencing and analysis
  3. Enhancer function and dysfunction in disease
  4. Cancer epigenomics (breast, prostate) and steroid receptors   
  5. Metabolic-sensing nuclear receptors and disease epigenomics
  6. Epigenome alterations and nuclear receptors in innate immunity
  7. How endocrine disrupters affect our development and disease


Each participant will introduce her/his research at the opening session at day 1 (1 minute, 1 slide).

Selected Short Talks

18 students will be selected (based on abstract quality) for short talks (6 min presentation + 4 min discussion) in two sessions. Two ‘best short talk awards’ will be selected by all participants and granted immediately after the short talk session.

Poster sessions

Session 1: 9 Groups of 7-8 students and 2 lecturers will be assembled; each student will present the poster to the group followed by discussions (total 10 min each). Session 2 and 3: odd and even numbered posters, respectively, will be presented by the students. All posters will be viewed during three consecutive days to allow individual discussions. Two “Best Poster Awards” will be selected by poster commitee and granted at the last meeting day.


Each lecturer will discuss the specific lecture topic with interested students during lunch. Students will be invited for one tutorial dinner with focus on discussing science and career development with the lecturers. 6 groups of 10-11 students and 2-3 lecturers.

Round table discussion

At the last day, we will discuss the topics: How to use social media in science, How to publish in leading journals, How to choose a postdoc position. The discussions will be moderated by Ines Pineda Torra and Jason Carroll.

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