International Congress on Transposable Elements

25-28 Apr 2020 Saint-Malo France


Conference Summary

Transposable (or mobile) genetic elements play a crucial role in the living world and are present in all domains of life. These jumping genes, originally thought to be a genetic curiosity, are now proving to be ubiquitous and immensely important. They have a profound influence on the structure and function of the genomes in all organisms they occupy.

Discovered by Barbara McClintock (Nobel Prize of Medicine in 1983), transposable elements are central to all biological processes, with considerable implications in medicine and agriculture. Transposon research covers a broad spectrum of organisms and a large variety of biological processes and methodologies.

The goal of ICTE 2020 is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for scientists from diverse fields such as biochemistry, structural biology, ecology, genomics, bioinformatics, plant biology, microbiology, neurobiology, aging research, or oncology. As previous editions of this congress, we hope that it will be a fertile ground to foster unconventional interactions and novel cross-disciplinary collaborations.

For our great pleasure, the 
EMBO will be associated to the organization of the 2020 edition.Again, this fourth ICTE meeting will bring together researchers from multiple countries around the world that are studying many aspects of mobile elements in any taxon.


Transposable Elements, Genome Evolution and Adaptation
Transposable Element Control and Epigenetics
Transposable Elements in Health and Disease
Transposition Mechanisms and Applications

Keynote Speakers 

Julius Brennecke    EMBO Keynote Lecture Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna, Austria.

Josefa Gonzalez     Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF) Barcelona, Spain.

Vera Gorbunova     University of Rochester, USA


Andrea Betancourt     Institute for Integrative Biology (IIB) University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

David Bikard      EMBO Young Investigator Program Lecture Pasteur Institute, France.

Maria Costa     I2BC, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Joan Curcio     Wadsworth Center, University at Albany, USA

Kazufumi Mochizuki     Institute of Human Genetics, Montpellier, France

Alysson Muotri     UC San Diego School of Medicine, USA

David Ray     Texas Tech University, USA

Keith Slotkin     Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, University of Missouri Columbia, USA

Jose Tubio     Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Malika Ainouche : UFR Sciences de la vie et de l'environnement, Rennes
Orsolya Barabas : EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Séverine Chambeyron : Institute of Human Genetics, Montpellier
Gael Cristofari : Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging of Nice (IRCAN), Nice
Sandra Duharcourt : Institut Jacques Monod, Paris
Clément Gilbert : Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes, Comportement, Ecologie (EGCE) Paris

Nicolas Gilbert : Institut de Médecine Régénératrice et Biothérapies (IRMB), Montpellier
Pascale Lesage : INSERM, Institut de Recherche Saint Louis (IRSL), Paris
Céline Loot : Institut Pasteur, Paris
Olivier Panaud : Laboratoire Genome et Developpement des Plantes, Perpignan
Chantal Vaury : GReD, Clermont-Ferrand
Cristina Vieira-Heddi : UMR CNRS, LBBE, Lyon

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