Max Planck Freiburg Epigenetics Meeting
With the establishment of the “Epigenetic Focus” at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in 2010, an international meeting on the broad area of epigenetics and chromatin was introduced at the institute. The three-day meeting takes place every second year in the 1st week of December.
The Max Planck Freiburg Epigenetics Meeting has established a tradition as one of the key events in chromatin and epigenetic research. It provides a highly interactive platform in a very familiar setting. The meeting is held every second year in early December. The talks are carefully selected by the organizers and given by more than 20 invited speakers plus speakers selected from abstracts. About 120 scientists participate in each meeting and explore all aspects of this emerging topic. Also, early-career scientists present about 60 posters fostering discussions on new data and novel ideas.
The program, organized by Asifa Akhtar and Thomas Jenuwein, also features a keynote lecture by a Max Planck Director from a different institute. Since its establishment in 2010, the Epigenetics Meeting is proud to host colleagues from five different institutes of the the Max Planck Society: Herbert Jäckle (MPI-BPC, 2010), Stefan Jentsch (MPIB, 2012), Hans Schöler (MPI Münster, 2014), Manfred Gahr (2016) and Anthony Hyman (MPI-CBG, 2018).
For more information on the upcoming meeting in 2022, please visit the Website of the Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting.
Asifa Akhtar, Ph.D.
Senior Group Leader, Director and MPG Vice President
Lab Asifa Akhtar
Asifa Akhtars laboratory primarily studies chromatin and epigenetic mechanisms, especially focusing on the regulation of the X chromosome by the phenomenon of dosage compensation in Drosophila melanogaster.
Senior Group Leader & Director
Lab Thomas Jenuwein
The laboratory headed by Thomas Jenuwein focuses on histone modifications and heterochromatin formation. The group investigates single molecule alterations as well as genome-wide signatures for heterochromatin.
Impressions from former Epigenetics Meetings 2012-2018
The 5th Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting 2018 in Freiburg provided an international platform for cutting-edge research in the field and gave renowned speakers as well as excellent junior researchers the opportunity to present the latest data and findings in over 40 lectures and poster presentations. Various panels on Non-coding DNA, Transcription Regulation, Genome Organization, Higher Order Structuring as wells as Inheritance and Cancer covered the latest advances in the field.
Freiburg is an exceptional environment for epigenetic research. At the 4th Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting near the Black Forest more than 30 international speakers talked about their latest findings and shared their insights with the Epigenetics and Chromatin community.
Some impressions of the Max Planck Freiburg Epigenetics Meeting at the MPI-IE in Freiburg. This is the third iteration in a series of biennial conferences took place from 3rd to 5th December 2015. International high-profile speakers presented presenting cutting-edge research in the field of epigenetics.
Find some impressions from the early days. The 2nd Max Planck Epigenetics Meeting took place in at the MPI-IE in Freiburg, 3rd-5th December 2012. High-profile speakers represented a broad range of the newest and outstanding topics in the field of chromatin and epigenetics.