NEW REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sars Symposium, June 10th

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, we are thrilled to invite you to attend the upcoming Sars Symposium 2022,  “Biological transitions: from molecules to evolution”, which we will host on June 10, 2022 at Vilvite, in Bergen, Norway.

We have a fantastic line-up of local, national and international speakers, including opening remarks from UiB Rector Margareth Hagen and EMBL General Director Edith Heard. The program can be found below and here:

For in-person attendance, we ask that you kindly register using the following form:

We look forward to your participation to a stimulating day of Science and networking.


Best regards,

The organizing committee

Marios Chatzigeorgiou, Timothy Lynagh, Lionel Christiaen


Practical details and line up:

Date: 10th June, 8:30 – 19:00

Place: VilVite Bergen Science Centre and Sars Centre, Thormøhlensgate 55, Bergen

NEW registration deadline: 20th May 2022 

Registration form:

Co-organizers: Marios Chatzigeorgiou, Timothy Lynagh, Lionel Christiaen


08:30              Coffee and registration


09:00 – 09:10    Prof. Lionel Christiaen, Sars Director 

Opening remarks

09:15 – 09:30    Rector Margareth Hagen, University of Bergen

09:35 – 09:50    Prof. Edith Heard, EMBL General Director

Morning session: Evolution and development

10:00 – 10:30     Prof. Kjetill Jakobsen, University of Oslo

10:35 – 11:05     Dr. Nicoletta Petridou, EMBL

11:05 – 11:25     Break

11:25 – 11:55     Dr. Maria Ina Arnone, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn

12:00 – 12:30    Dr. Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute

12:35 – 13:05    Prof. Simona Chera, University of Bergen

13:05 – 14:35    Lunch

Afternoon session: Neurobiology

14:35 – 15:05    Dr. Maria Sachkova, Sars Centre

15:10 – 15:40    Prof. Steve Wilson, University College London

15:45 – 16:05    Break

16:05 – 16:35    Prof. Eve Marder, Brandeis University

16:40 – 17:10    Prof. Gilles Laurent, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research


17:15 – 18:45

Dinner for speakers



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