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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