6 – 8th November 2024 | Brussels (Belgium)

EVOMET Conference

Deconstructing the Evolution of Metastasis

EVOMET Conference
Deconstructing the Evolution of Metastasis
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Welcome to the Evomet Conference: “Deconstructing the evolution of metastasis” which will take place from 6th to 8th November 2024 in Brussels (Belgium).

Evomet conference aims to bring together early-stage and expert researchers, EU policymakers and patient advocate groups to discuss the issue of metastasis and the research being conducted to unravel it.

This conference will provide a unique opportunity for international and multidisciplinary exchanges, networking and future collaborations.

Moreover, Evomet will give young scientists the chance to actively participate in the conference and to have enriching discussions with their peers and prestigious scientists from around the world. Participants will have the opportunity to present a poster and to be selected for an oral presentation during the conference.

Giving even more importance to young scientific promises, participants will be able to boost their next steps in their professional career by participating in the Workshop “Careers after PhD”. Several roundtables of discussion will be organized to connect early-stage researchers with experts in different scientific fields, from young or established PIs, pharmaceutical industry or policy makers. Due to the limited number of participants, a selection process will be carried out. The details of the Workshop will be communicated to participants via email, where they will have to choose which discussion tables they would like to join.

  • When?

    6th to 8th November 2024

  • Where?

    Brussels (Belgium)

Registrations open now!

Registration process:

  • Candidates interested in participating in the conference should apply by registering through the link below. The deadline for submitting applications is Tuesday, 23 July 2024 at noon CEST.
  • Applications will be evaluated based on scientific quality by the EVOMET conference selection committee.
  • Selected applicants will be notified via email and required to confirm their participation through the payment of a registration fee of 150EUR.

Agenda

Program

6 November

13:00 – 13:45

Registration

13:45 – 14:00

Welcome speech

14:00 – 15:30

14:00 – 14:30

Frederic de Sauvage

Department of Molecular Oncology, Genentech Inc., South
San Francisco, USA
Title: “Tumor cell plasticity in colon cancer initiation, metastasis and response to therapy”

14:30 – 14:45 Discussion

14:45 – 15:05

Colinda Scheele

VIB Center for Cancer Biology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Title: “Predicting tumor initiation, progression and response using (intravital) imaging”

15:05 – 15:15 Discussion

15:15 – 15:25

Short talk 1 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

15:25 – 15:30 Discussion
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 16:20

Cathrin Brisken

EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland / ICR, London, UK
Title: “The biology of metastasis of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer or how to deal with sleeping cells”

16:20 – 16:30 Discussion

16:30 – 16:40

Short talk 2 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

16:40 – 16:45 Discussion

16:45 – 17:05

Thomas Brabletz

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen,
Germany
Title: “EMT and cell plasticity in cancer – driving force and therapeutic target”

17:05 – 17:15 Discussion

17:15 – 17:30

Poster flash talks

17:30 – 19:30

Poster session 1 & drinks reception

7 November

08:30 – 09:10

Registration

09:10 – 16:00

09:10 – 09:15

Introduction

09:15 – 09:45

Leila Akkari

Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Title: “Unveiling the determinants of myeloid cell heterogeneity in cancer”

09:45 – 10:00 Discussion

10:00 – 10:20

Erik Sahai

The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Title: “Evolutionary links between metastasis and therapy resistance”

10:20 – 10:30 Discussion

10:30 – 10:40

Short talk 3 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

10:40 – 10:45 Discussion
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:35

Karin de Visser

Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands/
Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
Title: “Dissecting how breast tumors hijack myelopoiesis to promote metastasis”

11:35 – 11:45 Discussion

11:45 – 11:55

Short talk 4 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

11:55 – 12:00 Discussion

12:00 – 12:15

Poster flash talks

12:15 – 14:00 Lunch & poster session 2

14:00 – 14:20

Manuel Valiente

CNIO, Madrid, Spain
Title: “Strategies to challenge brain metastasis lethality and to improve quality of life in mice and human”

14:20 – 14:30 Discussion

14:30 – 14:40

Short talk 5 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

14:40 – 14:45 Discussion

14:45 – 15:05

Platinum sponsor talk

TBA
Title: TBA

15:05 – 15:15 Discussion

15:15 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:25

16:00 – 16:10

Introduction

16:10 – 16:30

Christine Desmedt

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Title: “Opportunities and challenges of rapid autopsies to advance metastatic cancer research”

16:30 – 16:40 Discussion

16:40 – 17:00

Jean-Christophe Marine

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Title: “Studying melanoma evolution one cell at the time”

17:00 – 17:10 Discussion

17:10 – 17:20

Short talk 6 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

17:20 – 17:25 Discussion

17:25 – 17:45

Closing of day 2

8 November

08:30 – 09:10

Registration

09:10 – 12:00

09:10 – 09:15

Introduction

09:15 – 09:45

Joan Massagué

Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA
Title: “Metastasis initiating cells and immune ecosystems”

09:45 – 10:00 Discussion

10:00 – 10:45

Tanja Spanic – Patient advocate session

Europadonna
Title: TBA

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:25

Gold sponsor talk

TBA
Title: TBA

11:25 – 11:45

Anwesha Dey

Department of Molecular Oncology, Genentech Inc., South
San Francisco, USA
Title: “Targeting the Hippo pathway in cancers”

10:20 – 10:30 Discussion

11:55 – 12:05

Short talk 7 [Student]

TBA
Title: TBA

12:05 – 12:10 Discussion

12:10 – 12:40

Poster prizes and closing remarks

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break – finger food [Workshop attendees]

13:30 – 15:30

Workshop – Careers after PhD [Students]

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee & Departure

Speakers

Keynote speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Leila Akkari

Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Leila Akkari Group

EMBO Young Investigator Lecture

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Joan Massagué

Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Frederic de Sauvage

Department of Molecular Oncology, Genentech Inc., South
San Francisco, USA

Speakers

SPEAKER

Anwesha Dey

Department of Molecular Oncology, Genentech Inc., South
San Francisco, USA
SPEAKER

Cathrin Brisken

EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland / ICR, London, UK
SPEAKER

Christine Desmedt

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
SPEAKER

Colinda Scheele

VIB Center for Cancer Biology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
SPEAKER

Erik Sahai

The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
SPEAKER

Jean-Christophe Marine

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
SPEAKER

Karin de Visser

Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands/
Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
SPEAKER

Manuel Valiente

Manuel Valiente – CNIO, Madrid, Spain
SPEAKER

Thomas Brabletz

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen,
Germany

Patient advocate

SPEAKER

Tanja Spanic

Europa Donna, Slovenia

“Careers after PhD” workshop

SPEAKER

Federico de Masi

Director of bioinformatics at ZS Associated, Denmark
SPEAKER

Felix Holstein

Medical manager at Novartis, Wien, Austria
SPEAKER

Frances Turrell

University of Manchester
SPEAKER

Soufiane Boumahdi

iTeos Therapeutics, Gosselies, Belgium
SPEAKER

Veronica Caraffini

Project Adviser at the European Research Council Executive Agency
SPEAKER

María García Fernández

Locum Chief Editor – Nature Communications

Travel

Venue

Auditoire Madeleine De Genst (W building)
Erasme campus, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Route de Lennik 808,
1070 Brussels

ULB Erasme

Hotel suggestions

  • Grasmarkt 100, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 100, 1000 BRUSSELS, Belgique

  • Motel One Bruselas, Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 120, 1000 Brussels, Belgique

  • Route De Lennik 790, Anderlecht, 1070 Brussels, Belgique

How to arrive

From City Center to venue (Hotel 1 and 2)

  • By metro: The Hotels are situated 25 minutes by metro from the venue (Take metro Line 5 at Gare Central – drop off at Erasme station).

    See how to arrive

    Check fees

  • By taxi: 30 minutes

From Airport to City Center

 Zaventem Airport

Charleroi Airport

From airport to venue

  • By metro: Go to city center and take Metro – Line 5 from Gare Central or Schuman, or take a taxi (information above)
  • By taxi

From train station (Gare du Midi) to venue

  • By metro: 25 min

    • Take Line 2 (Simonis) or 6 (Roi Baudouin) from Gare du Midi to Beekkant (4 stops)
    • Take Line 5 (Erasme) from Beekkant to Erasme (10 stops)

    Check fees

  • By taxi: 20-25 min

Sponsors/Organizers

Current sponsors

Organizers info