Please send all questions about the Symposium to

    Organizer – Contact

    Prof. Dr. Isabelle Mansuy, University/ETH Zurich



    The symposium has afternoon sessions with presentations by invited speakers and short talks. It also proposes an independent workshop “Meet the Experts: Questions and Answers” with 3 speakers (limited to 25 people, separate registration).


    Day 1: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

    14:00-14:10 (CET) Welcome and introduction by Isabelle Mansuy

    Session 1: Environmental epigenetics

    14:10-14:50 (CET) Cecilie Svanes, University of Bergen, Norway

    Epidemiological studies of exposures during the pre-puberty period and future offspring health.

    14:50-15:30 (CET) Adam Watkins, University of Nottingham, UK

    Paternal programming of offspring development and ill-health.

    15:30-16:10 (CET) Jordana Bell, Kings College London, UK

    Genetic impacts on human methylome variation

    16:10-16:30 (CET) Break

    16:30-17:10 (CET) Emilie Rissman, North Carolina State University, USA

    Transgenerational actions of BPA on behavior and synapses.

    17:10-17:50 (CET) Michael Skinner, Washington State University, USA

    Environmentally-induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of pathology: Systems epigenetic disease etiology and generational toxicology.


    Day 2: Thursday, August 26th, 2021

    Session 2: The power of single cell approaches

    14:00-14:40 (CET) Fuchou Tang, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, Peking University, China

    Decoding the epigenetic regulation of human germline cell development by single cell genomics approaches.

    14:40-15:20 (CET) Gavin Kelsey, The Babraham Institute, UK

    Intergenerational impact of maternal high-fat diet – A single-cell analysis.

    15:20-15:30 (CET) A piece of art by Sandrine Donnio Renaud

    15:30-15:45 (CET) Break

    15:45-16:25 (CET) Wolf Reik, The Babraham Institute, UK

    Single cell multi-omics landscape of development and ageing.

    16:25-16:40 (CET) Kai Kleber, Dovetails Genomics, UK

    HiChIP and promoter capture Hi-C: Using MNase-based kits to investigate transcriptional control.


    17:00-18:30 (CET) Workshop Meet the experts (25 people maximum, registration needed)
    Noora Kotaja, Gavin Kelsey and Michael Skinner.

    Moderator: Rodrigo Arzate-Meija, Laboratory of Neuroepigenetics, University and ETH Zurich



    Day 3: Friday, August 27th, 2021

    Session 3: Mechanisms

    14:00-14:40 (CET) Noora Kotaja , University of Turku, Finland

    Germline RNAs in the control of male fertility and epigenetic inheritance of diet-induced metabolic conditions.

    14:40-15:20 (CET) Anita Öst, Linköping University, Sweden

    Small RNAs transmit big epigenetic message: Intergenerational reprogramming of metabolism

    15:20-15:30 (CET) Break

    15:30-15:45 (CET) Bermans Iskandar, University of Wisconsin, USA

    Transgenerational disruption of DNA methylation marks by ancestral folate supplementation is associated with enhanced axonal regeneration.

    15:45-16:00 (CET) Anara Alshanbayeva, University and ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Circulating extracellular vesicles are vectors of communication with the germline that play a role in epigenetic inheritance

    16:00-16:40 (CET) Brett Nixon, University of Newcastle, Australia

    The role of the epididymis in linking paternal exposures to alteration of the sperm epigenome (Talk recorded).