Ubiquitin, Autophagy & Disease
April 27 - April 30 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: February 5, 2021
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on April 22, 2021 are subject to late fees


Anne Bertolotti, MRC LMB, UK
Michael Rape, University of California, Berkeley
Nicolas Thomä, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


We are pleased to announce the eleventh Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Ubiquitin, Autophagy & Disease, which will address current work on the structure, regulation and function of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins in biology. The meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate interaction amongst groups active in diverse systems. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning EST on Tuesday, April 27, and ending late afternoon EST on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Day Time (EST Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: David Sabatini
Tuesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Ubiquitin and Disease
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 Drug Discovery
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 Ubiquitin-Dependent Signaling I
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 4 Ubiquitin-Dependent Signaling II
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Quality Control / Autophagy I
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6 Autophagy II
Friday 9:30 am- 12:30 pm 7 Structure I
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Wolberger
Friday 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm 8 Structure II
Virtual Icebreaker Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Discussion Zone
30-minutes following each oral session (open Zoom format)
*Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

Keynote Speakers:

David Sabatini, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT
Cynthia Wolberger, Johns Hopkins University

Discussion Leaders:

James Bradner, Novartis
Craig Crews, Yale University
Eric Fischer, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Jason Gestwicki, University of California, San Francisco
Wade Harper, Harvard Medical School
Sun Hur, Harvard Medical School
Claudio Joazeiro, Heidelberg University, Germany
David Komander, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Andreas Martin, University of California, Berkeley
Yifat Merbl, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Lori Passmore, MRC LMB, UK
Rushika Perera, University of California, San Francisco
Brenda Schulman, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany
Anne Simonsen, University of Oslo, Norway
Ingrid Wertz, Genentech

Several features of the 2021 meeting will emphasize and showcase the active participation of young scientists:
  • Many of the talks will be selected from abstracts submitted by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Lightning talks will highlight additional work presented in the poster sessions
  • Career guidance for trainees and meet-the-speaker sessions will be organized during the meeting

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, abstract submission, or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr.

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Catie Carr and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlubiq. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

Meeting sponsored in part by:

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on April 22, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Please be patient as your registration is processed during normal business hours ET. You will receive further information, including the Zoom authentication instructions, once your registration has been reviewed.

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~60 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format