Celebrating the Life and Science of Sydney Brenner
March 23 - 26, 2022
Registration Open thru March 11, 2022
Poster Abstract Deadline:  February 25, 2022


Phillip Goelet, Red Abbey, LLC
Barbara Meyer, HHMI/University of California Berkeley
Jonathan Hodgkin, University of Oxford, UK
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Daniel Rokhsar, University of California, Berkeley


COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to provide documentary proof of full vaccination AND first booster (when eligible) with an FDA or EMA approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and federal guidelines applicable in spring 2022. For more information, see COVID-19 Policies and Protocols.

                 We are pleased to announce we will be hosting this meeting safely in-person,        


This special Commemorative Symposium will celebrate the life of the late irreplaceable and irrepressible Sydney Brenner (January 13, 1927 - April 5, 2019). Originally scheduled for April 2020, it will now take place at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, starting at 7 pm on Wednesday March 23, 2022 and concluding at lunchtime on Saturday March 26. We hope everyone originally planning to come can still attend.

Abstract submissions for poster presentations are welcome.  You must be registered in order to present a poster; the deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation is February 25, 2022.  Once registered you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for abstract submission. If you wish to present a poster, please plan on a maximum size of 4ft x 4ft (1.22m x 1.22m). Click the Information tab above for details on presenting posters at CSHL meetings.

Sydney made countless indelible marks on the development of modern biology. From his long and fruitful collaboration with Francis Crick to crack the genetic code (among so much more), to his co-discovery of messenger RNA; and from his cultivation of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans into a widely-used model system, which resulted in his shared 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, to his foundational efforts in establishing the Human Genome Organization (HUGO). We are privileged to host this celebratory meeting in his honor and hope you will join us.

Sessions will cover:

"A lifetime of discovery (biographical overview)"
"Everything fell into place and my future scientific life was decided then and there"
"Sydney let out a yelp … he had seen the answer"
"I would like to tame a small metazoan organism to study development directly (C. elegans I)"
"Nature's gift to Science (C elegans II)"
"Behaviour if the result of a complex ill-understood set of computations performed by nervous systems"

"Personal reminiscences (by invitation)"

Session Chairs:
Tom Blumenthal, University of Colorado
Phillip Goelet, Red Abbey, LLC
Jonathan Hodgkin, University of Oxford, UK
Barbara Meyer, HHMI / University of California, Berkeley
Thoru Pederson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Keith Peters, University of Cambridge, UK
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Gerald Rubin, HHMI / Janelia Farm Research Campus
Terry Sejnowski, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Byrappa Venkatesh, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore
Anne Villeneuve, Stanford University

Invited Speakers:
Caroline Albertin, Marine Biological Laboratory
Bruce Alberts, University of California, San Francisco
Donna Albertson, University of California, San Francisco
Samuel Aparicio, BC Cancer Research Centre, Canada
Cori Bargmann, Rockefeller University
Robert Baughman, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan
Arantza Barrios, University College, London, UK
Roger Brent, Fred Hutch
Martin Chalfie, Columbia University
Matthew Cobb, University of Manchester, UK
Antonio Coutinho, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Portugal
James Darnell, The Rockefeller University
Richard Durbin, University of Cambridge & Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Sam Eletr, Rhythm Diagnostic Systems
Scott Emmons, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Balazs Gulyas, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Michael Hayden, University of British Columbia, Canada
David Hirsh, Columbia University
Oliver Hobert, Columbia University
Jonathan Hodgkin, University of Oxford, Keble College, UK
Tim Hunt, Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology, Japan
Sophie Jarriault, IGBMC - CERBM, France
Jonathan Karn, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cynthia Kenyon, Calico Life Sciences
Judith Kimble, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Conrad Lichtenstein, Nemesis Bioscience, Ltd, UK
Seng Gee Lim, National University Hospital, Singapore
Susan Mango, University of Basel, Switzerland
Steven Martin, University of California, Berkeley
Matthew Meselson, Harvard University
Barbara Meyer, HHMI/University of California, Berkeley
Ikue Mori, Nagoya University, Japan
Carina Farah Mugal, Uppsala University, Sweden
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Michele Ramsay, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Daniela Rhodes, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Daniel Rokhsar, University of California, Berkeley
Gary Ruvkun, Massachusetts General Hospital
Ahna Skop, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Antony Stretton, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Byrappa Venkatesh, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore
Robert Waterston, University of Washington
John White, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gene Yeo, University of California, San Diego
Semir Zeki, University College London, UK

Financial Support for this Commemorative Symposium is kindly provided by: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New England Biolabs, and an anonymous donor.

UK Genetics Society has generously offered to match UK Gen Soc members 50% of the registration, room and board charges for attending this event. Please submit proof of membership via email to Val Pakaluk when registering. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlbrennersymp. 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.

Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,310 (Subject to availability.)
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,235
Academic Shared Room Package: $1,130
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $860
Student Package*: $1,045
Student No-Housing Package: $775
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,625
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,250

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Val Pakaluk.

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Additional members of individual laboratories (4th or more lab member) - PI must supply list of lab members via email to 
Val Pakaluk
2. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
3. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
4. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
5. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
6. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 5 & 6 above, please provide a justification via email to 
Val Pakaluk

Virtual Fees

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on March 17, 2022)

Late Academic Virtual Package: $355
Late Student Virtual Package: $250
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $475