Autumn meeting 2024

RBSCDB Autumn meeting on Glia

The two-day Autumn RBSCDB meeting will focus on glial cells with sessions dedicated to astrocytes, microglia, myelinating glia, and enteric glia.

    Date: November 12 & 13, 2024

      Location: EMbuild Limburg, Wetenschapspark 33, Diepenbeek, Belgium

      • For further information on accessibility of the building, follow instructions below

      Organizing committee: Werend Boesmans, Bert Brône, Lies De Groef, Laura Bolkaerts, Nathalie Dirkx, Lisa Koole, Koen Kuipers, and Femke Mussen



      Available as pdf here.


      Confirmed speakers

      • Lut Arckens (KU Leuven) - The role of astrocytes in neuroplasticity
      • Ludo van den Bosch (KU Leuven) - iPSC derived models to study neurodegenerative diseases
      • Rosa Chiara Paolicelli (University of Lausanne) - Microglia in the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration
      • Andrea Volterra (University of Lausanne) - Roles of astrocytes in hippocampal memory and cognitive impairment
      • Lukas Sommer (University of Zürich) - Peripheral glial cells: key players in skin wound healing and skin cancer formation
      • Anne Roumier (Sorbonne University) - Regulation of microglia by Serotonin: impact on neurodevelopment and behavior
      • Ashwin Woodhoo (University of Santiago de Compostela) - Neddylation: A global orchestrator of the Schwann cell myelination molecular network
      • Vassilis Pachnis (Francis Crick Institute, London) - Enteric glia: insights into neurogenesis and immunity



      GOLD sponsors: ZEISS – Sarstedt – Sanbio

      SILVER sponsors: Avantor by VWR – Gentaur - BioSPX

      BRONZE sponsors: Eppendorf



      Short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts and prizes will be awarded to the best posters.


      Abstract submission deadline: October 11, 2024
      Registration deadline: October 11, 2024


      The meeting takes place at EMbuild Limburg, Wetenschapspark 33, Diepenbeek, Belgium.

      By car:

      Coming from Hasselt or Genk, take the N702 (Universiteitslaan), following directions towards Hasselt University - Campus Diepenbeek. Take a turn towards Campuslaan and take the first exit on the roundabout towards Agoralaan. Follow Agoralaan and turn right at the first road on the right.Follow the road and turn right again on the first exit towards Embuild. There is a parking lot in front of the building.

      If parking is full, you can park at the parking lot of Hasselt University (turn left instead of right on the first exit of Agoralaan) and walk for approximately 8-15 minutes towards Embuild.


      Public transportation

      From Hasselt, take one of these buses to the bus stop Agoralaan, Diepenbeek.

      • 45 Hasselt - Maastricht
      • 44 Hasselt - Maasmechelen (Village)
      • 20a Hasselt - Maastricht (via universiteit)
      • 20b Hasselt - Lanaken (via universiteit)
      • 36a Hasselt - Genk

      From Genk, take one of these buses to the bus stop Agoralaan, Diepenbeek.

      • 45 Maastricht - Hasselt station
      • 44 Maasmechelen (Village) - Hasselt station
      • 36a Genk - Hasselt station

      Bus times & tickets:

      From this bus stop, follow Agoralaan and take the first turn right. You should pass BIOMED on the right hand side and follow the road until you reach Embuild on the right side.