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The 5th European Zebrafish Principal Investigators Meeting brings together principal investigators working at the forefront of zebrafish research.

The many plenary symposia of general interest and the specialised workshops provide unique opportunities for discussions, networking and creative thinking. Let’s grab this opportunity to highlight recent discoveries, provide perspectives to our community and establish strategic actions to advance science and promote funding.

EZPM 2018 is co-organized by the CIBIO-Centre for Integrative Biology of the University of Trento and the European Society for Fish Models in Biology and Medicine and is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Dolomites, providing an idyllic environment to combine mental stimulation and nature exploration.

The Meeting will take place in Trento (Italy), March 20 to 23, 2018.

Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO)

CIBIO, founded in 2007, is a cutting-edge and top-ranked academic biomedicine institute within the University of Trento, organised as a hybrid research centre/university department, taking the best from either model.

The Centre has recently grown to 32 Research Laboratories headed by international independent Principal Investigators, and it is at the top of rankings for quality of the research among National academic institutes in the area of Biological Sciences (ANVUR 2011-2014).

Research at CIBIO is focused on four major research programs:

  • cancer biology and genomics
  • cell and molecular biology
  • microbiology and synthetic biology
  • neurobiology and development

The PIs pursue their goals in the frame of a holistic view of basic biological processes and of their derangement in disease, trying to establish a double edge model to biomedical research, in which basic science co-exists with translational approaches.

CIBIO provides a high level of research services and Core Facilities, operated by highly skilled staff scientists, with all the state-of-the-art equipment and tools necessary in supporting Labs biomedical research projects to be carried out with the required level of technological sophistication.

European Society for Fish Models in Biology and Medicine (EuFishBioMed) - membership application

EuFishBioMed is a network devoted to fostering exchange of information, techniques, materials and expertise within and beyond the fish community. We are dedicated to promoting the further development of the technologies and versatilities of fish models in biomedical research and to make these accessible to other users, such as the medical, pharmaceutical and industrial communities.

Currently more than 360 Europe-based research groups are linked by this network. An overview, information on the specific expertise, and the contact details of each laboratory's PI (principal investigator) is offered via the coordinating institution (KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) upon request. For a list of benefits of being a member of EuFishbiomed visit: http://www.eufishbiomed.kit.edu/211.php 

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The meeting will be partly in downtown Trento (Faculty of Lettere, Via Tommaso Gar 14, 1st and last half days) and partly at Cibio (21-22 March). There will be transportation arranged from Trento to Cibio and back in those days.


  • Francesco Argenton
    University of Padova (Italy)
  • Simona Casarosa
    University of Trento (Italy)
  • Maria Caterina Mione
    University of Trento (Italy)
  • Uwe Strähle
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)



  • Isaac Bianco
    University College London (UK)
  • Patrick Blader
    Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)
  • Filippo Del Bene
    Institute Curie, Paris (France)
  • Eirini Trompouki
    Max Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Freiburg (Germany)

Important deadlines:

January 10, 2018: Early bird registration closes.

January 15, 2018: Abstract submission
15 February 2018: Abstract notification

February 15, 2018: Final registration deadline

Registration & Venues

Opening times registration:

12.30 - 18.0020 March at Department of Lettere
8.30 - 12.0021 - 22 March at Povo2

WiFi Access:

Free WiFI access will be available throughout the meeting. Login access key will be available at the registration desk.

Certificate of Attendance:

Certificate of Attendance will be requested at the Reception Desk and sent by mail after the Meeting.

>>> Registration is closed!


Dept. of Literature and Philosophy
via Tommaso Gar, 14 - 38122, Trento, IT

Lettere Floorplan

Povo2 - CIBIO (Centre for Integrative Biology)
via Sommarive, 9 - 38123, Trento, IT

Povo 2 Floor plan

Sponsors positions:

  1. Tecniplast
  2. Sparos
  3. Viewpoint
  4. Union Biometrica
  5. AquaSchwarz GmbH
  6. FujiFilm Visualsonics
  7. Mavig
  8. Zantiks
  9. Acquifer
  10. Intavis
  11. Noldus
  12. Tefor
  13. Thorlabs
  14. Femtonics
  15. CIBIO and Prodotti Gianni


Speaker information

  • possibly bring your presentation as a pdf file on a usb pen drive (we have limited AV help and no possibility to preview your slides at the meeting)
  • presentations should be no more that 10 minutes long (refer to instructions from your chair, if available)
  • load your presentation on the computer available in the room before the start of your session

Other information

A Research Topic on Perspective in Zebrafish Research has been launched by the scientific committee in the journal: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, to allow publication of the outcomes of the discussions at the workshops and plenary sessions of EZPM-2018.


Programme at a glance

(for full list of talks see Final Programme in the download box)

March 20, 2018

Dept. of Lettere (Auditorium)

12.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 14.30

Welcome Session

14.30 - 16.00

Plenary workshop 1 | DEVELOPMENT 

16.00 - 16.30

Coffee break 

16.30 - 18.00

IZFS Streisinger award and Keynote lecture

18.30 - 23.00

Social Event at MUSE

March 21, 2018

Povo 2 - CIBIO (Room B107)

9.00 - 10.30


10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30


12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 14.30

Technical highlights

14.30 - 15.00

EUFishBioMed General Assembly

15.00 - 16.30

Room A: B107
Concurrent workshop 1 | Morphogenesis

Room B: Garda
Concurrent workshop 2 | Metabolism

Room C: Ofek
Concurrent workshop 3 | Genomics

16.30 - 17.00Coffee break
17.00 - 18.30

Room A: B107
Concurrent workshop 4 | LR Asymmetry & Cilia

Room B: Garda
Concurrent workshop 5 | (Cardio) Vascular

Room C: Ofek
Concurrent workshop 6 | Germ Cells

March 22, 2018

Povo 2 - CIBIO (Room B107)

9.00 - 10.30

Plenary workshop| (NEURO) DISEASE MODELS

10.30 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 - 12.30

Plenary workshop 5 | IMAGING

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Room A: B107
Concurrent workshop 7 | Aging, DDR and Cancer

Room B: Garda
Concurrent workshop 8 | Hematopoiesis

Room C: Ofek
Concurrent workshop 9 | Neural Circuits

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 - 17.30

Room A: B107
Concurrent workshop 10 | Cancer

Room B: Garda
Concurrent workshop 11 | Immunity & Inflammation

Room C: Ofek
Concurrent workshop 12 | Stem Cells Plasticity

18.30 - 23.00

Cantine Rotari | Aperitivo & Dinner

March 23, 2018

Dept. of Lettere (Auditorium)

9.00 - 10.30



Coffee break

11.00 – 12.45

Plenary workshop 7 | REGENERATION 

12.45 – 13.30

Community session overview, future plans and closure 


Social events (PDF | 286 KB )

Workshops and chairs

The 5th EZPM promotes the participation of young PIs to the organization of this strategic meeting. The format of the meeting is centered around parallel workshops led by specialists in different fields, who are willing to stimulate the development of new ideas through coordination of presentations and productive discussion.

Participants will be asked to distribute themselves through 3 concurrent workshops as space in the rooms is limited.

DevelopmentPatrick Blader, Toulouse, France
(Epi)genome and transcriptional regulationNadine Vastenhouw, Dresden, Germany
Tech-shop: genetic engineering, screening and platformsChristina Mosimann, Zurig, Switzerland
MorphogenesisCaren Norden, Dresden, Germany
MetabolismPhilipp Gut, Lausanne, Switzerland
GenomicsFerenc Mueller, Birmingham, UK
LR ASYMMETRY & CILIASusana Lopes, Lisbon, Portugal
(Cardio)vascularMassimo Santoro, Padova, Italy
Germ CellsRoland Dosch, Goettingen, Germany
(Neuro)disease modelsBettina Schmid, Munich, Germany
ImagingAlbrecht Haase, Trento, Italy
Aging, DDR & CancerMarina Mione, Trento, Italy
HematopoiesisEirini Trompouki, Freiburg, Germany
Neural CircuitsFilippo del Bene, Paris, France & Isaac Bianco, London, UK
Cancer Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Leiden, The Netherlands
Immunity & InflammationBaubak Bajoghli, Tubingen, Germany
Stem Cell PlasticityCaghan Kizil, Dresden, Germany
RegenerationNadia Mercader, Berne, Switzerland


Workshop Summaries EZPM (PDF | 913 KB )

Travel Information

How to reach Trento:

By plane

The closest airports to Trento are:

  • Verona Catullo (90 km): this airport is the best option to reach Trento, having direct flight connections with some of the main European airports. Once in Verona, the "Verona Porta Nuova" railway station can be reached by taxi or by shuttle bus (Aerobus). Shuttle buses are generally available every 20 minutes (trip duration: about 15 minutes). For more information on the Aerobus shuttle please visit the airport website. From the "Verona Porta Nuova" railway station take the train to reach Trento. The travel by train from "Verona Porta Nuova" to Trento takes about 1 hour
  • Venezia Marco Polo (195 km): this airport is farther from Trento, but it offers a larger number of possible connections. Once landed in Venice, you can reach the "Venezia Mestre" railway station by taxi or by shuttle bus (Fly bus express service). Shuttle buses are generally available every 20 minutes (trip duration: about 17 minutes). For more information on the Fly bus please visit the ATVO website. From the "Venezia Mestre" railway station take the train to reach Trento. Please note that the travel by train from "Venezia Mestre" to Trento takes about 2.5 hours
  • Milano Malpensa (300 km): from this airport take the Malpensa Express train into Milano, Stazione Nord. Once there, take subway line 2 (green line) to reach the Milano Centrale Train Station. Then, from the Milano Centrale Train Station, to reach Trento take the train. Please note that the travel by train from Milano to Trento takes about 3 hours
  • Milano Linate (245 km): this airport is just 7 km from the Milano city centre and can be easily reached with various airport bus lines and with ATM lines 73 and X73 in about 25 minutes. Also the taxi can be considered. Please note that the travel by train from Milano to Trento takes about 3 hours
  • Bergamo Orio al Serio (185 km): this airport is a basis for many low-cost flights. The airport is easily reachable by bus from Bergamo, Milano and Brescia. To reach Trento by train, you may take the ATB service, which, in only 10 minutes, will bring you to Bergamo railway station

By train

There are two main lines that reach Trento:

  • the Brennero line (from Rome to Innsbruck through Verona)
  • the Valsugana line (from Venice to Trento)

If you reach Italy by plane and you land in Verona, there are frequent direct connections between the railway station "Verona Porta Nuova" to Trento. If instead you land in Venice or Milan, in most cases you have to change train in "Verona Porta Nuova".

Please consider that, even though there are some direct connections from the railway station "Venezia Mestre" to Trento, it is usually faster to take a train to Verona and then from Verona to Trento.

About train tickets: train tickets can be purchased on line or directly at the railway station (there are some ticket booths and some ticket vending machines available at the entrance of the station). If you buy the ticket at the railway station, it could be necessary to stamp it using the yellow machines available at the platform (binario) entrance before getting on the train. In buying your ticket you should specify the arrival station (Trento), the train you are planning to take. Indeed, "Intercity" trains, called "Frecce" (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca), are faster but require a supplement with respect to regionale train. You are also asked to specify the coach class: first (prima) or second (seconda) class. First class is more comfortable and about 60% more expensive.
Please note that there could be no trains during night, so be prepared to spend one night close to the airport in case your flight arrives later than the last train of the day.

For further information on train connections, timetable and tickets, please visit the Trenitalia website

By car or coach

  • If you are reaching Trento from the north, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO NORD and go towards the Trento city center
  • If you are reaching Trento from the south, exit the A22 motorway at TRENTO SUD and go towards the Trento city center
  • Please note that trip advisors may still suggest: TRENTO CENTRO as A22 motorway, but this is closed

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How to travel in the city (by bus or taxi)

Trento has an efficient urban travel system:

  • travel in Trento by bus: please refer to Trentino Trasporti website
  • travel in Trento by taxi: taxis can be easily found downtown or can be booked by phone by dialing the following number (+39)-0461-930002

About Trento

The city of Trento: the unique charm of a renaissance alpine city, where history is art.

Trento is a city rooted in art and history, where the Italian and Mitteleuropean cultures meet. Unique amongst the alpine cities, the City of the Council (1545 - 1563) still keeps its precious monuments as tokens of its rich artistic and historic heritage. Built in the elegant renaissance style, they have been enhanced by recent refurbishing works.

Special mention goes to the Castello del Buonconsiglio, the Castle for several centuries residence of the Prince-Bishops of Trento; the Duomo, the Cathedral of Trento dedicated to San Vigilio, its gorgeous piazza and fountain dedicated to Neptune, the frescoed houses and Council churches as well as the museums and exhibitions which make the city of Trento a true landmark of alpine arts, culture and traditions.

Castello del Buonconsiglio (Buonconsiglio Castle)

The Castello del Buonconsiglio is the largest and most important monumental complex of the Trentino Alto Adige region.

It was the residence of the Principi Vescovi (Prince-Bishops) of Trento from the 13th century to the end of the 18th century, and is composed of a series of buildings of different eras, enclosed by walls and positioned slightly higher than the city.

Duomo di Trento (Cathedral of Trento)

Trento’s Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Vigil and has ancient origins.

There are in fact records that indicate the first church was built on the burial ground of this saint, martyred in the fifth century. It was then enlarged, whilst its present appearance is owed to Bishop Federico Vanga, who entrusted the redesigning of the cathedral to Adam d’Argogno in 1212. The position of the church is the result of his plan.

The construction, continued over the centuries by d’Arogno’s descendants, underwent various changes with respect to the original project due both to the churches needs and the changes in construction techniques. The contrast between the Romanesque style and the height of the vaults recalling gothic cathedrals is extraordinary. Two climbing staircases built into the lateral walls lead up to the two bell towers, in the opposite direction to the altar.

Other attractions:

Trento offers visitors its richly historical and artistic heritage all year around. Visitors can admire its beauties while strolling around the city centre’s alleys, enjoying shopping or visiting the city’s museums:

Hotels and bed&breakfasts in Trento

Attendees to the Meeting EZPM 2018 may enjoy reduced hotel rates as a result of the special agreement between the University of Trento and the hotels.

The list of hotels and bed&breakfasts is available in the download box, on the right.

All participants are kindly invited to make their own reservation contact-ing directly one of the available hotels, specifying that they will take part to the Meeting EZPM 2018 and asking for the special rate reserved to the University of Trento.

A map of the main places of interest for EZPM 2018 attendees is available here


Bus Info

The meeting will be partly in downtown Trento (Dept. of Lettere, 1st and last half days) and parly at Povo2 - CIBIO (21-22 March).

Shuttle Bus Info

Free transportation between Trento city center and Povo 2 will be provided at the beginning and end of the sessions

>>> public transport (Trento-Povo with bus nr 5) timetable available in the download box, please remember to buy a ticket.

>>> find some interesting restaurants and wine bar in the download box



Bus no. 5 TRENTO - POVO (PDF | 230 KB )

Bus no. 5 POVO - TRENTO (PDF | 222 KB )


The Centre for Integrative Biology and EuFishBioMed welcome you as future Sponsor/Exhibitor of EZPM2018, the 5th European Zebrafish Principal Investigator Meeting, to be held in Trento (Italy), March 20-23, 2018.

The EZPM Meetings offer the unique opportunity to discuss scientific breakthroughs and technical innovations in zebrafish research in a vibrant and informal setting. 

Why participate:

  • Access to more than 100 international scientific group leaders
  • Opportunity to interact with young PIs setting up their laboratories
  • Possibility to present your newest products and services in technical presentations
  • Networking with Experts on their leading-edge research and technical needs
  • Opportunity to tailor your products/services to a growing scientific community 
  • Expand your visibility and gain access to potential new customers

Sponsorship opportunities:

In the Downloads box you will find the description of the available financial patronage opportunities. As you will see, many different possibilities are available, but we are also of course happy to discuss any specific requirement that you may have.

To apply, please send the Sponsorship Contract (you'll find it in the Downloads box) to simona.casarosa@unitn.it, preferably before December 20, 2017. Please note that, due to space limitations and organizational reasons, reservations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact:


We are looking forward to meeting you in Trento!


Scientific Coordination
CIBIO-Centre for Integrative Biology
University of Trento
Maria Caterina Mione

Organizing Secretariat
Communication and Events Service
University of Trento