We are genuinely happy to announce that the long-postponed 5th European Meeting on Planarian Biology is going to take place from October 2nd to 4th, 2022, at Hotel Eden Roc in Sant Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia. Though the coronavirus pandemic is not quite over yet, the case numbers and the current pace of vaccinations indicate that safe and unimpeded travel should once again be possible in October.

So, what better way to celebrate the return of normal life in a beautiful place on the shores of the Mediterranean and together with long-missed colleagues and collaborators? Now more than ever, the goal of the meeting is to bring together the European planarian research community to discuss recent advances in flatworm biology, to exchange tips and tricks and to strengthen the links and collaborations between all labs. Talks by postdocs and graduate students will be an integral part of the program (see below), as well as plenty of time for discussion, poster sessions, round-table sessions and simply time for socializing by the sea.


     We hope to see you all there!!!



“Book of Abstracts”
can now be
as a PDF (4.9MB);
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to get it!



  • In this meeting there will be no specific obligations due to CoViD, but there will be preventive measures. Everyone who has symptoms compatible with covid must wear a mask and, if possible, have an antigen test done. We will have so tests and masks avaliable. Thank you so much for your understanding and collaboration on this regard.
  • In the sessions “‘Explain your poster’”, everyone presenting a poster will have the opportunity to explain her/his poster in 1 minute/1 slide.



Conference Program

SUNDAY, October 2nd

13:00 – 15:30  Registration at Hotel Eden Roc
16:00 – 17:00  Welcome and Opening Session
Keynote Invited Talk
by Mansi Srivastava
Harvard University, MA, USA
Mechanisms of regeneration and their evolution
17:00 – 18:40  Session I – Regeneration and Stem Cells
Chair: Francesc Cebrià
17:00 – 17:25  Eugene Berezikov
University Medical Center Groningen
Analysis of cell hierarchies in the regenerative flatworm Macrostomum lignano using single-cell transcriptomics and stem cell-specific transgenic lines
17:25 – 17:50  Cristina González-Estévez
Universitat de Barcelona
How to rejuvenate stem cells: the role of autophagy during starvation in regenerative processes
17:50 – 18:15  Simon Kershenbaum
University of Oxford
Gene conversion may limit the impact of long-term asexuality in planarians
18:15 – 18:40  Jordi Solana
Oxford Brookes University
Stem cells and regeneration in annelids: the single cell atlas of Pristina leidyi reveals insights into annelid cell types and their differentiation trajectories
18:40 – 19:00  “Explain your Poster” Session I (odd numbers)
19:15 – 20:00  Welcome Cocktail
20:00 – 21:00  Dinner (buffet)
21:00 – 23:00  Poster session I

MONDAY, October 3rd

09:00 – 09:45  Keynote Invited Talk
by Carrie Adler
Cornell University, NY, USA
Inhibition of ATM kinase rescues planarian regeneration after lethal radiation
09:45 – 10.40  Session II – Regulation of Tissue Dynamics
Chair: Cristina González-Estévez
09:45 – 10:10  Uri Weill
Max Planck Institute of Multidisciplinary Sciences
Planarian chimeras as a system to experimentally study the consequences of genetic heterogeneity
10:10 – 10:25  Bret Pearson
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
Cell clearance by intestinal phagocytes in the freshwater planarian
10:25 – 10:40  Daniel Moreno
Universitat de Barcelona
Appearance of senescent cells during planarian regeneration
10:40 – 11:15  Coffee Break
11:15 – 13:00  Session III – Regeneration and Signalling
Chair: Teresa Adell
11:15 – 11:40  Karen Smeets
Hasselt University
Redox signals: positional cues during regeneration? A spatiotemporal characterisation of redox molecules in Schmidtea mediterranea
11:40 – 12:05  Daniel Font
Universitat de Barcelona
Inhibition of the Hippo pathway in planarians impairs proper tissue renewal through defects in cell cycle, cell polarity and transcriptional deregulation
12:05 – 12:30  Martijn Heleven
Hasselt University
Monoaminergic neural signaling: the role of riboflavin in planarian sensing
12:30 – 12:45  Azurra Codino
Italian Institute of Technology
Pharmacological activation of Notch signalling pathway impairs head regeneration and locomotion in the asexual Schmidtea mediterranea
12:45 – 13:00  Pablo Coronel
Universitat de Barcelona
Genomic analyses reveal FoxG as an upstream regulator of wnt1 required for posterior identity specification in planarians
13:00 – 14:30  Lunch
14:30 – 16:35  Session IV – Lineage Specification
Chair: Jordi Solana
14:30 – 14:55  Jason Pellettieri
Keene State College
Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay controls cell fate specification in S. mediterranea
14:55 – 15:20  Yarden Yesharim
Tel Aviv University
m6A is required for resolving progenitor identity during planarian stem cell differentiation
15:20 – 15:45  M. Dolores Molina
Universitat de Barcelona
Smed-cbp-2 and Smed-cbp-3 genes have functionally diverged to regulate planarian survival and stem cell differentiation
15:45 – 16:10  Sophie Peron
Oxford Brookes University
Molecular regulation of pluripotent stem cells in a highly regenerative planarian
16:10 – 16:35  Elena Emili
Oxford Brookes University
Organization and development of neuronal cell types in the model Schmidtea mediterranea: a single-cell transcriptomics study
16:35 – 17:00  Coffee break
17:00 – 18:15  Session V – Omics
Chair: Omri Wurtzel
17:00 – 17:25  Jakke Neiro
University of Oxford
Identification of putative enhancer-like elements predicts regulatory networks active in planarian adult stem cells
17:25 – 17:50  Jochen Rink
Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
The new chromosome-scale S. mediterranea reference genome assembly and annotations—an update.
17:50 – 18:05  Vinay K. Dubey
Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem)
Smed-ets-1 regulates epidermal lineage landscape in a cell non-autonomous fashion via basement membrane remodelling.
18:05 – 18:30  Omri Wurtzel / Josep F. Abril / Jordi Solana
Tel Aviv University / University of Barcelona / Oxford Brookes University
Single cell repositories
18:15 – 18:30  “Explain your Poster” Session II (even numbers)
20:00 – 21:00  Dinner (buffet)
21:00 – 23:00  Poster Session II

TUESDAY, October 4th

09:00 – 10:00  Session VI – Microbiome and Immune Defence
Chair: Karen Smeets
09:00 – 09:25  Karolien Bijnens
Centre for Environmental Sciences at Hasselt University
More than a gut feeling? The composition, diversity and variability of the planarian microbiome
09:25 – 09:50  Claus-D. Kuhn
University of Bayreuth
The role of piRNAs in planarian stem cells and their potential role in immune defense
09:50 – 10:15  Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:20  Session VII – Evolution and Phylogeny
Chair: Klaus Kuhn
10:15 – 10:40  Miquel Vila Farré
Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
Why some animals regenerate while others cannot: evolution of regeneration in planarians
10:40 – 11:05  Marta Riutort
Universitat de Barcelona
Phylotranscriptomics uncovers a complex evolutionary history for the planarian genus Dugesia (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida) in the Western Mediterranean
11:05 – 11:20  Martin Sacha
First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
Department of Planaria, At Home
11:20 – 12:30  Where do we go & what to improve as a community?
12:30 – 12:40  Closing Remarks and Farewell
13:00 – 14:00  Lunch

All attendees to #EMPB2022 gathering on a roc in front of the Hotel Eden Roc.

Junior Scientist Communication Awards

  • Best Junior Scientist Talk:
    Yarden Yesharim [Tel Aviv University]
    “m6A is required for resolving progenitor identity during planarian stem cell differentiation.”
  • Best Poster Presentation:
    Jun-Ru Lee [Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences]
    Poster #8 - “The cellular bases of tissue turnover in the planarian epidermis.”
  • Second Best Poster Presentation:
    Maria Rosselló [Universitat de Barcelona]
    Poster #14 - “Improving planarian transcriptomic data using Oxford Nanopore Technologies sequencing techniques.”
You can find the corresponding abstracts in the PDF of the book of abstracts for this meeting.



We are grateful to the EMPB2022 sponsors:

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