About the meeting

The 7th DNA Polymerases meeting will take place in Warsaw, Poland, from 28th to 31st of August 2024. It is the next meeting in a series of conferences that take place every two years in different European countries. The first was held in Ascona (Switzerland) in 2010, followed by Madrid (Spain, 2012), Cambridge (UK, 2014), Biarritz (France, 2016) and Leiden (Netherlands, 2018). The last conference was held in 2022 in Stockholm (Sweden). All previous conferences have attracted eminent experts from different parts of the world and have been a great scientific success.

The aim of the conference is to present and discuss the results of the latest research on all relevant aspects of DNA polymerases, including their structure, biochemistry, genetics, role in mutagenesis and pathogenesis, as well as their applications in molecular biology, biotechnology and medicine. 

The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to present the latest research on DNA polymerases and bring together a diverse group of leading scientists from around the world.

The DNA Polymerases meeting is a chance to integrate the scientific community in the field and provide an opportunity to freely exchange ideas, establish collaborations, as well as present and discuss the results with a broad panel of specialists.

The conference is co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Education and Science under the ‘Excellent Science’ Programme
(contract no. KONF/SP/0186/2023/01)



Iwona Fijalkowska

Justyna McIntyre

Michal Dmowski

Scientific Board

Katarzyna Bebenek

National Institutes of Health

Roger Woodgate

National Institutes of Health

Registration and abstract submission

Registration will open December 1st 2023

Registration fee

Early bird registration (deadline March 31st 2024)         € 780

Regular registration (deadline June 30th 2024)         € 820

Fee covers lunches, dinners and gala dinner, but not the hotel.

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons will not be able to take part in the conference.

Participation in gala dinner 30.08.24 – € 100

Participation in other evening meals 28.08, 29.08, 31.08 – € 225

Participation in lunches 29-31.08 – € 175

Please register early, as the registration will be closed when it becomes oversubscribed before the deadline.

In case of any problems with registration or payment, please contact adam.krawczyk@whynottravel.pl

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline:

May 20th 2024 (if you want to be considered for an oral presentation) 

June 30th 2024 (only poster presentations)

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract which must be completed online.

Abstracts should not exceed 350 words.

When submitting you can choose whether to apply for a poster, oral presentation, or both. An evaluation process will take place and abstracts selected for oral presentation will be announced after the registration deadline. Early-stage researchers are also encouraged to sign up for an oral presentation.

Invited speakers

Rodrigo Bermejo

Margarita Salas Centre for Biological Research,

Luis Blanco

Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa,

Peter Burgers

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

William Copeland

National Institutes of Health

Marc Delarue

Institut Pasteur, France

Sylvie Doublie

University of Vermont, USA

Vanesa Gottifredi

Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina

Erik Johansson

Umeå University, Sweden

Patricia Kannouche

CNRS-Gustave Roussy, France

Thomas Kunkel

National Institutes of Health

Tatiana Moiseeva

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Marcin Nowotny

International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Poland

Dale A. Ramsden

University of North Carolina, USA

Polina Shcherbakova

University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA

Joann Sweasy

University of Arizona, USA

Rick Wood

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Wei Yang

National Institutes of Health

Joseph Yeeles

Medical Research Council, UK

The meeting will include plenary, invited and selected talks, as well as poster presentations.


For travel planning purposes,
the meeting will start at 13:00 on August 28th and conclude at 22:00 after the dinner on August 31st.

Preliminary program

August 28th - Day 1

Registration (13:00 – 14:45)

Opening speech

Replicative DNA polymerases and the replisome

  • Thomas Kunkel
  • Erik Johansson
  • ...

Coffee break

  • Rodrigo Bermejo
  • Joseph Yeeles
  • ...

Welcome reception

August 29th - Day 2

Replicative DNA polymerases and the replisome

  • Peter Burgers
  • ...

Function and regulation of DNA polymerases

  • Vanesa Gottifredi
  • Patricia Kannouche
  • ...

Coffee break

  • Tatiana Moiseeva
  • ...


DNA polymerases in DNA damage repair and tolerance

  • Joann Sweasy
  • Rick Wood
  • ...

Poster session


August 30th - Day 3

DNA polymerases in DNA damage repair and tolerance

  • Dale A Ramsden
  • Wei Yang
  • ...

Coffee break

DNA polymerases in DNA damage repair and tolerance

  • Sylvie Doublie
  • ...


Free time and sightseeing

Gala dinner

August 31st - Day 4

DNA polymerases and diseases

  • William Copeland
  • Polina Shcherbakova
  • ...

Coffee break

DNA polymerases from viruses

  • Marc Delarue
  • Marcin Nowotny
  • ...


DNA polymerases and biotechnology

  • Luis Blanco
  • ...

Coffee break

Sponsors' talks

Concluding remarks




The conference will take place in the Hotel Verte Warsaw (https://hotelverte.com/en/) located near the Royal Castle in the historical heart of the city – Warsaw’s Old Town. The hotel is handicap accessible.

Conference participants will get special prices for hotel rooms with significant discount.


The conference will take place in the Hotel Verte Warsaw (https://hotelverte.com/en/) located near the Royal Castle in the historical heart of the city – Warsaw’s Old Town. The hotel is handicap accessible.
Conference participants will get significant discount to book rooms at Hotel Verte using the link:

Some other hotels in the vicinity of the conference venue:

• Hotel Bellotto (*****), Senatorska 13/15

• Hotel Bristol Warsaw (*****), Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44

• Hotel Warszawa (*****), pl. Powstańców Warszawy 9

• Hotel Le Regina Warsaw (*****), Kościelna 12

• Sofitel Warszawa Victoria (*****), Królewska 11

• Hotel Indigo Warsaw (****), Smolna 40

• Ibis Hotel Stare Miasto (***), Muranowska 2

• Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum (***), Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 2

• Castle Inn (***), Świętojańska 2

Visiting Warsaw

Warsaw was voted European Best Destination 2023

Here you can get some further info on Warsaw

You can find more at the official Warsaw Tourist Information webpage

Sightseeing options

Participation is optional.
All trips are walking tours.
Also available for accompanying persons.

Date: 30 August 2024 (Friday), 14:00 – 17:00
Meeting spot: Foyer of the Verte Hotel

1. OPTION: Old Town and the Royal Route

Walk through the Old Town from Barbican, part of the city walls, to the Royal Castle Square through the Old Town Market Square with the monument to the Warsaw Mermaid, St. John Cathedral and the Royal Castle (no entrance) on the way. Then continue the walk through the Royal Route. Along the way there are many historic buildings, churches and monuments for example: monument to the poet Adam Mickiewicz, the Presidential Palace, the oldest Warsaw hotels Bristol and Europejski, Piłsudski Square with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Campus of the Warsaw University, the Church of Holy Cross where the heart of Frederic Chopin is buried. End of the tour by the monument of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

Price per person – 20 euro

2. OPTION: Old Town and the Royal Castle

Visiting the interiors of the Royal Castle, which in the Middle Ages was the seat of local princes. Since the 16th century it has been the official seat of Polish kings and parliament. Completely destroyed during World War II, it was painstakingly rebuilt. Then the walk through the Old Town to the Barbican, part of the city walls. Along the way St. John Cathedral and the Old Town Market Square with the monument to the Warsaw Mermaid.

Price per person – 35 euro

3. OPTION: Polin – The Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Walk towards Krasiński Square. Short history of fights in Warsaw during World War II by the Warsaw Uprising monument. Continue the walk through Krasiński park towards former Jewish Ghetto. The Holocaust history and the history of the Jewish Uprosing by the main Monument to the Ghetto heroes. Visiting the Polin museum and the 1000-year-old history of Polish Jews.

Price per person – 25 euro
Attention! The distance from the Verte Hotel to the Polin Museum is about 2 km.

4. OPTION: Frederic Chopin’s Warsaw

Warsaw is called the city of the musical genius Fryderyk Chopin because he spent half of his life here. Walk along Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. Along the way there are places related to the composer’s life, such as the current Presidential Palace, where Chopin gave his first public concert at the age of 8, or the former apartments of Chopin and his family, the Church of the Holy Cross, where the urn with the heart of the pianist, who died in Paris, rests. At the end of the tour, visit the Fryderyk Choin Museum, which tells the story of his entire life, also in exile.

Price per person – 25 euro
Attention! The distance from the Verte Hotel to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum is about 2 km.