Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the 46th European Muscle Conference!

This is the annual scientific meeting of our society, the European Society for Muscle Research, of which all of you have become a member by attending this conference, or have been a member for some time. This conference has originally been initiated by Professor Marcus Schaub from Switzerland, who sends his best greetings to this year’s assembly, but unfortunately, could not anymore attend himself. As we are nearing almost half a century of annual EMC events, muscle biology has never been more exciting. New technologies, targets, and concepts allow novel insight into heart and muscle function, which we could not have dreamed of, sometimes even a few years before. I hope that some of the excitement about scientific progress in the field can be felt during this meeting.

I am delighted that we convene in Potsdam, formerly a residence of the Prussian kings and famous for its beautiful parks and palaces, including Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. We will visit this park and get a glimpse of some of its architecture during the meeting. I hope you will also have time to explore other areas of Potsdam, including the city center featuring an interesting mix of old and new buildings, or the park area “Neuer Garten”, where the castle “Schloss Cecilienhof” hosted an important post-WW2 conference in 1945.

Our meeting site, the Seminaris SeeHotel, is nestled in between a forest and lake, a few miles from the city center. I hope that the secluded setting next to spectacular historic sights will make it an ideal place to discuss science in the true spirit of the European Muscle Conferences and allow you to gain both personally and scientifically from this meeting.

I would like to thank the many helpful people involved in the organization of this conference, in particular Elisa Antonucci from the K.I.T. Group, the members of the International Advisory Board and Young Investigator Award jury, as well as the industrial sponsors and the German Research Foundation for their generous financial support.

With best wishes for an enjoyable visit to Potsdam,

Prof. Wolfgang Linke
EMC 2017 Chairman








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