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European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

A Day in the Life of an MBL Embryology Student – #embryo2015

Posted by on July 10th, 2015

For the second instalment of our blog from the 2015 Woods Hole Embryology course, we decided to do something a little bit different this time around, and write a “Day in the Life” style blog, to complement the excellent Day in the Life of a Model Organism series which The Node has recently been running.[…]

Woods Hole Embryology 2015 (#embryo2015)

Posted by on June 29th, 2015

Elena Boer, Shun Sogabe and Joe Hanly are currently attending the MBL Embryology course in Woods Hole MA. 2015 marks the 122nd year of the Woods Hole Embryology course. This program has a long and prestigious history, as exemplified by the long list of alumni who grace the the wall of class photos in the[…]

8th International PhD School in Plant Development

Posted by on June 9th, 2015

On behalf of the organizing committee I would like to draw your attention to the 8th International PhD School Plant Development (IPSPD VIII) (www.plant-development.org). The meeting will take place October 07-09 at Zellingen-Retzbach close to Würzburg, Germany. Conference website:  www.plant-development.org Registration costs are 195 Euro per person (includes accommodation, meals, conference dinner, conference fee). Registration deadline: August[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (3)

Posted by on February 3rd, 2015

In 2014, the British Society of Developmental Biology (BSDB) has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices,[…]

Creative morphometrics – so many tools, so little time

Posted by on August 4th, 2014

Nowadays, the hardest thing in science is similar to what we experience in daily life, that is organization and choice. In a virtual plethora of techniques, methods and analyses, an aspiring researcher is faced with a flood of information, achievements and tools of the trade. Especially so with computers. But if it wasn’t for this[…]

Bioimage Analysis 2014 at EMBL, a recap.

Posted by on June 18th, 2014

Last month 39 people from around the world gathered together in the flagship European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany to take part in the Master Course on Bioimage Data Analysis. This was the third edition of the course that had previously been held in Heidelberg and Barcelona, and is aimed at training scientists[…]

Introducing blogging to future scientists

Posted by on March 23rd, 2014

Science communication using social media is becoming a very popular way of making science more accessible to the public, as well as a way to get your research noticed.  This is true in developmental biology as it is in other fields. Can we use social media for “knowledge translation”, to make the latest in developmental[…]

When the mind is given wings…

Posted by on March 14th, 2014

In the beginning of 2014 (January 5-17th) we enjoyed one of the most fascinating experiences professionally and personally. Under the guidance of Dr. Roberto Mayor and a teaching staff that enlightened and motivated us at all times, a wonderful group of 21 students accomplished the ‘2014-International Course on Developmental Biology’ at the CIMARQ in Quintay-Chile.[…]

Xenopus Bioinformatics Workshop

Posted by on February 5th, 2014

This 7 day workshop is intended for wet lab researchers who want, at least, to extend their understanding of computational analysis tools and methods, but will probably also want to acquire grounded computational skills to enable them to work independently. They may be PIs, post docs or PhD students, but are less likely to be[…]