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The flies of Saint Narcís and other animals (and plants, and bacteria) in Girona

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

In October I travelled to Girona, an old Catalan city surrounded by wooded hills a hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, for the 11th meeting of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (SEBD). The meeting was jointly organised with the SEBD’s neighbours, the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology, and also the Spanish Society for Cell Biology,[…]

Sheffield STORM symposium – 8th Jan 2017

Posted by on November 25th, 2016

We are delighted to invite you to our one-day STORM symposium, which aims to bring together expertise from fields of biology and physics as well as microscope software engineers to discuss the challenge of Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM). This symposium is aimed at those researchers who are currently using STORM. We aim to provide a platform for[…]

New meeting: Programming and Reprogramming the Brain

Posted by on November 24th, 2016

On April 3-4, 2017 scientists from around Europe will be converging on Munich, Germany for the next meeting in the Abcam Brain meeting series – Programming and Reprogramming the Brain. Organizers, Benedikt Berninger (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz) and Paola Arlotta (Harvard University) have put together a fantastic line up of speakers (see preliminary program).   This[…]

The Biology of Regenerative Medicine – registration opening soon

Posted by on November 16th, 2016

The aim of the third conference in this series is to understand the biology that underpins the success or failure of regenerative processes. We will explore the relationship between stem cell biology and regenerative biology so that both can be fully exploited to treat disease. This meeting will bring together scientists and clinicians interested in[…]

Preprints: biomedical science publication in the era of twitter and facebook

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Earlier this week, I took part in a workshop on preprints – organised by Alfonso Martinez-Arias and held in Cambridge, UK. Inspired by the ASAPbio movement in the States, Alfonso felt it would be useful to bring discussion of the potential value of preprints more to the forefront in the UK. Happily, he was able to[…]

BSDB Autumn Meeting

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

The 2016 BSDB Autumn meeting under the topic of ‘chimaeras and their use in studying  developmental processes and disease models’ was organised by Jenny Nichols and Tristan Rodriguez. It took place on 28-30 August in The Pollock Halls at the University of Edinburgh and was sponsored by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and The[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development, Southbridge, 2016. Mini report.

Posted by on October 12th, 2016

Two years ago, Development held a meeting on the emerging field of stem cells and human development. In announcing the meeting, the organisers described a knowledge gap:   “Strikingly, although we understand intimate details of the development of a broad range of vertebrate and invertebrate species, we know almost nothing about the development of the[…]

Dolly @ 20: My day at the symposium marking her legacy

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016

The 5th of July 1996 marked the birth of the world’s most famous sheep, Dolly. A scientific revelation, she was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell through nuclear transfer. Earlier this month, scientists from far and wide gathered at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh for a special one-day symposium dedicated[…]

The culture of research and the future of the science system

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016

On Monday, September 19th, a group of early career researchers from across the UK and across the sciences gathered at the Royal Society in London to discuss the future of research at a one day conference. As the Node’s Community Manager, I was lucky enough to be allowed to join in. I’ve only recently left research, and[…]

SDB-ISD 2016 Meeting Report

Posted by on August 18th, 2016

The joint meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology and the International Society for Differentiation was held in Boston between August 4th and 8th. It was a meeting of firsts for me: first meeting representing the Node, first time at the SDB (having regularly enjoyed the Brit version, I was looking forward to hearing the[…]