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The alchemy of an inspiring conference: a workshop reflection

Posted by on May 15th, 2019

This blog post is a reflection on the Company of Biologists-organized workshop on Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development that I recently attended at Wiston House, located in the countryside of Sussex in the UK.   Wiston House, Steyning, UK   To my mind, this workshop was the ideal of what a meeting should be. As a[…]

Echoes of “Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development” workshop OR “to TAD or not to TAD”?

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

The non-profit publishing groups can make a real difference The very best part of being a scientist is cracking mysteries of the universe and what is in it. The second best thing about this profession, in my opinion, is being part of a scientific community. Conversations, conferences, workshops, collaborations, networking, support and constant inspiration from[…]

Meeting report of the Cambridge Fly Club Symposium – Past, Present and Future of Drosophila Research

Posted by on May 10th, 2019

By Ghislain Gillard, Maria J. Gomez Lamarca, Robert Krautz, Rosa Park, David Salvador-Garcia, Yara Sanchez-Corrales and Jelle van den Ameele   On the 28th of January, the Cambridge Fly Club held its very first Symposium in the beautiful environment of Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK. This meeting, titled “Past, Present and Future of Drosophila research” was[…]

Publishing Fly Research

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

Back in January, The Cambridge Fly Club held a symposium to mark 25 years since the publication of the famous Gal4/UAS paper (Brand & Perrimon, 1993 – published in Development); the organisers have posted a meeting report here. As part of this symposium, the organisers asked me to give a talk on ‘Publishing Fly Research’.[…]

You focus on the science, we focus on the logistics

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

The Company of Biologists (Development’s not-for-profit publisher) is currently seeking proposals for Workshops to be held during 2021. The Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed and are intended to champion the novel techniques[…]

YTRB Network: Worldwide Bridges to Connect Young Tunisian Researchers in Biology

Posted by on May 4th, 2019

The Young Tunisian Researchers in Biology Network: Tunisia is suffering brain drain, especially post Tunisian-revolution (2011). Recent non-official reports say that over 90.000 senior quitted Tunisia since 2012, most of them are doctors, pharmacists and engineers. Aware of considerable role that may Tunisian scientist diaspora could play in the development of Tunisia in general and[…]

Meeting report: “Chromatin-based regulation of development”, an excellent Workshop by the Company of Biologists

Posted by on April 26th, 2019

How can a genome’s cis-regulatory potential drive robust gene expression throughout embryonic development? Do topologically associating domains (TADs) truly contribute to gene expression by spatially constraining the regulatory actions of cis-sequences? And might phase separation by multi-valent proteins also be involved in the regulation of genes and genomic regions? The recent Company of Biologists Workshop on[…]

One-day Symposium on Developmental Bioelectricity in Boston, MA – July 26th, 2019

Posted by on April 16th, 2019

A fundamental question in biology is how cells communicate to fashion and repair complex biological structures and tissues.  It is well established that cells communicate through biochemical cues.  However, compelling evidence suggests that cells and tissues of all types use ion fluxes to communicate electrically as well.  In addition, it is now clear that this[…]

The Young Embryologist Network Conference 2019: Register now!

Posted by on April 8th, 2019

The Young Embryologist Network (YEN), is an academic body aiming to bring together early career scientists within the wide field of developmental biology, in order to provide opportunities to present talks and posters, network and collaborate, and gain research or career advice. YEN was set up in 2008 by graduate students in the prestigious Department[…]

Reflections on the ‘Evo-chromo’ Workshop (November 2018)

Posted by on March 5th, 2019

Alexander Blackwell and James Gahan   At the beginning of November 2018, thirty researchers congregated at Wiston House to attend a workshop titled ‘Evo-chromo: towards an integrative approach of chromatin dynamics across eukaryotes’. The workshop was organised by Frederic Berger (Gregor Mendel Institute) and Ines Anna Drinnenberg (Institut Curie), and was the 27th workshop hosted[…]