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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[…]

Preprints and science news – how can they co-exist? A meeting summary

Posted by on February 25th, 2019

Mate Palfy & Gautam Dey   In the summer of 2018, two commentaries from the Science Media Center (an open letter from Chief Executive Fiona Fox and a ‘World View’ in Nature news by Senior Press Manager Tom Sheldon) voiced concerns about how preprints in the life sciences could pose a potential threat to science[…]

1st Crick-Beddington Developmental Biology Symposium 2019

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

On the 4th and 5th of February, the Crick hosted its first Developmental Biology Symposium in honour of Rosa Beddington FRS (1956-2001). Covering themes from embryonic growth to metabolism and aging, the symposium attracted more than 200 delegates from across the globe.     The symposium harnessed an impressive richness in diversity of topics and[…]

François Jacob Conference:

Posted by on February 11th, 2019

François Jacob Conference: Evolution, Structure and Function of Chromosomes High Order Structure Institut Pasteur, Paris June 4 (2pm) –June 7 (6pm) 2019 http://www.hic2019.conferences-pasteur.org/ (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

CRISPR babies: a view from the centre of the storm

Posted by on February 8th, 2019

This article by Robin Lovell-Badge, published this week in Development, gives a front-row view of the CRISPR babies scandal from last year. When the story broke, we collated reactions from the field – be sure to check them out too.  Towards the end of November 2018, news broke that the Chinese researcher He Jiankui had[…]

Funded places for early-career researchers at a Company of Biologists Workshop in July

Posted by on February 7th, 2019

This summer, the Company of Biologists, the not-for-profit publisher of Development, is running a Workshop on ‘New frontiers in the brain: unexpected roles of the choroid plexus-cerebrospinal fluid system in health and disease‘, organised by Fiona Doetsch and Maria K. Lehtinen. It will cover various bases, many of which intersect with developmental biology: 1. Choroid[…]

Your chance to organise a Company of Biologists Workshop

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

The Company of Biologists, as well as publishing Development and four other journals and offering travel and conference grants, runs a successful series of Workshops. The Workshops provide leading experts and early career scientists from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed[…]

Embryos on the front, embryologists on the back

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

Applications for Embryology 2019 are due on February 1. Apply here! In this post, I share how I learned about the Embryology course, what made me apply and what I brought back from it.   Nerdy embryology t-shirts A couple of months ago, I was attending a scientific conference on cell fate in Roscoff, northern[…]

Embryology 2018: Where embryos changed lives

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

I had heard legendary stories about the MBL and the Embryology course in the months leading up to it. Stories about the collaborations of minds that wouldn’t normally meet in the same lab, discoveries that could only have occurred at the MBL, it’s what made me apply. But once I was accepted the nervousness kicked[…]