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C. elegans Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression and 2018 European Worm Meeting report

Posted by on July 9th, 2018

I recently attended the biennial Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression C. elegans Meeting, this time in combination with the 2018 European Worm Meeting, in Barcelona. C. elegans meetings are always pretty special, defined more than anything else by the strong sense of community between researchers, or, as well like to call ourselves, ‘Worm People’.[…]

Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interactions: from Genetics to Environment

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

The BSDB’s Autumn Meeting, to be held in Oxford this September, is the third in a series of international workshops on the extraembryonic-embryonic interface, bringing together researchers that address this topic through a wide array of approaches in diverse research organisms. This diversity of approaches is reflected by the organisers – Kat Hadjantonakis, Kristen Panfilio, Tristan Rodriguez, Susana Chuva[…]

BSDB 2018: Meet the speakers & chairs

Posted by on April 12th, 2018

Here at Development towers the excitement is mounting for the BSDB’s Spring meeting, which starts in Warwick on Sunday. The meetings are always great fun but this year promises to be particularly special – the society is celebrating its 70th  birthday and has assembled an all star cast of speakers.     The epic conference poster[…]

YEN Conference 2018: Abstract submission and registration is open!

Posted by on April 11th, 2018

***Abstract Deadline is Saturday, 14th April!*** Young Embryologist Network Conference 2018 14th May 2018 The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK   This year we are pleased to announce Professor Wolf Reik as our keynote speaker. His research group, based at the Babraham Institute, investigates the roles of epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. We are also honoured to[…]

From stem cells to human development: registration now open!

Posted by on December 12th, 2017

  Development is delighted to announce the third in our highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. Since the initiation of this series, in 2014, we have witnessed huge progress in this field, with more and more researchers turning to stem cell and organoid systems to investigate development and organogenesis in vitro, as[…]

How to win a conference prize

Posted by on December 11th, 2017

Or, at least, produce nice posters while trying. Students on average author 1-3 papers and produce at least three times that many conference posters***. At large meetings, such as the ASCB, thousands of posters are presented each year. While presenting posters is popular, posters sessions evoke mixed feelings: they are often late in the evening,[…]

Stem cell-a-palooza 2017

Posted by on July 27th, 2017

*My interview with George Daley has now been published in Development*   Last month I went to Boston for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), which was celebrating its 15th birthday. Sally Temple handed over the Presidential reins to Hans Clevers with a reminder of what a remarkable 15 years[…]

Gordon Research Conference- Developmental Biology 25th-30th June, 2017

Posted by on July 9th, 2017

As any early career researcher will know, attending your first big scientific meeting is a memorable event in your academic life. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Gordon Research Conference in Developmental Biology, held in sleepy South Hadley, two hours outside Boston, Massachusetts. For anyone who wasn’t local, the two hour drive[…]

YEN Conference 2017: Registration open now!

Posted by on February 8th, 2017

Young Embryologist Network 9th Annual Conference. 9th May 2017 at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. This year, YEN is honoured to have Dr Darren Gilmour from EMBL Heidelberg present the Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to host two invited speakers, Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London), and Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial College London). As well as three abstract-selected talk sessions and a poster[…]

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,[…]