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2020 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting

Posted by , on 26 February 2020

From the 2020 SCDB organizing committee (Sally Horne-Badovinac, Sean Megason and Zhu Wang). See also a Node report from the 2018 edition, and an interview with 2018 SCBD Young Investigator Award Winner, Vilaiwan Fernandes.


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting, which will be held August 8-12 on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus. Since 1992, the SCDB meeting has been a premier gathering for developmental biologists from around the world. This year’s meeting is organized around the theme, “Looking to the future: open questions in developmental biology”. Our central goal is to highlight the top challenges facing the field, both conceptual and technical, as we seek fresh insights into the complex mechanisms underlying organismal development, tissue renewal, and the evolution of new forms. The exciting lineup of keynote speakers includes: Philipp Keller, Ruth Lehmann, Roberto Mayor, and Magdalena Zernica-Goetz. There will also be a career-perspective talk from one of the meeting’s founders, Cynthia Kenyon. For the full list of invited speakers, please see the poster.



The SCDB meeting is designed to foster interaction among developmental biologists at all career stages. A sequence of single-platform sessions will be interspersed with career-focused workshops and poster sessions. In addition to invited speakers, at least 16 short talks will be chosen from the submitted abstracts, with preference given to students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Depending on funds, a limited number of travel awards will be available to trainees with financial need.


SCDB Young Investigator Award

If you are a postdoctoral trainee or graduate student, and you would like to be considered for the SCDB Young Investigator Award, we strongly encourage you to submit your CV along with your abstract to The SCDB Young Investigator Awardee will speak in the opening session, receive free registration and housing, a $500 award, and an interview published in Development! This award is sponsored by Development.

Please help us advertise the meeting by printing the attached poster and hanging it in a prominent location, and by forwarding this email to colleagues. If you are a faculty member, please encourage your students and postdocs to submit abstracts and attend the meeting.

This promises to be an exciting meeting and we look forward to seeing you all this summer!




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