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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[…]

Old and new: developmental biologists meet among the redwoods

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

Aidan Maartens & Jordan Ward   The Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Conference happens every couple of years in UCSC’s beautiful campus, and is seen as a kind of West Coast Gordon Conference for the field. In August a hundred or so developmental biologists gathered for the 2018 version, organised by Bin Chen, Natasza Kurpios and[…]

Developmental Biology GRC and GRS conference

Posted by on January 11th, 2019

Identity and Diversity: Developmental Biology from Molecules to Cells to Organisms Mt. Holyoke College, MA, USA June 16th-20th, 2019 (GRS June 15th-16th) https://www.grc.org/developmental-biology-conference/2019/ The 2019 Gordon Conference on Developmental Biology will present the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field. In keeping with this year’s theme of Identity and Diversity: Developmental Biology from Molecules to[…]

Embryology 2018: A good experience and a good story

Posted by on January 7th, 2019

Embryology 2019 application is due February 1, 2019. Go apply!! (http://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/embryology/). If that is not enough, check out my evaluation of my course experience. Embryology 2018: I evaluate experiences by this basic philosophy: Some things are a good experience, some are a good story. When I’m lucky, sometimes they are both. My summer at #Embryo2018 had all three[…]

Opening the doors of scientific conferences to local citizens

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Regular meetings of scientists such as annual society conferences can create opportunities for scientists to engage the public without extensive effort, making connections between scientists and public audiences. Under the umbrella of a specific topic, events can be created to engage local communities with international researchers and foster forums for discussion of specific areas of[…]

Chromatin-based regulation of development: Funded early-career places available

Posted by on November 19th, 2018

In April 2019, The Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Chromatin-based regulation of development‘ will be held in Wiston House, a 16th century Grade I listed building located at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Organised by Benoit Bruneau and Joanna Wysocka, the workshop will foster discussion of what mechanisms related to chromatin biology are informing[…]