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Posted by , on 29 March 2022

Read on for our news roundup of the past month, with an emphasis on what has caught our eyes on twitter. This month, we also include a list of meetings with upcoming deadlines, as well as a selection of preLights.


At the beginning of the month, it seemed like everyone was #leavingacademia. Below are a few of our favourite threads that highlight some of the challenges that academics face, but also the upsides of academic research and working with industry.

Conference time

It has been great to see the return of so many in-person conference. With ‘conference fever’ in mind, we have put together a list of #devbio and #stemcell meeting with upcoming abstract and registration deadlines. You can find a list of upcoming conferences on our events page. If we are missing your event, then please feel free to add it to our planner.

MeetingAbstract deadlineRegistration deadlineMeeting start date
The ISRB Regeneration Around the World Meetingpassed17.04.2219.04.22
EMBO Workshop: Muscle formation, maintenance, regeneration and pathologypassed10/04/22 (virtual only)24.04.22
GRC: Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease03.04.2203.04.2201.05.22
GRC: Single-Cell Genomics03.04.2203.04.2201.05.22
EMBO | EMBL Symposium Cellular mechanisms driven by phase separation02.05.22 (virtual only)09.05.22
Weinstein Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration Conference30.03.22Open12.05.22
Fusion Conference – Probing Human Disease Using Single-Cell Technologies Conferencepassed15.04.2213.05.22
EMBO | EMBL Symposium Mechanobiology in development and diseasepassed08.05.2022 (virtual only)15.05.22
EMBO Workshop Awakening of the genome: The maternal-to-zygotic transition01.04.2201.04.2218.05.22
EMBO Workshop: Developmental circuits in aging05.04.2205.04.2227.05.22
Euro Evo Devo31.05.22
55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists04.04.2222.04.2231.05.22
Stem Cells for Disease Modeling and Regeneration29.04.2229.04.2227.06.22
EMBO Workshop: Timing Mechanisms in Linking Development and Evolution20.04.2209.05.2229.06.22
Joint SDB and PASEDB Meeting11.04.2209.05.22 (early deadline)17.07.22
European Worm Meeting 202201.05.22 (for talks)27.07.22
The Company of Biologists Workshop – From Physics to Function08.04.22 (ECRs only)09.10.22
The Company of Biologists Workshop – Developmental Metabolism and the Origins of Health and Disease22.04.22 (ECRs only)24.10.22
Please note that some meetings may be full before their application deadline.

The thread below from Katie Martin includes horror stories that you may (or may not) want to read before attending your next meeting!

If you are interested in reducing the carbon footprint of your meeting, check out The Company of Biologists Sustainable Conferencing Initiative.

Just for fun!

preLights in #devbio

A study in the silkworm Bombyx mori reveals that the Hox gene Antennapedia has a function in wing development

Cha-cha-cha…Histones’ coordinated dance during development

Could the timing of trunk formation be a major driver in larval evolution?

Ever wondered how we can model the human brain in a dish? Organoids and assembloids mimic the structure and complexity of the human brain!

Preprints hitting the headlines! How do journalists report on preprinted research?

“Special Source”: How the donor animal origin defines applicability of cells for use in cultured meat

If you are interested in science communication, would like to improve your writing skills and become part of the preLights community, don’t miss the open call for new preLighters.

If you would like to write for the Node, check out our recent list of writing ideas. If you would like to contribute to our ‘Developing news’ blog, please get in touch at

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