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Posted by , on 12 April 2022

Read on for our news roundup of the past two weeks, with an emphasis on what has caught our eyes on twitter. We have also include a list of meetings with upcoming deadline, a selection of preLights and finish with our favourite April fools jokes .

Doing better as a community

There have been a few tweets in the last fortnight discussing some of the negative aspects of our research culture with a call to do better in the future. Lets make that happen!

Reviewing papers

Behaviour at meetings

Support for early-career researchers

Funding news

The impact of Brexit on British science continues with notification from the ERC that awardees will need to move to the EU to take up their grants. The UK government is guaranteeing the grants in the UK but details remain sketchy.

Upcoming registration and meeting deadline

It’s been exciting to see the return of in-person meetings including the joint BSCB and BSDB meeting in the UK (we’ll post our meeting report soon) and #Dros22 in the US. Check out the list below for meetings with upcoming deadline and check our events page for our full listing.

MeetingAbstract deadlineRegistration deadlineMeeting start date
The ISRB Regeneration Around the World Meetingpassed17.04.2219.04.22
EMBO | EMBL Symposium Cellular mechanisms driven by phase separation02.05.22 (virtual only)09.05.22
Weinstein Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration ConferencepassedOpen12.05.22
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
GRC: Cell Polarity Signaling01.05.2201.05.2229.05.22
Euro Evo Devo31.05.22
55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologistspassed22.04.2231.05.22
GRC: Epithelial Stem Cells and Niches08.05.2208.05.2205.06.22
EMBO | EMBL Symposium Microtubules: from atoms to complex systems01.06.22 (virtual)08.06.22
EMBL-IBEC Conference on Engineering Multicellular Systems15.05.2208.06.22
GRC: Plant Molecular Biology15.05.2215.05.2212.06.22
ISSCR 2022 Annual Meeting13.04.22 (advance deadline)15.06.22
Stem Cells for Disease Modeling and Regeneration29.04.2229.04.2227.06.22
Summer school in transcriptomics during development and cancer15.04.22 (early) 01.06.2227.06.22
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
Advanced approaches to neuro evo-devo18.04.2205.09.22
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.

preLights in #devbio

In the spotlight: How human neural progenitors were caught red-handed

Will you be pun-ished for a funny title?

Quantifying the absolute RNA content of single cells is possible for existing data sets and biologically relevant.

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.

Just for fun – our favourite April fools

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