The BSDB is a society open to everyone with an interest in the science of Developmental Biology. We have more than 1,000 members, including researchers of all levels, lecturers, and students.


Joint Spring Meeting

12-15 April 2015, University of Warwick

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the joint meeting of the British Societies for Cell and Developmental Biology on which the BSCB will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This conference is our flagship event for 2015 and provides a unique forum to network and socialise with a wide cross-section of the Cell and Developmental Biology community. Early bird registration until Monday 9 March. For more information and to register visit this link.


Joint Autumn Meeting

07-10 Oct 2015, Algarve, Portugal

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the joint meeting of the British, Spanish and Portuguese Societies for Developmental Biology which will take place at the Alfamar Beach and Sport Resort in the Algarve, a place that will be easy to reach. Registration deadlines will soon be announced. For more information and to register visit this link.

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3rd Gurdon Summer Studentship report

Please, read the 3rd Gurdon Summer Studentship report by George Hunt, or the first two reports by Bennedetta Carbone and George Choa.

The BSDB Winter Newsletter is out

The new BSDB Newsletter is out. All old Newletters starting in 2000 can be downloaded here.

BIG grants, BIG papers! The dark side of research

On the 15th of January Times Higher Education published an article by Dorothy Bishop entitled “The big grants, the big papers: are we missing something?” This article is an important reflection on current grant funding and research evaluation strategies in the UK. It also refers to important statements by the BSDB chair Ottoline Leyser summing up results from a survey by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics about scientific research in the UK (see THE CONSERVATION). Dorothy Bishop’s conclusion in THE article is bleak: “If our focus remains so narrow, we … risk losing sight of the purpose and meaning of science itself.” However, she also hints at a new path of communication with major UK funding organisations.


The Company of BiologistsCOB-new

The Company of Biologists is the not-for-profit publisher of Development, Disease Models & Mechanisms (an Open Access journal), Journal of Cell Science, The Journal of Experimental Biology and Biology Open (BiO), an Open Access journal that aims to facilitate rapid peer review for accessible research. The Company aims to supports innovation in all aspects of biological research, also providing grants and sponsorship in the areas in which it publishes.

Topics for future Society meetings

One of the major tasks of the BSDB committee is to select topics to be covered in future meetings and ensure that the meetings are well organised and successful. If you are interested in organising a meeting or have a suggestion for future meeting topics or formats, please contact the BSDB Meetings Secretary (

Would you like to exhibit a trade stand at a BSDB meeting?

Trade stands at spring and autumn meetings are welcome, and are usually well attended. Exhibitions are arranged by local conference organisers, but initial enquiries can be made to the BSDB Meetings Secretary (