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.

The Waddington Medal Lecture 2014 now online


Congratulations again to Philip Ingham FRS FMedSci HonFRCP who received the 2014 Waddington medal at the Spring Meeting in Warwick. A YouTube video of his Waddington Medal Lecture is now available. Philip Ingham is the Toh Kian Chui Distinguished Professor and Vice Dean research at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore. The Node’s interview with Philip Ingham can be read here.


In Autumn 2014 the BSDB is holding 2 meetings:


The Musculoskeletal System, from development to disease

Held jointly with the British Society for Matrix Biology (BSMB)

1-3 September 2014, University of East Anglia

This is a multidisciplinary conference on the musculoskeletal system.

Session topics include; Signaling and Development, Mechanobiology and Anatomy, Human Genetics and Pathology, transcriptional and Epigenetic Regulation. Confirmed speakers include: Tom Rando, David Glass, Veronique Lefebvre, Ronen Schweitzer, Eli Zelzer, Gabrielle Kardon, Christine Hartmann, Chrissy Hammond, Andy Pitsillides.Organisers: Andrea Munsterberg,  Ian Clark, Ulrike Mayer, Graham Riley and Tonia Vincent. There are opportunities for speakers to be selected from submitted abstracts. For further details of the programme, registration and online abstract submission go to:

Conference grants are available for BSDB members. For details of how to apply for a BSDB conference grant, click here.


18th International Conference of the International Society of Differentiation in conjunction with the British Society for Developmental Biology

2-5 November 2014, The Guoman Tower Hotel, London, UK

This meeting has a broad theme covering all aspects of Developmental Biology. Topics include: Reprogramming the genome in development and disease, EMT in development and Cancer, Oscillations and signaling, Regeneration, Stem cells and dynamics, Nervous system development, Reprogramming the genome in development and evolution. The Brachet Memorial lecture will be given by  John Gurdon. For further details of the programme, registration and online abstract submission go to: or download the Poster.

As this is a one time international conference supported by the BSDB we will be offering  grants for our members to attend as we normally do for our spring and fall meetings.  Applications for BSDB conference awards will be due alongside abstract submission on the 15th of August. For details of how to apply for a BSDB conference grant, click here.


The Company of Biologists

cob-logoThe 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 (