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.

Nominations for the 2015 Beddington medal

Nominations are invited for the 2015 Beddington Medal for the best graduating PhD student in the field of Developmental Biology.

  • The eligibility period covers PhD dissertations submitted anytime during 2014.
  • The closing date for nominations this year is Wednesday 14th January, 2015.

Before submitting any nomination, please read further details here.

Post doc representative on the BSDB committee

The BSDB committee are inviting applications and nominations for a post doctoral representative to join the committee. We already have a Graduate Student representative and feel that the post doctoral community should also be represented. This position is available immediately and would be for a two year  term and we would like someone in place by the New Year ideally. The post doc rep would attend committee meetings twice a year, one at the annual Spring BSDB-BSCB meeting and one in London in the fall. They would act as a voice and conduit for the postdoc community within the BSDB. This a great opportunity to gain insight and understanding of how a learned Society is run and could serve as a valuable addition to a CV. Please send applications and nominations to the BSDB Secretary :

Registration now open:SpringMeet15Joint Spring Meeting

Celebrating 50 years of the BSCB!

12th – 15th 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. 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. For more information and to register visit this link

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Reports

In 2014, the BSDB has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention of providing highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback we received was outstanding. Please, read the student reports kindly sent to us by Benedetta Carbone and George Choa.


The BSMB/BSDB Joint meeting “The Musculoskeletal System: from development to disease” was a great success! Please, find a meeting report here.

The Waddington Medal Lecture 2014 now online

InghamCongratulations 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.


The Company of Biologistscob-logo

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 (