• British Society for Developmental Biology

    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.

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Send your nominations for BSDB committee members by 7 March

We ask for nominations for three new BSDB committee members, who will commence their 5 year term in October 2017 to replace three members retiring this year. Committee members will be required to (make every attempt to) attend two committee meetings per year, one of which coincides with the annual BSDB Spring Meeting. All nominations […]

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Meeting Report: BSDB Autumn Meeting 2016

Under the sponsorship of the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and The Company of Biologists, the BSDB Autumn meeting organised by Jenny Nichols and Tristan Rodriguez took place in the Pollock Halls at the University of Edinburgh. The topic this year was: ‘Chimaeras and their use in studying developmental processes and disease models’. Chimaeras are […]

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Two developmental biologists named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list

The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List includes a damehood for Ottoline Leyser, head of the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge and chair of the BSDB, and a knighthoods for James Smith, director of research at the Francis Crick Institute. We would like to congratulate them on their great achievement!

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Joint Spring Meeting 2017

BSCB/BSDB/Genetics Society


  • date: 2-5 April 2017
  • place: Warwick
  • organisers: Julie Welburn, Andrew Carter, Steve Royle, Andy Oates, Henry Roehl, Josh Brickman, Rebecca Oakey, Marika Charalambous, Dominique Kleyn
  • BSDB members can apply for conference grants
  • we invite applications for the Beddington Medal which will be awarded for the year’s best PhD thesis in Developmental Biology
  • website: www.bscb-bsdb-gensoc-meetings.co.uk/21382
  • download the poster

Joint Nordic Development Biology & Regeneration Meeting 2017


BSDB & all Scandinavian Dev. Biol. Societies

  • date: 25-27 Oct 2017
  • place: Aula Medica, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
  • organisers: Megan Davey, Joe Rainger, Josh Brickman (BSDB) – Christos Samakovlis, András Simon, Sara Wilson (SWEDBO) – Satu Kuure (FSDB) -Elke Ober, Palle Serup (Denmark) – Helge Ræder (Norway)
  • BSDB members can apply for The Company of Biologists Travel grants or PI travel grants
  • website: tba
  • attending BSDB members who are not yet PIs and have <10 years research experience can apply for a Dennis Summerbell Lecture Award

18th International Congress of Developmental Biology

International Society of Developmental Biology

  • date: 18-22 June 2017
  • place: Singapore
  • organisers: Phil Ingham and Tom Carney
  • website: isdb2017.com
  • Become a new ISDB members. If you subscribe and we receive your details until 24 March 2017, you will then be eligible to register at the reduced rates. After that date, you will have to pay the Full rate. The consolidated lists of members will be used to prepare the invoices for your 2017 subscription, which will be due on June 1st 2017.
  • BSDB members can apply for The Company of Biologists Travel grants or PI travel grants


The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not for profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. The Company publishes five specialist peer-reviewed journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open. It offers further support to the biological community by facilitating scientific meetings and communities, providing travel grants for researchers and supporting research societies.

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 (secretary@bsdb.org).

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 (secretary@bsdb.org).

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