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2012 Spring Conference

The 2012 Spring Conference is a joint meeting of the British Society for Cell Biology, the British Society for Developmental Biology and the Japanese Society for Developmental Biologists and will take place at Warwick University, from 15-18 April 2012. 

The meeting features a series of plenary and parallel sessions, with an outstanding line up of speakers from around the world. There are three highlight prize lectures –the Hooke Medal Lecture (BSCB), Waddington Medal Lecture (BSDB and the Beddington prize lecture (best PhD student) as well as poster sessions and social events.

Find out more about the speakers, the programme and how to register on the 2012 Conference website or download a PDF of the meeting poster.

The annual spring symposium is a major meeting in the international calendar. It covers a broad range of topics in developmental biology and is often held jointly with the British Society for Cell Biology (BSCB) or the Genetics Society. Attendance is usually 400-500 delegates. The format usually includes:

  • Four or five sessions of research talks
  • Sessions on other topics of interest to UK developmental biologists (e.g. funding, careers)
  • Waddington Medal Lecture
  • Beddington Medal Lecture
  • Poster sessions with prizes for the best poster
  • The BSDB AGM, including elections of new committee members


A new website for the BSDB

Those who’ve visited the website before will notice that we have launched a new website. We hope you like the improvements we’ve made, but welcome any feedback on how we can improve it further. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook or collect our RSS feed.

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BSDB 2011 autumn meeting

Joint meeting with the French Society for Developmental Biology (SFBD). Nice, France, 3–6 September, 2011. Deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2011.

The French Society for Developmental Biology (SFBD) together with the British Society for Developmental Biology organize their 2nd joint meeting. The meeting will take place September 3-6, 2011 in Nice, at the Saint-Jean d’Angély campus located close to the city centre. Leading researchers from Great Britain, France and the rest of the world will present their recent findings covering a wide range of topics in developmental biology. Participants are invited to submit abstracts for posters, from which short communications will be selected.

Invited speakers

  • Enrico Coen (John Innes Center, Norwich, UK)
  • Sophie Creuzet (INAF, Gif/Yvette, France)
  • Richard Harland (University. of California, Berkeley, US)
  • Oliver Hobert (University of Columbia, New York, US)
  • Corinne Houart (MRC, London, UK)
  • Carsten Janke (Curie Institute, Orsay, France)
  • Thomas Lecuit (IBDML, Marseille, France)
  • Thierry Lepage (Observatory, Villefranche s/Mer, France)
  • Malcolm Logan (MRC, London, UK)
  • Robin Lovell-Badge (MRC, London, UK)
  • Vincent Mirouse (University of Clermond-Ferrand, France)
  • Olivier Pourquié (IGBMC, Strasbourg, France)
  • Erez Raz (ZMBE, Münster, Germany)
  • Bénédicte Sanson (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Dietmar Schmucker (VIB, Leuven, Belgium)
  • James Sharpe (CRG, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Ralf Sommer (MPI, Tübingen, Germany)
  • Kate Storey (University of Dundee, UK)
  • Cheryll Tickle (University of Bath, UK)


Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2011
Registration deadline: 20 August 2011

Further information

For more details go to the meeting website.

The BSDB autumn meeting is a smaller meeting with 80-100 attendees, and is devoted to the in depth discussion of a particular area of developmental biology.

Waddington Medal awarded to Chris Wylie

Congratulations to Chris Wylie (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center), who received the 2011 Waddington Medal at the Spring Meeting in Kent.

Chris’s research focusses on: the migration of embryonic cells, the control of actin assembly in morphogenetic movements, the formation of the primary germ layers in vertebrate embryos, the scientific basis of spinal disorders, tendon differentiation.