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And now for one thing barely totally different

The European Developmental Biology Congress: a distributed assembly throughout Oxford, Barcelona and Paris twenty fifth – twenty eighth September 2023

The quadrennial European Developmental Congress often positions itself neatly on the mid-way level between conferences of the Worldwide Society for Developmental Biology, or at the least that was the case, till the pandemic-induced postponement of the most recent ISDB assembly to October 2021.

This left lower than a 12 months between the ISDB and EDBC conferences.  We on the British Society for Developmental Biology, the hosts for #EDBC2023, see this not as an issue however a possibility – an opportunity to experiment with some options to the standard worldwide convention format.

For one factor, we have now determined to focus EDBC on the ‘rising stars’ of European developmental biology. Most of our invited audio system will likely be excellent and interesting audio system who began their very own labs inside roughly the final 5 years. We’re at present finalising our programme and are at all times completely satisfied to take options of wonderful audio system based mostly in European labs from our group, so please do get in contact by our twitter @_BSDB_ or our shiny new mastodon account @BSDB@mstdn.science or by emailing our Conferences Officer sally.lowell@ed.ac.uk. The assembly can even include all the standard highlights of BSDB conferences, together with talks from the winners of the Waddington medal, the Cheryll Tickle medal and the Beddington medal.

Moreover, within the spirit of experimenting with extra accessible convention codecs1 we are going to distribute the assembly throughout three totally different areas in Europe. The principle hub of the assembly will likely be in Oxford, and there will likely be interlinked one-day ‘spoke’ conferences in Paris, led by Sigolène Meilhac, Nicola Festuccia, Tanya Foley, Tom Cumming & Guillaume Frasca and Barcelona, led by Alejo Fraticelli & colleagues tba.   Talks will stream forwards and backwards between the Oxford hub and the spoke areas, and every of the three websites can even host its personal social and scientific occasions. Anybody who attends one of many one-day spoke conferences will be capable to view all the assembly on-line for no further value.

We’ve got thrilling plans for the scientific and social programmes in any respect three areas, together with plenty of alternatives to current your work by quick talks chosen from abstracts, flash talks, and energetic poster periods. All will likely be revealed early subsequent 12 months when the #ECDB2023 web site goes stay – watch this area! 

We encourage anybody who can’t journey to any of the three areas to contemplate organising a small scale ‘watch celebration’, maybe streaming your favorite periods to a departmental seminar room and mixing this with a neighborhood poster session. We notably hope that PhD college students and postdocs may be involved in organising native occasions of this kind – do get in contact (sally.lowell@ed.ac.uk) in case you’d like to debate how BSDB can help you with this.

Given our large plans for subsequent September’s EDBC, the BSDB is not going to maintain their normal giant Spring Assembly in Warwick in 2023. We’ll as an alternative take the chance to run a extra focussed medium-sized assembly in Sheffield on April Seventeenth-19th, exploring Cell Plasticity in Morphogenesis, organised by Ben Steventon, Anestis Tsakaridis and Kyra Campbell. Registration is now open.

We stay up for seeing you in Sheffield, Oxford, Paris or Barcelona!

Sally Lowell, Shankar Srinivas, Ben Steventon & Paul Martin 

British Society for Developmental Biology

1The way forward for conferences. Lowell S, Downie A, Shiels H, Storey Okay. Growth. 2022 Jan 1;149(1):dev200438

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