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Developmental Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Cellular Basis of Development, Tissue Homeostasis and Repair


June 24-25, 2017


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA Site Information


Sam Crossman & Blair W. Benham-Pyle

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


For the last four decades the Gordon Research Conference on Developmental Biology has brought together outstanding scientists from around the world to discuss recent advances in the field. In 2017, a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be held alongside the main conference for the first time. The GRS is a 2-day meeting organized by junior researchers for fellow graduate students and post-docs, providing a friendly and collegial environment for the discussion of unpublished work.

Much like the main meeting, the scientific focus of the GRS is broad but particular emphasis will be placed on the cell biology of development and tissue maintenance. This will cover classical areas of interest such as pattern formation, signalling and growth control, with a focus placed on the application of novel techniques and methodologies.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Developmental Biology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 24, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Iswar Hariharan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Blair Benham-Pyle (Stanford University, USA)
  • Dominique Bergmann (Stanford University, USA)
  • Sam Crossman (The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom)
  • Iswar Hariharan (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Jean-Paul Vincent (National Institute for Medical Research, United Kingdom)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

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