About SPBD

The SPBD is a nonprofit organization that aims to represent and strengthen the interactions among developmental biologists working in Portugal.

It was created in 2006 and  launched with pomp and circumstance in a successful meeting at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Read here what the first SPBD president, Isabel Palmeirim, has to say about the first steps of the SPBD and read the enthusiastic meeting report published in the International Journal of Developmental Biology.

SPBD organised its 1st National Meeting at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in October 2006. Then in November 2010, SPBD joined the SEBD and held a joint meeting in Badajoz. In November 2012, we joined the SEBD again, this time in Granada. SPBD held its 2nd Meeting in Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, jointly with SEBD and in association with the SPCE-TC (Sociedade Portuguesa de Células Estaminais e Terapia Celular), on 24-26 October 2013. In 2014, SPBD associated itself with SEBD in the Xth SEBD Meeting in Madrid, on 13-15 October. The 3rd SPBD Meeting was held with the SEBD and the BSDB in Algarve on 7-10 October 2015. In 2016, SPBD joined SEBD and SEBC for the 11th SEBD Meeting in Girona, on 19-21 October 2016. In 2018, SPBD and SEBD joined forces with the SFBD and held a Joint Meeting (the 4th SPBD Meeting) in Porto on 7-10 November. In 2022, SPBD organized the 19th International Congress of Developmental Biology with the ISDB, which took place at the Salgados Palace, Algarve, on 16-20 October 2022.

The history of Research and Teaching in Developmental Biology has been put together and was published in the 2009 Iberia issue of the International Journal of Developmental Biology. Read here about the birth of research and teaching of Developmental Biology in Portugal.

The Development in Action (DiA) meetings of the SPBD are informal meetings designed to consolidate the Developmental Biology community. For more information click here.


Current SPBD Board

Rita Fior, CF

Claudio Franco, iMM

Ana Ribeiro, iMM

Voting Members
Paulo Navarro, IGC,FMUL
Eurico Morais Sá, i3S
Rita Teodoro, CEDOC
Raquel Mendes, CF
Dalila Silva, iMM
Marco Campinho, ABC-RI

The President and Vice-President can be reached at: board.spbd [at] gmail.com

The Treasurer can be reached at: spbd.tesouraria [at] gmail.com

General Assembly of SPBD

Domingos Henrique

Hélia Neves

Gabriela Rodrigues

Fiscal Council of SPBD

Leonor Saúde

Raquel P. Andrade

Raquel Lourenço

Communication Committee

Dalila Silva
Jorge Borbinha
Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir

The Communication Committee can be reached at: comunicacao.spbd [at] gmail.com