Development in Action

“Development in Action” - ­DiA - Meetings a series of VERY INFORMAL meetings organised by the members of the SPDB.  We get together once every three months (generally alternating between IMM, FCUL, IGC and CEDOC). We also organise a yearly SPECIAL DiA meeting with our “out-of-Lisbon” members in mind.  More information


Meetings and courses of interest

European Developmental Biology Congress, Alicante, Spain, 23-26 October 2019

This congress has the support of the main European Societies (including SPBD!) and aims to stimulate excellence and exchange in Developmental Biology and to promote this area of research in the European context.

Deadline for abstract submission: 2 June 2019  |  Deadline for early registration: 31 July 2019  |  More information here

Champalimaud Research Symposium 2019 "Tissue environment in health and disease", Lisbon, Portugal, 8-10 October 2019.

The Symposium will address how intrinsic and extrinsic environments impact on tissue homeostasis and will take the form of a scientific meeting, with 17 invited speakers, several talks selected from abstracts and poster sessions. The topic will be highlighted from different angles and include discussion on the homeostatic mechanisms that underlie inflammation, injury, aging and oncogenic transformation in different tissues of our body. Invited speakers will therefore cover aspects from immunology, cell signaling, genetics and tissue regeneration in different model organisms.

Deadline for early registration: 14 June 2019 | SPBD members have a discounted fee! | Deadline for abstract submission: 26 July 2019  More information here.

EMBO Workshop | Limb development and regeneration: new tools for a classic model system, Barcelona, Spain, 2-5 July 2019

Deadline for abstract submission: 2 April 2019  |  Deadline for registration: 21 May 2019   More information here

25th European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology, Pedrogão Pequeno, Portugal, 26 May - 1 June 2019.

The European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) is an annual retreat for PhD students from european labs and developing their projects in Evolution.

It is a great opportunity for PhD students to share and receive precious feedback on both their work and presentation skills and also to network and socialize with their peers. In addition, notable Keynote Speakers from relevant and cutting-edge research in Evolution are invited to enrich the event with their knowledge and advice.

All PhD students will give Oral Presentations and, in addition, they can also bring posters. EMPSEB welcomes participants in all stages of their PhD project, so do not worry if you do not have results to show yet.

This event is primarily supported by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and is organized by PhD students that volunteer during the previous meeting. 

Deadline for abstract submission: 3 February 2019.  Deadline for registration: 10 March 2019.  More information here.

Interdisciplinary Spring School on Plant and Animal Physiology, Montpellier, France, 18 - 24 March 2019

This Spring school is destined to early career researchers (masters students to early stage post-docs) and will focus this year on the genetic and evolutionary mechanisms determining cell and tissue morphogenesis during animal and plant development. It aims at bringing together students of various biological and physical/mathematical backgrounds to breed a new generation of interdisciplinary cellular and developmental biologists.

The course organizers encourage applications from candidates with Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Computer science backgrounds interested to broaden their skills and interests. In addition to formal lectures in the morning, hands-on training in computational simulations, tailored to the students skills, will be provided in the afternoons.

Grants are available. More information here.

To register, send a CV, letter of motivation, financial support request if applicable, and reference letter from at least one professor or scientific supervisor to Patrick Lemaire: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2019     

The developing brain in health and disease, University of Oxford, UK. 19 - 20 March 2019

The Academy of Medical Sciences is convening a two day scientific meeting to explore key areas of neurodevelopmental research in a unique forum that promotes discussion and collaboration between disciplines, career stages and sectors.

The meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary mix of researchers, from world leading scientists to early career researchers, as well as other key players in the field, such as funders and industry. One of the key aims will be to highlight the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and identify key research questions that could bring a real impact to the field. There will be a strong focus on nurturing the next generation of researchers by fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations and engagement with more established researchers.

We welcome researchers from all backgrounds interested in brain development and strongly encourage early career researchers, from PhD level onwards, to attend this meeting. Please note that we might be able to pay for travel and accommodation costs to outstanding early career researchers who wish to attend the meeting.

Registration is free. Abstract submission is open until November 5, 2018. See our poster
For more information please visit our site in:

Developmental and Cell Biology of the Future, Paris, France. 27 - 29 March, 2019

A conference organized by young scientists from France. Topics: Epigenomics & Genome expression; Mechanobiology; Live imaging & Image processing; Single cell Omics; Environmental impact on development and evolution; Stem cells and organoids.

Registration is free, but compulsory.

Funding opportunities for meetings:

PLoS Early Career Travel Award Program

The Company of Biologists Scientific Meeting Grants Travel Grant Program



2018 Joint Meeting SPBD|SEBD|SFBD

SPBD held a successful joint meeting with SEBD and SFBD in Porto on 7-10 November 2018. 

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SPBD turned 10 years old in 2016

A SPBD fez 10 anos em 2016!

SPBD turned 10 years old in 2016!

On the 23th of September 2016 we had a BIG CELEBRATION in Lisbon!!!

A One-Day Symposium with 2 special guests (Nicole Le Douarin  and  Phil Ingham) and

Inauguration of a Photo Exhibition (ArtDevo) of your best photos on display in MUHNAC until 31 December 2016.


Masters and PhD programmes in Developmental Biology

Masters in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology / Mestrado em Biologia Evolutiva e do Desenvolvimento, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.

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Do you organise a post-graduate programme in Developmental Biology? Send your link to comunicacao.spbd [at]!