General Information

Society for Developmental Biology 73rd Annual Meeting
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, July 17-21, 2014

The Society for Developmental Biology celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and SDB President Martin Chalfie, together with the Program Committee prepared a program that will highlight some of the seminal discoveries in our field throughout these years, in addition to the latest findings typical of our annual meetings.  Since its founding in 1939, SDB, then called the Society for the Study of Development and Growth, has provided scientific leadership by organizing the major gathering of developmental biologists from around the world.  This year we return to a campus setting, the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where communal meals will provide additional opportunities for networking and exchanges among junior and seasoned investigators.

Why I Choose Development
At this year’s SDB annual meeting we will be collecting and sharing our individual reasons for choosing developmental biology (in brief statements of 140 characters or less). Our collective expressions will be showcased throughout the meeting and ultimately be utilized for science outreach. Everyone is encouraged to participate and may submit a powerpoint slide with their photo, name, and statement to Tamara Caspary at [email protected]. See example here. Your story is part of our community’s story and we hope you will share it.

Poster Presentations
The poster boards for the SDB 73rd Annual Meeting will be vertical (portrait) in orientation.  The maximum poster dimensions are:

Width: 4 feet (120 cm)
Height: 5 feet (150 cm)

Travel Awards
As always, SDB will offer financial assistance to help current SDB members (2014 dues paid) defray their meeting expenses: student (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoc travel awards and teaching faculty travel grants.  Six Latin American-Caribbean Scholarships (for trainee and faculty) will be available for our colleagues from Latin American and Caribbean institutions to enhance exchange and collaboration opportunities among researchers within the Western Hemisphere.  In addition, the best student and the best postdoctoral presenters at each of the SDB Regional Meetings will each receive a travel award of up to $1,000 to help defray expenses to present their winning papers at the annual meeting.

Student and Postdoc Presentation Awards
The Hilde Mangold Postdoctoral Symposium will take place again this year, and eight short talks will be selected for the session, where the best presenter will receive an award to attend a specialty meeting or workshop of choice.  The traditional Best Student Poster Competition will be carried out and we expect fierce competition at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The best graduate student will represent SDB at the 2015 British Society for Developmental Biology spring meeting, while we will host the 2014 BSDB poster winner in Seattle. 

Short Talks
The 36 short talk selections have been made. Speakers were notified via e-mail on Monday, May 12, 2014. 

Reminder:  Current SDB membership (2014 dues paid) is required for all these benefits.  Avoid surprises and verify your status ahead of time at:  New membership application can be made at:  Review of new applications takes place mid- and end-of each month.  Plan ahead!

Come back to this website regularly for updates and online submissions.