Abstract Submission

Society for Developmental Biology 78th Annual Meeting
Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
July 26-30, 2019

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Important Abstract Submission Details
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019 (11:59 PM EDT)
    • $50 non-refundable handling fee payment required
    • There will NOT BE online revisions after submission
    • Proof your abstract carefully before submitting it!
    • Character limit: 2000 including spaces for the body of the abstract. Do NOT repeat the abstract title and authors in the body of the abstract. Please keep the entire abstract in one paragraph.
    • Funding sources must be acknowledged at the end of the abstract.  This is included in the 2000 characters count.
  • Abstract withdrawal requests must be made in writing by May 13, 2019
    • Email with subject title "Abstract Withdrawal"
    • Include abstract ID number in request
  • Late abstracts are subject to space availability
    • Submit abstract by April 15 to guarantee a slot
    • Check SDB meeting website at the end of April for updates regarding late abstracts
  • Full abstracts will be available online only (PDF) on the meeting website

Membership Dues

  • SDB membership renewal will be processed immediately
  • New SDB membership applications are reviewed twice monthly (middle and end of month)
  • Plan ahead so not to miss the deadlines!
  • Membership validation – SDB member ID and password are required for registration and abstract submission as a member.  You may use your provisional SDB member ID if you have not received your approval letter yet.  Retrieve SDB ID online or via email at or phone (301-634-7815) M-F, 8:30 AM - 5 PM ET.
Platform Short Talks
  • About 33 abstracts will be selected for short talks by the Program Committee for the concurrent symposia and plenary sessions
  • Only current SDB members (2019 dues paid before abstract submission) may request consideration for short talks
    • Check box on submission form for short talk

Best Student Poster Competition

  • Students who are first authors and current SDB members (2019 dues paid before abstract submission) are eligible for the best student poster competition
    • Check box on submission form for consideration

Hilde Mangold Symposium

  • Postdocs who are first authors and current SDB members (2019 dues paid before abstract submission) are eligible for consideration for Hilde Mangold Symposium
    • Check box on submission form for consideration
    • 2019 SDB regional meeting postdoctoral winners are automatically considered for a slot in this session; but they must submit the abstract to be considered

Online Submission Process

  1. ONLY start the submission process if your abstract is ready; entries cannot be saved and returned to. 
  2. Each author may present only one abstract as first author.  If you wish to submit a 2nd first-author abstract, it must be for an Education poster, and submitted as a non-member.
  3. It is understood that ALL named authors have read and approved the abstract content.
  4. It is solely the authors' responsibility to abide by standard regulations for animal care and use, as well as for use of human subjects. All named authors share this responsibility and submission of the abstract confirms acceptance of this responsibility.
  5. Submission link:
  6. Read all instructions carefully before completing the form.
  7. DO NOT copy and paste directly from your word processing program (e.g., Word).  Hidden codes may disrupt your submission or increase character count.
    1. Save your abstract as a text file (.txt).
    2. Copy the plain text into the submission form.
    3. Reintroduce formatting (e.g., italics, symbols) using style buttons above text box.
  8. Select a poster theme (required for all abstracts):
    1. Cell adhesion, migration and guidance
    2. Cell fate specification and differentiation
    3. Cell growth and polarity
    4. Cell-cell signaling
    5. Computation and modeling of cell and tissue behavior
    6. Development and evolution
    7. Education
    8. Emerging model organisms
    9. Epigenetics
    10. Functional genomics
    11. Gene regulation and chromosome topology
    12. Genetic models of disease
    13. Genome editing
    14. Genome surveillance and non-coding RNAs
    15. Germ cells and gametogenesis
    16. Intracellular signaling pathways
    17. Mechanical influences on cell and tissue development
    18. Molecular medicine, cancer and development
    19. Morphogenesis
    20. Neural development and patterning
    21. Organogenesis
    22. Patterning embryo development
    23. Single cell analysis
    24. Stem cells and tissue regeneration
    25. Tissue engineering
  9. If you wish to be considered for a short talk presentation (available to current SDB members only), check the box and select two of the following concurrent session titles:
    1. Lineage: From Imaging to Barcoding
    2. Morphogenesis: From Camera Lucida to In Toto Imaging
    3. RNA: From siRNA to lncRNA
    4. Evolution: From Hox Genes to Floral Evolution
    5. Developmental Biology: From Genetics to Cell to Systems Biology
    6. Epigenetics: From Polycomb to Transgenerational Inheritance
    7. Gene Regulation: From Enhancers to Single-Cell Transcriptomics
    8. Genome Editing: From Transgenesis to CRISPR
    9. Human Development: From Analysis to Organoids
    10. Healing & Regeneration: From Phenomena to Mechanisms
    11. Seeing is Believing: From GFP to Lattice Light Sheet
    12. Organogenesis: From In Vivo to In Vitro
    13. Developmental Biology & Disease: From Modeling Pathologies to Treatments
    14. Developmental Timing: From Heterochronic Genes to Aging
    15. Development: From Old Questions to New Systems
  10. If you wish to be considered for a short talk presentation at one of the plenary sessions (available to current SDB members only) please check the box and select one of the following themes:
    1. Reprogramming: From Cloning to Curing Disease
    2. Pattern Formation: From Organizers to Morphogens and Gene Regulatory Networks
    3. Developmental Biology and Society: From Fundamental to Practical
  11. Student and postdoctoral presenting authors must enter advisor’s name and e-mail address. It is understood that the named advisor has approved the abstract content.
  12. Review abstract on “Abstract Preview” page. Click “Go Back to Make Edits” to make changes to abstract, authors, or institutions. When satisfied with abstract click “Go to Payment Screen” to complete submission. What you submit will appear “as is” in the Meeting Program and Abstract Book.
  13. Payment of $50 non-refundable processing fee is required. VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover accepted.
  14. Submit abstract by clicking “Submit”, and wait for acknowledgment of receipt of submission.
  15. Save the confirmation page with the abstract ID number for future reference.  Consider your abstract accepted unless otherwise notified.
  16. Program assignment notification will be emailed to the presenting author only.
  17. Abstracts not selected for short talks will be scheduled for poster presentations.


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Last Updated on 04/12/2019