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Xenopus Meetings and Resources

* Meetings listed in chronological order... (unless part of a group)






July 2023

Single Cell Analysis (CSH Course)

June 30 - July 15, 2023

Cold Spring Harbor Labs, New York

Key Dates

Application Deadline: March 15, 2023

Arrival: June 29th by 6pm EST

Departure: July 15th around 12pm EST

Instructors: David Chenoweth, University of Pennsylvania, Michael McConnell, Lieber Institute for Brain Development; Sydney Shaffer, University of Pennsylvania; Gene Yeo, University of California, San Diego


Animal Models of Cancer Conference:From Cancer Genetics to Precision Oncology (Fusion conference)

July 8-21 2023 

Lisbon, Portugal

Organizers: Kevin Haigis, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Julien Sage, Stanford University



SDB 82nd Annual Meeting

July 20-23

Hyatt Regency - Chicago, IL

Organizers: Victoria Prince (Chair, SDB President), Alissa Richmond Armstrong, Richard Behringer, Samantha Butler, Cagney E. Coomer, Lauren Cote, Verónica Di Stilio, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Elizabeth N. Schock, Mansi Srivastava Local Committee: Jorge Cantú, Carole LaBonne, Ankur Saxena




August 2023

19th International Xenopus Conference

August 20-24, 2023

Hyatt Regency - Chesapeake Bay

Cambridge MA, USA

Organizers: Amy Sater, University of Houston, Aaron Zorn, Cincinnati Children’s; Ann Miller, University of Michigan; Matt Good, University of Pennsylvania



Modernized Approaches to Mechanistic Toxicology Investigations (Gordon Research Conference)

August 13-18, 2023

Proctor Academy, Andover, NH, United States

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 16, 2023.

Organizers:Rhiannon N. Hardwick and Heather M. Wallace




September 2023


Xenopus Developmental Biology 1-week practical course

September 11-15 2023

MUNI, Brno Bohunice, Czech Republic

A one-week practical course for students and postdocs introducing Xenopus as a developmental model, where you will learn basic techniques used in Developmental Biology.

Organizer/Staff: Dr. Alice Reis, Columbia University, New York and Dr. Jakub Harnos, MUNI, Czech Rep.

Registration closes August 15th, 2023

To register contact: Jakub Harnos:



European Developmental Biology Congress 2023 

September 25th-28th  2023

Keble College, Oxford, UK

See BSDB website for details:

Organizers: Sally Lowell, Paul Martin and Shankar Srinivas




October 2023

Frontiers in Stem Cells & Regeneration (MBL Course)

1st - 8th October, 2023

Woods Hole, MA, USA

SCARE is a laboratory and lecture based course that includes a complete array of biological and medical perspectives from fundamental basic biology of “stemness” and mechanisms of regeneration through evaluation of pluripotent stem cells for therapeutic benefit. The laboratories explore a variety of timely topics including stem cell derivation, pluripotency, directed differentiation, and spinal cord and limb regeneration, using an array of experimental models ranging from planarians to human stem cells.

Application due date: Jul 06, 2023

Organizers: Ina Dobrinski, University of Calgary; and Charles Easley, University of Georgia 



Gene Regulatory Networks for Development (MBL Course)

8th - 20th October  2023

Woods Hole, MA, USA

This course introduces the concepts of Gene regulatory networks (GRNs), and teaches experimental and computational methods used to study them, through highly interactive lectures, discussions, group projects, and practical tutorials. We will cover a broad range of topics, including transcriptional control systems, the structural organization of hierarchical networks, developmental functions of GRN circuit modules, GRN evolution, and computational modeling using BioTapestry as well as Boolean and quantitative mathematical approaches.

Application due date: Jul 11, 2023

Organizers: Titus Brown, University of California, Davis,  and Veronica Hinman, Carnegie Mellon University.



Infectious Diseases Through an Evolutionary Lens

17 - 19 October 2023

British Medical Association House, London, UK
The early-bird registration deadline is 19 May 2023.

This meeting will provide a unique opportunity to bring together leading experts in infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions and evolutionary biology to examine new insights into infectious diseases, including pathogen evolution and emergence, and their treatment.

Organisers: Wendy Barclay, Sara Cherry, David Tobin and Russell Vance





TAGC24, The Allied Genetics Conference (a GSA conference)
March 5–10, 2024
National Harbor, Washington DC Metro Area
Homepage - TAGC24

Most scientific conferences are either organism-focused or topic-focused—not both. The Allied Genetics Conference 2024 is a one-of-a-kind meeting that offers the best of both worlds.

With an exciting mix of sessions that focus on advances in genetics and genomics in a variety of research organisms, TAGC 2024 is designed to shape the big picture, include diverse voices, and showcase the fundamental unity of biology—all while providing the chance to spend time with old friends and valued colleagues from around the world.




Funding Opportunities


SDB Career Awards

SDB Career Awards recognize excellence in research, mentoring, education, and science communication in the developmental biology community. 

Nominations open in October 2023. 

Edwin G. Conklin Medal in Developmental Biology is awarded annually by the Society for Developmental Biology to recognize a developmental biologist who has made and is continuing to make extraordinary research contributions to the field and is an excellent mentor who has helped train the next generation of outstanding scientists.

Developmental Biology - Society for Developmental Biology Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a developmental biologist who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the field of developmental biology, through their own body of work, service to the scientific community, exceptional mentorship, and public advocacy. 

Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize recognizes individuals who have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the teaching and learning of developmental biology and related fields.

Elizabeth D. Hay New Investigator Award recognizes a new investigator performing outstanding research in developmental biology during the early stages of their independent career.

Society for Developmental Biology Trainee Science Communication Award recognizes great science communication and outreach efforts by student and postdoctoral members of the Society for Developmental Biology.


See SDB website for more details:


National Science Foundation (NSF) USA government funding opportunities:

The NSF Biology Directorate/Division of Integrative Organismal Systems  is now accepting research proposals at any time (i.e., no preliminary proposals or deadlines).  There are no proposal deadlines or caps on submission. (21-506)

Full details:

Supports research and training on the structure and function of organisms. Core areas supported include development, behavior, neuroscience, physiology, biomechanics and morphology, microbiology, immunology, virology, and plant and animal genomics.

Synopsis of Program: The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) Core Programs support research aimed at understanding why organisms are structured the way they are and function as they do. Proposals are welcomed in all of the core scientific program areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). Areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to, developmental biology and the evolution of developmental processes, nervous system development, structure, modification, function, and evolution; biomechanics and functional morphology, physiological processes, symbioses and microbial interactions, interactions of organisms with biotic and abiotic environments, plant and animal genomics, and animal behavior. Proposals should focus on organisms as a fundamental unit of biological organization. Principal Investigators are encouraged to apply systems approaches that will lead to conceptual and theoretical insights and predictions about emergent organismal properties. 

NSF IOS Program contacts

Developmental Systems Program; phone: (703) 292-8417

Behavioral Systems Program; phone: (703) 292-8423

Neural Systems Program; phone:(703) 292-8421


Instructions for submitting to the Developmental Systems Cluster are at:

You can find other programs solicitations at the BIO home page:



National Institute of Health (NIH) USA government funding opportunities  

For general information see also :


NOT-DA-23-004 High Priority Areas in Genetics, Epigenetics, and Developmental Neuroscience Branch in the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior

Key Dates  Release Date: April 14, 2022; First Available Due Date: June 05, 2022 ; Expiration Date:  September 08, 2025

Issued by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Purpose The mission of the Division of Neuroscience and Behavior (DNB) is to discover, facilitate and promote outstanding basic animal and human research aimed at identifying the causes and consequences of drug addiction across the lifespan and to guide treatment strategies. The Genetics, Epigenetics, and Development (GED) Branch within DNB supports research on the genetics, epigenetics, and developmental mechanisms that underlie addiction and substance use disorders (SUD).

Research areas of general interest include but are not limited to:

  • human and animal genetic studies of vulnerability to addiction,

  • molecular genetics and genomic studies related to the response to addictive drugs,

  • epigenetic mechanisms of substance use disorders and addiction,

  • cell biology studies of addiction,

  • development of neural pathways and brain structures that mediate SUDs and addiction and

  • bioinformatic approaches to better model the genetics of SUDs, including data integration, methods development, epistasis analysis, and machine learning.


  1. NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy Overview

NIH has issued the Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy (effective January 25, 2023) to promote the sharing of scientific data. Sharing scientific data accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part, by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies.

Full details:


Under the DMS policy, NIH expects that investigators and institutions:

- Plan and budget for the managing and sharing of data

- Submit a DMS plan for review when applying for funding

- Comply with the approved DMS plan


See this blog post for discussion: 

Xenopus Genome Editing Workshop
Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA

Next Workshop: October 18-27, 2018.

Last Updated: 2023-03-30