Developmental Biology meeting

Human Frontier Science Program and the French and Japanese societies for Developmental Biology (SFBD & JSDB) are pleased to announce the upcoming meeting : “New Frontiers in Developmental Biology – Celebrating the Diversity of Life”, which will be held under the Haut patronage of the Consulat Général du Japon, on November 7-10, 2022 in Strasbourg France.

This 3rd Franco-Japanese meeting aims to bring together researchers studying developmental processes in both animals and plants, provide a forum for discussing recent discoveries and promote the development of new model systems. An attractive range of topics will be covered, including :

Robustness & Plasticity
of identities and developmental processes

Cellular ontogeny
evolution, transitions & trajectories

Single cell analyses
cellular heterogeneity, gene regulatory networks

Epigenetics processes
underlying cellular identities

Tissue & organism homeostasis
ageing, senescence and regeneration

Dynamic processes
imaging advances & new models

Developmental processes
modelled in a dish: Stem cells, blastuloids and organoids

Building an organism
patterning & scaling during embryogenesis and organogenesis

Ensuring the next generation
meiosis, mitosis & germ cells

This international conference aims to foster interactions between young researchers and global leaders and to highlight young researchers. A Franco-Japanese committee with experiences ranging from the end of the PhD to young PIs is involved in crafting the programme, starting with invited speakers line up, which includes several junior PIs. In addition, many opportunities for oral presentations selected on abstracts (36 selected talks plus many Poster flash talks) as well as two poster sessions will be offered. We particularly encourage students, post-doctoral fellows, staff members, and junior faculty using plant and animal models to present their work. The meeting is currently scheduled as a full in-person meeting.

Furthermore, our ambition is to involve the participation of the general public to this meeting, thus planned it as a double event : a range of outreach actions have been scheduled around the meeting to involve the lay public (see the Outreach page). We welcome volunteers, and students in particular, to participate in the planned school workshops and encourage you to attend the outreach conferences, exhibits and Art&Science show.


Keynotes speakers

Christine Cheung

Christine Cheung

NTU | Singapore

Michalis Averof

Michalis Averof

IGFL | France

Penney Gilbert

Penney Gilbert

University of Toronto | Canada

Yoshiko Takahashi

Yoshiko Takahashi

Kyoto University | Japan

Invited speakers

Aiko Sada

Aiko Sada

Kumamoto University | Japan

Alex Schier

Alex Schier

University Basel | Switzerland

Fengzhu Xiong

Fengzhu Xiong

University of Cambridge | UK

Hironobu Fujiwara

Hironobu Fujiwara

Riken BDR | Japan

Igor Adameyko

Igor Adameyko

Karolinska Institute | Sweden

Jerome Gros

Jerome Gros

Institut Pasteur | France

Marie Anne Felix

Marie Anne Felix

IBENS | France

Marie-Hélène Verlhac

Marie-Hélène Verlhac

CIRB | France

Mounia Lagha

Mounia Lagha

IGMM | France

Olivier Pertz

Olivier Pertz

University of Bern | Switzerland

Rafael Carazo Salas

Rafael Carazo Salas

University of Bristol | UK

Satoru Okuda

Satoru Okuda

Nano Life Science Institute of Kanazawa University | Japan

Siobhan Brady

Siobhan Brady

University of California | USA

Vanessa Barone

Vanessa Barone

UC San Diego | USA

Yoshikatsu Sato

Yoshikatsu Sato

Nagoya University | Japan

Current and past HFSP awardees


Nov 7th-10th 2022

7th November 2022


Morning: outreach activities in local schools from Strasbourg/Grand Est: ateliers pour des classes des cycles 1 à 4 (In collaboration with Maison pour la Science Alsace and Jardin des Sciences)

During the whole length of the meeting: Exhibition “Art & Science”- Students from the HEAR Art School



Lay public conference: Chris Bowler(with Le Jardin des Sciences)

Scientific conference :


Welcome address by Mr the Consul General of Japan


Foreword by Delphine Duprez, President of the SFBD


Foreword by Hiroyuki Takeda, President of the JSDB


Foreword by Pavel Kabat, HFSP Secretary General


General welcome & announcements


Introduction of keynote by Anne-Hélène Monsoro-Burq


Keynote speaker : Yoshiko TAKAHASHI Cell communications and inter-region crosstalks during peristaltic movements in the embryonic gut

Session 1 : Building an organism: Patterning and scaling during embryogenesis and organogenesis


Introduction of the field by Bertrand Benazeraf & Kaoru Sugimura


Jérome GROS (EMBO YIP lecture) Mechanical feedback in embryonic self-organization


Reiko KURODA Left-right body plan and cell-fate determination in very early embryogenesis


Asuka YAMAGUCHI Identification of the protein motifs in type I myosins dictating the left-right asymmetry of the embryonic gut in Drosophila


Flash Talk sponsors 1 Abberior Instruments

Coffee Break 30 min


Vanessa BARONE (HFSP lecture) Evolution of mesendoderm patterning in echinoderm embryo


Bertrand BENAZÉRAF Differential proliferation is a key principle of multi-tissue axial extension


Takefumi KONDO Dynamic cell fate-determining processes through crosstalk with morphogenesis


Ludivine FIERRO Zebrafish pou5f3 mRNA shortening as a translational regulation process, but not clearance, in the early development


Outreach Activities presentation & Poster voting procedure


Poster Flash Talks (4×3 min): A. DESGRANGE, A. LARDENNOIS, L. THOMANN, Y. ITAKURA



Poster session 1 + Warm up mixer/aperitif

8th November 2022



Introduction of the keynote by Shahragim Tajbakhsh


9h05- 9h55

HSFP Keynote speaker : Penney GILBERT Bioengineering approaches to restore hallmarks of youth to aging skeletal muscle


Session 2 : Regeneration & stem cells, aging, senescence


Introduction of the field by Sepand Rastegar & Aiko Sada


Hironobu FUJIWARA Tracing the developmental origin of hair follicle stem cells

Coffee Break 30 min



Franziska KNOPF Compartmentalization and synergy of osteoblasts drive bone formation in the regenerating fin


Antoine ZALC Murine cranial neural crest cells reawaken pluripotency programs


Mathieu MASSONOT CHD8-associated gastrointestinal complaints are caused by impaired vagal neural crest development and homeostatic imbalance


Aiko SADA (HFSP lecture) Unraveling the mechanisms of skin regeneration and aging: from the perspective of stem cell proliferative heterogeneity


Lunch and Poster viewing



Round table: International funding opportunities for Young Scientists (Salle Pasteur)


General Assembly of the SFBD (Salle Fustel)

Session 3 : Developmental processes modelled in a dish – Stem cells, blastuloids and organoids 


Introduction of the field by Yuji Atsuta & Clémence Carron


Satoru OKUDA Mechanical plasticity of epithelium for progressing morphogenesis


Ali SHARIATI An efficient and controllable synthetic model of early embryonic development using CRISPR epigenome editing


Katia BARRETT Mechanical coupling between epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells orients axis elongation


Rosa NICOLAS Engineering a new model of the myotendinous junction based on developmental biology processes.


Rafael CARAZO SALAS (HFSP lecture) Predicting ‘live’ cell fate dynamics in hPSCs by deep learning enhanced morphological profiling

Coffee Break 30 min



Introduction by Andrea Pasini
SFBD Thesis Prize Lecture: Hélène VIGNES


Poster Flash Talks (5×3 min) : C. MUNGER, A. MAYRAN, B. BOULOUDI, S. METHOT, M. SATO



Poster session 2 (Bretzel & beers)

9th November 2022


Session 4: Single cell analyses – heterogeneity, epigenetics status and GRNs


Introduction of the field by Takefumi Kondo & Antoine Zalc


Alex SCHIER Reconstructing differentiation


Sara JIMENEZ Characterization of cell-fate decision landscapes by estimating transcription factor dynamics


Maria Eleni KASTRITI Using single cell transcriptomics to redefine Schwann cell precursors: functions beyond myelination


Yasuko AKIYAMA-ODA Reconstruction of the segmented body pattern by single-cell and single-nucleus RNA-seq of spider embryos

Coffee Break (40 min)



Siobhan BRADY Exodermis Differentiation and Function


Nathalie BEAUJEAN Deciphering the pluripotency continuum in rabbit preimplantation embryos by RNA sequencing, epigenetic and metabolomics analysis


Pierre CATTENOZ Chromatin dynamics during embryonic gliogenesis in Drosophila


Gabriel KRASOVEC Apoptosis induces neurogenesis during the metamorphosis of the cnidarian Hydractinia symbiolongicarpus


Flash talks (5x5min)= N. MOLINA, D. THIEFFRY, Y. KOGURE, F. CAUSERET, M. KIM





Introduction of HFSP keynote by Takefumi Kondo



HSFP Keynote speaker : Christine CHEUNG Deconvoluting vascular inflammation using patient-derived endothelial models

Session 5: Robustness and plasticity of cells and developmental processes  

14h55- 15h00

Introduction of the field by Nathalie Beaujean & Masayuki Oginuma

15h00- 15h25

Marie-Anne FELIX Evolution of developmental genetic biases explain rates of phenotypic evolution


Yuuki ISHITA Co-option of an astacin metalloprotease is associated with evolution of predation in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus

Coffee Break


Christelle GALLY A natural transdifferentiation event involving mitosis is empowered by integrating signalling inputs with conserved plasticity factors


Kaoru SUGIMURA Attachment/detachment of cortical myosin regulates cell junction exchange during cell rearrangement


Rushikesh SHETH Robustness and plasticity of a self-organizing system


Fengzhu XIONG How tissue mechanics promote robustness of morphogenetic progress


Julie GAMART Gam’Art

Outreach and Social Activities: Video Mapping (18h) on Developmental Biology themes, followed by Gala dinner (19h30, Villa Quai Sturm).

10th November 2022



Introduction of keynote speaker by Shigeo Hayashi


9h05- 9h55

Keynote speaker : Michalis AVEROF Old questions, new model: exploring regeneration in a crustacean

Session 6: Dynamic processes, imaging advances and new models in developmental biology


Introduction of the field by Hajime Fukui & Aurélien Villedieu


Mounia LAGHA (EMBO YIP lecture) Gene expression dynamics during the awakening of the zygotic genome


Gilles DUPOUY Roles of the cytoskeleton in nucleus positioning and shape in the development of root meristem and root hair cells in Arabidopsis thaliana

Coffee Break



Tomoki ISHIBASHI Cell chirality induces directional collective rotation via left-right asymmetric formation of lamellipodia


Charlene GUILLOT Identifying the Neuromesodermal progenitors at the single cell resolution in the avian model


Timo KOHLER Plakoglobin is a mechanoresponsive and evolutionary conserved regulator of naïve pluripotency


Yoshikatsu SATO Live cell imaging with different fluorescene lifetimes as well as fluorescence wavelengths





Session 7: Ontogeny, evolution, trajectories & transition states of cellular identities


Introduction of the field by Glenda Comai & Minchul Kim


Igor ADAMEYKO (EMBO YIP lecture) Novel mechanisms of cell fate decisions during development


Eglantine HEUDE Co-option of neck muscles followed the water-to-land transition of vertebrates


Patrick TSCHOPP The gene regulatory logic of convergent cell fate specification in the developing vertebrate skeleton


Clare HUDSON Conversion of a graded FGF-signal into a bimodal transcriptional response during an embryonic induction

Coffee Break (30 min)


François AGNÈS A 3D comparative molecular map highlights variation of eye-field organization and its frontiers in a single species of fish


Olivier PERTZ (HFSP Lecture) Self-organisation of MAPK signaling during tissue homeostasis and development

Session 8: Ensuring the next generation:Meiosis, mitosis & germ cells


Introduction of the field by Stéphanie Le Bras & Bertrand Pain


Hirono KINA Drosophila tiny pole plasm ensures piRNA biogenesis in the nuage and faciliates the posterior localization of Aubergine in the oocyte


Chantal WICKY Proper regulation of the germline transcriptional program is required to maintain germ cell fate in C. elegans


Marie-Hélène VERLHAC Cytoplasmic forces organize the oocyte nucleus across scales



Annoucement Best Poster short talk and Best posters prizes


Concluding Remarks: Guntram Bauer, Shigeo Hayashi & Sophie Jarriault


Lay Public Conference – Shigeru KURATANI (Maison Universitaire France-Japon/Jardin des Sciences)

Mask policy: 
To ensure an easier and smooth return of all participants to their home country, we ask you to please wear a mask at all times in the conference room (salle Pasteur) and during the poster sessions. Thank you for your understanding



Cette rencontre scientifique franco-japonaise ” Nouvelles Frontières en Biologie du Développement – Célébrer la Diversité de la Vie ” est prévue comme un double événement, pour intégrer activement cette rencontre dans notre société. Nous proposerons donc en parallèle une série d’actions de sensibilisation « Strasbourg dans la lumière de la Biologie » afin d’accroître la prise de conscience et la participation des citoyens au monde de la recherche. En effet, la Biologie du Développement est au cœur de notre quotidien, des fleurs que nous cultivons, aux graines set fruits que nous mangeons, des petits de nos animaux de compagnie aux échographies de nos bébés en gestation et nos enfants grandissant sous nos yeux, et peut avoir de multiples applications, en médecine de la fertilité ou bien pour comprendre les maladies d’origine développementales.

Cliquez sur chaque action pour plus d’information:

10 citoyen.nes différent.es chaque demi-journée pourront venir assister gratuitement aux conférences scientifiques et aux sessions de présentations sur affiches. Cette action permettra de démystifier ce qu’est un congrès scientifique et montrer comment se partage le savoir au niveau international. Elle permettra en outre des nombreuses possibilités d’interactions entre citoyen.nes et scientifiques de tous pays, et d’ouvrir une fenêtre inhabituelle sur le métier de chercheur.se. Enfin, elle permettra aux citoyen.nes de voir comment la science se construit de façon rigoureuse et comment elle est questionnée par les pairs. Cette action bénéficie du soutien de HFSP. Les citoyen.nes qui souhaitent assister à une session d’une demi-journée (si les conditions sanitaires le permettent) peuvent s’inscrire gratuitement ici.

Veuillez noter que :
– C’est le principe du « premier arrivé, premier servi » ; un total de 10 créneaux par demi-journée sera offert
– L’inscription est possible pour une seule demi-journée par personne pour toute la durée de la réunion
– Les conférences se dérouleront en anglais
– Les participant.es doivent adhérer au code de conduite de SDB.
– Il est interdit de filmer ou de prendre des photos des conférences ou des posters.
– Les participant.es sont tenus d’arriver avant la première conférence de chaque session et de ne pas quitter les lieux pendant les conférences avant la pause suivante.
– Les participant.es sont tenus de ne pas perturber les conférences
– Les participant.es non scientifiques sont invités à approcher les orateurs/trices pendant les pauses et à leur poser des questions, mais doivent laisser la session de questions-réponses après chaque conférence pour les questions techniques des participant.es scientifiques.
– Afin de faciliter le retour de tous les participants dans leur pays d’origine, nous vous demandons de porter un masque à tout moment dans la salle de conférence (salle Pasteur)

Des chercheurs internationaux volontaires et participant au congrès présenteront leurs travaux sur affiche à de petits groupes de lycéens au début des sessions posters du congrès. Ainsi, les lycéens expérimenteront comment se partage les dernières connaissances, et via de multiples interactions lycéens-chercheurs, la découverte du métier de chercheur, et la pratique de l’anglais. Cette action est organisée en partenariat avec la Maison pour la Science Alsace et l’IGBMC.
Les participants au congrès se portant volontaires pour présenter leur poster (une fois) en 5 min en terme accessibles à des lycéens peuvent s’inscrire ici, ou l’indiquer sur le formulaire lors de la soumission de leur abstract.

Contact pour les professeurs : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Afin de faciliter le retour de tous les participants dans leur pays d’origine, nous vous demandons de porter un masque à tout moment dans l’Aula

Deux conférences grand public seront proposées, présentées par un chercheur français et un chercheur japonais de renom, et qui matérialiseront l’inauguration et le point d’orgue du congrès scientifique. Elles seront organisées en collaboration avec la Maison Universitaire France Japon et le Jardin des Sciences, et soutenues par la SFBD.
7 Novembre, 10h30 (en français) : Chris Bowler (en lien avec la mission «Tara Oceans», une expédition au cœur de la biodiversité des océans). Consulter également le calendrier du JdS.
10 Novembre, 18h, Salle Pasteur du Palais universitaire (en anglais ): conférencier pressenti Shigeru Kuratani, un spécialiste mondial des recherches sur les innovations morphologiques au cours de l’évolution. Consulter également le calendrier de la MUFJ.

Contact pour les professeurs : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Résumé de la Conférence par Chris Bowler: L’immense monde microscopique des océans exploré par les expéditions TARA

Dans le cadre du projet Tara Oceans, une équipe internationale de chercheurs a cartographié
la biodiversité d’un large éventail d’organismes planctoniques marins, explorant aussi leurs
interactions et façons d’agir sur leur environnement. Ces données constituent des ressources sans précédent pour la communauté scientifique, dont un catalogue de plusieurs millions de nouveaux gènes issus des organismes microscopiques, qui vont transformer l’étude du changement climatique et de l’impact de l’Homme au sein des océans. Chris Bowler, directeur de recherche au CNRS et membre du projet, nous parlera de ces missions et sa passion pour ces organismes unicellulaire marins et leur cycle de vie.


Résumé de la Conférence par Shigueru Kuratani:

Comment l’oreille interne est apparue pour nous procurer le sens de l’équilibre ? Quelle est l’origine de la thyroïde chez nos ancêtres lointains ? Plus généralement, comment de nouvelles formes et fonctions ont été générées au cours de l’évolution ?
C’est ce que cherche à comprendre le professeur Kuratani en comparant le développement embryonnaire de différentes espèces occupant des positions différentes sur l’arbre évolutif. Cet arbre provient de la transformation des organismes vivants au cours du temps. Ces transformations peuvent donner lieu à des nouveautés, comme des modifications morphologiques qui peuvent alors être transmises à la descendance de générations en générations. A la manière d’un détective, le Pr. Kuratani retrace ainsi comment des organes sont apparus ou ont évolué sur une longue échelle temporelle.
Ses travaux se concentrent en particulier sur les vertébrés, un groupe d’organismes dont nous faisons partis, et caractérisés par la présence de vertèbres et qui sont apparus il y a plus de 500 millions d’années. Les modèles favoris du Pr Kuratani sont la lamproie, l’un des plus anciens vertébrés encore existant à ce jour, et la mixine qui a une origine évolutive encore plus ancienne, avant l’apparition des vertèbres. Ces petits animaux fascinants ont une morphologie rappelant celles des anguilles, mais leur particularité est de ne pas avoir de mâchoires.
Venez découvrir comment les études du Pr Kuratani comparant le développement embryonnaire de ces deux espèces étonnantes lui a permis de mieux comprendre l’émergence de traits spécifiques aux vertébrés, comme l’architecture du cerveau, de l’oreille interne ou encore de la thyroïde.

Nous vous demandons de porter un masque à tout moment dans la salle Pasteur

Ces ateliers de Biologie du Développement animale et des plantes ont été créés par des chercheurs.es de la SFBD avec l’aide du Jardin des Sciences (JdS) et seront déployés dans des classes de primaire, collège et lycées de la région. Ces ateliers visent à mieux comprendre la démarche scientifique, sa rigueur et sa temporalité, accroître les connaissances en biologie, intriguer, découvrir le métier de chercheur.se. De nombreux partenaires sont impliqués, de la réalisation et financement à la mise en œuvre de ces ateliers : SFBD, JdS, Maison pour la Science Alsace, IGBMC.
Nous encourageons les chercheur.ses participant au congrès à se porter volontaires pour aller animer ces ateliers de médiation, en s’inscrivant ici.

Contact pour les professeurs : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Suite à une journée de présentation des thèmes et modèles de chercheurs en Biologie du Développement de la SFBD organisée par Maëva Luxey, un partenariat entre la Société Française de Biologie du Développement (la SFBD) et l’atelier de Didactique visuelle de la HEAR, dont le thème est cette année « jeux de papier », a permis la création d’ouvrages imprimés didactiques sur les sujets présentés, à destination de différents publics non-initiés. Ces livres-œuvres ont été réalisés par les 14 étudiantes et étudiants d’année 3, encadrés par Olivier Poncer et Olivier-Marc Nadel, d’octobre 2021 à janvier 2022. Ces 14 supports de médiation créatifs, élaborés chacun en tandem avec un.e chercheur.se particulier, seront exposés tout au long de notre 3e congrès international franco-japonais « New frontiers in developmental biology : celebrating the diversity of life », dans l’Aula du Palais Universitaire.

Nous vous demandons de porter un masque à tout moment dans l’Aula

Pour ce projet proposé par Glenda Comai, notre ambition est d’offrir au grand public un film d’animation scientifique et poétique dédié à l’une des énigmes les plus fascinantes de la biologie : comment un organisme sophistiqué, composé de milliards de cellules assemblées en organes fonctionnels, peut émerger à partir d’une cellule unique, le zygote ? Ce film « pop » rendra compte de la richesse des couleurs, des formes et des processus dynamiques liées à notre domaine de recherche afin de sensibiliser un large public. Ces formes feront écho à celles de « la cité ». La similitude du champ lexical entre urbanisme et biologie nous intéresse particulièrement (tissu urbain, noyau d’une ville, etc.). Julien Ribot, plasticien/musicien ayant participé à des projets de video-mapping de portée internationale, utilisera comme matériel pour sa création des images obtenues par les scientifiques japonais, français et européens participant au congrès.
Pour des exemples des réalisations précédentes de Julien Ribot, veuillez cliquer ici, ici, ici ou encore .
Voici des extraits de cette nouvelle création:



This French-Japanese scientific meeting “New Frontiers in Developmental Biology – Celebrating the Diversity of Life” is planned as two events, to actively integrate this meeting into our society. We will therefore propose in parallel a series of public engagement actions altogether entitled “Strasbourg in the light of Biology” in order to increase the participation and awareness of citizens to research. Indeed, Developmental Biology is at the heart of our daily life, from the flowers we grow, to the seeds and fruits we eat, from the litters of our pets to our babies viewed by ultrasound in gestation to our children growing up under our eyes. This branch of science can have multiple applications, in fertility medicine or to understand diseases of developmental origin.

Please click on each action for details:

10 different (non-scientists) citizens will be able to attend the scientific conferences and poster sessions each half day for free. This action will demystify what a scientific congress is and show how knowledge is shared at the international level. It will also provide many opportunities for interaction between citizens and scientists from around the world, and open an unusual window on the research profession. Finally, it will allow lay people to see how science is built in a rigorous way and how it is questioned by peers. This action is supported by HFSP. Citizens who wish to attend a half-day session (sanitary situation permitting) can register for free here.

Please note that :
– It is on a first-come, first-served basis; a total of 10 slots per half-day will be offered
– Registration is possible for only one half-day per person for the duration of the meeting
– Conferences will be conducted in English
– Participants must adhere to the SDB code of conduct.
– Filming or taking pictures of the lectures or posters is prohibited.
– Participants are expected to arrive before the first lecture of each session and not to leave the premises during lectures until the next break.
– Participants must not to disrupt the lectures.
– Non-scientific participants are welcome to approach the speakers during the breaks and ask questions, but should leave the question and answer session after each lecture for technical questions from scientific participants.

-To ensure an easier and smooth return of all participants to their home country, we ask you to please wear a mask at all times in the conference room (salle Pasteur). Thank you for your understanding

Volunteer international researchers participating in the congress will present their work on posters to small groups of high school students at the beginning of the congress poster sessions. Thus, the students will experience how the latest knowledge is shared, and, through multiple interactions between students and researchers, the discovery of the researcher’s job, as well as gain some English practice. This action is organized in partnership with the Maison pour la Science Alsace and the IGBMC.
The participants of the congress volunteering to present their poster (once) in 5 minutes in terms accessible to high school students can register here, or indicate it on the form when submitting their abstract.

Contact for the teachers : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Please wear a mask at all times during the poster sessions.

Two conferences for the general public will be proposed, presented by a French researcher and a renowned Japanese researcher, which will take place at the start and the end of the scientific congress. They will be organized in collaboration with the Maison Universitaire France Japon and the Jardin des Sciences, and supported by the SFBD.
November 7, 10am30 (in French): Chris Bowler (in connection with the mission “Tara Oceans“, an expedition to the heart of the biodiversity of the oceans). See also the JdS schedule of events.
November 10, 6pm, Salle Pasteur of the University Palace (in English): Shigeru Kuratani, a world specialist who researches the morphological innovations during evolution. See also the schedule of events of the Maison Universitaire France-Japon.

Contact for the teachers : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Abstract of Chris Bowler’s Conference: The immense microscopic world of the oceans explored by the TARA expeditions

As part of the Tara Oceans project, an international team of researchers has mapped the biodiversity of a wide range of marine planktonic organisms, exploring their the biodiversity of a wide range of marine planktonic organisms, exploring their interactions interactions and ways of acting on their environment. These data constitute an unprecedented resource for the scientific community, including a catalogue of several million new genes from microscopic organisms, which will transform the study of climate change and the impact of humans in the oceans. Chris Bowler, research director at CNRS and member of the project, will talk about these missions and his passion for these single-celled marine organisms and their life cycle.


Abstract of Shigueru Kuratani’s Conference:

How did the inner ear appear to help us keep our balance? What is the origin of the thyroid in our distant ancestors? More generally, how were new forms and functions generated during evolution?

To answer these questions, the Professor Kuratani compares the embryonic development of different species occupying different positions on the evolutionary tree. Indeed, evolution is the result of the transformation of living organisms over time. These transformations can give rise to novelties, such as morphological modifications, that can be transmitted to the descendants over generations. In the manner of a detective, he thus retraces how organs appeared or evolved over time.

His work focuses in particular on vertebrates, a group of animals to which we belong and are characterized by the presence of vertebrae, and that appeared more than 500 million years ago. Pr. Kuratani’s favorite models are the lamprey, one of the oldest vertebrates still in existence, and the hagfish, which has an even older evolutionary origin, before the appearance of vertebrae. These fascinating little animals have a morphology reminiscent of eels, but their particularity is that they do not have jaws.

Come and discover how Professor Kuratani’s studies comparing the embryonic development of these two unusual species has allowed him to better understand the emergence of features specific to vertebrates, such as the architecture of the brain, the inner ear or the thyroid.

Please wear a mask at all times in the conference room (salle Pasteur)

These workshops on animal and plant Developmental Biology have been created by SFBD researchers with the help of the Jardin des Sciences (JdS) and will visit primary, middle and high school classes in the region. These workshops aim to better understand the scientific process, its rigour and workflow, to increase knowledge in biology, to intrigue, and to discover the job of a researcher. Multiple partners are involved, from the realisation and financing to the implementation of these workshops: SFBD, JdS, Maison pour la Science Alsace, IGBMC.
We encourage researchers participating in the congress to volunteer and participate in these workshops, by registering here.

Contact for the teachers : sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com

Following a day of presentation of the themes and models of researchers in Developmental Biology of the SFBD organized by Maëva Luxey, a partnership between the French Society of Developmental Biology (SFBD) and the workshop of Visual Didactics of the HEAR, whose theme this year is “paper games”, allowed the creation of didactic printed works on the presented subjects, intended for various non-initiated public. These book works were created by 14 students in year 3, supervised by Olivier Poncer and Olivier-Marc Nadel, from October 2021 to January 2022. These 14 creations, each developed in tandem with a particular researcher, will be exhibited throughout our 3rd international Franco-Japanese conference “New frontiers in developmental biology: celebrating the diversity of life”, in the Aula of the Palais Universitaire.

Please wear a mask at all times in the Aula

With this project proposed by Glenda Comai, our ambition is to offer to the general public a scientific and artistic animated film dedicated to one of the most fascinating enigmas of biology: how a sophisticated organism, composed of billions of cells assembled in functional organs, can emerge from a single cell, the zygote? This “pop” film will capture the richness of colours, shapes and dynamic processes related to our field of research in order to educate a wide audience. These forms will echo those of “the city”. The similarity of the lexical field between urbanism and biology interests us particularly (urban fabric, core of a city, etc.). Julien Ribot, a visual artist/musician who has participated in video-mapping projects of international scope, will use images obtained by Japanese, French and European scientists participating in the congress as material for his creation.
For examples of Julien Ribot’s previous work, please click here, here, here or here.

Here some short clips of his new creation:


May 1st, 2022 Registration and abstract submission open
July 27th, 2022 Early registration and abstract submission deadline for oral presentation
September 15th, 2022 Abstract acceptance notification
October 15th, 2022 Late gala dinner registration and poster submission deadline
October 28th, 2022 Late registration deadline


If you plan to submit an abstract (single paragraph with 2000 characters space included max), the abstract submission site will be open from May 1st to July 27th, 2022. Please refer to the Abstract submission page.

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to abide by the SDB Code of Conduct. Participants shall not film or take pictures of the talks and posters.

Early registration (until July 27th, 2022)


290 €


SFBD/JSDB member

Non member

350 €


SFBD/JSDB non member


350 €


SFBD/JSDB member

Non member

410 €


SFBD/JSDB non member


450 €



Late registration (until Nov. 7th, 2022)


340 €


SFBD/JSDB member

Non member

390 €


SFBD/JSDB non member


390 €


SFBD/JSDB member

Non member

450 €


SFBD/JSDB non member


500 €



Registration is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Your place will only be confirmed only after payment of the registration fee.

Registration includes


  • Access to all oral presentations
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Access to all meeting poster sessions and exhibits
  • Meeting material



Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. We have negociated a preferential price for participants to the meeting in near by hotels. More info

Child care

Participants who need to organize child care should contact us at sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com. We will provide you with available local options.

Refund policy

30 days before the date of the congress, no change or cancellation will be accepted in the registration. Any cancellation made before this date will have a 50% management fee.

All cancellations must be sent to the Secretariat in writing at sfbd.2022.jsdb@gmail.com .The refund of cancelled services will be made 30 days after the end of the congress.




The link for abstract submission is automatically sent by email upon completion of the registration. Please make sure to check your spam if you have not received the email acknowledging your registration

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should contain fewer than 2000 characters, excluding title, authors and affiliations

Abstracts received before the due date will be considered for oral presentations and/or poster presentations. If your abstract is accepted for a talk, it will be included in an abstract booklet that will be distributed to all conference participants.

Abstract Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected for talks based on the quality of their abstract, taking into account the relevance of the topic, the frontier character of their work and exciting recent results. We encourage participants to present unpublished results. Additionally, a fair gender balance will be considered and significant regional bias will be avoided.

The meeting’s Scientific Committee will select the abstracts for oral presentations.

Poster specifications

The poster space will be 90 x 120 cm (width x height), which corresponds to A0 vertical format (or 16 pages in A4 format).



Guntram BAUER (HFSP)


Caroline BLATZ
Glenda COMAI
Delphine DUPREZ
Juliette GODIN

Anne-Cécile REYMANN


Guntram BAUER
Glenda COMAI
Delphine DUPREZ
Juliette GODIN

Barbara PAULY

Anne-Cécile REYMANN
Hiroyuki TAKEDA
Naoto UENO


Yuji Atsuta (JSDB)

Yuzuru KATO (JSDB)
Haruki OCHI (JSDB)

Katarzyna SIUDEJA  (SFBD)


Glenda COMAI
Eglantine HEUDE







Organisers & Partners

Outreach sponsors


The SFBD JSDB HFSP 2022 meeting is going to be held at the famous • Palais Universitaire • of Strasbourg. This palace, located in the center of Strasbourg, and more familiarly called "Palais U" is the most majestic building belonging to the University of Strasbourg.

It hosts various formations, such as the Faculty of Arts and Design, the Faculty of Archeology and the Faculty of History. Within the Palais Universitaire, the meeting will be held in its two landmark historical places: the "Salle Pasteur" and the Aula.

Palais Universitaire Strasbourg

9 place de l’Université
67000 Strasbourg



Discover the hotels and journey.

To calculate your journey > Click on the location you wish to reach > “View in Google Maps” > “Journey” > Choose your mode of travel

For more information on hotels, click on purple bed icons

From the airport

Take the TER (train shuttle) towards Strasbourg Gare, get off at Strasbourg Gare; just outside the station, take the Tramway C towards Neuhof Rodolphe Reuss and get off at the Gallia station.

From the train station

Take the Tramway C towards Neuhof Rodolphe Reuss and get off at the Gallia station.


The French Society of Developmental Biology (SFBD) will award travel grants to PhD students (in their 2nd year at least) or to young post-doctoral researchers, members of the SFBD, who are willing to present their work (with a poster or an oral presentation) to the SFBD-JSDB-HFSP joint meeting in Strasbourg.
The application is open with an application deadline of 15/07/2022.

How to apply? Applications are made online via the SFBD website https://sfbd.fr/en/actions/travel-grants/


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Note that childcare remains at the charge of the participant. We will provide propositions and help depending on the needs we recieve, but organisation has to be arranged by the participant.


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