Call for Abstracts: Joint Meeting of the German and Japanese Societies of Developmental Biologists

Joint Meeting of the German and Japanese Societies of Developmental Biologists
15 – 18 March 2017 Kiel, Germany

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 December 2016!
We cordially invite you to submit your abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations to the Joint Meeting of the German and Japanese Societies of Developmental Biologists. We are looking forward to receiving your contributions for the scientific programme and would like to thank you in advance for your support!

For more information, registration and abstract submission please visit the homepage of the meeting:

Confirmed Speakers and Plenary Sessions


Hitoshi Niwa (Kumamoto/JP), Kumamoto University
Function and evolution of pluripotency-associated transcription factors

Emi Nishimura (Tokyo/JP), Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Stem cells orchestrates hair follicle aging program

Janet Rossant (Toronto, ON/CA), University of Toronto
Exploring the origins of pluripotency in the early mammalian embryo

Vincenzo Costanzo (Milan/IT), Institute for Molecular Oncology (IFOM)
DNA replication and cell fate transitions in early embryonic division and stem cells

Franz-Josef Müller (Kiel/DE), Kiel University
Predicting fate: Testing pluripotency

Igor Adameyko (Stockholm/SE), Karolinska Institute
Single cell transcriptomics reveals novel aspects of multipotency and cell fate choice in neural crest cells

Keiko Sugimoto (Yokohama City/JP), RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Stem cells in plant regeneration

Jan Lohmann (Heidelberg/DE), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

Thomas Laux (Freiburg/DE), University of Freiburg
Regulation of root stem cells

Marja Timmermans (Tuebingen/DE), University of Tuebingen
Small RNAs as morphogen-like signals


Eric Wieschaus (Princeton, NJ/US), Princeton University
Patterning transcription during early embryogenesis

Shizue Ohsawa (Kyoto/JP), Kyoto University
Epithelial cell-turnover ensures morphogenetic robustness in Drosophila

Jochen Wittbrodt (Heidelberg/DE), Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

Hiroyuki Takeda (Tokyo/JP), University of Tokyo
Deciphering the logic of pluripotent epigenome in medaka

Ryuichi Nishinakamura (Kumamoto/JP), Kumamoto University
Creating the kidney from stem cells

Toshihiko Fujimori (Okazaki/JP), National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB)
Cell polarity during formation of the mouse oviduct

Kaoru Sugimura (Kyoto/JP), Kyoto University
Mechanical control of epithelial morphogenesis

Naoto Ueno (Okazaki/JP), National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB)
A unique membrane structure that determines the orientation of cell division

Erina Kuranaga (Sendai/JP), Tohoku University
Collective cellular movement in looping morphogenesis


Takeshi Imai (Kobe/JP), RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Activity-dependent formation of discrete olfactory circuits

Kazuo Emoto (Tokyo/JP), University of Tokyo
Molecular and cellular basis for neural circuit refinement in Drosophila

Mineko Kengaku (Kyoto/JP), Kyoto University
Molecular basis of the mechanical force driving neuronal migration in the developing brain

Gáspár Jékely (Tuebingen/DE), Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology
Circuit maturation and behavioral changes during the larval stages of the annelid Platynereis

Magdalena Götz (Munich/DE), Helmholtz Center Munich
Novel players in neural stem cells and neurogenesis


Diethard Tautz (Ploen/DE), Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Approaching the genetics of skull shape development

Hiroki Oda (Osaka/JP), JT Biohistory Research Hall Osaka
Waves of gene expression in early spider embryos

Yoshihiko Umesono (Hyogo/JP), University of Hyogo
Molecular logic for robust organ positioning according to the anterior-posterior axis size during planarian regeneration

Kiyokazu Agata (Kyoto/JP), Kyoto University

Koji Tamura (Sendai/JP), Tohoku University
Re-patterning and re-sizing in regeneration of vertebrate appendages


Thomas Bosch (Kiel/DE), Kiel University
Eco-Evo-Devo and the emerging concept of the holobiont

Mark Charbonneau (St. Louis, MO/US), Washington University
Childhood undernutrition: a microbial view of human postnatal development

Karen Guillemin (Eugene, OR/US), University of Oregon
Microbial modulation of development: lessons from the zebrafish

Anthony Hyman (Dresden/DE), Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
The effect of temperature on various aspects of nematode biology

Kunimasa Ohta (Kumamoto/JP), Kumamoto University
Ribosome incorporation into somatic cells promotes reprogramming towards multipotency without activating cell proliferation

Noriko Funayama (Kyoto/JP), Kyoto University
Skeleton construction of sponges: the simple and accordingly robust mechanisms underlying both their plastic growth and phenotypic plasticity

Philipp Rosenstiel (Kiel/DE), University of Kiel
Host-microbial dialogues guide intestinal epithelial homeostasis and differentiation


Yoshihiro Morishita (Kobe/JP), RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology Reconstructing
3D deformation dynamics for curved epithelial sheet morphogenesis and attempts of tissue mechanical modeling

Pavel Tomancak (Dresden/DE), Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Patterns of gene expression in animal development

Nikolaus Rajewsky (Berlin/DE), Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine
Regulatory RNAs

Patrick Müller (Tuebingen/DE), Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society
Systems biology of development


Uli Technau (Vienna/AT), University of Vienna
40 years of modelling: Hans Meinhardt’s legacy in Developmental Biology