Promoting global knowledge

The Japanese Society for Developmental Biologists (JSDB) has long understood the importance of global exchange of ideas and learnings and has been increasing its internationalisation efforts as a result. Today all of the talks at its annual meeting are held in English and incorporate a joint symposium with an overseas developmental biology society.

In 2008, JSDB co-organized its annual meeting with the International Society of Developmental Biologists (ISDB). Since 2010, the JSDB has been co-hosting its annual meeting with the

Extending opportunities in microscopy

Attendees at the annual course in advanced optical microscopy at the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association - a course supported by The Company of Biologists

The annual course in advanced optical microscopy at the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association is one of the most important in the world. The ten days are unusual in combining basic training in optics and practical work with optical benches, with an intensive schedule of lectures in topics ranging from bioluminescence to laser physics. Every year microscope equipment exceeding 2 million pounds in value is brought into the Plymouth Lab by the manufacturers and

Inspiring African scientists

Inspiring African Scientists

In 2006 Lucia Prieto, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, UK, and Sadiq Yusuf, a Professor at the Kampala International University, Uganda, met while attending a Neural Systems and Behaviour course in Woods Hole, MA. They realised a similar course would be invaluable in Africa – particularly as very few scientists on the African continent made use of Drosophila and other insects for neuroscience research, despite their considerable advantage.

Five years later they launched a course in Uganda focused on teaching inexpensive yet cutting-edge research topics in biological sciences. Their first course

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