From stem cells to human development

Organisers: Paola Arlotta, Ali Brivanlou, Olivier Pourquié and Jason Spence

Date: 23 - 26 September 2018

Location: Wotton House, Surrey, UK

This meeting represented the third in our highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. Since the initiation of this series, in 2014, we have witnessed huge progress in this field, with more and more researchers turning to stem cell and organoid systems to investigate development and organogenesis in vitro, as well as increased analysis of human embryos and tissues to understand how these processes occur in vivo. Technological advances such as genome editing, single cell sequencing and improvements in tissue engineering now allow us to delve more deeply into the conserved and divergent processes underlying human development. Such knowledge is essential to underpin translational research into developmental disorders and to develop cell and tissue therapies.

As previously, this meeting brought together researchers working on a diverse set of questions – from early cell fate choices in the human embryo to tissue organogenesis in all three germ layers, from epigenetic and other mechanisms underlying stem cell pluripotency and differentiation to methods for visualising and analysing the entire human embryo. Despite this breadth of interests, the scientists involved were united by  common challenges associated with working with human cells and tissues, and by a common goal to understand the similarities and differences between human development and that of other species. As well as talks from invited speakers and selected delegates, the meeting also included a discussion session on the ethical and legal challenges of working with early human embryos, cells and organoid cultures – and how we as a community should address these.


  • Early embryogenesis and germline development
  • Ectoderm lineages including neural development
  • Mesoderm lineages
  • Endoderm lineages
  • Visualising, mapping and quantifying human embryogenesis
  • Tissue engineering

Registration packages

The fees include;

  • Registration and meeting costs
  • 3 nights’ accommodation (Sunday to Wednesday) in an en-suite room with single occupancy
  • All meals (Sunday lunch to Wednesday lunch inclusive), coffee breaks and one reception drink each evening throughout the meeting
  • Use of the leisure facilities at Wotton House
  • Delegate pack and programme

It is expected that all attendees will stay for the duration of the Meeting.

PhD students /postdocs Academia Industry
From 1 – 22 June 2018 £745 £850 £1,025

Thanks to generous support from the Wellcome Trust, we may be able to offer some financial support for travel costs to applicants from low and middle income countries (see here for a list of eligible countries). If you would like to apply for support, please email us at dev18meeting@biologists.com detailing your likely travel costs.

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From stem cells to human development
23 – 26 September 2018
Wotton House, Dorking, UK

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