Reproduction and Development: Revealing the Origin of Life

12 - 14 March 2018Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early Bird Deadline Closed
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    This new conference will focus on discoveries and innovative technologies
    to study the origin of life, from gametes to embryo development to stem
    cells. The meeting will highlight the power of stem cells and mammalian
    models to understand human reproduction and the arising biomedical

    At an individual level, the origin and progression of mammalian
    development and its implications for human health concerns us all. Recent
    scientific and technology advances, such as single-cell methods, genome
    editing, stem cell techniques and visualisation tools, are offering
    unique opportunities to unveil the mechanisms of normal and abnormal
    developments. This conference will review recent findings, from how early
    development works to the latest advances in organoid culture,
    intergenerational inheritance and the creation of stem cell banks for the
    development of regenerative medicine. The conference will also include
    discussions on invasive and non-invasive techniques for both
    preimplantation selection and genetic diagnosis.

    We encourage participation from researchers and specialists across basic
    biology and translational research. The programme will offer an
    interchange of ideas across the fields of mammalian stem cell biology,
    embryo development and human reproduction.

    *Image credit: Sidorowicz and Zernicka-Goetz project entitled “Life”.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Monday, 12 March and
    close at approximately 14.00 on Wendesday, 14 March 2018.

    Scientific topics

    • Gamete formation and meiotic stress
    • Transgenerational inheritance and epigenetics
    • Pluripotent and embryonic stem cells
    • Organoid 3D culture and tissue regeneration
    • Pre-implantation selection, genetic diagnosis and IVF
    • Mammalian development beyond implantation
    • New technologies (e.g. single cell sequencing, gene editing)

    A draft
    is available.

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Myriam Hemberger Babraham Institute, UK
    Thierry Voet University of Leuven, Belgium and WTSI, UK

    Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz University of Cambridge, UK

    Keynote speaker
    Maria Barna
    Stanford University, USA
    Susan Fisher University of California, San Francisco,

    Confirmed speakers
    Jan Brosens University of Warwick, UK
    Qi Chen University of Nevada, USA
    Petra Hajkova MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences,
    Fredrik Lanner Karolinska Institute, Sweden
    Nicolas Plachta Agency of Science, Technology &
    Research (A*STAR), Singapore
    Mitinori Saitou Kyoto University, Japan
    Antonio Scialdone Institute of Epigenetics and Stem
    Cells, Germany
    Marta Shahbazi University of Cambridge, UK
    Fuchou Tang Peking University, China
    Margherita Turco University of Cambridge, UK
    Joris Vermeesch Centre for Human Genetics, Belgium
    Monica Ward University of Hawaii, USA
    Dagan Wells University of Oxford, UK

    Conference organiser
    Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Early Bird*
    (until 19 Dec)

    (from 20 Dec)
    Student No accommodation £246 £346
    Student On site twin accommodation £351 £451
    Student On site single accommodation £416 £516
    Academic No accommodation £346 £446
    Academic On site twin accommodation £451 £551
    Academic On site single accommodation £516 £616
    Commercial No accommodation £446 £546
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £551 £651
    Commercial On site single accommodation £616 £716

    * owing to space constraints the Early Bird Discount rate is limited to
    100 delegates

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: 6 February 2017

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 12, 13, March 2018. Please
    note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on
    a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website:

    Information for general visitors and business visitors:

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: 23 January 2018

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our Funding webpage for
    additional funding opportunities currently available.

  • Sponsors

    If you would like to support this conference, please contact the event organiser.