Int. J. Dev. Biol. 65: 457 - 464 (2021)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.210005rb
© UPV/EHU Press

Virtual meeting, real and sound science: report of the 17th Meeting of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (SEBD-2020)

Sofia J. Araújo*,1,2, Isabel Almudi3, Laura Bozal-Basterra4, Fernando Casares3, Sergio Casas-Tintó5, Augusto Escalante6, Fernando García-Moreno7,8, María Losada-Pérez5, Ignacio Maeso3, Luciano Marcon3, Oscar H. Ocaña9, Olatz Pampliega7, Álvaro Rada-Iglesias10, Teresa Rayon11, James Sharpe12,13,14, James D. Sutherland4, Cristina Villa del Campo9 and Rosa Barrio*,4

1Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics, and Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), School of Biology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 2Institute of Biomedicine, University of Barcelona (IBUB), Barcelona, Spain, 3The CABD (CSIC-UPO-JA), Seville, Spain, 4Center for Cooperative Research in Biosciences (CIC bioGUNE), Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), Bizkaia Technology Park, Derio, Spain, 5Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Department, Instituto Cajal-CSIC, Madrid, Spain, 6Institute of Neurosciences, CSIC-Universidad Miguel Hernández, Campus de San Juan, Alicante, Spain, 7Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Scientific Park of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa, Spain and Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine and Nursing, UPV/EHU, Leioa, Bizkaia, Spain, 8IKERBASQUE Foundation, Bilbao, Spain, 9Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III, Madrid, Spain, 10Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (IBBTEC), CSIC-University of Cantabria-Sociedad para el Desarrollo de Cantabria, Santander, Spain, 11The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK, 12European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 13Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Barcelona, Spain and 14Institucio' Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain.

ABSTRACT The Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (SEBD) organized its 17th meeting in November 2020 (herein referred to as SEBD2020). This meeting, originally programmed to take place in the city of Bilbao, was forced onto an online format due to the SARS-CoV2, COVID-19 pandemic. Although, we missed the live personal interactions and missed out on the Bilbao social scene, we were able to meet online to present our work and discuss our latest results. An overview of the activities that took place around the meeting, the different scientific sessions and the speakers involved are presented here. The pros and cons of virtual meetings are discussed.

Keywords:

Developmental Biology, virtual meeting, Spanish Society for Developmental Biology, SEBD, scientific society, meeting, preprint, growth, self-organization, neurodevelopment, genome, Cell Biology, disease, evo-devo

*Corresponding author e-mail: sofiajaraujo@ub.edu ; rbarrio@cicbiogune.es