Autumn meeting 2021

Mechanobiology in Cell Biology and Developmental Biology


Date: 28-29 October 2021

Organizers: Liesbet Geris (ULg and KU Leuven), Elizabeth A. Jones (KU Leuven), Isabelle Migeotte (ULB), Jolanda van Hengel (UGent), An Zwijsen (KU Leuven)


Venue: Meeting Center "Het Pand" Ghent, Belgium - How to reach the place - on Google Maps


We anticipate that the vaccine situation may sufficiently improve to allow us to offer this meeting safely in-person. All participants must have received an EMA approved vaccine or a valid negative antigen/PCR test certificate (48 hours for rapid antigen tests or 72 hours for PCR tests).

Aims of the meeting

Mechanobiology is a rapidly growing field where biologists, biomedical engineers and physicists meet to study how cells sense and respond to forces that ultimately regulate development and physiology. We have put together an exciting program of world-experts in mechanobiology for this two-day meeting, with a diverse group of speakers that cover the breadth from stem cells to organogenesis and using model systems that extend from plants to mammals and iPSCs. Speakers will showcase the impact that mechanobiology is having on our understanding of the mechanical environment affects cells, both in normal development and in disease. We want to promote community building with younger scientists and trainees and as such, this meeting specifically targets PhD students and post-docs and will focus on state-of-the-art technologies for probing mechanotransduction. In the evening of the first conference day, we will have an informal walking dinner with good food and drinks and a party. The event is a perfect opportunity for live social networking between the participants.

Application and abstract submission for the meeting “Mechanobiology in Cell Biology and Developmental Biology” will be open soon. Applications are welcome until September 7nd. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the number of attendees is limited and may change the coming months. Meeting and interacting physically in a safe and secure way is our top priority.  At present, we can offer such a meeting for 150 participants (wearing a face mask). The auditorium can hold 314 participants, as such we can ensure empty seats between participants. Should the conditions change we will adapt this number. This flexible organization may require – uncommon for BSCDB meetings – selection of participants. Attendees will be selected based on motivation and commitment towards active participation. Thereto, the abstract - if poster or short talk is to be presented – and a brief motivation will be reviewed. Scientific expertise related to the topic and potential impact on the meeting are a plus. Special care will also be given to inclusion of diversity and early stage researchers.  Decisions will be communicated on September 21st. Payment is only required after participant selection. Should there be a last-minute cancellation of the meeting due to a flare-up of Covid-19 infections, then the meeting will be canceled. Your registration fee will be completely refunded.
Poster session: Normally, the poster session is an important and interactive network event at BSCDB meetings. If possible we will organize a classic poster session, with person-to-person discussion. If necessary we organize an alternate, equally interactive, format and will communicate this in time. 
Exhibitor and sponsorship: Sponsoring this BSCDB meeting is the opportunity to meet the cell and developmental scientists again. Please contact Jolanda van Hengel ( to discuss ideas and supporting options for the BSCDB-autumn-2021 meeting.
On behalf of the organizing committee, a warm welcome to all participants planning to attend the BSCDB mechanobiology meeting 2021 here in Ghent.

Confirmed speakers

Kristian Franze - Cambridge – UK
Sylvain Gabriele – Umons - BE
George Halder - Leuven - BE
Takashi Hiiragi - Heidelberg - DE
Benoit Ladoux - Paris - FR
Benoit Landrein - Lyon – FR
Sandra Loerakker – Eindhoven - NL
Alfonso Martinez-Arias – Barcelona – SP
Julien Vermot – London – UK
Tamar Wissing - Rotterdam – NL
September 21, 2021: notification of acceptance and selection of short communications.
October 1, 2021: complete registration and payment - 25€ membership BSCDB; 75€ registration for 2 days, this fee includes coffee and lunches; 55€ walking dinner/party (optional).

A Drupal website by applicto.