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

Program - Registration

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.

Early bird registration and abstract submission for the meeting “Mechanobiology in Cell Biology and Developmental Biology” is open. Abstract submission (with registration) are welcome until September 7nd. Abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, the decision and updated program will be communicated on October 1st. Payment is required promptly after registration, you will receive the payment information after registration. Should there be a last-minute cancellation of the meeting due to a flare-up of Covid-19 infections, then your registration fee (but not the BSCDB membership) will be 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 7, 2021: deadline abstract submission and early bird registration. Payment: 25€ membership BSCDB; 75€ registration for 2 days, this fee includes coffee and lunches; 55€ walking dinner/get together event (optional).
Abstract submission deadline extended to Wednesday September 15th.
September 21, 2021: notification of acceptance and selection of short communications.
October 8, 2021: deadline late bird registration, payment: 25€ membership BSCDB; 85€ registration for 2 days; 55€ walking dinner/get together (optional).

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