Spring Meeting 2017



The 4th and 5th of May 2017

Aims of the meeting

Microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, are probably the most versatile cells of the central nervous system. During development they take part in shaping the brain while performing a homeostatic job in adulthood. In case of injury of any kind, microglia are the first in line to protect neurons from further damage. Dysregulation of these cells is involved in neurological and psychiatric disorders. Microglia biology will be the central topic of the spring BSCDB meeting, with topics ranging from ontogeny, the remarkable phagocytic capacity and their role in Alzheimer’s’ and Parkinson’s Disease.

The upcoming Spring meeting on microglia in development and disease is organized by the Belgian Society of Cell and Developmental Biology (BSCDB) in collaboration with the European Graduate School of Neuroscience (EURON). On the first day, a satellite EURON workshop (May 4th) is scheduled to introduce senior master students, PhD students, and junior postdocs into the microglia field. On the second day, international keynote speakers and selected presentations of young scientists cover the current state of the art on microglia biology during the BSCDB symposium (May 5th). The best two posters will be rewarded with a BSCDB poster prize during the poster session.



Confirmed speakers

Prof. Dr. Knut Biber, Germany

Prof. Dr. Amanda Sierra, Spain

Prof. Dr. Jochen Walter, Germany

Prof. Dr. Peter Ponsaerts, Belgium

Prof. Dr. Christophe Lefebvre, France

Dr. Valérie Wittamer, Belgium


May 4th: Euron PhD workshop

Venue: Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Auditorium H4, Agoralaan Gebouw D, 3590 Diepenbeek

May 5th: BSCDB symposium

Venue: Hasselt University, Campus Hasselt, Auditorium Louis Roppe, Martelarenlaan 42, 3500 Hasselt

Getting to Campus Diepenbeek and Campus Hasselt


Local organizers: Prof. Dr. Bert Brône and Dr. Tim Vanmierlo

Contact: microglia2017@uhasselt.be




Deadline for registration and abstract submission: April 14th 2017

Abstract submission deadline for poster or oral presentation: April 14th 2017 (microglia2017@uhasselt.be; template).  

Notification about the selection of the abstracts for oral presentation will occur before April 19, 2017.

Deadline for registration without abstract: April 20th 2017

registration category Registration fee Registration link

BSCDB member 2-days

25 €

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BSCDB member 1-day (May 5th)

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Non-BSCDB member 2-days

(includes 25 € BSCDB 2017 membership)

50 €


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Non-BSCDB member 1-day (May 5th)

(includes 25 € BSCDB 2017 membership)

25 €


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