Visegrád Group Society for Developmental Biology
Supporting excellence in Developmental Biology throughout Czech Republic, Hungary Poland and Slovakia

The V4SDB committee is happy to announce that the first V4SDB Developmental Biology Student Summer School will take place between the 6th-12th June 2022 on the premises of the Balaton Limnological Research Institute (BLKI) in Tihany (on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, Hungary).

The course will consist of multiple hands on experimental practicals and both in person and online lectures covering a variety of models of developmental biology. Our target audience are graduate students (both at MSc and PhD level). Thanks to generous funding by the “Mecenatúra” Program of the Hungarian National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDI/NKFIH - MEC_SZ-141065)) and additional funding from The Company of Biologists  this residential event will be generously subsidised with only a modest registration fee of 50€ (for up to 35 student participants).

The picturesque settings of the almost one hundred years old former Biological Research Institute provide the prefect place for this one week long, in person workshop. Students will have the chance to learn about multiple model organisms (e.g. mouse, Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish and Lymnaea snails) and will gain hands on experience in the basic experimental procedures related to them. Presentations will also provide information about popular in silico approaches, like image processing using open source software, or the basics of transcriptome analysis.

While both the presentations and practicals will cover a broad array of subjects, the main focus of the School will be early development and the genomic and cellular changes that are characteristic for this early phase of the developmental process.

Send your application letters before 15th April to the following email: mvarga[at] Please make sure that the subject line reads as "2022 V4SDB Summer School Application" and your application contains a brief motivation letter. Successful applicants will be contacted in the second half of April.

In your application email indicate if you are a Ukrainian citizen, as we will waive the registration fee for ~2 registrants from Ukraine.

(Please note that the organizing committee will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation and to ensure the safetyof all participant, will finalize the program according to the latest health guidances. All participants will be asked to present proof of vaccination upon arrival.)  

2022 Course Faculty & Lecturers:
In Person Zoom Faculty
Anna Ajduk (University of Warsaw, Poland) Shelby Blythe (Northwestern University, USA) 
Alexander Bruce (JCU, Czech Republic) Claire Chazaud (GReD, France)
Rafal Ciosk (University of Oslo, Norway) Andrea Pauli (IMP, Austria)
Dávid Drutovič (PIGMOD Centre, Czech Republic) Richard Poole (UCL, UK)
Károly Elekes (BLKI, Hungary) Pavel Tomancak (CEITEC, Czech Republic) 
Dusan Fabian (IAP SAS, Slovakia)  
Elen Gócza (MATE, Hungary)  
Marek Jindra (CAS, Czech Republic)  
Ferenc Mueller (University of Birmingham, UK)  
Anna Piliszek (IGA PAS, Poland)  
Berenika Plusa (University of Manchester, UK)  
Petr Svoboda (CAS, Czech Republic)  
Máté Varga (ELTE, Hungary)  

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