News of the Society
At the beginning of the new year I want to share with you a review of the activities of the SEBD in 2019 and a perspective on the new initiatives that we propose for 2020. Last year was special, due to the organization of the European Congress of Biology of the Desarrollo (Alicante), at the initiative of the SEBD and in coordination with the European Societies for Development Biology and ISDB. The excellent response to participation in the Congress and the general perception of its quality and interest represent an international leadership success for the Spanish Community of Developmental Biology and will serve to enhance our area of knowledge in the European sphere. From the SEBD we will continue working on the internationalization of our activity, ensuring the continuity of the European Congresses every 4 years in alternation with the ISDB Congress, in whose organization we will collaborate in 2021 (Algarve, Portugal).
In addition to the organization of EDBC2019, in 2019 a priority of the SEBD has been the promotion of young talent, with reduced enrollment prices for students, awarding of travel bags and prizes for the best communications at EDBC2019. On the other hand, we have made an effort to improve the dissemination of the activities and results of the SEBD Partners and Developmental Biology in general on social media. The response from the Scientific Community has been excellent to these initiatives and we are pleased to report that the number of members up to date with payment has increased by 50% in the last 4 years, reaching its maximum in 2019. Likewise, the number of followers of the SEBD twitter account now exceeds 500 followers, which provides us with a quick channel to communicate relevant aspects of our activities and initiatives to our partners and the scientific community in general.
In 2020 we will continue our efforts to disseminate and promote young talent in Developmental Biology. One of the most important initiatives will be the celebration of the SEBD Congress in Bilbao (18-20 Nov), with a format more open to the communications of young researchers and in which we hope to see you all. On the other hand, we will promote the policy of supporting low registration fees for the Congress and the granting of travel bags and prizes that recognize the contributions and scientific trajectory of Development Biologists and especially young talents. Finally, we will continue promoting the Communication policy, involving SEBD partners interested in scientific dissemination, in order to publicize our research work and activities in the scientific and public fields.
Today more than ever, Developmental Biology is an essential discipline for scientific progress in multiple frontier fields, including genomics, systems biology, evolution, tissue and organ design, reproductive medicine, and regeneration. The work carried out by the SEBD in support of Developmental Biology would not be possible without the support of all its partners, so the Board of Directors would like to especially thank you for the commitment to our Society and the enthusiastic and essential support of its activities. I wish you a 2020 full of joys and good Science.
Miguel Torres, President of the SEBD
The Ordinary and Extraordinary General Assembly of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology is hereby convened to be held on Friday, October 25 in Room 1 of the Auditorium of the Alicante Provincial Council, within the framework of the European Congress of Developmental Biology that It will be held from October 23 to 26, 2019.
The Ordinary General Assembly is called at 2:15 p.m. on first call and at 2:30 p.m. second, according to the following.
ORDEN DEL DÍA
- Approval of the Minutes of the Ordinary General Assembly of November 8, 2018.
- President’s Report
- Changes in the composition of the Board of Directors.
- Future congresses
- Other issues
- Secretary’s Report.
- Report of the Treasurer.
- Requests and questions
he Extraordinary General Assembly is called at 8:00 p.m. according to the following
ORDEN DEL DÍA
- Presentation of proposals for the renewal of the Board of Directors.
- Election of new members of the Board of Directors..