The last forty years have witnessed a deep transformation in our views of animal development from a multicellular black box where over time a mass of cells acquires shape in the form of organs and tissues, into a detailed account of this process in terms of gene expression, multicellular activity and morphogenesis. Recently this new vantage point has raised questions about the relationship between genes, cells and organism that is having an impact in the way we think about evolution. The argument echoes ideas and questions expressed in a visionary manner by Pere Alberch. The 25th anniversary of his untimely death offers an opportunity to discuss his ideas in the context of the new findings. It is this that we aim to do in the Symposium with a group of leading scientists in the fields of development and evolution, over one day and a half at the auditorium of the PRBB in Barcelona.
Denis Duboule (EPFL, Lausanne; Switzerland)
Alfonso Martinez Arias (UPF, Barcelona; Spain)
James Sharpe (EMBL-Barcelona, Barcelona; Spain)