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53rd Annual


March 18-21 2020

NW Developmental Biology Meeting

Invited Speakers:

Keynote:      Ruth Lehmann, Skirball Institute
Education:   Brian Buchwitz, University of Washington

Plenary:        Aakanksha Singvi, Fred Hutch

                     Danelle Devenport, Princeton

                     Kelly Monk, OHSU

                     Takato Imaizumi, University of Washington

Organizers: Clemens Cabernard, University of Washington

                    Guy Tanentzapf, University of British Columbia


Wednesday March 18

3:00–8:00        Registration and poster set–up
6:30–7:30        Dinner
7:30–8:00        Welcome                                     
8:00–9:30        Education Session:
9:30–11:00      Poster session and mixer                                                      

Thursday March 19

7:30–08:30      Breakfast
08:35–9:30      Platform Session I
10:15–10:40    Coffee break
10:45–11:30    Platform Session II
12:30–13:30    Lunch
13:30–18:30    Free time for interactions, island exploration, etc.
18:30–19:45    Dinner
20:00–23:00    Poster session and mixer 

Friday March 20

07:30–08:30    Breakfast
08:40–9:35      Platform Session III
10:20–10:45    Coffee break
10:45–12:30    Platform Session IV
12:30–13:30    Lunch
13:45–15:15    Platform Session V
15:15–15:45    Coffee Break
15:45–17:30    Arthur Whitely Lecture
18:30–19:45    Dinner
20:00–23:00    Poster session and mixer

Saturday March 21               

07:30–08:30           Breakfast
11:00                      Last Departure    

Registration & Housing

Abstract and Housing Deadline: March 1

Registration Deadline: March 10

You must also register separately if you submit an abstract

Registration SDB Member

Faculty                  $150

Postdoc                  $60

Grad Student         $40

Undergrad              $20

Registration Non-member

Faculty                  $200

Postdoc                  $100

Grad Student         $50

Undergrad              $20

Housing SDB Member

Faculty                  $250

Postdoc                  $125

Grad Student         $60

Undergrad              $50

Housing Non-member

Faculty                  $300

Postdoc                 $150

Grad Student         $75

Undergrad              $50

The Society for Developmental Biology subsidizes the meeting and registration fees are scaled to benefit members of the SDB. SDB requires two business days to process renewals and at least two weeks to process new memberships, so be sure you have received confirmation of your renewal or new membership before registering for the NWDB conference. You must be a member of SDB to be considered for Talk and Poster Prizes.

Registration fees include all meals during the conference, and refreshments during the breaks, poster sessions, and social mixers, regardless of whether you choose to stay on the FHL campus or in the town of Friday Harbor.  Housing fees are for the whole meeting.

Research scientists and techs should register as postdocs.

Off Site Housing

Friday Harbor Suites

Discount Rates: call 360-378-3031 and mention NWDB

Queen Studio: $127.50
King Deluxe Studio: $136
Queen Suite: $144.50

Double Queen Suite: $161.50

King Suite: $153.00

Two Bedroom Suite: $195.50


Getting to Friday Harbor Laboratories

By Car and Ferry to Friday Harbor

Most attendees travel to the FHL by car and ferry.  All ferry service leaves from Anacortes, Washington, approximately 17 miles/ 27 km west of Interstate 5. Driving time from Seattle to Anacortes (80 miles) is about 90 minutes and from Vancouver to Anacortes (150 km) is about two hours.  Ferry spots are limited, so reservations are recommended.


Parking is available at the Anacortes ferry terminal, and many attendees leave their vehicles and walk on the ferry. If you choose this option, plan to arrive about 30 minutes early. The distance from town to the FHL is ~ 1.5 miles and walkable (20 min).

WA State Ferry Schedule

Ferry Reservations

From SeaTac Airport in Seattle to Friday Harbor

Kenmore Airlines offers flights from Boeing Field or Lake Union near downtown Seattle, to the Friday Harbor Airport or Marina for about $300 round trip. For those with flights arriving at Seattle's SeaTac airport, Kenmore Air has a ground transportation option to connect with their flights.

Presentation Information

Talks are 12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions.  
Posters will be displayed on boards 47"w x 41"h
To be considered for talk or poster prizes you must be a member of SDB!