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57th Annual


March 13-16, 2024

NW Developmental Biology Meeting

The 57th NW Developmental Biology Meeting will be held on March 13-16, 2024.

Organizers: Rob Cornell, University of Washington
                   Heather Ray, Idaho State University

Preliminary Program

Wednesday March 13 


18:00-19:00         Dinner 

19:45-20:00         Welcome from organizers and SDB rep  

20:00-21:30         Platform Session I 

21:30-23:00         Poster session and mixer 


Thursday March 14 


7:45-8:30             Breakfast 

8:30-10:00           Platform Session II 

10:00-10:30         Coffee break 

10:30-12:00         Platform Session III 

12:00-12:45         Lunch 


12:45-18:30         Free time for interactions, island exploration, etc. 


18:30-19:30         Dinner 

20:00-23:00         Poster session and mixer 

Friday March 15 


7:45-8:30             Breakfast 

8:30-10:00           Platform Session IV 

10:00-10:30         Coffee break 

10:30-12:00         Education session – Help, my students are bored!:sharing ideas on                                 increasing student engagement in and out of the lecture hall 


12:00-13:30         Lunch  


13:00-14:30         Platform session V 

14:30-14:45         Coffee break 

14:45-16:15         Platform session VI 

16:15-16:30         Coffee break 


16:30-17:45         Arthur Whiteley Lecture 


18:00-19:30         Dinner 

20:00-23:00         Poster session and mixer 

Saturday March 16 


7:45-8:30             Breakfast 

11:00                   Last departure



Registration Deadline: February 21
Abstract Deadline: February 14
Note new deadlines!

You must also register separately if you submit an abstract

Registration SDB Member

Faculty/Staff                   $220

Postdoc                          $140

Grad Student/Postbac  $85

Undergrad                      $30

Registration Non-member

Faculty/Staff                   $275

Postdoc                          $190

Grad Student/Postbac  $110

Undergrad                      $55

Housing SDB Member

Faculty/Staff                   $325

Postdoc                          $175

Grad Student/Postbac  $125

Undergrad                      $100

Housing Non-member

Faculty/Staff                   $375

Postdoc                          $225

Grad Student/Postbac  $150

Undergrad                     $125

The Society for Developmental Biology subsidizes the meeting and registration fees are scaled to benefit members of the SDB. SDB membership renewals are processed automatically. New membership applications require at least two weeks to process, however, applicants may use their provisional SDB member ID found in their confirmation email to submit an abstract and register. You must be a member of SDB to be considered for Talk and Poster Prizes.

Research Scientists with more than two years of experience should register as Faculty/Staff, and with less than two years as grad Student/Postbac.

Off Site Housing

Friday Harbor Suites

Discount Rates: 

Queen Suite: $180

Double Queen Suite: $200

King Suite: $205

Two Bedroom Suite: $325

off-site housing

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 $400 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.

Poster size: 36" wide by 30" tall 
To be considered for talk or poster prizes you must be a member of SDB!
Presentation Information
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