Hyytiälä annual meeting is back: Oct 27.-28.10.2023

Mark your calendars, the next annual meeting of Finnish Developmental Biology Society is taking place in Hyytiälä forestry station on Oct 27.-28. 2023

We are putting together an exciting program including presentations from two excellent invited speakers, plenty of short talks, a poster session and the legendary evening party.  The registration:

Warm welcome everyone interested in great science around developmental, stem cell and regeneration biology!


Friday 27 October  

11:00 – 12:00 Arrival to Hyytiälä, lunch, and poster set up  

12:00 – 15:30 Science session 1  

12:00 – 13:00 Invited speaker: Diego Balboa, University of Helsinki, title TBA  

13:00 – 13:20 Short talk   

13:20 – 13:40 Short talk   

13:40 – 14:00 Short talk   

14:00 – 14:40 Coffee break (and check-in) 

14:40 – 16:00 Science session 2 

14:40 – 15:00 Short talk   

15:00 – 15:20 Short talk   

15:20 – 15:40 Short talk   

15:40 – 16:00 Short talk   

16:00  – 17:00 Posters with refreshments 

17:00 – 19:30 Sauna and swimming  

19:30:00 – 24:00 Dinner party award ceremony:  
Honorary member announcements, Best Paper awards, Best Thesis award 

Saturday 28 October  

7:00 – 9:00 Breakfast  

9:00 – 11:20 Science session 3 

9:00 – 10:00 Invited speaker: Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore college, USA, Finland Distinguished Professor (Emeritus), University of Helsinki, title TBA 

10:00 – 10:20 Short talk   

10:20 – 10:40 Short talk   

10:40 – 11:00 Short talk   

11:00 – 11:20 Short talk   

11:20 – 12:30 Lunch and coffee 

12:30 Departure

Special issue from Nordic Countries at Int J Biol of Developmental Biology

Invitation to join assembling a special issue of Int. J. Dev Biol.

Developmental Biology in Scandinavia  

It is our pleasure to invite you to contribute to the special issue of Int. J. Dev. Biol. The aim of the issue is to introduce the cutting-edge research in the Nordic Countries ( and to serve as an advertisement of the world class research in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  

Significant progress has been made in the experimental biology and medicine fields due to stem cell and developmental biology and their related disciplines. Yet the complexity of developmental processes and morphogenesis represent one of the most challenging scientific questions. Knowledge of how evolution has changed the developmental programs over time and at the same time shaped the anatomical structure assembly understanding of which is in its infancy. 

In this International Journal of Developmental Biology special issue, we aim to obtain publications that will represent the top-notch research lines in the Nordic countries. We are confident that the publications of this special issue will serve to shape the future of biology, promote our visibility and excitement of the field, and provide links to developmental biology with relevance to environment and planetary as well as reproductive health. 

We invite submission whose length and number of references is not restricted. Original articles, commentaries and mini/reviews are accepted. For the submission guidelines, please visit If you got interested in participating, please contact use for further details.

The deadline for MS submission is 30.09.2023. 

Looking forward to your contributions,

Satu Kuure, PhD    Seppo Vainio, PhD

Travel grants

The FSDB participates actively in organizing joint Nordic Stem Cell, Developmental Biology and Regeneration meetings. To encourage participation of all our members in the joint activities, the FSDB provides travel grants for its members. The call will be announced by emailing to the members.

The society spring meeting 2023

The spring meeting of the society will be organized online on May 4, 2023 at
10am Finnish time. Please contact the society to become a member and to receive the link to participate.

The 4th Nordic Meeting on Development, Stem cells, and Regeneration 2022

Bergen, Norway, Sping 2024

The 3rd Nordic Meeting on Development, Stem cells, and Regeneration 2022

Copenhagen, Denmark October 5-7,

The 2nd Nordic Meeting on Development, Stem cells, and Regeneration 2020

Helsinki, Finland October 14 th – 16 th

The Joint BSDB and Nordic Meeting on Development, Stem cells, and Regeneration 2017

Stockholm, Sweden, October 25 th – 27 th

The best thesis and
the best paper awards

The FSDB has a tradition of selecting the best PhD thesis and scientific publication
published within the field of stem cell and developmental biology. The best PhD
thesis within the field of stem cell and developmental biology is selected every fouryears. The best paper is selected every two years.

Suggestions for the candidates are invited by email and the recipient is nominated by an established senior scientist.

Previous recipients of the best thesis
2013-2015 Maria Jussila
2009-2012 Enni Harjunmaa
2006-2008 Lijun Chi
2003-2005 Ari Pekka Mähönen
2000-2002 Ulla Pirvola
1997-1999 David Rice

Previous recipients of the best publication
2015 Vassilis Stratoulias
2014 Laura Ahtiainen
2013 Katja Kerkelä-Närhi
2012 Enni Harjunmaa
2011 Pekka Nieminen
2010 Adolfo Rivero-Muller
2008-2009 Mari Palgi
2007 Kathryn Kavanagh
2006 Elina Järvinen
2004 Lijun Chi
2003 Nina Trokovic
2001 Yanfeng Lin
2000 Jukka Jernvall

Lef1/Tcf-GFP positive epithelial structures of developing mouse kidney at embryonic day 15.5. Credit: Anneliis Ihermann-Hella
Tcf/Lef1-H2B-GFP positive epithelial structures of developing mouse kidney at embryonic day 15.5. Credit: Anneliis Ihermann-Hella