Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee we are excited to announce that the 2nd Conference of the Visegrád Group Society for Developmental Biology will take place in the Biological Research Centre (BRC) Szeged, Hungary, between 2-5 September, 2021 in the organization of the V4 Society for Developmental Biology (V4SDB) and the Hungarian Genetics Society (MAGE). Both organizations are committed to continue the tradition which started with the first and inaugural meeting of V4SDB in Brno, in 2018.

We aim to organize a meeting which provides an ideal academic platform for researchers of the V4 region (and beyond) to present their latest research findings and describe emerging technologies, and directions in the field of developmental biology. A conference with a creative and friendly atmosphere, where former acquaintances are renewed and new collaborative partnerships are formed. The meeting will take place in the new conference center of the Biological Research Centre (BRC) Szeged, where the lecture halls, the poster and company exhibition areas will all be located in one building, together with the restaurant and social rooms, providing ample possibilities for professional discussions.

It is our main priority to provide a highly interactive environment between young scientists and renowned international experts, and motivate and educate early stage researchers through this meeting. To this end, a workshop will take place on the day before the conference, where students will present their research, can participate on a practical course and learn about open access (OA) and current alternative publication (e.g. preprint) opportunities from experts.

Hereby we kindly invite you to participate in the 2nd Conference of the Visegrád Group Society for Developmental Biology. We count on your contribution to a scientific symposium with great atmosphere that will be memorable and beneficial for the whole community of the Central European developmental biology sciences. The official language of the conference is English.

Our conference will be among the first, long-awaited in-person meetings. The health and well-being of everybody are of course of the utmost importance to us. We follow the guidelines and instructions provided by the local authorities and will continue to base our actions and precautions on those.

Current COVID regulations in Hungary enable the holding of the conference, but please note the followings. A 10-day quarantine is required for all international arrivals. Travelers may be exempted from such quarantine if they attest with a document containing the negative results of two PCR tests performed in Hungary or a Schengen country, 5 days prior to their arrival and at two different times with at least 48 hours between them.

With a valid EU certificate of vaccination (EU Immunity Certificate) no PCR test is necessary. Hotels are only open to Immunity Certificate holders. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to obtain EU IMMUNITY CERTIFICATE. Should there be changes to the event for any reason, attendees will be promptly notified.

The congress is organized in collaboration with Régió-10 Ltd. Their staff is happy to respond to your questions.

We hope to see you at the meeting!

  • Alexander W. Bruce (University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic)
  • Vítězslav Bryja (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Marcela Buchtová (Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics, Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Dušan Fabián (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Animal Physiology, Kosice, Slovakia)
  • József Mihály (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary)
  • Anna Piliszek (Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Magdalenka, Poland)
  • Rita Sinka (University of Szeged, Hungary)
  • Máté Varga (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)  
  • Péter Vilmos (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary)