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The 115th DZG Meeting will take place in Kassel, September 4-8, 2023

We will organize the Developmental Biology Session during the main meeting. Invited speaker this year:

Alexander Klimovich, University of Kiel (GER)

Please register for the main meeting and submit your work for short talks and posters!

In addition to the main meeting, we teamed up with the sections „Evolutionary Biology“ and „Ecology“ to organize the Satellite Meeting:

„SpiderFest – #Genomes #Genes #Forms #Functions“

September 4, 2023 in Kassel. Invited speakers are:

Gabriele Uhl, University of Greifswald (GER)

Jonas Wolff,  University of Greifswald (GER)

Daniela Rößler, University of Konstanz (GER)

Daniel Leite, Durham University (UK)

You can register for the SpiderFest through the main DZG Meeting website.

Check the conference website and/or sign up for our mailing list to stay tuned.


previous annual meetings:

DZG 2022 in Bonn, Section Meeting: Developmental Biology

Wednesday, September 12-16, 2022


DZG 2021 Virtual Section Meeting: Developmental Biology

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 – 14.15-15.30 CEST


DZG 2020 Virtual Section Meeting: Developmental Biology

Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 9-12 CEST



09:00 – 09:05     Natascha/Nico         

Session1 – Evo-Devo (Chairs: Natascha/Nico)                 

09:05 – 09:20    Matthias Janeschik (München)     

Expression of a dPax2 (shaven) homolog in the spider P. tepidariorum. 

09:20 – 09:35     Ting-Hsuan Lu (Göttingen)     

Eye size variation in Drosophila: From Transcriptomics to function 

09:35 – 09:50    Luxi Chen (Bonn)     

Differential expression patterns of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and  heat shock protein 70 throughout diapause in D. magna.  

Tea/Coffee Break + general discussion                 

09:50 – 10:00    Everyone          

Session2 – Evo-Devo (Chairs: Natascha/Nico)                 

10:0– 10:15    Benjamin Naumann (Jena)     

The ghost of the tadpole – parallel evolution of direct development in frogs is  shaped by ancestral developmental constraints. 

10:1– 10:30    Melanie Hellinger (Erlangen-Nürnberg)     

Formation of Supernumerary Segments in a Short Germ Insect Through  Restarting Its Segmentation Clocks. 

10:3 10:45    Gregor Bucher (Göttingen)     

Quantifying the blind area of insect genetic screens: What essential genes are  we missing when screening only one species?  

Tea/Coffee Break + general discussion                 

10:4 10:55    Everyone          

Session 2 – Evo-Devo and Gene Regulation (Chairs: Natascha/Nico)                 

10:5 11:10    Bharadwaj Sai Krishna Marella (München)     

Sense organ diversity on the Drosophila ovipositor: Using transcriptomics to  uncover developmental differences 

11:1 11:25    Yaqun Xin (München)     

Evolution of a novel enhancer through shared chromatin accessibility inputs.  

11:2 11:40    Mariam Museridze (München)     

Revisiting Enhancer Boundaries Using a Pigmentation Locus in Drosophila. 

11:4 11:55    Gavin Rice (Pittsburgh)     

Evolving a novel trait through co-option of the shavenbaby gene regulatory  network. 

 Open questions + general discussion                  

from 11:55           Everyone