ISDB-MOD Lectures
The International Society of Developmental Biologists, in conjunction with its official journal Mechanisms of Development, is pleased to announce its ISDB-MOD Lecture program. In this initiative, the ISDB and MOD seek to promote interaction and exchanges in the global community of developmental biologists by offering awards of up to $2000 (USD) each to support travel by distinguished speakers to international meetings in the field.

The ISDB seeks to promote the study of development and related fields on a global scale, and includes more than 20 national and regional developmental biology organizations within its membership. The current ISDB president, Prof. Philip Ingham (Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore) and the rest of the ISDB leadership, and its partners at Mechanisms of Development look forward to supporting international discussion and the exchange of views by scientists in these fields through this lecture series.

Details on the terms of the program and application process are outlined below.

Organisers of international meetings involving at least 150 participants from multiple countries and focusing on topics in developmental biology (including stem cell biology, regeneration, evodevo) are eligible to apply for support. Additionally, support will be considered for inaugural meetings marking the establishment of a new national society for developmental biology in a country that does not currently have an active society.

The award can only be used to support travel by an eminent developmental biologist, invited by the meeting organizers, to deliver an ISDB-MOD Lecture at a meeting. Registration or other fees for the invited speaker are not eligible for support. For meetings, at least one of the societies involved in the organization of the meeting must be a current, active member of ISDB by the time the award is made. For meetings to launch a new society, the society shall join ISDB as a full member upon becoming established. Acknowledgment of the support must be made explicitly on meeting materials, such as websites, program and abstract books, posters, etc. which must announce it as “The ISDB-MOD Lecture” and include the logos of ISDB and MOD/Elsevier. The ISDB reserves the right to request samples of printed materials.

Meeting organizers should submit the following items:

  1. Name, position, affiliation and contact information of the organizer(s) and the national society that he/she represents.
  2. Title, date and venue of meeting.
  3. Mission statement for the meeting.  This statement should include an explanation of how the proposed lecture will facilitate international interactions among developmental biologists.
  4. Preliminary program.
  5. Estimated number of participants. This estimate should be justified based on metrics such as number of participants at prior similar meetings, number of preliminary registrants, or number of invited speakers. Note that ISDB-MOD lectures should be targeted at audiences that exceed 150 participants.
  6. An estimate of the travel costs for the Lecturer, and a summary of other financial support obtained or applied for.

Application materials should be sent to the ISDB President by email (

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, year-round. Applications should be submitted at least two months before the proposed lecture.

The amount of the award shall be up to $2000 USD against actual costs, to be paid by bank transfer.