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53rd Annual Meeting for the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists

Welcome Message

Welcome to the 53rd Annual Meeting of JSDB in Kumamoto!

On behalf of the meeting committee, I am happy to announce you that the 53rd JSDB meeting, cosponsored by the Asia Pacific Developmental Biology Network (APDBN) will be held in Kumamoto in 19-22 May 2020.

As you may remember, the 49th meeting was to be held in Kumamoto in May 2016, but we had to cancel it because a series of strong earthquakes hit Kumamoto area only a month before the scheduled dates. Thanks for your endless support and encouragement, our research environment has been recovered from the destruction of the quakes. Also, the city's infrastructure has been mostly restored. Therefore, to organize this 53rd meeting in Kumamoto will be our comeback attempt.

Kumamoto is located in Kyushu, and can be accessed by air (via Kumamoto Airport or Fukuoka Airport) and by Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train (from Shin-Osaka, abut 3 hours). The meeting venue, Kumamoto-Jo Hall is a newly constructed, state-of-the-art convention center. All the events (plenary lectures, symposia, oral and poster presentations, and company's exhibition) can be held on the same floor.

Upon attending the meeting, you will enjoy nice foods, beautiful scenes and historical architectures in the Kumamoto area. In addition, you will view the progress on the reconstruction of Kumamoto Castle, including its famous stone walls (mushagaeshi; see our meeting poster).

The meeting committee members aim to maximize opportunities for all participants to exchange scientific information and ideas. For this purpose, we would like to encourage oral presentation speakers to present their posters for further discussion. To make the 2020 meeting very informative, attractive and exciting, I would like to ask all the society members for active participation in the meeting.

I very much look forward to seeing you in Kumamoto!

Akira Nakamura
Chair of the 2020 JADB/APDBN meeting organizing committee.





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