Gradients and Signalling: from chemotaxis to development

Gradients and Signalling: from chemotaxis to development

11-15 November 2013   Okinawa, Japan

New: Application deadline extended to July 15


With this conference we are bringing together scientists studying the many diverse processes dependent on responses of cells to gradients of molecules, such as tissue specification and patterning in development, bacterial chemotaxis, and precise connectivity of neurons in our nervous system.  We believe that by gathering together scientists working on diverse processes and pathways, and using a wide variety of methods of analysis, we all have much to gain.

OIST conferences are small (~60 participants) and offer the possibility of a workshop-like atmosphere. The conference is held in OIST Seaside House, with participants housed on site and speakers at a nearby resort hotel.

Download a PDF version of the poster here

Important Dates

  • Applications open: 19 April 2013
  • Application Deadline: 30 June 15 July 2013
  • Notification of Application Results: mid-late July 2013
  • Participants arrive in Okinawa: 10-11 November 2013
  • Participants depart Okinawa: 15-16 November 2013

Confirmed Speakers

  • Judith Armitage (Oxford University, UK)
  • James Briscoe (NIMR, London, UK)
  • Heping Cheng (Peking University, Beijing, China)
  • Martine Collart (Université de Geneve, Switzerland)
  • Hiroshi Hamada (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Akiko Hata (UCSF, CA, USA)
  • Ryoichiro Kageyama (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Rudiger Klein (Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany)
  • Tom Kornberg (UCSF, CA, USA)
  • Arthur Lander (UC Irvine, CA, USA)
  • Ikue Mori (Nagoya University, Japan)
  • Mary Mullins (U Penn, PA, USA)
  • Roel Nusse (Stanford University, CA, USA)
  • Yoshiki Sasai (RIKEN CDB, Kobe, Japan)
  • Alex Schier (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA)
  • Eric Siggia (Rockefeller University, NYC, NY, USA)
  • Pascal Therond (CNRS UMR, Nice, France)
  • Marja Timmermans (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA)
  • Hisashi Umemori (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Jean Paul Vincent (NIMR, London, UK)



  • Deadline: 15 July 2013
  • To apply to participate in the workshop, please go to the Application Page.
  • This workshop is targeted to reseachers at all levels: PhD students, post docs, and professors (or other group leaders)
  • OIST will  cover the costs of registration, meals, accommodation, and travel for all selected participants. 
  • OIST will help with arranging visas, if necessary.
  • OIST is deeply committed to the advancement of women in science, in Japan and worldwide. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.


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Last updated April 15, 2013