This one-day conference will focus on stem cell-based models of development and disease. Taking place on Thursday 9th December 2021 the day will run from 9 am – 5.30 pm GMT and will take place virtually. There will also be a virtual conference social from 5:30 -6:30 pm GMT.

Stem cell-based models of embryo development have been flourishing over the past decade. These model systems recapitulate in culture fundamental aspects of mammalian development from gametogenesis, peri-implantation development to organogenesis. Critically, they enable experimental approaches to unravel the molecular basis of human developmental disorders including infertility.

This Genesis Research Trust Symposium aims to bring together and grow the community working in stem cell modelling and related fields to share ideas and discuss key topics for future research, including the opportunities and limitations of embryo models and the emergence of sophisticated bioengineering tools that can advance biomedical discoveries.

Registration fees: 

£100 for Academics/Clinicians (Early Bird Rate £75 until September 2021)
£50 for Trainees (Students/Postdocs)


The programme is currently being finalised, however, the conference will cover the following topics: 

  • Germ cell engineering
  • Peri-implantation engineering
  • Post-implantation engineering
  • Organogenesis engineering & Diseases
  • Opportunities and challenging with stem cell-based embryo models

The conference will take place live on Thursday 9th December 2021, a recording will be available to delegates for up to 6 months after the event has taken place.


Véronique Azuara (Imperial College London)

Harry Leitch (Imperial College London & MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences)

Registration fees: 

£100 for Academics/Clinicians (Early Bird Rate £75 until September 2021)
£50 for Trainees (Students/Postdocs)

Who is the conference for?  

This conference is aimed at those interested in using stem cells and stem-cell derived models to study normal development and developmental disorders. Featuring talks from international leaders on a broad range of topics including stem-cell-based embryo models, organoids, gastruloids and much more!

Conference proceeds

Proceeds from all of our conferences support our research into problems with fertility, pregnancy and birth. Our scientists at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London continue to lead the world in this field of research. Many major findings at the site have contributed to the understanding of fertility and fetal development. This has improved in utero and newborn babies’ health.

Please see the Genesis Research Trust website for further information about us.

We will be hosting a networking social that will take place after the conference in an environment like a classic game, We will be using the platform 

Imagine yourself in a conference hall – except now virtually! Attendees will be able to walk around rooms and interact with other delegates while being able to talk to people ‘virtually’ close to you.

In Gather, you can see and hear the people around you. You can navigate using the arrow keys on your keyboard to move around. If you are looking for someone specific, you can select their name in the participant bar on the side and a create a path to them.

We will be releasing the links to the virtual Gather poster sessions to you prior to the conference beginning. We recommend using Google Chrome. When Gather launches, you will be prompted to allow permissions for your browser to use your computers microphone and camera. Select ‘allow’. This setting can also be changed using your browsers preferences. Add your name and join the gathering.


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