Germ Cells (Virtual)
September 29 - October 2, 2020
Abstract Deadline: July 10, 2020


Ruth Lehmann, Whitehead Institute and MIT
Erez Raz, University of Muenster, Germany
Shosei Yoshida, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

The 12th meeting on Germ Cells is going fully virtual and will now commence with a 10:00 am morning session (US EDT) on Tuesday, September 29th and the meeting will end with an afternoon session (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, October 2nd.


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


The specific goals of this conference are to bring together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of germ line and gamete development. This meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate the intellectual unification of research on germ cells and related disease states in diverse systems.

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 1 Keynote Speaker: Allan Spradling
Germline Life Cycle
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 2 From Meiosis to Fertilization
Wednesday 10:00 am- 1:00 pm 3 Germ Cell Genome Integrity and Manipulation
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4 Oocyte to Embryo Transition
Thursday 10:00 am- 1:00 pm 5 Phase Transitions and Germ Granules
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 6 Germ Cell Fate
Friday 10:00 am- 1:00 pm 7 Stem Cells and Homeostasis
Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 8 Germline Evolution and Quality Control
Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session
Virtual Bar Tuesday, 5:30 pm
Virtual Bar Friday, 5:30 pm

Keynote Speaker:

Allan Spradling, HHMI/Carnegie Institution for Science

Invited Speakers and Discussion Leaders: 

Brad Cairns, HHMI/University of Utah
Blanche Capel, Duke University
Patrick Chinnery, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Margaret T. Fuller, Stanford University
Anne Goriely, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Maria Jasin, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Rene Ketting, Institute of Molecular Biology, Germany
Mary Mullins, University of Pennsylvania
Kyle Orwig, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
David Page, HHMI/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Andrea Pauli, The Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
Melina Schuh, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Geraldine Seydoux, HHMI/Johns Hopkins University
Susan Strome, University of California, Santa Cruz
Azim Surani, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mark Van Doren, Johns Hopkins University
Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University
Yukiko Yamashita, HHMI/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Goro Yoshizaki, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
Phillip Zamore, HHMI/University Of Massachusetts Medical School

The format of the meeting will include eight oral sessions consisting of invited and short talks, chosen from the submitted abstracts, and one poster session throughout the virtual meeting. The organizers will decide the suitability of each abstract for oral or poster presentation, but please specify if you prefer a poster.

Time Zone Morning Session Afternoon Session
New York 10:00 am 2:00 pm
Los Angeles 7:00 am 11:00 am
London 3:00 pm 7:00 pm
Berlin 4:00 pm 8:00 pm
Tokyo 11:00 pm 3:00 am (+1)

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Catie Carr stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Catie Carr at

Corporate sponsorship provided by:

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlgermcells. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

We anticipate support provided by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The Lalor Foundation, Inc.

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 4:01 p.m. EDT on September 24, 2020)

Late Virtual Academic Package: $385
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $275
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $525

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~50 talks / 7 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~75 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments