Germ Cells
September 29 - October 3, 2020
Abstract Deadline: July 10, 2020


Ruth Lehmann, HHMI/New York University School of Medicine
Erez Raz, University of Muenster, Germany
Shosei Yoshida, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan

You are cordially invited to participate in the twelfth biennial meeting on Germ Cells to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, New York. The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Tuesday, September 29 and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, October 3, 2020. 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.

  • Germline Life Cycle
  • From Meiosis to Fertilization 
  • Oocyte Polarity
  • Germ Cell Genome Integrity and Manipulation
  • Phase Transitions and Germ Granules
  • Germ Cell Epigenetics and Totipotency
  • Stem Cells and Homeostasis
  • Germline Evolution and Quality Control 
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 seven oral sessions consisting of invited and short talks, chosen from the submitted abstracts, and one poster session. All speakers and chairs are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire meeting. The organizers will decide the suitability of each abstract for oral or poster presentation, but please specify if you prefer a poster.

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, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Catie Carr at

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor at the end of September.

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


Academic Package: $1,560
Graduate/PhD Student Package:
Corporate Package: $2,055 
Academic/Student No-Housing Package:
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,380 

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.