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EMBO Practical Course

Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop (EGGED 2024)

08 – 13 July 2024 | Midlothian, United Kingdom

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024

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About the Practical Course

*Additional EGGED Beginner and EGGED Experts days on 8/13 July.

The chicken embryo is a classical model used to understand vertebrate embryonic development.

Recent advances in genome engineering, transgenesis and genome annotation in chickens has revolutionised and reinvigorated the use of the chicken embryo as a model. In combination with new sequencing and imaging technologies, it is now possible to combine the accessibility of the chicken embryo with fluorescent reporters, stable and transient transgenesis approaches, gene expression analysis, chemical, surgical and genetic manipulation.

EGGED will bring together the world’s chicken embryology experts to share their skills and showcase the exceptional resourcefulness of the chicken embryo. The workshop is open to researchers with a range of experience; from students and early career researchers to group leaders and principal investigators. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for scientists to share, learn and develop embryological techniques that use the chicken embryo and importantly, to shape the future of chicken developmental biology resources and approaches.

Techniques covered will include, in-ovo manipulation such as tissue grafting, bead application, electroporation, over-expression, knock-down approaches. Ex-ovo culture, CAM assays, electroporation. Wholemount RNA in situ hybridisation. Transgenesis, gene editing, primoridal germ cell isolation and injection. Functional genomics. Imaging approaches. Approaches to teaching using the chicken embryo. Participants will have access to the unique transgenic chicken lines available from the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) at The Roslin Institute, including the "Roslin Green" GFP, "Flamingo" dtTomato, membrane GFP, "Chameleon" Cre-inducible mini-Brainbow, Cell Cycle Chicken and more.

*We provide an additional day- EGGED Beginner for those who are not experienced in chicken embryo use. This is limited to 10 attendees.

*We provide an additional day- EGGED Experts for those who are experienced in chicken embryo use and would like to generate preliminary data for grant and paper preparation. This is limited to 10 attendees.

Image credit: Cell Cycle Transgenic Chicken Embryos by James Glover

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 April 2024
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 8 April 2024
  • Payment Deadline
  • 1 May 2024



Registration includes:

  • En suite accommodation at Pollock Halls Estate, central Edinburgh

  • Transport between accommodation and workshop venue (Easter Bush Campus)

  • Breakfast and lunch

  • Poster session with refreshments

  • Sandpit event “The Future of the Chicken Model” with refreshments

  • Dinner and Scottish cèilidh

  • Laboratory consumables, lab coats, fertile transgenic eggs, dissection and manipulation tools

  • Online abstract and protocols book


Selected participants will be sent payment details of ePay, the University of Edinburgh's Online Store that allows departments to take payments for products and conferences & events online. Most variations on Visa credit and debit cards, and MasterCard credit and debit cards can be accepted, i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit, Delta, Maestro (UK and International) and American Express.

Card details are securely passed to RBS WorldPay, who handle the actual process of taking money from one account and paying it into another.

Selection criteria

Attendance is limited to 25.

You will need to submit your CV and motivation letter via the registration system.

Selection will be based on

  1. Scientific need e.g. is the researcher planning to or currently undertaking work using the chicken embryo.
  2. While ensuring that there is opportunity primarily for postgraduate students, post-docs and early career researchers priority will be given to scientists of any career stage who are thinking of adopting the chicken embryo to support a current research programme. For example to approach questions that cannot be answered using other animal models. In the EGGED programme we highlight other ERC who have made this transition.
  3. Unless here is space, where multiple applications come from one laboratory only one will be accepted.
  4. Gender balance, inclusion of participants who might not otherwise be able to access a Workshop like EGGED due to personal factors (accessibility needs, caring responsibilities etc) will be taken into consideration and weighted.

Abstract guidelines

200 words maximum

Brief description of your current research. Highlight how your current or future use of the chicken embryo, advances your scientific question.

Poster specifications

A0 (33.11 x 46.81 inches, 841 x 1189 cm) – Portrait orientation only.

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are availablefor scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Sustainability measures at the meeting

UK invited speakers will only be reimbursed for sustainable train by train, bus, car-share or EV use, except for accessibility reasons. We will provide a bus from accommodation (central Edinburgh) to the Easter Bush Campus to encourage participants not to drive. Participants who cycle to the conference will be offered servicing of their bicycle during the conference to underpin the ethos that we value and reward sustainable travel.

Venue: Meeting Notes and Information will only be provided online in advance to avoid printing. We will not provide conference ‘extras’, i.e. plastic pens, bags etc. Equipment used in the Workshop will be re-used in future Workshops (e.g. forceps). One-use disposable plastics will be replaced where possible with glass wear- a sustainability initiative already active at R(D)SVS. Fertile eggs will be sourced from NARF, limiting transport of this resource and using eggs which would otherwise often be disposed of during summer holidays. The Poster session catering will use a Spanish tortilla chef who uses locally sourced organic eggs and potatoes. The majority of food will be vegetarian.

All advertising will be electronic. We will highlight measures we have taken to reduce CO2 in our online information and will assess the impacts these measures had on participants in the post-workshop questionnaire. We will collect optional donations from participants for donation to Carrifran Wildwood – a local reforestation initiative.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

At EMBO, we believe that harassment and discriminatory behaviour are unacceptable in any setting. EMBO's code of conduct is applicable for all participants of this EMBO meeting and can be found here.



The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS

The University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus

EGGED will be held at The Roslin Institute and the teaching labs at the R(D)SVS (The University of Edinburgh Vet School), based at the Easter Bush Campus in Midlothian, EH25 9RG. Easter Bush is a new campus, located outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful rural location of Midlothian, adjacent to the Pentland Hills. We will provide transport to the campus from Pollock Halls every morning, leaving at 8:30 AM from Pollock Halls Reception. While there is a bus service to Easter Bush, the campus is relatively isolated and does not have access to many services. Please bring everything you will need for each day, as there will not be an opportunity to return to your accommodation until the return bus to Pollock Halls.

How to get to The Roslin Institute

The R(D)SVS provides excellent, accessible modern teaching labs with a capacity for more than 100 students, catering and meeting room facilities. The R(D)SVS Atrium will house Posters sessions alongside catering (lunch/coffee). The R(D)SVS facilities are available in July when undergraduate teaching is paused for the Summer break.

The Roslin Institute, 50 m from the R(D)SVS has a modern auditorium seating capacity 250. This will be the location for morning talk sessions which will be open to anyone from The University of Edinburgh in-person or online. Roslin also provides incubation facilities for eggs all sourced from NARF, a world unique resource providing transgenic fertile eggs to researchers in the UK.


Accommodation is booked and included as part of the registration fee.

Chancellors Court
Pollock Estate
18 Holyrood Park Road
Central Reservations: +44 (0) 131 651 2189

Chancellors Court is 3 star, University of Edinburgh accommodation, which is single ocupancy, en suite, and provides a catered breakfast. The accommodation is in central Edinburgh, close to Holyrood Park, Arthurs Seat and the Commonwealth Pool, as well as many restaurants, cafes and bars. Transport will be provided daily between accommodation and the Easter Bush Campus. Check-in to your room is from 15:00 on the day of arrival, and check-in is available 24 hours a day.

If attendees have special requirements for accessibility or dependents, alternative accommodation can be provided. Please contact


Transport will be provided daily between accommodation at Pollock Estate to Easter Bush Campus.

Travel to Edinburgh

EGGED attendees arriving by bicycle will be offered a free bicycle service.


Edinburgh has two railway stations in the city centre. Waverley is the main station with all trains stopping there and is the most convenient for delegates attending events at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has direct routes to many UK cities, including 25 trains a day to London, with an average journey time of 4 hours 15 minutes. Pollock Estate accommodation can be reached by a 10-15 minute/1/5 mile walk or taxi.


For delegates travelling to Edinburgh by bus, the main bus station is centrally located at St Andrew Square, which is less than a mile to the Old Town Campus and 1.6m to the Pollock Estate. National bus travel can be booked via National Express, Citylink and MegaBus


Edinburgh Airport works with 40 airlines serving 100+ destinations across the globe. There are over 30 flights a day to London with a flight time of 1 hour. Other key hubs include Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and New York which operate multiple flights/day with national air carriers. The journey time from the airport into central Edinburgh is 30 minutes, with direct tram and bus services running every 7 minutes between 5:30 and 23:00. Edinburgh Trams currently run from Edinburgh Airport to York Place in the city centre Delegates using this service should alight on Princes Street or at St Andrew Square for closest access to our venues. Tickets should be bought in advance from machines at each stop.


Free on-site car parking is available at Pollock Estate, including 18 electric car charging points. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. EV charging is also available at the Easter Bush.

About the Area

Pollock Halls is directly beside Arthurs Seat within Holyrood Park, a great place to walk and run. If you’re fit, walking to the top for a view of Edinburgh is a good challenge! Pollock Halls is also adjacent to The Royal Commonwealth Swimming Pool, which is open from 6 AM for public swimming. We will provide daily walking networking sessions within Holyrood Park.

The final dinner and cèilidh (traditional Scottish dance – don‘t worry... we will teach you!), will be at South Hall on the Pollock Hall Estate.

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