Human Development - from Embryos to Stem Cell Models, AWAJI, JAPAN


Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN

March 5 - March 10, 2023

Abstract Deadline: February 3, 2023

Registration remains open until before the meeting starts

Meeting program is now available: Final Meeting program.pdf


Organized by:

Guojun Sheng, Kumamoto University
Cantas Alev, Kyoto University
Hongkui Deng, Peking University
Alfonso Martinez-Arias, University of Cambridge
Janet Rossant, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on “Human Development - from embryos to stem cell models” will be held in Awaji, Japan, located approximately 60 km west of Osaka city. 

Please note that entry of foreign nationals into Japan is subject to the latest border measures. From Oct 11, Japan will allow visa-free entry for travellers from 68-countries. You are required to read and follow the official information about entry into Japan on the website of Ministry of Foreign carefully and strictly. 

The conference will begin in the evening of Sunday March 5, 2023, and will conclude in the evening of March 9, 2023 after the banquet. There will be eight oral sessions and tentatively two poster sessions covering recent findings in research related to developmental biology, embryology and human stem cells. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.


Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center (, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. Meeting participants are strongly recommended to stay at the conference hotel, Grand Nikko Awaji ( during the meeting with the rest of the participants if possible. The accommondation booking URL will be sent to you after completion of meeting registration.

Access to the venue

Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center is located at northeast coast of Awaji Island. There is one international airport nearby, which is Kansai International Airport (KIX), and two domestic airports, namely Osaka International (Itami) Airport and Kobe Airport (UKB), respectively. The conference center is connected by various ground transportations, such as express buses and trains (JR trains), from the airports. To get to the Awaji Yumebutai international conference center and Grand Nikko Awaji hotel, one has to take an highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai mae (Bus stop #4 to Higashiura Bus Terminal) from Sannomiya Bus terminus located near the Sannomiya JR station on the ground floor of Mint Kobe building at Kobe City. The bus ride will take about 45 minutes.

There are multiple ways to get to the venue from different airports. A summary of all possible ways to get to the venue from the 3 airports can be found below:

For international participants travelling from Kansai international airport (KIX) at Osaka, you can opt to take an airport Limousine Bus for Kobe Sannomiya (Bus stop #6 located near south exit on the 1st floor of arrival hall) directly and then change to the highway express bus at Sannomiya bus terminus for Awaji Yumebutai mae.The express bus will stop right at the entrance of the Grand Nikko Awaji hotel. Other transportations such as taxi or self-arranged airport pickup is also available. However, it is not an economical transportation option in Japan.

A detailed information of how to get to the bus stop at Kansai international airport and the bus schedules for both airport limousine bus for Sannomiya as well as highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai Mae can be found as follows: 

Please note that, however, express bus services after 19:00 local time will stop at Kokudo Yumebutai Mae instead of Awaji Yumebutai mae, which will require a 3-minute walk to the hotel as shown in the map below

Please visit for more transportation information

Major Topics:
1. Human development from perspective of comparative embryology 
2. Pre- and peri-implantation stage human development
3. Primate models of human development
4. In vitro 3D reconstitution of human tissues and organs
5. In vitro 3D models of human diseases
6. Novel tools for in vitro reconstitution and analysis of human development

Keynote Speakers:
Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, Washington University

Invited Speakers:

Martin Blum, University of Hohenheim

Grayson Camp, University of Basel

Susana Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Leiden University Medical Center

Jianping Fu, University of Michigan

Shaorong Gao, Tongji University

Ge Guo, University of Exeter

Anne Grapin-Botton, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Nick Hopwood, University of Cambridge

Weizhi Ji, Kunming University of Science and Technology

Karl Koehler, Harvard University

Fredrik Lanner, Karolinska Institutet

Naomi Moris, The Francis Crick Institute

Stephane Nedelec, INSERM

Ryuichi NishinakamuraKumamoto University

Olivier Pourquie, Harvard University

Giorgia Quadrato, University of Southern California

Nicolas Rivron, The Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna

Eric Siggia, Rockefeller University

Mijo Simunovic, Columbia University

Yasuhiro Takashima, Kyoto University

Christoph Viebahn, University of Göttingen

Aryeh Warmflash, Rice University

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, California Institute of Technology

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's 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 to attend our international meetings since they are likely to benefit most from meeting other international colleagues in the same field. All abstracts submitted by graduate students and postdocs and selected by meeting organizing committee will be awarded fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards after the conference to off set the registration fee. Also, a
 certain number of oral presentations by graduate students and postdocs will be selected for fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards after the meeting. Announcements of the awardees will be made during the Banquet of the meeting

We look forward to seeing you in Awaji in March, 2023.

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