How oocytes are created, mature to a fertilizable egg and how sperm trigger resumption of embryonic development at the moment of fertilization are questions that have intrigued scientists of different fields for over a century. But these essential steps of the reproduction process are also an important issue for medical research. During this meeting our objectives are twofold: bring together the fertilization and oocyte maturation communities which up until now had separate meetings, and bring together researchers who work on a wide range of organisms spanning the Eumetazoa to compare mechanisms controlling reproduction in order to identify new approaches.

Keeping researchers up-to-date with recent developments in standard and non-standard model systems is of great importance, and demonstrating the advantages of each system will foster collaboration. Indeed, several non-standard model organisms (e.g. ascidian, urchin) now have considerable genomics resources (genome, transcriptome) due to recent advances in sequencing technologies. This renders these organisms full-featured molecular model systems opening a complete new horizon for understanding these basic mechanisms at the beginning of animal life.


Main topics include:

  • Mechanisms to create gametes,
  • Coordination of oocyte maturation,
  • Oocyte cell cycle arrest and asymmetric cell division
  • Signaling pathways induced by sperm entry that cause egg activation and embryonic development.

Attendance will be limited to 100 persons.





The EMBO Workshop will be held at the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls (OOB), France

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