The SEB 2021 Annual Conference is going virtual !

27 Jan 2021 - By: SEB



The SEB is pleased to announce that our 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually on 29 June8 July.

Join us for our most accessible conference yet! Delve into a host of stimulating sessions, present your latest findings and network with a global community of experimental biologists. 

We are delighted that we can still offer scientists the opportunity to showcase their research, hear about the latest advances in their field and network with colleagues in a virtual setting.

While we will miss getting together in person with all our members we will endeavour to make the online conference an engaging and memorable experience.

Here are all the details on the new meeting format, dates and exciting scientific programme we have lined up for you.


Unlike our usual in-person conference programme with live sessions running across 4 consecutive days, our 2021 Annual Conference programme has been designed with flexibility and accessibility in mind.

The programme will be spread across 6 days between 29th June – 8th July (29 and 30 June; 1,6,7 & 8 July) to maximise opportunities to participate.

As an international organisation we want to ensure that as many of our members (and other conference participants) as possible have access to the science.  For this reason, alongside live talks and Q&A sessions with speakers, provided consent is received from speakers, we aim to record live talks wherever possible and make these available on the conference platform so that these can be accessed by delegates at their convenience.

The presentations will be available to delegates for one month after the conference.


This year’s programme is packed with engaging topics which will foster new ideas and extraordinary connections amongst your peers.

With an exciting line-up of sessions covering Animal, Plant and Cell biology topics as well as interdisciplinary sessions there is something for everyone. Take a look at the sessions taking place here:

Animal Biology Sessions

Plant Biology Sessions

Cell Biology Sessions

Science Across Boundaries Sessions

You will also have the opportunity to take part in career workshops as well as a host of virtual networking events.    

Abstract submission is now open!

Take center stage and present your latest findings to a global audience of experimental biologists - submit an abstract!

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2021


Each year at our Annual Conference the SEB celebrates the achievements of our young and established researchers with a number of awards.

Young Scientist Award
Deadline: 8 March 2021

The Young Scientist Award is open to all postgraduates and postdocs within 6 years of completing their PhD, who wish to showcase their talent and cutting-edge research.

There are three prizes per Scientific Section (i.e. Animal-Cell and Plant-Cell). To enter the competition simply specify you wish to be considered when submitting your abstract for the meeting.

Irene Manton Poster Prize
Deadline: 16 March 2021

The Irene Manton poster prize competition is open to students and early career researchers and a prize is awarded to the best poster in each section (animal biology, cell biology, plant biology) as well as for Outreach and Education.

Find out more about the awards and how to enter



There are a number of funding opportunities available to students and Early Career Scientists to support their attendance at the conference.  

Our Company of Biologists travel grant provides support with online registration fees for the meeting. 

In addition students will also be able to apply for financial support to our dedicated Annual Conference grant. Application for this will open in February.

We hope you can join us and please help us spread the word by telling your colleagues about the meeting!




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