National Avian Research Facility
National Avian Research Facility

EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2022

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.

Speakers for EGGED 2022 will include - Claudio SternTatjana Sauka-SpengleNeil Vargesson, Ben Steventon, Jérôme Gros, Hervé Acloque, Raman DasMike McGrew, Jacqueline Smith, Joe RaingerDenis Headon, Megan Davey.


EGGED 2022 will provide hands-on training in fundamental and cutting edge developmental biology techniques, including;

  • Ex-ovo culture
  • In-ovo manipulation (bead application, transfection, over-expression, knock-down approaches)
  • Imaging
  • Transgenesis and gene editing
  • Chicken genomics, sequencing and gene expression techniques
  • Public engagement and teaching
  • Sandpit discussions to establish the forward momentum of the field

See Programme Overview here


Participants will have access to the unique resources available at the National Avian Research Facility (NARF), developed by the UKRI-BBSRC funded Roslin Institute, including the transgenic fluorescent reporter chicken lines. At EGGED, participants will be encouraged to undertake their own experiments with these lines to generate preliminary data.

EGGED is held in memory of Dr Donald Ede, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, a talented chicken embryologist and member of the RSE, who passed away in 2018.

Organisers - Megan Davey and Lindsay Henderson


Registration is now closed

Registration costs

Early bird — register by February 25th 2022

Early Career Researchers, including PhD students and Postdoctoral Scientists with less than nine years of research employment  — £500.00

Group Leaders and Principal Investigators — £650.00

Non-residential  £400 or apply to the organisers.

After the early bird deadline, standard registration fees will apply  £850.00

Registration costs will include

Accommodation includes breakfast and is booked from 11-15th July, check-out 16th July. Transport to and from accommodation to the Easter Bush Campus. All consumables used on the workshop including transgenic eggs. A poster evening with food and drinks provided on the 12th July, a light buffet dinner and networking event on the 14th July, and dinner and Ceilidh on the final evening of the workshop 15th July. All evening events are optional.

Please note spaces will be limited and we may not be able to accommodate everyone that registers for the workshop. Delegates that apply for the early bird deadline will be notified within two weeks if they have a place on the workshop. Applicants will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.



The Roslin Institute, R(D)SVS and the NARF have received a Saltire Facilitation Network Award from The Royal Society of Edinburgh to hold these practical workshops in both 2022 and 2023. A Scientific Meeting Grant from The Company of Biologists has also been awarded to hold the EGGED workshop in 2022.



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EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2022

The EGGED 2022 Workshop will provide hands-on training for developmental biologists that use or would like to use the chicken embryo in their research.

Held over four days in July 2022 at the Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the Easterbush campus, UK.