National Avian Research Facility
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EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2023

The EGGED Workshop returns in 2023!

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.


In 2022, this is what attendees said;

Great talks from a range of disciplines including field leaders. Core techniques covered. Opportunity for independent work surrounded by experts. Great introduction to the model system.

Great scope of topics and techniques - Excellent size (number of participants) and just the right duration - Excellent accommodation and learning facilities - Loved (!) the final dinner/dance.


EGGED 2023 will provide hands-on training in fundamental and cutting-edge developmental biology techniques, including;

  • In-ovo manipulation- tissue grafting, bead application, electroporation, over-expression, knock-down approaches
  • Ex-ovo culture and electroporation
  • RNA in situ hybridisation
  • Transgenesis and gene editing
  • Functional genomics
  • Chicken cell and organoid culture
  • Tool making
  • Imaging approaches
  • Networking events
  • Sandpit discussions to establish the forward momentum of the field

Participants will have access to the unique transgenic chicken lines available from the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) including the "Roslin Green" GFP, "Flamingo" dtTomato, membrane GFP, "Chameleon" Cre-inducible mini-Brainbow and Cas9. At EGGED, participants will be encouraged to undertake their own experiments with eggs from these lines to generate preliminary data.


New for 2023 - Extended Workshop for Beginners and Experts (spaces limited)

Those new to the chicken embryo or expert researchers keen to collect data during the workshop can apply to extend the standard 4-day workshop.

  • EGGED Beginners Researchers new to the chicken embryo can apply to attend an introductory course on Monday 10th July.
  • EGGED Experts — Advanced researchers can extend the workshop to facilitate pilot data collection beginning on Monday 10th July, with the option of finishing data collection on Saturday 15th.


Registration is now open!

Register now for the workshop

Speaker details and the programme for EGGED 2023 will be announced in due course. 


Registration costs

Early Bird — register by January 26th 2023. Spaces are limited and will be awarded based on the earliest registration date. Standard registration fees will apply after the early bird deadline, or once all early bird places are filled.

Early Career Researchers (PhD students and Postdoctoral Scientists with less than nine years of research employment) — £850.00 (Standard fee — £1000.00)

Group Leaders and Principal Investigators — £1000.00 (Standard fee — £1200.00)

Non-academic/ Industry £1800.00

Non-residential — £500 or apply to the organisers.

Extended Workshop Options

EGGED Beginners additional £150

EGGED Experts  additional £300


Registration includes

  • 5 nights accommodation in central Edinburgh with breakfast (check-in 15:00 Monday, July 10th, check-out 10:30 Saturday, July 15th).
  • Transport to and from the Easter Bush Campus.
  • All consumables used in the workshop, including transgenic eggs.
  • A poster evening with a light buffet dinner on 11th July.
  • A networking/brainstorming event with a light buffet dinner on 13th July.
  • Dinner and Ceilidh on the final evening of the workshop on 14th July.
  • Bespoke teaching materials and course book.
  • Extended Workshops additionally include;
    • EGGED Beginners — 1 additional night of accommodation (Sunday 9th) with lunch provided on Monday 10th.
    • EGGED Experts  — 2 additional nights of Extended EGGED Workshop (Sunday 9th and Saturday 15th) with lunch provided on Monday 10th and access to imaging facilities.



Organisers  Megan Davey, Lindsay Henderson, Ana Hernández Rodriguez and Ruth Williams. 




The Roslin Institute, R(D)SVS and the NARF have received a Saltire Facilitation Network Award from The Royal Society of Edinburgh to hold practical workshops in both 2022 and 2023. 


EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2023

The EGGED 2023 Workshop will provide hands-on training for developmental biologists who use or would like to use the chicken embryo in their research.

Held over four days in July 2023 at the Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the Easterbush campus, UK.