National Avian Research Facility
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EGGED - Edinburgh Gallus Genomics and Embryonic Development Workshop 2024

The next EGGED workshop will now take place in July 2024

After reviewing feedback from EGGED 2022, we are happy to announce that we intend to hold the EGGED Workshop once every two years, to make the workshop more sustainable. The next workshop will now take place in July 2024. Registration will open later in 2023.

If you have already registered for the workshop in 2023 we will automatically add you to the registration for 2024, to be confirmed when the registration for EGGED 2024 goes live.

Please see below for an overview of what the workshop will include in 2024.


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 2024 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 2024 - 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 8th July.
  • EGGED Experts — Advanced researchers can extend the workshop to facilitate pilot data collection beginning on Monday 8th July, with the option of finishing data collection on Saturday 13th.


Registration will open later in 2023

Speaker details, registration costs and the programme for EGGED 2024 will be announced in due course.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact


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 2024

The EGGED 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 2024 at the Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the Easterbush campus, UK.