About us

The French Society of Developmental Biology (SFBD) is a learned society that has gathered, for more than 50 years, researchers working on developmental biology on animal and plant species.

700+ members

20 French cities, 8 countries abroad

13 model organisms                    (animals and plants)


The French Society of Developmental Biology is a non-profit association. Its goal is to promote research in embryology and post-embryonic development, growth, differentiation, regeneration, teratology and genetics on all multicellular organisms using any kind of methology.

The SFBD promotes the sharing of ideas and ressources within the French Developmental Biology community. Each year, we organize a meeting in France. We also support the organization of devbio events (meetings, workshops) in France on various models.

The SFBD has a lot of actions dedicated to promote early career researchers. Registration fees to SFBD meetings are relatively low, allowing early career researchers to take part at moderate cost. We have been offering, for a few years now, travelling grants dedicated specifically to PhD students at the end of their projects and to post-doctoral researchers. Every year, the Society awards a prize for the best PhD Thesis in the field of Developmental Biology.

The SFBD edits a bi-annual letter that contains information likely to be of interest to the community. Previous letters can be found on our here.

All members of the society can submit news and job adverts that will be published on the website.

The SFBD Board

The SFBD Board is elected by the Society members for three years and can be reelected once.

François Agnes, conseil d'administration SFBD 2020
Allison BARDIN

(2021, 1st term)

Marie-Ange Bonnin
Marie-Ange BONNIN

(2019, 2nd term)

Bénédicte Charrier, élue en 2020 au CA de la société française de biologie du développement
Bénédicte CHARRIER

(2020, 2nd term)

Claire CHAZAUD, membre du conseil d'administration SFBD 2021

(2021, 1st term)

Glenda Comai, responsable du site web de la SFBD
Glenda COMAI

(2019, 2nd term)

Yoan COUDERT, membre du conseil d'administration SFBD 2021

(2021, 1st term)


(2022, 1st term)

Delphine DUPREZ

(2018, 2nd term)

Mélanie GRACIA

(2023, 1st term)

Jean-Léon MAÎTRE

(2023, 1st term)

Aude Maugarny-Calès, représentante jeunes chercheurs au conseil de la SFBD

(2018, 2nd term)

Mathilde PARIS

(2023, 1st term)

Andrea Pasini

(2019, 2nd term)


(2023, 1st term)

Julien Vermot, représentant des chercheurs à l'étranger au conseil de la SFBD

(2019, 2nd term)

Project managers

Eglantine HEUDE





(Féderation Biogée)

Bénédicte LEFEVRE


Previous board members

Margaret Buckingham (2 terms, 2006-2011)

Alain Vincent (2 terms, 2009-2014)

Stéphane Zaffran (2 terms, 2009-2014)

Angela Giangrande (2 terms, 2010-2015)

Laurent Kodjabachian (2 terms, 2011-2016)

Laurent Fasano (2 terms, 2011-2016)

Pascal de Santa Barbara (2 terms, 2011-2016)

Krzysztof Jagla (2 terms, 2012-2017)

Laure Bally-Cuif (2 terms, 2013-2018)

Pascale Gilardi-Hebenstreit (2 terms, 2013-2018)

Isabelle Le Roux (2 terms, 2013-2018)

Pascal Dollé (1 term, 2016-2018)

Sophie Bel -Vialar (2 terms, 2014-2019)

François Parcy (1 term, 2017-2019)

Michèle Studer (2 terms, 2015-2020)

Patrick Lemaire (2 terms, 2015-2020)

Samir Merabet (2 terms, 2015-2020)

Alice Davy (1 term, 2019-2021)

François Agnès (1 term, 2020-2022)

Sophie Jarriault (1 term, 2020-2022)

Do you want to get involved and serve the French community of developmental biologists? Become a candidate to join the SFBD board. Contact us.

The bureau

The bureau is elected each year by the board.

Delphine Duprez, vice-présidente de la SFBD.
Delphine DUPREZ


Claire CHAZAUD, membre du conseil d'administration SFBD 2021

Vice president

Jean-Léon MAÎTRE

Secretary general

Marie-Ange Bonnin
Marie-Ange BONNIN

Treasurer general

Previous bureau members

Margaret Buckingham (President, 2008-2011)

Alain Vincent (Vice-President 2009-2011 then President 2012-2014)

Krzysztof Jagla (Vice-President 2012-2014 then Président 2015-2017)

Pascal de Santa Barbara (Tresurer 2013-2015)

Stéphane Zaffran (General Secretary 2013-2014)

Isabelle Le Roux (General Secretary 2015-2018)

Sophie Bel -Vialar (Tresurer 2016-2019)

Patrick Lemaire (Vice-President 2015-2017, then Président 2018-2020)

The SFBD on Twitter

Twitter feed is not available at the moment.

Liste de diffusion Biodevfr

Subscribe to the biodevfr mailing list created and managed by the French Society for Developmental Biology !

This mailing list allows to share information in french and english within the community (biodev meetings, workshops, job and internship adverts… ).

Signed Charters

Here some of our latests actions and support to the community.

Charter to gender-neutral public communication 

Guide from the High Council for Equality between Women and Men (in French)


The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated