16th International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC)

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The 16th International Zebrafish Conference
June 16-22, 2021 | Online

Mark your calendar for the 16th International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC)! The meeting will be held online, June 16 - 22.
You won't want to miss this essential gathering for all things zebrafish. Featuring two stellar keynote speakers, a wealth of plenary,
concurrent and poster sessions, plus an interactive welcome and networking reception - be sure to save the date and reserve your
spot at the IZFC!

IZFC Virtual Conference Site

The 16th International Conference site is now open! Access the site below. Experiencing difficulties? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions!


All abstracts for IZFC 2021 are due on April 30 at 7:00 pm EDT.
To receive the lowest registration rate, register by April 30 at 7:00 pm EDT. After this date and time, registration rates will increase. 

For registration rates, please click here

Important information and dates:

Registration and call for abstracts open - March 24
Early registration deadline - April 30
Abstract submission deadline - April 30
Abstract review completed - end of May
Conference to take place June 16-22

Program Agenda

IZFS is thrilled to present the June agenda. Holding a virtual meeting allows for increased flexibility in the timing of the program, so in an effort to accommodate our global membership, we have stretched the program to make it accessible over multiple time zones. While we recognize that not every session will be convenient for all of our delegates, we are confident that everyone will find enough in the program to make this an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. We hope you will agree and look forward to seeing you online June 16-22!

Download the Program Agenda

Times are listed in EDT, GMT and JST and are subject to change

Virtual Conference Details

The IZFC has been THE “go to” meeting for the zebrafish community for more than two decades. Join us for the 2021 virtual
IZFC experience! The virtual conference means more delegates than ever, from across the globe, can participate in the largest
zebrafish meeting in the world. Sessions will be live-streamed and recorded for later on-demand access by meeting registrants,
so your science can have maximum reach and impact, and there’s no need to pick between competing sessions. Additionally,
the Organizing Committee is working hard to emulate everyone’s favorite parts of an in-person IZFS conference, with lots of
opportunities to connect through live Q&A with presenters, an interactive welcome and networking session and, one-on-one
networking opportunities. They are also using this unique format to further foster the exposure and success of junior investigators
and trainees. We look forward to learning and connecting at the 16th International Zebrafish Conference!

IZFC will feature stellar keynote speakers, including two prestigious George Streisinger and Chi-Bin Chien award lectures.
A wealth of plenary and concurrent sessions will highlight the latest zebrafish research advances and inform participants about
the newest cutting-edge zebrafish research tools and technologies. The presentations will feature a host of topics including:
genetics and genomics, imaging, regeneration and so much more. Sessions will be live streamed, and will offer ample time for
robust live Q&A with the presenter, and recorded for future access.

Poster Hall
Don’t miss the interactive virtual poster hall! Explore the variety of presentations and chat with the presenters about their research.
This dynamic poster hall fosters the exposure and success of junior investigators and trainees.

Exhibit Hall
The virtual exhibit hall provides the opportunity to connect with vendors for your various research needs. Explore the virtual booths,
watch vendor introduction videos and connect via video or text chat with company representatives.

Networking Reception
Join us on June 16th for the welcome and networking reception. This reception will use cutting-edge technology to make it feel
like you’re in person, at a conference! Move through the virtual building and instantly connect via video with peers and friends.

Virtual Art Gallery
Join us at the International Zebrafish Conference Virtual Art Gallery! The gallery will be open the entirety of the conference and will feature scientific images and images inspired by your scientific work. Submit your artwork by June 13, 2021 11:59pm EDT.

Learn More About Submission Details 

Please look for more information in the coming months. If you have any questions, email info@izfs.org.

Keynote Lectures

Alex Schier

The Serengeti Rules: The Regulation and Restoration of Biodiversity

The EMBO Keynote Lecture

Wednesday, June 16, 9:15 - 10:15am EDT 
Sean B. Carroll, PhD
Balo-Simon Endowed Chair of Biology,
University of Maryland
Vice President for Science Education,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Janet Rossant

From Model Organisms to Stem Cell Models: New Insights Into Developmental Biology

Sponsored by Tecniplast

Friday, June 18, 12:00 - 1:00pm EDT
Janet Rossant, PhD

Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus
Hospital for Sick Children
University Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

Award Lectures

Alex Schier

Freaks and Geeks
2020 George Streisinger Award Lecture
June 16, 10:45 - 11:30 am, EDT

Alexander Schier, PhD
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland


Margot Williams

A Primary Role for Nodal Signaling in Gastrulation Morphogenesis
2020 Chi-Bin Chien Award Lecture
June 16, 1:15 - 1:45 PM, EDT

Margot Williams, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas, USA


Nancy Hopkins

Developing Insertional Mutagenesis to Identify Essential Genes in Zebrafish: A Tale of Serendipity and Luck
2021 George Streisinger Award Lecture
June 22, 2:00-2:45 pm, EDT

Nancy Hopkins, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts, USA


Rashmi Priya

Sculpting the Vertebrate Heart – Forms, Forces and Fate
2021 Chi-Bin Chien Award Lecture
June 22, 10:00 - 10:30 am, EDT

Rashmi Priya, PhD
The Francis Crick Institute
London, UK


Koichi Kawakami

A Quest With a Transposon: From Functional Genomics to Neuroscience
2021 EZS Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Award Lecture

June 21, 10:00-10:45 am, EDT
Koichi Kawakami, PhD
National Institute of Genetics
Shizuoka, Japan

Conference Organizing Committee

“We are eagerly anticipating the 16th International Zebrafish Conference! While we will miss meeting each other in person, we are excited for the opportunities the virtual conference platform will provide. Going virtual means more delegates than ever from around the globe can participate in the largest zebrafish meeting in the world. We sincerely hope you will be able to join us this June 16-22 - we look forward to learning and connecting at the IZFC!” –Your IZFC Organizing Committee

Chair - Phil Ingham
IZFS President, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich
IZFS Board member, University of Cambridge, Department of Medicine, United Kingdom

Brian Ciruna
University of Toronto, Canada

Kessen Patten
Institut National de Recherche Scientifique, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Leonor Saude
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Portugal

Zilong Wen
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China

2021 IZFC Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors




Poster Prize Sponsors


  • After careful consideration, IZFS has made the decision to move the IZFC from an in-person meeting to an
    all-virtual meeting. The meeting will be held June 16-22 (content is not scheduled for the weekend). To read
    the announcement from the IZFS president, please click here.

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