It is our pleasure to share with you the first call for our VI International Practical Course and Symposium of the Latin American Zebrafish Network (aka LAZEN PERU 2020). This back-to-back double event will take place in Lima from March 15-27 (course) and in Cusco from March 29 until April 2 2020 (symposium). With 2020 marking our tenth anniversary, we have done our best to recruit a lineup of world class speakers/instructors (see the attached flyer).

The course at UPCH in Lima will be open to up to 20 international students, and will have a format similar to the MBL and EMBO courses, covering basic and current methodologies including husbandry, embryology, genetics, genome editing, behavior analysis, advanced imaging, toxicology, etc. Participants will be selected by the organizing committee and LAZEN board members.

The symposium in Cusco is planned for 250-300 PIs, postdocs and students from LATAM and the rest of the world, with a conference structure similar to that of the IZFS meetings: early development, patterning, organogenesis, genetics, evolution, genomics, signaling, disease models, etc. Oral and poster presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

It is our goal to keep registration fees as low and accesible as possible, and we expect to be able to offer a limited number of fellowships for junior scientists to attend both the course and symposium.

Full updates on the meeting will be regularly posted on the LAZEN website and on an upcoming dedicated website that will also host pages for meeting registration, abstract submission, programme, etc.

We look forward to welcoming you and your teams in Perú, a location famous for its hospitality, culture, history, nature and gastronomy. Ample time will be provided for scientific discussions, networking, social and sightseeing activities.

For further updates and enquiries:

Twitter: @ZebrafishLatino

The LAZEN organizing committee (Ed Málaga-Trillo, Kate Whitlock, Miguel Allende, Flavio Zolessi)