Report on 2nd royan institute international summer school on developmental biology and stem cells Tehran, Iran, 17-22nd July 2011

Donald Newgreen, Miranda Grounds, Suresh Jesuthasan, Hassan Rashidi, Mary Familari

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The 2nd Royan Institute International Summer School was built around the topic of stem cells and grounding in the discipline of developmental biology. The meeting provided not only direct transfer of technical and intellectual information, the normal process in scientific meetings, but was also a forum for the exchange of personal ideas of science as a creative pursuit. This summer school introduced aspiring young Iranian scientists to international researchers and exposed the latter to a rich culture that highly values learning and education, attested by the confident, intelligent young men and women who asked probing questions and who were eager to participate in the workshops. Hossein Baharvand's dedication and passion for science have led to an impressive record of national and international peer-reviewed publications and an increasing number of students who pursue science in Iran, and shows how the right people can create an environment where good science, good science education and motivation will flourish. This report summarizes some of the activities of the workshop in the Royan Institute and the impressions of the visiting scientists in the wider context of the scientific and cultural heritage of Iran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental Biology
  • Iran
  • Stem cells
  • Teaching

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