The International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology organized an academic event “Heart of Europe: Zebrafish Meeting”, which was held in Warsaw on September 17-19, 2014. Research carried out with an extensive use of zebrafish (Danio rerio) model in many fields of science, such as: modelling of human diseases, developmental biology, neurology, bioinformatics, toxicology, etc. have been presented by: Stephan Neuhauss, Peter Aleström, Claire Allen, Oliver Bandmann, Petr Bartůněk, Ilse Bollaerts, Michael Brand, Martina Burczyk, Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich, Catarina Certal, Yann Chomis, Jan de Soneville, Thomas Dickmeis, Éva Fetter, Marta Gajewska, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Corinne Houart, Ekaterina Kondakova, Ivan Mihaljević, Ralf Mikut, Jean-Philippe Mocho, Markus Ojanen, Franziska Rönicke, Steven Rudeck, Thomas Sala, Steffen Scholpp, Stefan Schulte-Merker, B. Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Lynne U. Sneddon Smijin Soman, Herman P. Spaink Didier Stainier, Ondřej Svoboda, Béla Urbányi, Cecilia L. Winata and Áron Zsigmond.
The meeting was attended by nearly 170 people from 25 countries: Austria (4), Belgium (5), Croatia (5), Czech Republic (6), Denmark (1), Finland (4), France (4), Germany (15), Greece (4), Hungary (9), Ireland (1), Italy (7), The Netherlands (7), Norway (2), Poland (68), Portugal (2), Russian Federation (1), Singapore (1), Slovenia (2), Spain (2), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1), Ukraine (2), United Kingdom (13) and USA (4).
The intention of the conference organisers was also to create national and international network group(s) that would gather zebrafish researcher in Eastern and Central Europe. As first, the aquatic section of the Polish Laboratory Animals Science Association has been constituted and now it accepts new members.
The meeting was held under the patronage of:
- Prof. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw,
- Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President of the Foundation for Polish Science,
- Prof. Michał Kleiber, President of Polish Academy of Sciences,
- Polish Laboratory Animals Science Association (PolLASA).