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The EMBO/EMBL Symposium 'Mechanical Forces in Development' was held in Heidelberg, Germany, on 3-6 July 2019. This interdisciplinary symposium brought together an impressive and diverse line-up of speakers seeking to address the origin and role of mechanical forces in development. Emphasising the importance of integrative approaches and theoretical simulations to obtain comprehensive mechanistic insights into complex morphogenetic processes, the meeting provided an ideal platform to discuss the concepts and methods of developmental mechanobiology in an era of fast technical and conceptual progress. Here, we summarise the concepts and findings discussed during the meeting, as well as the agenda it sets for the future of developmental mechanobiology.

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Mechanical forces, Mechanobiology, Mechanosensation, Mechanotransduction, Morphogenesis, Animals, Biophysics, Developmental Biology, Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental, Germany, Homeostasis, Humans, Interdisciplinary Research, Mechanotransduction, Cellular, Models, Biological, Morphogenesis, Plant Physiological Phenomena, Stress, Mechanical