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Attendee Orientation

Whether a first-time attendee or an experienced annual meeting regular, join your peers as ISSCR staff and engaged ISSCR members share helpful facts about the meeting to help you optimize your ISSCR 2018 experience. Meet your fellow attendees and team up for fun challenges - with the chance to win great prizes!

Poster Receptions

The ultimate networking experience. Attend the Poster Sessions in the Exhibit Hall to hear about the latest research across the breadth of topics in stem cell science, discover points of collaboration and present your own research.


Exhibit Hall

The hub of the meeting is the Exhibit Hall, where you can engage directly with more than 100 companies showcasing the latest research tools, technologies, publications, and more. The Exhibit Hall also hosts the nightly Poster Sessions and receptions, and provides opportunitites to relax and recharge in ISSCR Central.

The exhibit area is divided into pavilions to make it easier to locate companies of interest to you:

  • Technology & Suppliers
  • Therapeutics & Commercialization
  • Academic
  • Start Up Row

Need even more chances to connect with colleagues and collaborators? New in 2019, each pavilion will also have an Activity Zone, where we will host engaging events, networking opportunities, and more! You'll also find the Job Match Lounge and Meet-Up Hubs in the Exhibit Hall. 

Explore the exhibit hall floor plan.

Meet-up Hubs

Meet and interact with attendees who share a common interest during an attendee-driven Meet-up Hub. These are casual, scheduled meeting times for attendees with a shared interest to meet together at a designated location in the Exhibition and Poster Hall.

Thursday, 21 June, 15:15-16:00

German Stem Cell Network
As a fixture at the ISSCR annual meetings the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) would like to invite German scientists as well as interested researchers to stop by the Meet-up Hub. Information on what is new in the GSCN will be provided and we would like to discuss your  needs and wishes too.

Industry Scientists Networking
The ISSCR Industry Committee invites Industry Scientists to stop by the Meet-up Hub for networking and to solicit your  feedback on areas of interest.

Friday 22 June, 15:15-16:00

Meet the Editors of Stem Cell Reports
Do you have a paper nearly ready for submission? Are you looking to find more information about the ISSCR’s official journal, Stem Cell Reports? Come and meet the editors to discuss your work, our recently published issues, and any topics of interest around open-access, scientific publishing. Hear more about what the journal, now heading into its sixth year, means for the ISSCR.

International Policy Issues
The ISSCR Policy Committee invites meeting attendees to stop by the Meet-up Hub to discuss policy and regulatory issues of concern that impact your research.

Friday, 22 June, 18:00-20:00

Karger Publishers
The new Editors of Cells Tissues Organs warmly invite you to come and claim a free 1-year subscription to the journal. In particular, they look forward to meeting (and forming long-term relationships with) researchers attempting to bridge our understanding between developmental biology, stem cells, and tissue engineering.

Saturday, 23 June, 15:15-16:00

Volunteer Opportunities at the ISSCR
Interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities? ISSCR outreach and communications staff will be available to answer your questions.

Attendee Directory

View and learn more about fellow attendees before, during, and after the annual meeting online by accessing the online Attendee Directory. You must opt-in to the Attendee Directory during registration in order to use the features.

ISSCR Job Match: The online-to-onsite job fair

Back by popular demand, this innovative opportunity connects academic and industry employers with scientists looking for their next position. Candidates and employers will have the opportunity to communicate online before the annual meeting, and then meet in person at ISSCR 2018 in June. See more about Job Match.

Early Career Group Leader Luncheon

Wednesday, 20 June, 11:30-12:45
Early-career research group leaders (principal investigator or junior faculty for 8 or fewer years) are invited to participate in round-table discussions with the accomplished stem cell scientists who comprise the ISSCR Board of Directors in a casual lunch setting.

A Successful Lab Launch: The Terrifying Process of Starting Your Own Group
Becoming a group leader presents many challenges not directly related to your scientific knowledge or training. Time management, project selection, balancing research with administrative responsibilities, recruiting effectively, and juggling professional relationships inside and outside the lab are among the many challenges group leaders encounter. 


Take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in small group discussions with members of the ISSCR Board of Directors and the ISSCR Junior Investigators Committee to discuss these issues and more.

$10 USD additional registration required.

•  Principal investigators or junior faculty for 8 or fewer years
•  Trainees actively applying for academic jobs within a year.


Meet the Experts Luncheon

Thursday, 21 June and Friday, 22 June, 11:30-13:00
Junior Investigators are invited to meet with leaders over lunch to examine research techniques and topics, career paths and more. These relaxed networking luncheons allow ISSCR trainee members to actively discuss topics of common interest with peers and leaders in our community. 

$10 USD additional registration required.

NOTE: There is a WAITLIST for this event.  While waitlisted registrants are not guaranteed a seat, there is a good chance that you will be able to attend this event.  Entrance for waitlisted registrants will be on a first come first served basis. 

IS THIS EVENT FOR YOU? If you are a junior investigator/trainee, this event is for you. 

Career Panel Luncheon

Saturday, 23 June, 11:30-13:00
Junior Investigators are invited to join the ISSCR Junior Investigators Committee and a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion in a casual lunch setting. 

Navigating Scientific Career Paths in Academia and Industry
For many of us, choosing the right career path can be daunting. Even after setting career goals, it may not be clear how to reach them. Join us for this luncheon where scientists from various disciplines will share their experiences and advice on how they have successfully navigated their career paths. Attendees and speakers will engage in panel discussion to provide real-life advice on tackling the challenges of finding, and reaching, the career path best suited for you.

$10 USD additional registration required.


Nick Barker, PhD
Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore

Sheila Chari, PhD
Cell Press / Elsevier

Elizabeth Finkel, PhD
Cosmos Magazine

Karin Innes, BSc PhD Dip (IPP)
FB Rice

Stefan Irion, MD
BlueRock Therapeutics

IS THIS EVENT FOR YOU? If you are a junior investigator/trainee, this event is for you. 

Junior Investigator Social Night

Wednesday, 20 June, 21:00 – midnight
Start your ISSCR 2018 experience by meeting, mingling, dancing and socializing with fellow young investigators from around the world during the meeting's first night. 

Free additional registration required. Includes one (1) complimentary drink ticket. You must be age 21 or older to attend.

Munich Brauhaus Melbourne
45 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006
(Located next to the MCEC)

What to Expect:
The night will begin with time to meet and mingle.  Light snacks will be provided.  When the DJ starts spinning, JIs can dance the night away.

IS THIS EVENT FOR YOU? If you are a junior investigator/trainee, this event is for you.