Discover All Parts of the Program

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Whether it's your first time at the ISSCR Annual Meeting, or you just need a reminder, this page will give you a better idea of what to expect from the conference schedule, including descriptions of each type of session.

Schedule at a Glance



Plenary Sessions

Seven plenary sessions make up the core of the ISSCR Annual Meeting, and focus on key areas of science in the fields of stem cell research and regenerative medicine. Plenary sessions showcase notable speakers who can inspire and invigorate attendees with cutting-edge research and thought. Award lectures and other featured lectures are also presented in the plenary sessions. Organized by the ISSCR 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee, these sessions focus on key developments in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions focus in-depth on specific topics across the spectrum of stem cell research. Each session begins with a brief topic overview from one or two invited speakers whose work highlights leading research in the field, followed by four or more abstract-selected and invited speakers who give an excellent snapshot of the most current work on the topic. The five concurrent sessions run in parallel and attendees are encouraged to move between sessions to hear talks of interest. Concurrent sessions are held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons and are organized by the ISSCR 2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Focus Sessions

Focus Sessions provide in-depth coverage of specific topics of interest, chosen and presented by select academic and industry groups. These educational opportunities in science, society, and education are organized by members and open to all meeting attendees. Learn more about setting up a Focus Session, and read about those planned for the 2018 annual meeting.

Innovation Showcases

Exhibitors feature new and updated products, services, tools, and technologies in Innovation Showcases, and demonstrate how they can be used in laboratory and other settings. Learn about how the latest product offerings can enhance your career in these 30 or 60-minute presentations. Innovation Showcases are held on Thursday and Friday of the meeting, in the mornings and over lunch breaks. Learn more.

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are a staple of the ISSCR Annual Meeting and are the place for engaging, one-on-one discussions with researchers. Three, two-hour long sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and begin with a reception of light bites. More than 1,400 posters are displayed in topic-focused areas mapped out around the poster floor. Each poster is displayed for a day and the presenter must be at the poster for one hour of the poster session to discuss their work. Odd-numbered posters are presented in the first hour and even-numbered posters in the second hour.


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.

Pre-Meeting Education: Clinical Advances in Stem Cell Research

The Clinical Advances in Stem Cell Research program will explore current cellular therapies in the clinic and those moving toward it as well as emerging technologies and their potential impact on clinical practice. Held the day before the ISSCR Annual Meeting, this program is designed for physicians, physician-scientists and those interested in the latest clinical applications of stem cell research.

Location Offsite: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI)

Public Forum: Stem Cell Research - Now And In the Future

The public is invited to a free event at 17:00 on Monday, 18 June, featuring leading Australian researchers discussing how stem cells could change the future of medicine. The session will be accompanied by a photography exhibit, Stem Cell Stories, with an opportunity to meet researchers. Learn more about the Public Forum, supported by the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia, and plan to attend.

Location Offsite: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne