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.

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. Held on the opening morning of the meeting, Focus Sessions provide key information and insights that are objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. Learn more.

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, which will feature more than 100 companies showcasing the latest research tools and technologies. It will also be the site of the poster presentations and receptions and a place to connect with colleagues and collaborators.

The exhibit area is divided into pavilions this year to make it easier than ever to locate companies of interest to you, within:

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

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)