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

The seven plenary sessions are the core of the ISSCR Annual Meeting featuring leaders in stem cell and related fields. The plenary sessions showcase speakers who will inspire and invigorate all 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

The concurrent sessions cover topics from across the spectrum of stem cell research. Each session, framed by a brief topic overview, includes one or two invited speakers whose work highlights leading research in the field. The session is rounded out with four or more abstract-selected speakers who, combined with the invited talks, 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 are popular forums held on the opening morning of the annual meeting. These 3-hour sessions, independently organized by academic and/or industry groups, provide in-depth coverage of diverse topics. Learn more.

Innovation Showcases

Innovation Showcases are 30-minute or 60-minute tutorials provided by our exhibitors which introduce new technology and products, including in-depth technical demonstrations and product updates. Innovation Showcases are offered in the mornings and over lunch breaks on Thursday and Friday. 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. Over 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

Network with industry professionals from over 130 exhibiting companies in the Exhibit Hall. Take advantage of casual networking and meeting spaces at ISSCR Central and the attendee lounge.

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)