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To help explain to your supervisor why the ISSCR 2019 Annual Meeting is a must-attend for you, download our template letter in Word for you to customize with your details. Don't forget to personalize the letter and remove the brackets surrounding the red words!


Template Letter


Dear [Insert Name],

I’d like to attend the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) annual meeting 26–29 June, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, USA. More than 4,000 researchers, scientists, industry representatives, media and others will convene to discover, share and network as the leading innovators in the stem cell community. Douglas Melton, ISSCR President, is right when he said, “I
t is critical for all of us in this evolving field to help trainees and others coming up in the field, to ensure they have opportunities to learn, grow, make connections, and share their science.”

As a member of the [academic/research/translational etc.] community, I believe it is vital I attend the largest global stem cell-focused meeting because of speakers such as these: [insert your bullets] 

ISSCR 2019 featured speakers:

  • Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Lorenz Studer, MD, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, U.S.
  • Paola Arlotta, PhD, Harvard University, U.S.
  • Hans Clevers, MD, PhD, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands
  • Nobel laureate John B. Gurdon, FRS, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • Andrew Plump, MD, PhD, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., USA
  • Allan Spradling, PhD, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA

In addition, the following topics apply to my research and the work of our lab/organization [delete those that do not apply]:

Plenary topics:

  • Acquisition, Maintenance, and Exit from Pluripotency and Germ Cells
  • Fundamental Mechanisms and Clinical Application: Mesodermal Tissues (sessions I and II)
  • Diverse Approaches to Understand Endodermal Organs and Treat Their Diseases
  • From Bench to Bedside: Surface Ectoderm/VIb: Physiology, Pathomechanisms and Regeneration of Endocrine Organs
  • Basic and Translational Concepts: Neural Ectoderm

Concurrent Topics:

  • Developmental Principles for Stem Cells
  • Engineering Tissues and Organs
  • Lineage Choice and Asymmetric Cell Division
  • Mechanisms of Pluripotency and iPS Cell Reprogramming
  • Mechanisms of Transdifferentiation
  • Molecular and Cellular Dynamics
  • Nonmammalian Model Organisms
  • Organoid Models
  • Road to the Clinic
  • Stem Cell Aging

  • Epigenetic Regulation of Cell Identity
  • Inflammation and Microbiome
  • Stem Cell Ethics
  • Stem Cell Heterogeneity
  • Stem Cell Metabolism
  • Stem Cell Niches
  • Stem Cell-Based Disease Modeling
  • Stem Cells and Cancer
  • Tissue Regeneration and Homeostasis
  • Tools to Interrogate Stem Cells

There are many other notable speakers from around the world and numerous networking opportunities where I might engage them directly. I want to be able to share and discuss [insert personal interest topic].

I’ll also be able to visit the Exhibit Hall, and research the latest tools, technologies, and resources for our lab from the following vendors: [insert your list if relevant]

Traveling to Los Angeles is more affordable than you might assume. I’ve attached a budget worksheet that outlines the anticipated costs. [If you cannot complete the budget worksheet, you can insert average costs from the ISSCR cost analysis: The average cost for flight and 5-night stay is $1,721 USD.] Of course, we will get the best prices by registering before the early registration deadline on 13 March, 2019; booking the hotel in the discounted block; and registering as an ISSCR member.

I look forward to discussing your thoughts, and thank you for your consideration


[insert name]