Ten Science Conferences to Attend in 2022

Ten Science Conferences to Attend in 2022
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Ten Science Conferences to Attend in 2022

As we settle into a new year, scientists around the world are looking forward to the possibility of attending conferences in-person once more. After nearly two years of cancellations, postponements and hurried shifts to virtual spaces, event planners are hopeful that 2022 will see the return of in-person congresses, symposiums and summits at venues all around the world.

Virtual platforms became the norm in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic forced nearly all scheduled science events online due to national lockdowns and safety concerns. Things improved slightly in 2021 with some smaller events able to go ahead, but with considerable safety restrictions such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

Attending conferences in-person is key to networking, collaborating, sharing information and hearing about the very latest research trends in life science. Virtual events have proven valuable in making lectures, forums, and even interactive workshops much more accessible, particularly to researchers in lower-income countries. However, effective networking still remains difficult in an online space, and nothing beats face-to-face conversations about a poster presentation or a chat about research data over coffee!

Thankfully 2022 is looking brighter, and the global science conference diary is filling up fast with events scheduled to take place in cities all around the world. Many are still offering virtual ticket options as well as in-person registration to allow for those who might still be unable to travel. We’ve taken a closer look at ten upcoming conferences in 2022 that we think are not to be missed!


1. The Brain Conference

Hosts: Brain Journal from Oxford Academic

Event type: Virtual tickets only

Where: Online

When: 24-25th February 2022


Brain has been publishing landmark neuroscience and neurology papers since 1878, and in 2021 held their first Brain Conference online. This year’s two-day event will also be online and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers from around the world including leading scientists and clinicians who are experts in their neuroscience disciplines.

Guest speakers include: Janine Kirby, Professor in Neurogenetics; Robert MacFarland, Professor of Paediatric Mitochondrial Medicine; David Okai, Clinical Lead in Neuropsychiatry, and many more.

Tickets for the virtual event are just £30, plus there’s a discount code available for students or those from low or middle-income countries.

Find out more: https://thebrainconference.co.uk/


2. AACR Annual Meeting 2022

Hosts: American Association for Cancer Research

Event type: In-person & virtual ticket option

Where: New Orleans, USA

When: 8-13th April 2022


The AACR Annual Meeting returns in-person this year after holding virtual meetings in 2020 and 2021. Attendees will gather in New Orleans, USA, and the association will also use the event to celebrate its 115th anniversary.

The five-day event will bring together clinicians, scientists, health care professionals, cancer survivors and patient advocates from around the world. The impressive programme of events will include plenary sessions from cancer experts in industry and academia, forums, methods workshops and educational sessions on a wide range of cancer research topics.

Advance registration closes on 18th February 2022, and a virtual ticket package is available for those unable to attend in-person.

Find out more: https://www.aacr.org/meeting/aacr-annual-meeting-2022/


3. Experimental Biology 2022


Event type: In-person

Where: Philadelphia, USA

When: 2-5th April 2022


Experimental Biology (EB) will take their annual meeting to Philadelphia, USA, in April this year for a four-day event exploring the latest research in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, and physiology.

The meeting is hosted by five leading societies: 

  • American Association for Anatomy
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Investigative Pathology
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

The event will feature plenary lectures, workshops, poster presentations, product spotlight exhibitions and much more. The meeting takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, and early registration closes on 28th February 2022.

Find out more: https://www.experimentalbiology.org/


4. IBNS 2022

Hosts: International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

Event type: In-person

Where: Glasgow, Scotland

When: 7-11th June 2022



The 31st Annual Meeting of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society will be heading to Scotland in June 2022.

The five-day event will be held in central Glasgow at the Caledonian University building and will feature a wide range of symposia, lectures and abstract presentations by neuroscience experts from around the world.

Keynote speakers will include: Professor Emily S. Cross of the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Neuroscience and Psychology; Dr Stan Floresco, Professor of Psychology at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa; Elizabeth M. Tunbridge, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford; and Christian Keysers, Professor for Social Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam.

Find out more: https://www.ibnsconnect.org/ibns-2022-glasgow-scotland


5. ISSCR Annual Meeting 2022

Hosts: International Society for Stem Cell Research

Event type: In-person & virtual ticket option

Where: San Francisco, USA

When: 15-18th June 2022


The International Society for Stem Cell Research also returns to in-person events this year with the ISSCR Annual Meeting 2022 being held in San Francisco, USA in June. The event is co-sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies, and will bring together the world’s leading scientists, clinicians, business leaders, ethicists and educators from around the globe. 

The event also marks the 20th anniversary of ISSCR which was founded in 2002 for the responsible advancement of stem cell research and its translation to the clinic.

ISSCR 2022 will include featured lectures from: Deepak Srivastava of Gladstone Institutes; Ruth Lehmann of the Whitehead Institute; Masayo Takahashi of Visioncare Inc: and Priscilla Chan of Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Registration is open now for both in-person and virtual tickets.

Find out more: https://www.isscr.org/meetings-events/annual-meetings/isscr-annual-meeting-2022


6. The Biochemistry Global Summit


Event type: In-person

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

When: 9-14th July 2022


The Biochemistry Global Summit is a joint congress co-hosted by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and the Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB).

The in-person event, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, will showcase the latest discoveries in the field of biomolecular sciences and will cover a broad range of topics within the field.

The programme includes plenary lectures from: Sarah Teichmann of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany; John F. Cryan of University College Cork, Ireland; Constantino Iadecola of Cornell University, New York, USA; and many others.

The deadline for early registration is 10th March 2022, and young scientists (up to 35 years of age) can claim reduced ticket rates.

Find out more: https://2022congress.febs-iubmb-pabmb.org/


7. FENS Forum 2022

Hosts: Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

Event type: In-person & virtual ticket option

Where: Paris, France

When: 9-13th July 2022


The biennial FENS Forum is the largest international neuroscience meeting in Europe, hosted by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, and this year in partnership with the French Neuroscience Society.

The five-day event will take place in Paris, France, and regularly attracts more than 7,000 international delegates. The forum will cover all fields of neuroscience research and will include a range of symposia, plenary and special lectures, technical workshops, and poster sessions as well as a number of social events.

The forum also partners with a number of smaller events, such as ENCODS 2022, the European Neuroscience Conference by Doctoral Students, which will take place just before FENS on 7-8th July, and the EBBS mini-conference on the morning of 9th July, which is jointly organised by the European Brain and Behaviour Society, European Behavioural Pharmacology Society, European Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society, and International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society.

The FENS Forum 2022 offers both in-person and virtual ticket options, with in-person registration open now and virtual registration available from March 2022.

Find out more: https://www.fens.org/meetings/fens-forum/upcoming-fens-forums


8. AAIC 2022

Hosts: Alzheimer's Association

Event type: In-person & virtual ticket option

Where: San Diego, USA

When: 31st July to 4th August 2022


The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference is the largest international meeting dedicated to advancing dementia science and research. This year the event will take place in San Diego, USA, and aims to bring together the world’s leading scientists, clinical researchers, early career investigators, clinicians and the care research community to share the latest discoveries around prevention, treatment and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease.

Plenary speakers will include: Thomas Beach of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute; Sharon K. Inouye of Harvard Medical School; Linda Lam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Frank M. Longo of Stanford University, and many more.

Registration for the conference opens in February 2022 and the full programme of events promises to be varied and diverse.

Find out more: https://www.alz.org/aaic/overview.asp


9. Neuroscience 2022

Hosts: Society for Neuroscience (SfN)

Event type: In-person

Where: San Diego, USA

When: 12-16th November 2022


The annual Society for Neuroscience meeting is thought to be the biggest neuroscience event held worldwide, and this year will take place in San Diego, USA. The 2021 meeting was planned as an in-person event in Chicago, but due to rising COVID numbers, a late decision was made to switch to an online platform.

Programming for this year’s event is yet to be announced, but the meeting is known to attract the very best neuroscientists from around the world who will share their latest research. 

Join the mailing list to receive updates as announcements are made, or visit the official website for more information: https://www.sfn.org/meetings/neuroscience-2022


10. Cell Bio 2022


Event type: In-person

Where: Washington DC, USA

When: 3rd-7th December 2022

Cell Bio is a joint meeting hosted by the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization. The event will take place in Washington DC, USA, in early December 2022 and will showcase a diverse global community of the brightest minds in cell biology.

The meeting will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology, as well as a number of sessions on emerging interdisciplinary topics.

The 2021 event like many was a virtual affair, so organisers are looking forward to a return to face-to-face networking and in-person presentations. The full programme of events is yet to be announced but keep an eye on their website for updates throughout the year.

For more info: https://www.ascb.org/meetings-events/future-ascb-meetings/


And looking ahead to 2023...

We’ve taken a quick peek into the 2023 diary to highlight a couple of important events coming up next year!


WCP 2023

Programme details have already been released for the World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology 2023 taking place in Scotland in July 2023. The global pharma and therapeutics community will unite in Glasgow for an unmissable insight into cutting-edge science, with over 400 speakers already confirmed for the 6-day event. Get this one in your diaries now! Find out more: https://wcp2023.org/


IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience 

The 11th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience is scheduled for Granada, Spain, in September 2023. Co-hosted by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and the Spanish Society of Neuroscience (SENC), this event happens just once every four years and aims to increase awareness about neuroscience research and facilitate collaboration between students, teachers, researchers and other stakeholders. For more information: https://ibro.org/world-congress/


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