Ten Science Conferences to Attend in 2023
As we head into another busy year, scientists around the world are starting to fill up their 2023 diaries with dates for conferences, symposia and summits. For life scientists, events like these can be key to networking, effective collaboration, information sharing, and being at the cutting edge of the latest trends and developments.
After a few years of disruption and last-minute shifts to virtual platforms, it’s great to see that the majority of big science events are now ‘in-person’ once more. While virtual platforms still play an important part in making events like these more accessible, particularly to researchers in lower-income countries, effective networking still remains difficult in an online space, and nothing beats face-to-face conversations when it comes to making professional connections.
Have you registered for a science conference this year? Which ones are you most excited about? We’ve picked out ten upcoming conferences in 2023 that we think are not to be missed!
1. CNS 30th Anniversary Meeting (CNS2023)
Hosts: Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Where: San Francisco, USA
When: 25-28 March 2023
The Cognitive Neuroscience Society will host their annual meeting in San Francisco again this spring, with the aim of bringing together researchers from around the globe to connect and share their latest work into cognitive neuroscience. The 4-day event includes a packed programme of symposia, posters, awards, a keynote address and networking opportunities, as well as a party to celebrate the society’s 30th anniversary.
A keynote address on ‘Poverty and Neuroscience’ will be delivered by Martha J. Farah, Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Registration closes on the 1st March 2023, but there are opportunities for student members to attend for free in exchange for volunteer work at the event.
Find out more: https://www.cogneurosociety.org/annual-meeting/
2. Science Talk ‘23
Hosts: Association of Science Communicators (ASC)
Where: Portland, Oregon, USA / virtual ticket option
When: 6-7 April in-person / from 29th March online
The newly named Association of Science Communicators will be ‘Giving Science A Voice’ as they host the Science Talk ’23 hybrid scicomm conference in Portland, Oregon, USA in April.
The meeting will bring together some of the world’s leading science communicators, including guest talks from Dave Farina of YouTube’s ‘Professor Dave Explains’, Elizabeth Anderson of Michigan State University, Rachel Dunham of the Xerces Society, and many more.
As well as workshops, rapid pitch open mic sessions and panel discussions, the event will also include a Film Festival, a SciComm Poster & Art event, and the #SciCommMake Showcase.
Online activities will begin on 29th March for virtual ticket holders, with the in-person meeting taking place on 6-7th April at the Tiffany Centre in Portland.
For more information & ticketing options: https://www.associationofsciencecommunicators.org/conferences/science-talk-23/
3. AACR Annual Meeting 2023
Hosts: American Association for Cancer Research
Where: Orlando, Florida, USA / virtual ticket option
When: 14-19 April 2023
The annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research will this year take place in Orlando, Florida, where an estimated 20,000 attendees will gather to share the latest advances in cancer science and medicine. A real focal point for the cancer research community, the meeting will highlight the work of the best researchers from around the world.
The 6-day event features a busy schedule of workshops, plenary sessions, lectures, posters, exhibitions, and panel forums, as well as many opportunities to meet and network with other attendees.
Virtual tickets are also available for this year’s event, offering access to live streamed sessions, the ability to submit questions to session speakers, and a virtual meeting platform for networking.
Advance registration closes on 24th February 2023, with additional discounts for students and AACR members.
Find out more: https://www.aacr.org/meeting/aacr-annual-meeting-2023/
4. BNA2023 Festival of Neuroscience
Hosts: British Neuroscience Association
Where: Brighton, UK
When: 23-26 April 2023
The British Neuroscience Association will be heading to the South coast of England this year to host the BNA2023 Festival of Neuroscience in Brighton, UK.
With over 200 guest speakers, 9 plenary sessions, workshops, symposia, rapid-fire poster talks, and even a silent theatre, this unique, dynamic and inclusive meeting promises to be an exciting opportunity for neuroscientists to connect and share ideas.
Guest speakers from around the world will be discussing topics from consciousness to credibility to the cellular basis of psychiatric disease.
Registration is still open and members of the BNA (or associated with one of their eligible partnering organisations) will enjoy reduced registration fees plus other benefits.
Find out more: https://meetings.bna.org.uk/bna2023/
5. ISSCR Annual Meeting 2023
Hosts: International Society for Stem Cell Research
Where: Boston, USA / virtual ticket option
When: 14-17 June 2023
Registration is now open for the International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting in Boston, USA, in June. Bringing together the brightest minds in stem cell research, the event will see the world’s best convene to share their advances in the field in order to improve human health.
The 4-day event will include plenary sessions from leading researchers including Helen M. Blau of Stanford Medicine, USA, Robert Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, Nan Tang of the National Institute of Biological Sciences, China, and Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz of the California Institute of Technology, USA. The meeting will also include science spotlight sessions, innovative showcases and a micro theater, as well as workshops, abstracts and more.
Virtual ticket holders will have access to on-demand content and online networking opportunities.
Find out more: https://www.isscr2023.org/
6. World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology 2023 (WCP2023)
Hosts: British Pharmacological Society & IUPHAR
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
When: 2-7 July 2023
The World Congress of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology 2023 will take place in Scotland in July this year as the global pharma and therapeutics community unite for an unmissable insight into cutting-edge science.
Organised by the British Pharmacological Society and the International Union of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, this 6-day event features a huge programme of activities including 484 guest speakers from around the world, 63 symposia, 23 keynote lectures, 18 workshops and more.
With a focus on collaboration, innovation and discovery, this event is a must for scientists working or studying in drug discovery, research and development.
Register before 17th March 2023 for a 40% early bird discount: https://wcp2023.org/
7. AAIC 2023
Hosts: Alzheimer’s Association
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands / virtual ticket option
When: 16-20 July 2023
The Alzheimer’s Association heads to Amsterdam this July for their annual meeting which aims to share the latest theories and breakthroughs in dementia science. Bringing together more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, early career investigators, clinicians and members of the care research community, this is one of the largest and most influential international conferences highlighting research, products and solutions available in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Plenary speakers will include: Cynthia Lemere of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA, M. Marsel Mesulam of Northwestern University, USA, Rik Ossenkoppele of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers and Lund University, Netherlands, and Ana Quiñones of Oregon Health & Science University, USA.
Pre-conference events will also include presentations by the Alzheimer’s Imaging Consortium and an ISTAART Professional Interest Area (PIA) networking day.
Registration for the event opens in March. Find out more: https://aaic.alz.org/
8. IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience
Hosts: International Brain Research Organization
Where: Granada, Spain
When: 9-13 September 2023
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 while facilitating collaboration between students, teachers, researchers and other stakeholders.
An impressive line-up of guest speakers includes Dr Eunjoon Kim of the Institute for Basic Science at KAIST in South Korea, Dr Claire Wyart of INSERM, France, and Dr Hongkui Zeng of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, USA. Symposia and abstract topics will include comparative neuroscience and evolution, aging and neurodegenerative disorders, neuroethology, neuroimmunology, and much more.
The event will be held at the Palacio de Congresos de Granada, and registration will open soon, with early bird tickets available until 31st May 2023.
Find out more: https://ibro2023.org/
9. Neuroscience 2023
Hosts: Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
Where: Washington DC, USA
When: 11-15 November 2023
One of the biggest neuroscience events held worldwide will take place in Washington DC, USA this November, hosted by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Neuroscience 2023 is an annual meeting of neuroscientists from around the world who will gather to discover new ideas, share their research, and experience the best the field has to offer.
Full programming for this year’s 5-day event is yet to be announced, but will certainly feature world-leading guest speakers, workshops, roundtables and symposia, as well as networking activities and social events.
Registration will open in the summer, but you can join the mailing list to receive updates as announcements are made.
Find out more: https://www.sfn.org/meetings/neuroscience-2023
10. Cell Bio 2023
Hosts: ASCB & EMBO
Where: Boston, USA
When: 2-6 December 2023
Cell Bio 2023 is an annual joint meeting hosted by the American Society for Cell Biology and the European Molecular Biology Organization. The event will take place in Boston, MA, USA, in early December 2023 and will showcase a diverse global community of the brightest minds in cell biology.
The unique meeting will focus on cell biology as the fundamental basis of biology, as well as a number of sessions on emerging interdisciplinary topics. The full programme of events is yet to be announced but keep an eye on the website or sign up to the mailing list for updates throughout the year.
For more info: https://www.ascb.org/cellbio2023/
And looking ahead to 2024…
We’ve taken a quick look at the 2024 world science diary to highlight a couple of important events coming up next year...
36th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International
Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) will host their 36th international conference on dementia in Spring 2024. Attracting over 1,000 delegates from all corners of the world, the conference will boast an international range of keynote speakers and oral and poster presenters, whose talks report on the latest advances in each of the 7 action areas of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global action plan on dementia.
Find out more: https://adiconference.org/
FENS Forum 2024
European neuroscience meets the world once more at the biennial FENS Forum which will take place on 25-29 June 2024 in Vienna, Austria. Organised by the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies in partnership with the Austrian Neuroscience Association and the Hungarian Neuroscience Society, the event will bring together experts in all fields of neuroscience to enhance our current understanding of modern brian science.
For more info: https://www.fens.org/meetings/fens-forum/upcoming-fens-forums
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