Hamburg’s vibrant life sciences cluster has helped draw the world’s largest gathering of stem cell scientists to the city.

The 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will welcome 4,000 stem cell researchers and professionals from around the globe to the Congress Center Hamburg 23-26 June, 2021.

“We look forward to bringing the meeting to Hamburg, a beautiful city in Germany, where there is a vibrant scientific community,” said Nancy Witty, CEO of ISSCR. “A number of research groups have collaborated in putting together a terrific venue to showcase the latest in stem cell research.”

The meeting is being co-sponsored by a local knowledge hub incorporating Life Science Nord (LSN), Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality (BWFG).

“Hosting the ISSCR annual meeting is a terrific honor for the city of Hamburg and for local stem cell scientists,” said Dr. Ole Pless, PhD, with the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology.

“We are essentially receiving the accolade for Hamburg’s expertise in this area of medicine. We are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to show them what makes Hamburg special – not only as a city, but with regard to our research areas.”

Damir Pavkovic, marketing director of the Life Science Nord cluster initiative, added: “The fact that Hamburg has won the international bid to host the world’s most important stem cell conference is a great recognition of the research accomplished within our cluster region.”

Life Science Nord comprises 20,000 highly qualified professionals, more than 500 biotech, pharma and medical technology companies, and a multitude of research institutes across Hamburg and Germany’s northernmost state Schleswig-Holstein. Together they develop diverse innovative medicine, medical products and services.

Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau, added: “The city’s collaborative organisations and strong local networks, along with a diversified infrastructure, were key to the city’s winning proposal for this meeting. The city’s local stakeholders are highly committed to organising a terrific venue and platform to showcase science.”

(via ISCCR, AMI,