Seminars Series

Virtual Seminars in Biomedical Science
These seminars are online talks every Thursday at 4pm (BST) and they aim to amplifying the voices of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the field of regenerative medicine. Speakers from various universities around the world are presenting. Registration is required.
For more information about these seminars please contact Dr James Armstrong.

Stem Cells at Lunch Seminar Series at King's College London
Stem Cells @ Lunch is a fortnightly lunchtime seminar series, hosted by the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine as a forum for early career scientists to discuss recent data and current topics in an informal setting. You can also follow them on Twitter @KCLstemcells
For more information about Stem Cells at lunch contact 
 Dr Davide Danovi & Dr Ines Sequeira.

Stem Cell Forum at The Francis Crick Institute
The Stem Cell Forum at the Francis Crick Institute is a long-standing series of seminars run by Prof. Dominique Bonnet. We invite speakers from all fields of stem cell research and enjoy a wide variety of talks from researchers both in London and from further afield. The forum usually runs with two invited PhD students or Post Docs presenting short talks and one established PI presenting a full seminar. We finish the forum with networking over food and drinks kindly supplied by our sponsors. Email Prof. Bonnet if you would like to be added to the mailing list, or you would like to submit an abstract for a talk.

Update: Considering the actual situation, Stem Cell Forum has gone virtual, and will take place every two weeks. Please email Egle Kackauskaite for details on how to join.

Blood and Bone Seminar Series

Kellie Machlus at Harvard University is running the Blood and Bone Seminars (Online).
They run daily at 1pm EST, 1 hour (40 min talk + Q&A).

Join today the Quarantine Blood and Bone Marrow webinar.
To view all speakers or to sign up as a presenter, please use the Google Doc Schedule.

London Stem Cell Network
The London Stem Cell Network (LSCN) is a newly established platform for all London research groups working in this area across all London Universities and Institutes. It is organised by representatives of the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College, King’s College and University College London. LSCN’s mission is to serve as a networking platform for the London Stem Cell research community and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration across the London Universities and Institutes. The inaugural seminar was held on the 26th February 2018 at the Francis Crick Institute.

Meetings and conferences


  • 33rd Head Group Meeting - Craniofacial and Neural Development

Date: 29th January 2021       
Place: Online

Because of the pandemic, the 33rd Head Group Meeting - Craniofacial and Neural Development will be held remotely via Zoom (FREE registration). In order to foster interactions and a lively discussion, the format will be more workshop-like. The meeting will conclude as usual with the Peter Thorogood Memorial Lecture to be delivered at 4.00 pm by Professor Robert Kelsh (University of Bath) who will talk about “Painting by numbers – zebrafish neural crest and pigment pattern formation?"

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  • ISSCR Digital Series - Stem Cells and Global Sustainability
Date: 3rd , 10th , 17th , 23th February 2021       

This ISSCR Digital series explores the intersection of stem cell science and global sustainability issues. Animal agriculture, a main contributor to global deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, is estimated to be the second largest cause of human-made global warming. Global warming is one of the most significant threats to biodiversity on the planet. Stem cell research and its application has the potential to remediate these problems. Stem Cells and Global Sustainability brings together stem cell researchers with conservation biologists, global ecologists, and food industry innovators in an unforeseen meeting of fields that could have a significant impact on climate change and human health.

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  • 5th HBP Student Conference on Interdisciplinary Brain Research

Date: 1st - 4th February 2021       

The 5th HBP Student Conference provides an open forum for the exchange of new ideas amongst early career researchers across various sciences relevant to the Human Brain Project (HBP). Attendees will be exposed to the data-driven brain research approach of the HBP and have the opportunity to test the EBRAINS platform thoroughly. The conference offers room for extensive scientific dialogue, both intra- and interdisciplinary, through a variety of discussion sessions, lectures and social events. It will take place virtually, organised and supported by the HBP Education Programme.

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  • Future 3D Additive Manufacturing – the 3DMM2O Conference 2021: 3D Hybrid Organotypic Systems

Date: 28th February - 4th March 2021      
Place: Online

This is the first iteration of the annual conference on topics surrounding 3D Additive Manufacturing organized by the Cluster of Excellence “3D Matter Made to Order” (3DMM2O). 3DMM2O is a joint Research Cluster of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Heidelberg University (Uni HD). The biological research field of the Cluster of Excellence focuses on next-generation 3D scaffolds, which allow to direct the assembly of 3D organotypic systems starting from pluripotent stem cells. The mammalian retina has been selected as a model system, since it is the best understood vertebrate neuronessions and informal gatherings will give you the opportunity for inspiring and fruitful scientific discussions and networking. Regisal sensory organ with most cell types and their connectome being described. The conference aims to foster discussions on innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the fields of bioprinting, neuronal organoids, development and physiology of the retina. Lectures, poster stration and abstract submission from January 7, 2021.

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  • SY-Stem - 3rd Symposium on Stem Cell Research

Date: 3rd- 5th March 2021
Place: Online

SY-Stem is a symposium focusing on the next generation of stem cell researchers. It is an annual meeting, located in the beautiful city of Vienna. It is organized jointly by the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA). In this two-and-a-half-day event, recognized keynote speakers, as well as aspiring young group leaders will discuss the latest advances in stem cell biology in an informal and collaborative setting. Our goal is to strengthen a cooperative and dynamic spirit in this research area. For 2021, the discussion topics will be: Pluripotency, early development & gastrulation; Organogenesis; Disease; Clinics.

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  • Spatio-temporal Encoding and Decoding in Cell Signaling Symposium

Date: 18th March 2021

In this one-day symposium, we aim at presenting a state-of-the-art view of how cells encode and decode spatio-temporal signals. The question is addressed through a combined experimental and modelling approach. Presentations will focus on interdisciplinary works at the interface between biology, physics and mathematics and investigating different signaling pathways (calcium, G-protein-coupled receptors and tyrosine-kinase receptors) involved in various biological contexts such as cellular adhesion, morphogenesis, endocrinology, neuroscience or cancer. The interdisciplinary approach is expected to lead to a unique cross-fertilization of ideas between scientists focusing on widely different time-regulated biological systems. Registration is free but mandatory.
  • 10th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW

Date: 29th- 30th March 2021
Place: Online

Since 2002, the Stem Cell Network North Rhine-Westphalia organizes its ‘International Meeting’ every two years. With regularly more than 600 participants, this is one of the largest congresses in this field of research in Europe. Both conference days will be filled with lectures by internationally renowned stem cell researchers, a large poster session and additional offers. Of course, there will also be a large industrial exhibition as usual and a networking event. Conference language is English; all talks, posters and additional events will be in English. Thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, participation is free of charge but registration is not open yet. 

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  • BSDB/Genetics Society Annual Spring Meeting 2021 
Date: 19th- 23rd April 2021

This online conference provides a unique forum to network and socialise with a wide cross-section of the Genetics and Developmental Biology community. The 2021 Spring Conference is expected to attract approximately 400+ delegates, many of whom will be budget holding principal investigators, and we anticipate the participation of many leading suppliers as exhibitors and sponsors.

  • ISSCR 2021 - The global stem cell event 

Date: 23th- 26th June 2021
Place: Online

The ISSCR 2021 Annual Meeting program was conceptualized around five themes to help facilitate community building within the broader field of stem cell research. Each of the five themes will be explored during four concurrent sessions and a plenary session. The themes include: Clinical Applications, Cellular Identity, Modeling Development & Disease, New Technologies, and Tissue Stem Cell & Regeneration. Registration and abstract submission will open on 2 December, 2020.

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  • Abcam “Adult Neurogenesis 2021” and “Building and Repairing the Brain”

Date: 4-6th October 20201 
Place: Dresden, Germany

Adult neurogenesis is distinct from embryonic forms of neurogenesis in that neuronal development underlies extrinsic regulation, from physiological to pathological. This regulation targets different stages of neuronal development, between cell cycle entry and proliferation of radial glia-like stem cells to the lasting integration of the newly generated neurons. There are obvious feedback loops in that regulation of neurogenesis might alter behavior, which in turn acts back on adult neurogenesis. But how does this all work? How does regulation occur across scales? What constitutes ‘causes’ and ‘mechanisms’ in such complex system? The 2020 Adult neurogenesis meeting uses these key questions as entry point into discussions about how activity and development are linked in adult neurogenesis.

This conference adjoins with the Building and Repairing the Brain 2021 meeting (October 6-8, 2021).

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  • LSCN Annual Symposium 2021

Date: 19th October 2021
Place: The Francis Crick Institute, London and Virtual

  • ISSCR “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine”

Date: 12-14th January 2022
Place: Shanghai, China

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), together with ShanghaiTech University and Guangzhou Regenerative Medicine and Health Guangdong Laboratory, are pleased to announce that Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine will be held 12-14 January 2022 at the ShanghaiTech University in Shanghai, China. This meeting will highlight topics from cell fate and pluripotency to disease modeling and clinical translation of cell therapies, dissecting the role of stem cells in basic biology and therapeutics alike. Join us for this exciting three-day meeting and hear from global leaders in stem cell research. Registration and abstract submission for the original meeting can be applied to the new date.

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  •  2nd Annual Stem Cell UK Meeting

The second annual Stem Cells UK meeting was jointly organised by the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, the London Stem Cell Network and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh. This one day meeting aimed to bring together stem cell researchers from across the UK to share research ideas and was jointly organised by Tony Green, Dominque Bonnet and Stuart Forbes. This year’s event was held on Zoom and featured a day of talks from leading stem cell experts.  

Date: 23rd November

  •  3rd Annual London Stem Cell Network Symposium

The 3rd London Stem Cell Network Annual Symposium was held at The Francis Crick Institute on Tuesday 1st December 2020. The symposium was opened with our Flagship lecture, delivered by Network Lead Prof Sara Rankin (Imperial College London) and was closed with a Keynote lecture by Prof. Phil Jones (University of Cambridge). Posters were presented via iPosters and flash poster formats.

Date: 1st December 2020       
Place: The Francis Crick Institute, London and virtual

  • EMBL Symposium “Organoids: Modelling Organ Development and Disease in 3D Culture” 

The ability to grow human tissues from stem cells in 3D culture has the potential to revolutionise the drug discovery process and regenerative medicine. Building on a long tradition of cell and developmental biology knowledge, organoids resembling a variety of human tissues have been generated. This symposium brought together the leading researchers in this field to establish a new research community and reveal parallels between various tissue models. The aim of this meeting was to bring together researchers from different fields to enhance our understanding of how organoids can be formed and maintained, how they can be used to study disease and how we might eventually use them to regenerate and replace human organ tissue.

Date: 21-24th October 2020
Place: Virtual

  • The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Conference

The NYSCF Conference was the leading scientific meeting on translational stem cell research. It annually convenes over 500 participants from academia, industry, government, non-profits, and patient groups. This year’s keynote was given by Carl H. June, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania. Additional speakers included world-renowned, multi-disciplinary scientists, who presented their latest findings about the transformative impact of stem cell research on numerous diseases with a high unmet need.

Date: 20 - 21th October 2020
Place: Virtual

  •  Abcam “Building and Repairing the Brain”

This digital event reflected the broad spectrum of exciting developments in the field of early brain development and adult brain repair. It started out by discussing experimental systems that recapitulate the molecular processes leading to patterning of the developing human brain. Next, it was be possible to learn about the intricate interactions between radial glia and young neurons that may go away causing cortical malformations. Moving from the dish to in vivo, xenotransplant models were introduced to study the development and plasticity of human neurons in vivo and how this can be employed to learn about neurodevelopmental disorders. Finally, there was a discussion about innovative strategies for brain repair based on glia-to-neuron conversion in the context of temporal lobe epilepsy. 

Date: 8th October 2020  

  • Abcam “Adult Neurogenesis 2020”

This online event highlighted four topics out of the broad scope of our field, picking up on the ongoing and important discussions on the details of adult neurogenesis in humans and in brain regions outside the hippocampus and the olfactory bulb. They also discussed fundamental aspects of neural stem cell biology, including the use of organoids in modeling the complexity of brain function in health and disease. The short web-based meeting was intended to highlight exciting developments in the field and support our discussions until we can meet for the postponed in-person Adult Neurogenesis conference on October 4-6, 2021 in Dresden, Germany. 

Date: 6th October 2020  
Place: Virtual

  • Keystone eSymposia "Tissue Plasticity: Preservation and Alteration of Cellular Identity"

This virtual conference explored the diverse mechanisms that underlie plasticity in different tissues and contexts. By bringing together leading scientists in stem cell, developmental, regenerative, and cancer biology through digital technologies, this interdisciplinary program highlighted common principles and unique features of cellular plasticity in different tissues and examine the therapeutic potential of this process. The conference represented a unique opportunity for researchers in diverse fields to visit evolving concepts in cellular plasticity and the molecular mechanisms and physiological consequences of altered adult cell identity in vivo. While the topic has been included marginally at other conferences (i.e., conferences on stem cell biology, regeneration, epigenetics, and cancer) only this Keystone Symposia conference, first held in 2019, was focused on cellular plasticity across mammalian tissues. This virtual conference assembled speakers from diverse disciplines and organ systems to identify cross-cutting themes and provide a forum for investigators to explore common underlying mechanistic principles and therapeutic potential.

Date:  4-7th October 2020 

  • The Company of Biologists Meeting " From Stem Cells to Human Development"

Date: 8-11th September 2020
Place: Virtual

This meeting represented the fourth in the highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. It brought together researchers working on a diverse set of questions – from early cell fate choices in the human embryo to tissue organogenesis, from genomics and epigenomics to the evolution of human traits. Despite this breadth of interests, the scientists involved were united by common challenges associated with working with human cells and tissues, and by a common goal to understand the similarities and differences between human development and that of other species.

  • CSH Meeting "Glia in Health and Disease"

The eighth summer conference on Glia in Health & Disease is going fully virtual. The proposed meeting assembled the leaders in the field, together with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to discuss new, cutting-edge developments in the study of all aspects of glial biology in health and disease.

Date: 16-19th July 2020
Place: Virtual

  • ISSCR 2020 Virtual    

The ISSCR 2020 Annual Meeting gathered the world's leading scientists, clinicians, business leaders, ethicists, and educators from more than 65 countries. Together, they represented the full spectrum of stem cell science and regenerative medicine. Discovery, new business, careers, advocacy, and relationships were discussed. The ISSCR Virtual program maintained all scientific sessions as previously scheduled: four core themes, seven plenary sessions, 20 concurrent sessions, and hundreds of poster presentations. Each theme was explored in different cell and tissue contexts: Cardiac and Muscle; Early Embryo and Pluripotency; Endodermal, Epithelial and Mesenchymal; Hematopoietic and Endothelial; and Neural.

Date: 23-27th June 2020
Place: Virtual

  • 2nd Annual London Stem Cell Network Symposium

The 2nd Annual London Stem Cell Network symposium with Keynote Speaker David Scadden from Harvard Univeristy was held on the 30th April 2019. The symposium began with the innagural London Stem Cell Network Flagship talk by one of our network leads, Saverio Tedesco from UCL. Invited speakers included Francesca Spagnoli, Luca Biasco, Paola Bonfanti and Molly Stevens. Further short talks were selected from submitted abstracts. Posters were selected for an extended poster viewing session, and the event finished with an evening networking event, including prize giving, drinks and finger food.

Date: 30th April 2019, 9am to 6pm 
Place: Francis Crick Institute London

  • The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Regeneration & Tissue Repair                                    
This EMBO workshop series has become the key international meeting for scientists investigating basic biological questions in regeneration and repair using a whole animal or organ "systems" approach. It brings together scientists with diverse expertise using various models, from invertebrates to mammals, who may not normally cross paths. Each meeting approaches regeneration from different angles.This workshop addressed the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of regeneration focusing on the relationship between regeneration, aging, development, and new technical developments. It covered regeneration specific immune responses, cellular origins, and signalling supporting plasticity and regeneration, and reinforced the value of simpler systems to study regeneration and how they can be integrated to inform or enhance new mammalian models of regeneration. These topics highlight how a comparative perspective of different model organisms and thinking “outside the box” about regeneration can propel our understanding of the field, stimulate discussion and development of new perspectives among attendees, and foster new collaborations. The overall goal of this EMBO Workshop was to significantly advance our understanding of how regeneration is coordinated in a whole animal or organ system so that those who work in systems that do not regenerate may develop more effective therapeutic approaches to convert healing into regeneration.
Date: 15-19th September 2018
Place: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valetta, Malta



Illuminations is a collaborative Science-Art initiative between artists from Chisenhale Art Studios, and scientists from the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London and the Imperial College Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Network. Artists and scientists have paired up over “speed dating” sessions and are working together to explore creative methods by which current stem cell research can engage the public. The pairings have been working together to create a tour of public facing multi-media exhibitions for October 2020.

Works in progress can be seen on the project dedicated blog . Some new online initiatives are also currently in the works to connect with people at home during lockdown. Watch this space!