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


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

Date: 8-11th September 2020
Place: Virtual

This meeting will represent the fourth in our highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. It will bring 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 are 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. Registration is open.

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  • ISSCR “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine” 

Date: 11-12th September 2020
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 11-13 September 2020 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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  • Keystone eSymposia "Tissue Plasticity: Preservation and Alteration of Cellular Identity"

Date:  4-7th October 2020 
Place: Virtual

This virtual conference will explore 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 will highlight common principles and unique features of cellular plasticity in different tissues and examine the therapeutic potential of this process. The conference represents 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, has focused on cellular plasticity across mammalian tissues. This virtual conference will assemble 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. Registration is open.

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  • Abcam “Adult Neurogenesis 2020” and “Building and Repairing the Brain”

Date: 5-9th October 2020  
Place: Dresden, Germany

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. At Building and Repairing the Brain, they will broadly cover recent insights into brain and retina development with a focus on new genome wide tools to understand these biological processes at single-cell resolution and will discuss how these inform new strategies for CNS repair. Registration is open.

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  • ISSCR “Advances in Stem Cell Research: From Single Cells to Organs”

Date: 12-14th October 2020
Place: Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), French Society for Stem Cell Research (FSSCR), and Belgium Society for Stem Cell Research (BeSSCR) are partnering on an International Symposium entitled “Advances in Stem Cell Research: From Single Cells to Organs.” The symposium will take place 12-14 October, 2020 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, and will feature exciting topics at the frontier of the stem cell field, including self-organization and tissue engineering, emerging technologies in single cell research, new insights into stem cell biology, and advances in regenerative medicine. 

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  • The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Conference

Date: 20 - 21th October 2020
Place: Virtual

The NYSCF Conference is 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 will be given by Carl H. June, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania. Additional speakers will include world-renowned, multi-disciplinary scientists, who will present their latest findings about the transformative impact of stem cell research on numerous diseases with a high unmet need. Registration is open.

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

Date: 21-24th October 2020
Place: Virtual

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 will bring 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 is 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. Registration is open.

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  •  3rd Annual London Stem Cell Network Symposium

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

The symposium will open with our Flagship lecture, delivered by Network Lead Prof. Dominique Bonnet (The Francis Crick Institute) and will close with a Keynote lecture by Prof. Phil Jones (University of Cambridge). Limited posters will be selected for an extended poster viewing session, and the event will finish with an evening networking event, including prize giving, drinks and finger food. For sponsorship enquires, please see here or email

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

Date: 28th February - 4th March 2021      
Place: Schöntal Monastery, Germany

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: Vienna

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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  • 10th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW

Date: 29th- 30th March 2021
Place: Aachen, Germany

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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  • ISSCR 2021 "The Future starts here"  

Date: 23th- 26th June 2021
Place: Hamburg, Germany

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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  • CSH Meeting "Glia in Health and Disease"

The eighth summer conference on Glia in Health & Disease is going fully virtual. The proposed meeting will assemble 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 across King’s College London and Imperial College 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!