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Hamburg’s expertise attracts world’s largest stem-cell conference

Around 4,000 scientists are expected to attend the event at revamped CCH

Pictured: Hamburg has a strong life sciences cluster

Up to 4,000 delegates will meet in Hamburg at the world’s largest gathering of stem cell scientists.

The 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) will take place at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), which is due to reopen in 2020 following expansion.

The bid was put together by several groups including the Life Science Nord (LSN) cluster, Hamburg Convention Bureau, the CCH, and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality.

“We are very excited to bring this convention to Hamburg,” said Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau.

“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,” he said.

The ISSCR annual meeting is expected to draw top scientists from around the world presenting and discussing the latest findings in a variety of areas within the field of stem cell research.

“We look forward to bringing the meeting to Hamburg, a beautiful city in Germany, where there is a vibrant scientific community,” said ISSCR CEO Nancy Witty. 

Ole Pless, of the Fraunhofer Institute, was thrilled with the selection.

He said: “Hosting the ISSCR annual meeting is a terrific honour for the city of Hamburg and for local stem cell scientists. We are essentially receiving the accolade for Hamburg’s expertise in this area of medicine. I am looking forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world and showing them what makes Hamburg so special – not only as a city, but also 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.”

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