6th Cambridge International Stem Cell Symposium

The 6th Cambridge International Stem Cell Symposium will bring together biological, clinical and physical stem cell scientists, working across multiple tissues and at different scales, to share data, discuss ideas and address the biggest fundamental and translational questions in stem cell biology.


The 2018 Symposium will mark the opening of our new building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and will celebrate the great advances being made in stem cell biology in Cambridge, the UK and around the world.


With talks from

C&eacutedric Blanpain (Universit&eacute Libre de Bruxelles); Elena Cattaneo (University of Milan); Frederic de Sauvage (Genentech Inc); Stuart Forbes (University of Edinburgh); Allon Klein (Harvard University); Cristina Lo Celso (Imperial College London); Hiromitsu Nakauchi (Stanford University); Malin Parmar (Lund University); Emmanuelle Passegu&eacute  (Columbia Stem Cell Initiative); Duanqing Pei (Guangzhou Institute); Thomas Rando (Stanford University); Peter Reddien (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Bill Richardson (Wolfson Institute); David Scadden (Harvard University); Dirk Sch&uumlbeler (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research); Kate Storey (University of Dundee); Masayo Takahashi (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology); Adrian Thrasher (University College London); Andreas Trumpp (HI-STEM); Fiona Watt (King’s College London) and Leonard Zon (Harvard University).


Why attend?

  • Excellent scientific programme spanning fundamental to translational research
  • Cross-disciplinary panel debate
  • Scientific posters and poster competition
  • Engaging trade stands
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • Gala dinner at prestigious Trinity College

The Cambridge International Stem Cell Symposia are run by:


Provisional programme

Please note that this programme may be subject to alterations in advance of the event.




Registration fees

Registration fees include admission to all sessions, conference materials, lunches and coffee breaks as detailed in the programme. Thanks to our generous event sponsors we have been able to keep registration prices accessible.

Participants will need to book and pay for their own accommodation and travel. Please see the travel and accommodation tab.


Poster abstract submission

Posters can be submitted at the time of registration or added at a later date via the link sent in your confirmation email from EventHQ.  If adding an abstract later, please type 'To Follow' in the abstract box when registering.

Please note that we only accept online abstract submissions.  Poster places are limited, and posters will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Abstracts should be a maximum of 2000 characters (including letters, numbers, punctuations and spaces) and figures/tables are not allowed in the abstract.

During registration you will be asked for the following information for your abstract:

  • Title
  • Authors with poster presenter listed as first author (names should be entered in the format Olsen P, Svensson R...)
  • Abstract (max 2000 characters including letters, numbers, punctuation and spaces. Figures and tables are not allowed in the abstract)
  • References (these should be entered in the format Authors. Title. Journal. PubMed ID)
  • Keywords (around three is fine)

When submitting your abstract you can also select whether you would like to be considered to give a 2 minute verbal poster pitch during the Symposium in advance of your poster session.

The verbal poster pitch selection process will take place after registration has closed, with the results announced on or before 17th August 2018.

The deadline for abstract submission is the same as the deadline for registration, Friday 3rd August 2018.

Accommodation in Cambridge

Accommodation is not included in your registration and you will need to arrange this yourself.

Meet Cambridge and Visit Cambridge have great websites on which you can book accommodation, even in one of the many Cambridge Colleges:

Stay in a Cambridge College: https://www.meet-cambridge.com/accommodation

Stay in a Hotel/Guest House: http://www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation


Travel to Cambridge

Travel is not included in your registration and you will need to arrange this yourself.

Visit Cambridge has a great guide on how to get to Cambridge:  https://www.visitcambridge.org/visitor-information/how-to-get-here

This symposium is kindly supported by:

Headline sponsor


Keynote sponsors



Session sponsors



Exhibition sponsors



The final deadline for registration is 23:59 (UK time) on Friday 3rd August 2018.

Full payment is required to confirm your place at the event. You will need to pay in full by credit or debit card when registering for your ticket.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests must be made in writing to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (sci-coordinator@stemcells.cam.ac.uk).

Cancellation fees are dependent on the notice given and type of ticket:

  • Cancellation of your registration before 19th August 2018 will be subject to an administrative fee of £50 or 50% of your ticket price, whichever is lower.
  • Cancellation of your registration on or after 19th August 2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of your ticket price.
  • Cancellation of your registration on or after 5th September 2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of your ticket price.
  • Cancellation of your dinner ticket before 19th August 2018 will be free of charge.
  • Cancellation of your dinner ticket on or after 19th August 2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the dinner price.
  • Cancellation of your dinner ticket on or after 5th September 2018 will be subject to a cancellation fee of 100% of the dinner price

Failure to attend the symposium without written notification will be considered a "no show" and will result in forfeiture of fees paid in full.

Individuals are responsible for cancelling their own travel and accommodation.

We strongly advise all delegates to take out travel insurance to cover unforeseen illness or other circumstances that would prevent you from attending the conference.

If you are applying for a visa and it is declined please note the above cancellation policy will still apply.

Once you have registered and we have received full payment, we can provide you with a formal letter of acceptance and event information to support your visa application. Please let us know as soon as possible after registering if you require this documentation.

Data storage
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