Hamburg and its new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg (currently undergoing a major refurbishment that is set to be completed in 2020) – have been selected to host the 2021 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR).
The largest global gathering of stem cell scientists, ISSCR 2021 will bring an estimated 4,000 researchers from around the world to Hamburg to discuss the news and discoveries in the stem cell field.
“We are very excited to bring this convention to Hamburg,” said Michael Otremba, managing director of the Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB).
“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 city’s local stakeholders are highly committed to organising a terrific venue and platform to showcase science.”
The successful bid was put together by several groups: the Life Science Nord (LSN) cluster initiative, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equality (BWFG), the HCB and the CCH.
“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.
Dr Ole Pless of the Fraunhofer Institute, who helped coordinate the effort, was thrilled with the selection. “Hosting the ISSCR annual meeting is a terrific honour for the city of Hamburg and for local stem cell scientists,” he said. “We are essentially receiving the accolade for Hamburg’s pronounced expertise in this area of medicine,” he said. “I am really looking forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to Hamburg and showing them what makes Hamburg so special.”
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.”