One of the main activities of ISBT is the Regional and International Congresses. ISBT congresses comprise plenary and parallel sessions with invited speakers and selected oral presentations on state of the art topics in the field of transfusion medicine. The ISBT congresses also provide networking opportunities and the prospect to connect professionals with industry and vice versa. ISBT is committed to holding its congresses around the world. The two Regional Congresses (one of which is held in Europe) are held in odd years whereas the International Congress is held in even years. For past congresses click here. The Congresses are organised in collaboration with a local (national) blood transfusion society or institute. In December, four years before the year of the Congress a “call for expression of interest for hosting an ISBT Congress” will be made available on the ISBT website and will be announced through various communication channels.
Expressions of interest are sought by letter for hosting the international congress of the ISBT in 2018.
ISBT is committed to holding its congresses around the globe. Preference will therefore be given to blood transfusion societies whose region has not recently hosted a congress. The 2012 congress was held in the Americas, 2014 in Asia and 2016 will be held in the Eastern Mediterranean region. ISBT congresses are organised by the ISBT Central Office, ISBT Professional Congress Organiser and the ISBT Scientific Secretary. The Local Organising committee has a limited number of responsibilities and should have the capacity to undertake the associated tasks. The procedure for applying can be found here. Please make sure that you read it carefully and follow the guidance. The closing date for expressions of interest is February 28, 2015.