Building bridges through Science: congress in Iran
After being invited to speak at the Royan International Twin Congress (August 31-September 2) in Tehran, Iran, ISTM’s Dr David Mottershead wasn’t quite sure what to expect. One thing he could be assured of though was an unforgettable experience.
This year’s meeting saw the joint holding of the 17th Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and the 12th Congress on Stem Cell Biology & Technology, both supported and organised by the Royan Institute in Tehran. The meeting itself reflected the nature and makeup of the Royan (in Persian “royan” means embryo) Institute itself, which has Divisions devoted to reproductive biomedicine, stem cell biology and biotechnology. The congress itself had the two streams of reproductive biomedicine and stem cell biology running concurrently which allowed delegates to pick and choose between both session streams.
David had only praise for the conference organisers who looked after the invited speakers extremely well: “We were never short of food or refreshments at the venue and every evening we were taken to see sites in Tehran and out to eat, enabling us to experience the magnificent local cuisine.” Invited speakers were also treated to a two day tour of some of the main highlights in Iran, including Shiraz, the Tomb of Hafez, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Esfahan and Naghsh-e-Jahan.
The Congress provided David with a unique opportunity to share ideas and expertise and to develop new friendships with researchers at two separate labs at the Royan Institute which he hopes will lead to ongoing collaborations.
You can read more about David's experience on the ISTM Blog.