The annual ISA conference is an opportunity to engage with a diverse community of bereaved parents, academics, researchers, clinicians, and policy makers engaged in prevention, bereavement care, and advocacy for reducing stillbirths and newborn deaths. It represents a rich platform for spreading knowledge and sharing local, national and international strategies for stillbirth prevention, as it highlights multi- disciplinary approaches to preventing stillbirths in all its complexity.

The annual conference started with the aim to put stillbirths on the agenda globally and regionally, and to show that action must be taken locally. The first annual ISA conference was held in 2005, and ISA ran joint congress with the International Society for Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) biannually between 2010 and 2021.
The conference is open to all ISA members, and all those who are engaged in stillbirth and newborn death prevention and improvement in care for those bereaved.

Upcoming Conference

ISA Colombo 2024

Save the dates for this year’s ISA conference in Sri Lanka. The 19th Annual Conference of the International Stillbirth Alliance will be held from November 3 to 6, 2024 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Please click here for more info.

Past Conferences

ISA Sheffield 2023

The ISA 2023 conference marked the 20th anniversary of the ISA’s founding and was hosted by the University of Sheffield from 29 June (preconference) to 2 July in Sheffield, UK.

  • Antoinette Ayers, one of ISA’s co-founders, welcomed delegates at the ISA Annual Conference in Sheffield, UK, on June 30th 2023. ISA is celebrating 20 years in 2023. Do listen to her speak here.

  • Please watch a fascinating presentation by Dr Karen Joash from Imperial college Healthcare NHS Trust prepared for ISA's 2023 Conference held in Sheffield.

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ISA Utah 2022

The ISA 2022 conference was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from September 15th –17th, hosted by the University of Utah.

ISA Brisbane 2021

The 16th annual conference was held virtually in Brisbane 11-13 November 2021, organized by CRE Stillbirth.

(postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19)


ISA Madrid 2019

The 15th annual conference was held in Madrid 4-6 October 2019, organized by ISA member Umamanita. The program and book of abstracts are available here

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ISA Glasgow 2018

The 2018 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival was held on the 7th – 9th June, at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. For the Abstracts Book, click here.


ISA Cork 2017

The International Stillbirth Alliance Conference 2017 (ISA) was for the first time held in Ireland at the University College Cork (UCC) from 22nd to 24th September 2017. Read the background report by clicking on ISA Cork 2017. Download the 2017 ISA Conference Programme.


ISA/ISPID International Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, hosted by Uruguayan Society of Pediatrics, the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, Era en Abril.

For the 2016 ISA/ISPID conference program, please click here.


ISA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada, hosted by Still Life Canada.


2014 ISA/ISPID International Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, hosted by Royal Tropical Institute.

For the 2014 ISA/ISPID conference program and abstracts, please click here.


ISA Annual Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by Institute for Reproductive and Family Health


ISA/ISPID International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, hosted by First Candle.

For the 2012 ISA/ISPID conference program and abstracts, please click here.


ISA Annual Conference in Antigua, hosted by the American University of Antigua.

You can read about the discussion here.


ISA/ISPID International Conference in Sydney, Australia, hosted by ANZSA, SIDS and Kids.

For the 2010 ISA/ISPID Conference brochure and program, please click here.


ISA Annual Conference in South Africa, hosted by Priorities in Perinatal Care.


ISA Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway, hosted by WHO and the Norwegian Society of Perinatal Medicine, Norwegian SIDS and Stillbirth Society, Perinatal Research Center.


ISA Annual Conference in Birmingham, UK, hosted by Perinatal Institute and SANDS UK.

Please click here for more info.


SIDS International Conference (with ISA and ISPID) Yokohama, Japan, hosted by SIDS Family Association Japan.

Read Dr Thomas Keens conference report here.


ISA Inaugural Conference, hosted by First Candle, Washington, USA.