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International Stillbirth Alliance selects Sheffield for 2023 conference

Sheffield has won the bid to host the annual International Stillbirth Alliance Conference. The event will host 300 delegates from a global audience across three days, 30 June - 2 July 2023.

Marketing Sheffield’s Conference Team collaborated with experts from Sheffield Children’s Hospital and University of Sheffield agreed to collaborate with them to secure the bid.

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a membership organization uniting bereaved parents and other family members, health professionals and researchers to drive global change for the prevention of stillbirth and neonatal death and bereavement support for all those affected. 

Professor Marta Cohen OBE, consultant paediatric and perinatal pathologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation said she was “thrilled” that the International Stillbirth Alliance 2023 conference will be hosted here in Sheffield. She said: “We already have the commitment and enthusiasm from colleagues within Sheffield and across the UK to work together to offer an extensive educational and compassionate programme. The planning team are really looking forward to developing the conference over the next two years and to welcoming delegates in the future”.

Claire Storey, board member and co-chair of the International Stillbirth Alliance conferences committee added that the conference bid submitted by Sheffield was well received , She said: “The ISA was looking forward to collaborating with the team in Sheffield, bereaved parents, clinicians and researchers from around the world to build and deliver a successful conference in 2023.”

Emma France, marketing manager for business tourism at Marketing Sheffield said: “We are thrilled to see another major conference confirm and plan for the future after such uncertainty for the events industry across the UK. Our Conference Ambassadors continue to play a vital role in attracting large International events to Sheffield and we are grateful for their ongoing support and enthusiasm and it’s fantastic that we’ll be able to showcase the wealth of expertise around this subject in Sheffield.”

The conference will take place at the University of Sheffield’s Diamond Building (pictured), with an opening reception in the Sheffield Winter Garden and a memorial service at St Georges Hall, while a gala dinner will take place at the magnificent Sheffield City Hall. 

The team driving the conference includes professor Marta Cohen, OBE, consultant paediatric and perinatal pathologist at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and honorary professor, Department of Oncology and Metabolism at the University of Sheffield with support from Dr Elspeth Whitby, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield and an honorary consultant at Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS trust and Professor Dilly Anumba, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sheffield and consultant in obstetrics and maternal and fetal medicine at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.