ISA Conference 2023 Reducing Inequality Local to Global

29th June - 2 July 2023

The University of Sheffield is proud to host the 18th annual conference of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA), which also marks the 20th anniversary of the ISA's founding.

Across the world, researchers, healthcare professionals and families are working together to address every aspect of pregnancy loss. Together, we strive for excellence in our practices, research facilities, and communities to increase knowledge and save babies across the globe.

Please join us for the ISA conference.  We look forward to seeing everyone and are honoured to be hosting this event.

Registration is now OPEN!

Abstract submission deadline EXTENDED UNTIL 10TH MARCH 2023

The International Stillbirth Alliance logo

Conference Themes

  • National disparities   
  • Humanitarian resources
  • Global inequalities
  • Antenatal care
  • Intrapartum care
  • Postpartum care, diagnosis and support
  • Sociological/psychological/counselling perspectives

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Allyson Moran
  • Elizabeth Draper
  • Angie Ouattara
  • Karen Joash
  • Donna Ockenden
  • Robert Wilson
  • Keelin O’Donoghue
  • Alex Heazell
  • Adrienne Gordon
  • Marc Harder
  • Ciaran Hutchinson
  • Maria Viner
  • Matt Jackson
  • Linda Vanotoo
  • Kapila Jayaratne
  • Dilly Anumba
  • Hannah Blencowe

Key information


Thursday 29 June 2023

Including ISA Meetings and the IMPROVE course


Friday 30th June - Sunday 2 July 2023

Conference Programme

You can view the Conference Programme here.


The ISA Conference Registration is now closed but if you still wish to attend, please email so that the Event Organisers can book you on manually.

Please note that late registration will be possible until the end of the first day of the conference but the price will increase to £500 for Professionals and £300 for Trainees/Parents, and it may not be possible to cater for dietary requirements at this stage.  


Early bird professional fees: £400, later £450, on the day £500

Parents, students, trainees: £200, later £250, on the day £300


Welcome Reception: Free to attend for all delegates

Memorial service:  Free to attend for anyone, including local parents but you will need to register by emailing:

Gala Dinner £60


The IMPROVE course is a series of workshops designed to educate professionals on the best practice for prevention of stillbirth and care of the parents and professional investigations post stillbirth.

The following topics will be covered at the IMPROVE workshop. Places are still available - please email to book.

  • Station one: Communication with parents about perinatal autopsy
  • Station two: Autopsy and placental examination
  • Station three: Investigation of fetal deaths
  • Station four: Examination of babies who die in the perinatal period
  • Station five: Institutional perinatal mortality audit and classification
  • Station six: Respectful and supportive bereavement care

View the full workshop schedule here.

The IMPROVE Course will take place at: INOX, Level 5, Students' Union Building Durham Road, Sheffield S10 2TG


  • Abstract submission is now closed.

Oral Presentations:

All delegates presenting an oral presentation need to register and attend in person.

  • The time allocated for each presentation is 10 minutes. There will be 10 minutes at the end of each session for questions and answers.
  • You can use a powerpoint to support your presentation. Please bring this on a USB to the Speaker Room onsite on the morning of your presentation.

Poster Presentations:

 All delegates presenting a poster need to register and attend in person.

Posters should meet the following criteria:

  • All posters must be A1 (59.4cm x 84.1cm)
  • All posters must be portrait
  • Text size and font is at the discretion of the authors but text must be clear and legible
  • Colour is recommended, particularly for imagery
  • All posters must have the title at the top, in bold.
  • Authors must be clearly shown
  • Please prepare a 3 minute presentation to support your poster.  You will present this during one of the poster walks scheduled in the Programme.
  • Please also try and be available during the session breaks to answer any questions relating to your poster.

The Diamond

32 Leavygreave Rd, Sheffield S3 7RD

Conference: Friday 30th June - Sunday 2 July 2023

Welcome Reception: Friday 30th June at 17:30

St Georges Church

Sheffield, S1 4DP

17.30 hours on Saturday 1st July 2023

If you would like to attend this service, please email:

City Hall Ballroom

Barker's Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA

19.00 on Saturday 1st July 2023

Getting about

Great places to eat while you are in Sheffield


Family run, this authentic and award winning restaurant is full of passion for great food, wine and hospitality. The truly elegant surroundings offer a true taste of Italy, delivered with love by Ester and Saverio.


Located in Millennium Square, Piccolino brings a true taste of Italy to the heart of the city. Their dishes are rustic, simple and delicious and are created using the best, freshest ingredients. 

Cubana Tapas Bar

Sample authentic Cuban ambience & welcoming Latino vibes at one of Sheffield's most well known establishments, that provides great food but also live music and dancing.

Smoke Barbecue

Smoke is Sheffield’s first Texas-style BBQ, where the meat is rubbed with spices, smoked slowly on the premises in shiny metal smokers then finished off in the pit, a hickory wood-fired barbecue which takes pride of place in the kitchen.