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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a leading international center for research and education. As part of its mission, each year CSHL organizes 25-30 scientific conferences, 20 Banbury Center meetings and 30 advanced technical science courses, with organizers, instructors and participants from all over the world.

COVID-19: After two years of fully virtual meetings since March 2020 attracting almost 30,000 participants, meetings and courses restarted in-person in March 2022. Many of our meetings are hybrid events, but we strongly encourage talks and posters to be presented in-person to maximize feedback and networking. We are rounding out 2022 with more than 8,250 in-person attendees and 3,250 virtual attendees. 

NEWS: We congratulate Dr. Svante Paabo on winning the 2022 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on Neanderthal genomics. As a young scientist at the 1986 Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Homo sapiens, Svante was inspired by Kary Mullis's talk on polymerase chain reaction to amplify DNA, which turned his own research interests towards the pursuit of ancient DNA. He has since attended 40+ meetings at Cold Spring Harbor, including organizing the Biology of Genomes (2004-6) and serving on Cold Spring Harbor Asia's founding Scientific Advisory Board (2009-13). 

CSHL Leading Strand Talk

Amita Sehgal 2021 Interview - 85th Symposium: Biological Time Keeping

2023 CSHL SYMP Poster

Click to view our 2023 Symposium poster.

Cold Spring Harbor Asia Program

Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences is our sister program based in Suzhou, China. Symposia, conferences and summer schools follow the Cold Spring Harbor tradition in showcasing merit-based scientific advances in an informal but intense atmosphere.

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Please visit our virtual store for books, novelties, and CSHL branded merchandise.

Thanks to major federal, foundation and corporate support of our programs, we provided stipends to more than 900 graduate students and postdocs attending meetings and courses at Cold Spring Harbor in 2019.