Scientific Programme

Scientific Programme


During the COVID-19 pandemic, ISPPD recognised the need for change and evolution. As such, the ISPPD team engaged with focus groups around the world to establish an expanded, international society and to ensure that the biennial ISPPD meeting expands beyond that of just the pneumococcus and helps more researchers to share their knowledge globally. The ISPPD mission and objectives remain but the society’s name has changed to the International Society of Pneumonia and Pneumococcal Diseases. The newly branded ISPPD-13 meeting in Cape Town, South Africa (17-20 March 2024) will focus not only on the pneumococcus but will also include the broader topic of pneumonia as a leading infectious disease around the world.



At ISPPD-13 we plan to have an informative and exciting programme that highlights the areas of substantial recent progress while also posing the tough questions where progress has been more challenging.

  • Wherever possible, Plenary sessions will take a cross-disciplinary approach to major areas in the field.
  • Parallel sessions will allow you to explore specific topics that include but are not limited to clinical issues, host-immune interactions, genomics, immunology, microbiology, epidemiology and the interface between these areas.
  • Meet-the-Expert sessions will provide opportunities for interaction with professionals in smaller-structured settings.
  • Researchers at all levels will have an opportunity to present their work in interactive Poster sessions. Attention will be given to how to exchange knowledge and translate findings into policy that benefits individuals affected by or at risk of pneumococcal diseases worldwide.
  • Interactive Learning: All scientific sessions include Q&A portions to provide interactive learning opportunities for the attendees. We encourage the audience to ask questions and interact with the presenters during these portions.


*The ISPPD-13 programme is currently being developed. Please visit this page again for updates. Please also visit our Session Proposal Submission page to find out how you could contribute to the scientific programme!