Welcome to the 31st Annual Meeting of NECTAR
and 16th INTR (International Symposium on Neural Transplantation and Repair)

– an event which brings together scientists, clinicians, patient advocates and industry partners from across Europe and the international community to share the latest research in repairing the damage to the central nervous system.

NECTAR 2021 will be hosted by Dr Tilo Kunath, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
Organizing Committee: Tilo Kunath, Jeff Kordower, Emma Lane, Michael Lane, Simon Stott, Viviane Tabar, Lachlan Thompson, Rebecca Matsas

When:  November 8 – 10, 2021
Where: Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH2 1JQ
Scientific draft programme: 2021 NECTAR-INTR Program

Registration and Abstract Submissions :
This meeting will be a hybrid conference. An in-person registration can be converted to a virtual-only registration and the fee difference refunded up to 15th October 2021.

In-person and virtual attendance registration:

Abstract submission information:
Please NOTE: at this point we are accepting abstracts for Posters Only

Registration fees 

Please NOTE:
– In-person registration fee includes the Conference Dinner
– In-person registration can be converted to “virtual-only” if circumstances change, and we can refund the difference in fee up to 8th October, 2021

  • In-person – Standard £200 
  • In-person – Student £100 
  • Virtual-only – Standard £100 
  • Virtual-only – Student £50 


Abstract submission (Posters Only) – 15th October 2021
To register for virtual meeting only – 08 November 2021 

Information for virtual delegates:
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will support and deliver the virtual component of the conference using WebEx and the Q&A will be on by using the hashtag #NECTAR2021 or delegates will be permitted to unmute to ask questions live. The delegate IT testing day will be on 1st November 2021 between 10:00 – 17:00 GMT. Details on this will be sent out directly to virtual-only registered delegates in late October. 

Conference Recordings:
All talks will be recorded and available for viewing by both in-person and virtual-only delegates from 15th – 21st November 2021. 

COVID-safe measures:
In-person spaces at this conference will be limited to 135, which will allow for 1m social distancing within the venue. Face-coverings are required within the venue unless eating, drinking, or presenting a talk. All in-person delegates will be provided with COVID-19 rapid lateral flow testing kits, and are strongly encouraged to self-test each day of the conference.

Event website:
Venue website:

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Edinburgh!

We are  proud to present Episode 1 & 2 of the NECTAR 2021 podcast:
Episode 1 by Anders Björklund and Stephen Dunnett
To open the podcast, please go to:
You’re also welcome to open the transcript of the interview.

Episode 2 by Tilo Kunath
To open the podcast, please go to:
You’re also welcome to open the transcript of the interview.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Edinburgh!

Sponsorship links

Guarantors of BRAIN publishers of Brain & Brain Communications

CARE – The Campaign for Alzheimer’s Research in Europe


Novo Nordisk


BlueRock Therapeutics

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

FujiFilm CDI