Scientific Conferences and Trade Shows

Top 10 Must-Visit Scientific Conferences and Trade Shows in North America [Updated for 2024]

Whether you’re dipping your toes into new markets or are a trade show veteran, you won’t want to miss these top scientific conferences and trade shows in North America.
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“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” — Louis Pasteur, French Chemist  

Today, with numerous scientific conferences and trade shows, professionals from various fields come together to significantly contribute to the world of science. These events provide a platform for researchers and companies to share their findings, exchange information, and market their products and services. 

Attending one or more trade shows on this list might benefit you if you’re a researcher, scientist, or a company involved in biotech, optics, or geology. 

Sectors covered in this list: 

  • Biotech 
  • Geography 
  • Physics 
  • Automation 
  • Sociology 

Attending an industry-specific trade show can help your company expand and grow by finding motivated buyers, developing relationships with strategic partners, and recruiting top job candidates.  

What happens at scientific conferences and trade shows? 

Scientific trade shows and conferences bring together experts, professionals, students, companies, universities, and other stakeholders to explore the current market and trends in their respective fields. These conferences and trade shows enable exhibitors and attendees to engage in meaningful conversations through exhibitions, product demos, and educational sessions. 

Attendees can expect to hear keynote speeches from leading experts, attend classes or seminars on market trends and changes, and delve into the latest discoveries. Additionally, these events offer opportunities for networking and connecting with like-minded professionals, fostering collaboration and growth in the scientific community. 

Here are the top 10 scientific conferences and trade shows in North America that every professional should attend.  


1. BIO International Convention 

When: June 3 – 6, 2024

Where: San Diego, CA 

The Bio International Convention unites 15,000+ biotech and pharma leaders. Featuring keynote speeches, educational sessions, and exhibits by leading companies, this convention offers valuable insights into the latest advancements in biotechnology. 

Registration: BIO International Convention 


2. Environmental Systems Research Institute 

When: July 15 – 19, 2024

Where: San Diego, CA 

See the latest advances in geographic information system (GIS) technology at the ESRI User Conference. This conference allows attendees and exhibitors to network, share research and trade information, and participate in many activities, like the ESRI 5k fun run.   

Registration: Esri User Conference 


3. Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers 

When: August 20 – 22, 2024 

Where: San Diego, CA 

The Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) conference is a five-day event that hosts presentations and special events, offering plenty of opportunities for companies to share their offerings and make essential connections. 

Registration: SPIE Optics + Photonics 


4. American Physical Society March Meeting 

When: March 16 – 21, 2025

Where: Anaheim, CA

The American Physical Society brings physicists from all over the globe to present their latest research and findings. With more than 10,000 attendees, it is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow professionals and learn about the latest advances in physics. 

Registration: APS 


5. International Microwave Symposium 

When: June 16 – 21, 2024

Where: Washington, DC

The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) stages a diverse technical session, engaging panel discussions, and networking opportunities. With over 500 exhibitors worldwide, IMS is serving as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration.   

Registration: IMS 


6. Association of American Geographers 

When: April 16 – 20, 2024

Where: Virtual

The AAG conference allows geographers to present their latest research, network with colleagues, and learn about new developments in the field. With over 6,500 attendees, show off your brand to the world’s leading geographers.  

Registration: AAG 


7. American Geophysical Union 

When: December 9 – 13, 2024

Where: Washington, DC 

The American Geophysical Union is a scientific society that promotes the discovery and dissemination of earth and space science. Bringing together more than 25,000 scientists from around the globe, come exhibit and share your latest research and findings.  

Registration: AGU 


8. SLAS International Conference & Exhibition 

When: January 25 – 29, 2025

Where: San Diego, CA 

This annual conference covers all aspects of life sciences, bringing biology, technology, research, and engineering professionals together. Here developers of leading research and laboratory automation tools exchange information, share research, collaborate through partnerships, and explore the latest technological advancements. 

Registration: SLAS 


9. American Sociological Conference 

When: August 9 – 13, 2024

Where: Montreal, Quebec

The American Sociological Association’s conference allows professionals in the scientific study of society to come and share their industry knowledge. Receive feedback on research, and expand their network with 600 programmatic sessions, 4,500+ presenters, and 5,000 attendees. 

Registration: ASA 


10. PEGS (The Essential Protein Engineering and Cell Therapy Summit) 

When: May 13 – 17, 2024

Where: Boston, MA 

The PEGS Boston Conference and Expo provide facilitated networking opportunities with conference delegates for exhibitors, making it the perfect platform to launch a new product, educate fellow peers, gather sales leads, and enhance your brand at this leading biologic event.  

Registration: PEGS Boston

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Need help finding which show will bring the best returns and support your business objectives? Contact one of our marketing consultants below for advice. Aside from designing and building award-winning trade show exhibits, we also partner with clients to create a holistic strategy to generate the traffic you want.  

The Trade Group is a full-service trade show and event marketing company. We will work with you to create an exhibit or an event that brings in leads and helps you achieve your business goals. Contact us here or give us a call at 972-734-8585. 

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