Welcome letter from the Secretary General of ISGA

Dear Delegate,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the XVth congress of the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA).

Since our inaugural meeting in Rome in 1977, ISGA has been holding triennial meetings in major cities in Europe, the Americas and Asia; Havana, Cuba (1979), Brussels, Belgium (1982), Montreal, Canada (1985), Exeter, UK (1988), Madrid, Spain (1991), Szombathely, Hungary (1994), Philadelphia, USA (1997), Turin, Italy (2000), Florence, Italy (2004), Tokyo, Japan (2007), Mexico City, Mexico (2011), Maribor, Slovenia (2014) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017). ISGA has taken these opportunities to discuss the latest research in the field of human growth and development, in its clinical and non-clinical aspects, with scientists and clinicians from across the globe.

In 2020 our Croatian colleagues will be hosting the congress in the beautiful city of Šibenik in central Dalmatia where the river KRKA flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is known as a gateway to the Kornati Islands. Its 15th-century stone Cathedral of St. James is decorated with 71 sculpted faces and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It will form a dramatic location for our congress and is destined to be one of our most scenically rewarding destinations.

The Croatian team, under the leadership of Dr Sasa Missoni, Director of the Institute for Anthropological Research in Zagreb, have a distinguished reputation for organising excellent scientific meetings in Croatia. They will provide a unique opportunity to experience world class science in a world class venue – an opportunity not to be missed!

The congress will feature more than 15 scientific sessions covering current research in human growth from conception to maturity. The first 1000 days forms a natural initial focus along with the growth and development implications of infant feeding, exercise in childhood and adolescence, the effects of environmental pollution, and the diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders. For human biologists, anthropologists, educators, neonatologists, paediatricians, family practitioners and health workers dealing with all aspects of child and adolescent development this congress will be a great opportunity to review your current research and future directions.

I look forward to meeting you in Šibenik in 2020!

Professor Noël Cameron PhD, DSc.
Secretary General

Invited speakers

Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Biological models in growth
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases
  • Growth and development in educational context (in collaboration with Education and Teacher Training Agency - in Croatian)




Important dates

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Important info

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone the ISGA Congress, originally planned for May 27-31 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia. Even with the vaccinations, the situation is not improving significantly and prevents us from holding the Congress in 2021.

International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), with the Institute and Anthropological Research as host, and European Anthropological Association (EAA) came to a mutual decision to hold a joint ISGA & EAA Congress in 2024 in Croatia. We look forward to this event as a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and networking!

As the planning for the 2024 Congress proceeds, we will be updating the website to keep you informed, so please check the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.