2024 SMFM Global Congress

Registration Now Open!

Wednesday, September 25, 2024
9:00 AM (W. Europe Daylight Time)
to Saturday, September 28, 2024 at 1:00 PM (W. Europe Daylight Time)
Category: Global Congress

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is thrilled to announce it will host its first global congress on 25 – 28 September 2024 in Rome, Italy, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s mission is to provide education, promote research, and engage in advocacy to optimize the health of high-risk pregnant individuals and their infants. By emphasizing maternal aspects of maternal-fetal medicine and showcasing the latest research worldwide, the SMFM Global Congress will broaden the visibility and importance of this mission.

Through pre-congress courses, invited talks, oral and poster presentations, exhibiting opportunities, and industry learning sessions, participants will be able to engage with fellow leaders in the field; expose themselves to new approaches to high-risk pregnancy care from colleagues around the globe; and foster lasting connections that transcend continental borders. 

Pricing for Global Congress

Agenda Overview:
(Draft as of 29 April 2024)

  • Wednesday, 25 September
    • Postgraduate Courses (additional registration required; additional fee required)
    • Opening Reception

  • Thursday, 26 September
    • Opening Plenary
    • Oral Concurrent Sessions
    • Morning and Evening Poster Sessions
    • Exhibits
    • Sponsored Educational Events 

  • Friday, 27 September
    • Oral Concurrent Sessions
    • Morning and Evening Poster Sessions
    • Exhibits
    • Sponsored Educational Events
    • Closing Reception

  • Saturday, 28 September
    • Oral Concurrent Sessions
    • Closing Plenary
For the 2024 SMFM Global Congress, we are excited to announce the following speakers

Wednesday, 25 September
Postgraduate Courses

Dr. Katherine Arendt
Dr. Giuseppe Calì
Dr. Suneet Chauhan
Dr. Francesco D'Antonio
Dr. Valentina De Robertis
Dr. Shad Deering
Dr. Brett Einerson
Dr. Offer Erez
Dr. Francesc Figueras
Dr. Dena Goffman
Dr. Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky
Dr. Lorie Harper
Dr. Alexander Ioscovich
Dr. Marian Kacerovský
Dr. Tal Korem
Dr. Martijn Oudijk
Dr. Eva Pajkrt
Dr. Roberto Romero
Dr. Hen Sela
Dr. Loïc Sentilhes
Dr. Alireza Shamshirsaz
Dr. Eyal Sheiner
Dr. Lorna Swan
Dr. Paolo Volpe
Dr. Arthur Wilde
Dr. Simcha Yagel

Thursday, 26 September
Opening Plenary and Oral Concurrent Sessions

Dr. Dilly Anumba
Dr. Valentina De Robertis
Dr. Maria del Mar Gil
Dr. Kypros Nicolaides
Dr. Femi Oladapo
Dr. Nicola Persico
Dr. Alireza Shamshirsaz
Dr. Sindhu Srinivas
Dr. Basky Thilaganathan
Dr. Alan Tita
Dr. Simcha Yagel

Friday, 27 September
Oral Concurrent Sessions

Dr. Vincenzo Berghella
Dr. Suneet Chauhan
Dr. Fabio Facchinetti
Dr. Tullio Ghi
Dr. Alexander Heazell
Dr. Luissa Kiprono
Dr. Aris Papageorghiou
Dr. Frederico Prefumo
Dr. Bob Silver
Dr. Joanne Stone
Dr. Edi Vaisbuch



Saturday, 28 September
Concurrent Sessions and Closing Plenary

Dr. Vincenzo Berghella
Dr. Rupsa Boelig
Dr. Daniele Di Mascio
Dr. Fabio Facchinetti
Dr. Francesca Grati
Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman
Dr. Bo Jacobsson
Dr. Ron Maymon
Dr. Eva Pajkrt


*Confirmed invited speakers as of 15 May 2024.
The speaker list is in alphabetical order by last name and is subject to change.

Exhibitors and Sponsors, SMFM is grateful for your support and partnership in our inaugural global venture. To register for your (2) complimentary badges or purchase additional badges, please reach out to our Exhibitor Success Team.

For questions on exhibitor registration, please contact:

Tracy Hall
Senior Coordinator of Exhibits and Event Services
P: (202) 644-9343 | C: 703-678-5428

For inquiries on how to exhibit and sponsor or any questions not related to registration, please contact:

Ms. Kasey R. McNeil, CEM, HMCC
Senior Director of Meetings and Corporate Partnerships
P: +1 (202) 599-8631| C: 301-806-6433

Hotel blocks will be announced on Monday, 3 June.

For the SMFM Global Congress, SMFM has secured a limited number of room blocks at discounted rates in and around City Center.

The number of rooms within the various hotel blocks are limited and we expect the rooms to go quickly. As September is a busy time of year in Rome, SMFM encourages all registrants to book early. Discounted rates will range from 250 to 450 euros/night. To secure the discounted rates at the congress hotels, reservations will need to be made through the process SMFM will outline on 3 June.

2023 - 2026 SMFM Global Congress Steering Committee

  • Dr. Joseph (Joey) Biggio, Jr., Global Congress Steering Committee Chair (New Orleans, LA – USA)
  • Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Global Congress Steering Committee Advisor/SMFM President (La Jolla, CA – USA)
  • Dr. Alan Tita (Birmingham, AL – USA)
  • Alana Mallory (Staff Liaison, Director, Global Events and Strategic Initiatives, SMFM)
  • Kasey McNeil (Staff Liaison, Sr. Director, Corporate Relations, SMFM)
  • Nneka St. Gerard (Chief Program Officer, SMFM)
  • Christina Wurster (CEO, SMFM)

2024 SMFM Global Congress Planning Committee

  • Dr. Daniele Di Mascio, Local Arrangements Chair (Rome, IT - Italy)
  • Dr. Vincenzo Berghella (Italy, based in Philadelphia, PA – USA)
  • Dr. Bo Jacobsson (Gothenburg, SE – Sweden)
  • Dr. Martijn Oudijk (Amsterdam, NL – Netherlands)
  • Dr. Aris Papageorghiou (London, ENG – UK)
  • Dr. Hen Sela (Israel, IL – Israel)
  • Dr. Yves Ville (Paris, FR – France)

Global Congress Advisors

  • Dr. Anthony (Tony) Sciscione, SMFM Immediate Past President (Newark, DE – USA)
  • Dr. Joanne Stone, SMFM Past President (New York, NY – USA)


Frequently Asked Questions

General Meeting Information

  • What are the 2024 Global Congress dates?

Wednesday, 25 September through Saturday, 28 September. Postgraduate courses will take place on Wednesday, 25 September, with exhibits opening on Thursday, 26 September. The Global Congress program, which includes all the abstract presentations, will begin on Thursday, 26 September.

  • What is the official language of the Global Congress?
    The official language of the SMFM Global Congress is English.


  • Are any meals provided during the pre-Congress Postgraduate Courses?
    Courses require additional registration and additional registration fees. Included in the extra registration fee, lunch will be provided for Postgraduate Course registrants and a coffee break. All the hotels SMFM has secured for the Congress offer breakfast as part of their room rate package, so SMFM encourages attendees to eat breakfast before they attend the courses. Coffee and light pastries will be provided. 

  • Will there be a virtual component to the SMFM Global Congress?
    The Global Congress will be an in-person meeting and no, there will not be a virtual component to the congress.

Registration and Pricing

  • I see a note that registration prices are inclusive of VAT. What is VAT and why is it being charged as part of my registration fee?
    VAT stands for “Value Added Tax.” To enable SMFM to conduct business in Rome as a foreign entity, SMFM is legally required to collect and pay VAT on all registrations and registration fees. All registration prices are listed in USD and are inclusive of VAT, which for Italy, is a rate of 22%.


  • Are there any registration discounts available?
    We are using a tiered registration model for the SMFM Global Congress. To secure the best rate, please register during the Early Bird period (May through 12 July) or during the Standard Registration period (13 July through 31 August).  
    Discounts are also available for certain membership categories, and will be reflected in the pricing shown during registration, after logging in. If you need assistance with your membership, please contact the Membership Team at smfm@smfm.org.

  • Are there any opportunities for travel support?
    If you are currently practicing in a Low- or Middle-Income Country (LMIC) and would like to apply for additional travel support, we are pleased to announce that the Foundation for SMFM is offering a Global Congress Travel Scholarship. Click here to learn more and applications are due on Friday, 31 May. For questions, please contact foundation@smfm.org.


  • What is included in my registration for the Global Congress?
    All plenary and concurrent sessions, poster presentations, networking events, exhibits, and industry-sponsored sessions are included in your Global Congress registration fee.

  • What is not included in my registration for the Global Congress?
    Postgraduate courses are not included in your Global Congress registration fee and must be purchased separately during the registration process. 


  • I am presenting an abstract, do I have to register?
    Yes. All meeting participants, including course faculty, concurrent session speakers, plenary speakers, and abstract authors for both oral and poster presentations, must register for the Global Congress.

  • I am presenting at a session during the Global Congress. Do I have to register and pay for the Global Congress?
    Yes. All meeting participants must register for the Global Congress.

  • I am presenting in a Postgraduate Course and not planning to stay for/attend the rest of the Global Congress. Do I need to register for the Global Congress?
    No. Postgraduate Course faculty are not required to register for the abstract sessions portion of the meeting. Registration for the course in which you are presenting will be complimentary and your registration for the course will be managed by program staff.

  • How do I register for the plenaries, poster sessions, or oral concurrent sessions taking place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?
    We are not collecting preregistration for these agenda items. Those registered for the Global Congress are welcome to attend the sessions of their choice.

Hotel and Housing

  • How may I reserve a hotel room for my stay?
    To obtain a group rate, please visit the Hotel/Housing Information tab to view the options SMFM has secured.  

Exhibitor/ Sponsorship Information

Kasey McNeil at kmcneil@smfm.org

Senior Director, Meetings & Corporate Partnerships

  • Exhibits/Sponsorship
  • Industry Supported Symposia

Tracy Hall at thall@smfm.org

Senior Coordinator of Exhibits and Event Services

  • Exhibitor Registration
  • General Inquiries

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Primary Authors Abstract Notifications: Wednesday, 29, May 2024
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Opens: Friday, 7 June 2024
  • Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 10 July 2024 (17:00 / 5:00 PM ET)
  • Primary Authors Late-Breaking Notifications: Wednesday, 31, July 2024