CIRM Annual Conference & AGM 2020

28 - 30 April 2020, Malta

The CIRM Annual Conference 2020 (Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 April) will be located at the fabulous Hilton Hotel in Malta. This Hilton is not like any other, we promise you! Located in St Julian’s, the hotel has everything to offer for a great meeting; plus, if you wish to extend your stay, a happy break for you and your families.

Situated in the Portomaso Yacht Marina, just 15 minutes away from UNESCO World Heritage Capital City Valletta, the hotel features three restaurants, four bars, four outdoor pools, two children's pools and a heated indoor pool area. There is free WiFi in all areas, a great Spa with a large selection of wellness and relaxation treatments - and of course the conference centre where the meeting room will be configured to suit us, with break out rooms for our working groups.

Venue Information


Special room rates have been negotiated with the Hilton Hotel.

You can make a hotel booking by following the instructions in the CIRM booking form (please see the "Registration & Hotel booking" tab)

Hotel terms and conditions (please note all the terms and conditions on the Hilton booking page):

  • Rate per night €170.00 (double €195.00) inc. buffet breakfast & 7% VAT but excluding eco tax of €0.50 per day - payable on check out
  • Three nights before and three nights after are available to you at this rate
  • All delegates will pre-pay their first night of stay with credit card as a guarantee in case of cancellation. Should any delegate cancel their reservation prior to 7th March 2020 the pre-paid night will be refunded in full
  • Should the delegate cancel their reservation between the 8th March 2020 and the day of arrival, or there be a no-show, then the hotel shall charge the full stay to the credit card used for the one-night pre-payment


On 21 December 2007 Malta joined the Schengen system at the end of a gradual process of adjusting to the common visa regime provided by the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement. You should contact the authorities if you think you may need a VISA.

Address: Central Visa Unit, Pjazza San Kalcidonju, Floriana FRN 1530, Malta
Telephone: +356 25904550


Luqa International Airport is only 20 minutes away from the Hilton.

Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff... but remember: It's always better to enquire and agree on a fare before you enter a taxi. The rate at time of writing (June 2019) is EUR 20.00 per vehicle basis. The white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. A regular taxi normally accommodates four persons, however the number of suitcases being carried must also be taken into consideration with regard to the space required in the vehicle.

Pre-booked hotel shuttle service:


In April the high is usually 20 degrees Celsius and the low 12 degrees, with an average rainfall of 3 days in the month. In May the high is usually 24 degrees and the low 15 degrees with an average rainfall of 1 day in the month, so we might assume that we will have good warm weather. Fingers crossed!

Dress code

Dress code is always smart casual and this time you will have the Wednesday evening to yourselves so that you can explore the locality and enjoy an evening out with friends. The programme will be published once we have some meat on it – most likely in the early part of 2020. Ideas and contributions welcome.

About Malta

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. It's a nation known for historic sites related to a succession of rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and British. It has numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C.

On the largest island, also called Malta, is the capital Valletta, a medieval fortress city and site of high baroque St John’s Co-Cathedral containing 2 Caravaggio paintings; Mdina, a walled medieval city; and beaches both lively (Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay) and quiet (Paradise Bay). On the island of Gozo, Dwejra Bay features natural coastal formations, dive sites including the Blue Hole–an underwater chimney–and a lagoon nicknamed the Inland Sea. Between Malta and Gozo, tiny Comino offers the Blue Lagoon, popular for snorkelling.


The basic outline of the conference programme is shown below, but the detailed programme is under development. If you would like to give a presentation during the event, please contact the CIRM Secretariat.

Tuesday 28 Conference and CIRM AGM
Wednesday 29 Conference and Working Groups
Thursday 29 Conference all day

Registration & Hotel booking

Click here for the Secure registration form