Why attend Plexus?

Invaluable contacts, pure inspiration and gorgeous location

Plexus is a unique international conference for all young biomedical professionals to exchange professional experiences, form collaborations and get inspired by world-renowned speakers on the beautiful Croatian coast.
We believe networking is a key aspect of career development. Because of this, the main goal of this unique conference is to connect numerous brilliant individuals from the medical field and STEM areas from across the globe.
We want to facilitate the invaluable exchange of experiences among young professionals, promote professional collaborations and inspire attendees with professional advice, challenges, failures, resiliency and success stories from career paths of world-renowned speakers such as Nobel laureates through engaging fireside chats or panel discussions.
Also, we want to give you the opportunity to present your work in the form of posters or oral abstracts so that you can connect more easily from peers in your field.

Since we understand how much connecting to peers and inspiration mean for one’s career development, we designed the Plexus program to offer all of this on the gorgeous Croatian coast at historic venues in late summertime. Sounds like a recipe for an unforgettable experience.

Check out Plexus 2022 & our other conferences

A small team of ambitious Croatian medical students started organizing annual biomedical conferences back in 2017 to promote collaboration and inspire young biomedical professionals across the globe. Altogether, these conferences called "Practical Knowledge for Students" and "Nobel Days" brought together more than 2000 guests from 27 countries and 34 nationalities, including 6 Nobel laureates to Split, Croatia to learn, network and get inspired. The conferences were awarded many prizes and were recognized by numerous institutions, including the European Commission. Most importantly, however, they helped facilitate collaborations between young people from the biomedical field from 4 continents in a unique atmosphere on the gorgeous Croatian coast.

Continuing on this exciting path, Plexus 2022 was a big success, with 250 participants from 28 countries and more than 30 nationalities had the amazing opportunity to listen to some of the most prominent leaders in science and medicine, including 3 Nobel laureates, Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization, Chief Medical Officer of Microsoft, Vice President of AstraZeneca and many other influential figures. Moreover, to add to the inspirational environment, we held the conference at some of most stunning locations in the beautiful city Split: from the Art Nouveau-styled concert hall “Croatian home” in the center of Split and the 1700-year-old Roman palace, all the way to the unique Gala Dinner in gorgeous gardens of Gallery Meštrović. Take a look at the atmosphere in our Plexus 2022 Summary below.

Want to experience our conferences for the first time or maybe join us again? Plexus 2023 is the ideal opportunity to do so.

Plexus 2022 Summary Our other conferences

Interested in attending in 2023?

Plexus 2023 will be held September 15th – 17th in Split, Croatia at the beautiful historic concert hall “Hrvatski dom” in the center of Split. Spaces are limited and interest is high so we strongly encourage everyone to apply early and to follow all the latest announcements regarding registration, keynote speakers, poster presentations, travel tips and other valuable information via our newsletter or our social media channels.

Experience Dalmatia – the heart of Croatia

A conference full of amazingly talented individuals needs an equally fantastic location to create unforgettable moments in an atmosphere like no other. So how about the the gorgeous 1700-year old coastal city of Split in Croatia in late summer? The Roman emperor Diocletian came here to build his beautifully preserved palace and so many centuries after him, his legacy still lives on. Join us at Plexus and walk the emperor’s walk through the historic Roman and medieval streets of Split.

Enjoy unique conference venues in the beautiful city Split that will take you through Croatian history: from the 1700-year-old Roman palace, the Art Nouveau-styled concert hall “Croatian home” in the center of Split, all the way to the unique Gala Dinner in gorgeous gardens of Gallery Meštrović, a historic building which was the home of Ivan Meštrović, one of the most prominent sculptors in Croatian history.

Finally, don’t forget to visit historic small towns and world-class beaches on at least one of more than 500 islands and islets that Dalmatia has to offer to experience the Mediterranean like never before. Sound good? We sure think it does!

Get inspired by our 2022 keynote speakers & program

2022 was a great year for Plexus. From inspirational world-renowned speakers to the Nobel Night, participants were able to listen to the inspiring paths of scientific giants. In our "Work & Life Abroad" sessions we covered what it’s like to live and work in a foreign county from young professionals who actually live and work there.

Our poster session gave participants an opportunity to present their work to others and connect with peers. Finally, our special networking events such as the Welcome to Plexus Night and Gala Dinner enabled our young biomedical professionals to connect to peers at stunning locations in Split.

We are looking forward to making Plexus 2023 an even better experience for every one of our participants through even more inspirational speakers, engaging networking events, historic venues, and an even more diverse community of participants and so stay tuned!

David Rhew, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Microsoft

The future of health tech

Joachim Frank, PhD

Columbia University, New York, NY, US

2017 Nobel laureate in Chemistry

Robert Lefkowitz, MD

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, US

2012 Nobel laureate in Chemistry

George P. Smith, PhD

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, US

2018 Nobel laureate in Chemistry

Iskra Reić, DMD, MBA

Executive Vice President at AstraZeneca

Vaccines & Immune Therapies Unit

Soumya Swaminathan, MD, PhD

Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization

Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Catherine Specialty Hospital

Gordan Lauc, PhD

CEO of Genos

Ivan Đikić, MD, PhD

Professor at Goethe University Frankfurt

Nenad Šestan, MD, PhD

Professor at Yale University

Natko Beck, MD

Social media influencer and radiologist at Children’s Hospital Srebrenjak

Abstract guidelines and registration

We will open the registrations for our abstract submissions and publish the guidelines in the first quarter of 2023 so stay tuned by following our newsletter and social media!

For 2022, these were the most important abstract guidelines, which will likely stay similar for 2023:

Who can register for this unique event and what is the cost?

Everybody is welcome to register for Plexus, although we put emphasis on young biomedical professionals (physicians, scientists, research assistants, postdocs, PhD students) and medical and biomedical students from around the globe. Not sure if you can register or have any questions? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Registration pricing will be announced in the first quarter of 2023, but we will make sure that the prices are maximally subsidized to make them affordable for all our young biomedical participants, regardless of where you are coming from.

Want to become a Plexus 2023 Ambassador?

Want to help young biomedical professionals and students expand their network and have an inspirational experience at Plexus?

Become a Plexus ambassador, help share the excitement about Plexus in your community and help the conference become even more international and inspirational. Our ambassadors shape Plexus on so many levels, from suggesting speakers and events, all the way to sharing the most important Plexus announcements in their Universities, Hospitals, and Countries. We offer our Ambassadors benefits such as free conference program attendance, visibility on our web and social media, as well as the opportunity to join our diverse ambassador network.

Applications are open till March, 1st 2023.

Travel assistance

We are doing as much as possible to facilitate your arrival to Split, whether it is from another part of Croatia or another continent. In 2023, we will aim to partner with several hotels/hostels, as well as airline(s) or other companies to try to make your arrival and stay in Split as affordable as possible. We will inform you about the details when registrations open in 2023.

If you need any other travel assistance (e.g. letter of invitation for Visa approval, tips on where to book accommodation or anything else), feel free to reach out to us at [email protected].

All tips for exploring Split, all emergency contacts, the most important conference venues and other details while you are in Split attending the conference will be provided to all attendees in a PDF form so you can feel like at home.

Conference & Gala Dinner venues

The main part of the conference will be held in a beautifully renovated Art Nouveau-styled concert hall in the heart of Split called Hrvatski Dom (Street: Tončićeva ul. 1). This 200-seater venue has the perfect ambiance to enjoy our inspirational lectures and networks with colleagues from around the world. It is conveniently located only a couple of minutes from all the main attractions in the center of Split.

Our other locations for the Gala Dinner, Welcome to Plexus Night and other networking events for 2023 are still to be decided, but since Split has so many gorgeous locations, we promise you will not be disappointed!

In 2022, our Gala Dinner was held under under the starry Croatian sky in the beautiful garden of the historic Meštrović Gallery in Split. Construction of this gorgeous complex started in the 1920s and was conceived by Ivan Meštrović, one of the most prominent Croatian sculptors and architects. The gallery contains many of the artist’s masterpieces made of marble, bronze, wood and plaster for you to fully enjoy the experience.

Partner with us!

Join hundreds of young biomedical professional and leaders in science and medicine, including Nobel laureates, at Plexus 2023. With great media coverage and young people from around the world, make your company or institution stand out as the leader in inspiring young biomedical professionals with your work culture, products and/or services.
Feel free to reach out at [email protected] and we will gladly provide you our personalized sponsorship opportunities, from simple and effective promotions of your company to all the guests, all the way to sponsoring our exclusive events, such as the Gala dinner or Nobel night. Let’s make Plexus an amazing experience for everyone - together!

Who is organizing Plexus?

Med&X is a non-governmental organisation composed of an award-winning team of relentless and ambitious young physicians and medical students from Croatia, and led by a Harvard scientist.

Alen Juginović, MD

Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA, USA)

President of the Organizing Committee & Head of Program Team

Paula Vučica

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Member of Program Team

Valentina Biloš

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Head of Design

Marina Grubić, MD

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Head of PR Team

Nada Rakić

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Member of PR Team

Lucija Skejić

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Member of PR Team

Miro Vuković, MD

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Head of Finance Team

Pjero Bačić

University of Split, School of Medicine (Split, Croatia)

Member of Finance Team

Our partners

We are incredibly grateful to all our partners and donors for making this conference a reality.