General Information

General Information

Meeting Location

Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona
Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11–14
08019 Barcelona, Spain

Highlights of the Annual Meeting

  • A dynamic forum for best practice sharing within industry, CRO’s, academics and regulators
  • Scientific Sessions organized by SPS Members
  • Sessions on some of the hottest topics in safety pharmacology related research
  • 6 CE Courses taught by experts in the field
  • Plenary Keynote Speakers by a key opinion leaders
  • Exhibit hall offering access to industry vendors
  • Poster sessions featuring cutting-edge research
  • Networking opportunities with a global community of scientists from regulatory, industry, and academia
  • Award opportunities to bring together Student and Jr. Investigators with seasoned scientists, while sharing their research
  • Exhibitor Sponsored Sessions by leading technology and service providers showcasing their new offerings and research

Invitation to Attend

Invitation to Attend the 2019 SPS Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) Board of Directors and Officers, we would like to welcome you to the 2019 SPS Annual Meeting at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona in the beautiful, art-inspired city of Barcelona, Spain.

Over the last few months, the 2019 Program and CE Committees have been hard at work organizing scientific programs and courses that include topics of interest to SPS Members and colleagues. The 2019 Scientific Program features a diverse range of scientific sessions organized into two concurrent themed tracks covering issues such as Cardiac Safety Concerns, New Models: In Vitro, Hot Topics in CNS, Immune Related Adverse Events, Thoughts on Translation, Personalized Medicine, Clinician Perspectives on Safety Pharmacology, Artificial Intelligence/In Silico, Biomarkers—The Far Reaching Value, Early Derisking Strategy and Techniques, Strategies for Getting to FIH and Beyond—Efficiently and Safely, Revisiting S7A and S7B and much more! This will ensure attendees can stay abreast of new content and developments in key areas of interest.

The meeting also offers a broad Continuing Education program both on an introductory level as well as advanced courses for the expert. A program outline is now available on the 2019 Meeting website. For those interested in increasing their knowledge, recognition and expertise in the field, we will also be holding the 2019 certification exam for the Diplomate in Safety Pharmacology on September 22 and invite all interested SPS members to consider sitting the exam this year.

In an effort to support attendance from our younger colleagues, please note that there are opportunities for Student and Jr. Investigator Travel and poster awards. We encourage you to submit an abstract for presentation as a poster to be featured in our Exhibit Hall. From these submissions a variety will be selected for short oral communications. The deadline to submit an abstract for presentation is June 21 (extended deadline).

We also would like to highlight our Exhibit Hall, which will feature over 50 vendors offering direct access to CROs, as well as a variety of service and technology providers exhibiting the latest technology and developments relevant to the field.

We cordially invite you to become a member of our Society, become involved in our ongoing scientific activities and join us in Barcelona, Spain for our 2019 Annual Meeting this Fall!


Dr. Michael Engwall
SPS President 2019

Dr. Carrie Markgraf
SPS Vice President and Program Chair 2019

Payment and Deadlines Information

Deadlines to Remember

Distinguished Service Award: May 1, 2019

Junior Investigator Travel Award: July 1, 2019

Student Travel Award: July 1, 2019

Abstract Deadline: Abstracts are due by 12:00 midnight on June 21 (extended deadline)

Continuing Education Registration: September 1, 2019 (Only those preregistered will receive a class syllabi.)

Meeting Registration:

  • Early Registration: July 15, 2019 (Prices increase after this date.)
  • Advance Registration: August 15, 2018, through September 1, 2019.
  • On-Site/Late Registration: September 1–21, 2019.

Cancellation Deadline: August 25, 2019.
If you must cancel your registration, all requests must be received in writing to SPS Headquarters no later than September 1. The registration fee will be refunded less a $50 processing fee.

Payment Information

Online Credit Card

SPS accepts the following CREDIT CARDS: American Express, MasterCard, Discover, or VISA.

All fees are in US Dollars. (Your credit card company will be able to give you the most favorable exchange rate.)


Payable to: Safety Pharmacology Society in US Currency Only. Non-US currency checks will be returned. (Tax ID 23-2766566)

Safety Pharmacology Society
11190 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20191 USA
Tel: 703.547.0874
Fax: 703.438.3113
Email: SPS Headquarters

Mobile App

This interactive app will allow you to:

Image of SPS AM Barcelona mobile app as seen on iPhone

  • View the schedule and sessions, save sessions to your personal agenda, and get detailed presenter information.
  • Keep your pulse on the most popular sessions, promotions, and events in the Activity Feed.
  • Receive announcements and obtain the most up-to-date information about what's going on.
  • Expand your professional network and have fun by interacting with other attendees in the app.

The App is only open to registered attendees, so be sure to register for the Meeting before September 1 to gain access to the App before you arrive at the Meeting!

Access to the 2019 Mobile App will open in late August.

Download the SPS Annual Meeting App
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How do I install the App?

iOS: The iOS app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running on an operating system of 11 and above. Device models older than the iPhone 4s, iPod touch 5th generation, and iPad 2 will not be able to run 11.

  • Open the App Store app and search for the app by entering “safety pharmacology.”
  • Press the “Get” or “Install” button and the download will begin
  • After the download completes, open the app on your phone and login using the credentials sent to you via email from Double Dutch

Android: The Android app is compatible with Android phones and tablets running on an operating system of 5.0 and above.

  • Open the Google Play app and search for the app by entering “safety pharmacology”
  • Select “Download”
  • After the download completes, open the app on your phone and login using the credentials sent to you via email from Double Dutch

Desktop, Blackberry, or Windows Device (including Surface Tablets): HTML 5 is a web-based application and can be accessed on a web-browser (optimized in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, IE 11+) used for desktops, Blackberry 10, and Windows Phone IE.

  • Open the download page for the app
  • Click on HTML5
  • Enter your login information using the credentials sent to you via email from Double Dutch

Login/Password: When you access the iOS app, Android app or HTML, you will be prompted to enter your email login and password. SPS Member registrant’s initial password is set to their SPS membership login credentials. Non-member registrant’s initial login is set to use their email and password they set when registering for the Meeting. At any time, use the password reminder on the SPS website login to have your password sent to your email address (the email address used to register for the Meeting). Please note that if your password is less than six digits or characters, add zero(s) to the end until you reach six characters. You also have the option to reset your password through the app at any time.

Learn How to Use the App

Watch the Video: Attendees’ Guide to the App

Support: Attendees can access the DoubleDutch attendee help center. Support is available from SPS Staff before the meeting as well as at the registration desk during the Annual Meeting.

Hotel Reservations

SPS has negotiated discounted rates with nearby hotels, exclusively for our attendees. Rooms are limited, we encourage you to book early!

Important Reminder: SPS does NOT work with a housing/hotel reservations company. The only way to reserve your hotel room with the SPS block is to use the link listed on our website (below) or call the hotel directly. Communications from persons other than SPS are not authorized and should be regarded as spam.

Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona

    Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona
    Passeig del Taulat, 262–264
    08019 Barcelona, Spain

    SPS Rate: €254 (single)/€274 (double)
    This special rate includes VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi and will be available on a first come, first serve basis until August 21.

    Reserve Your Room – Please Note: As of 7/25, the room block at the Hilton is currently sold out the nights of September 23, 24, and 25.

Barcelona Princess

    Barcelona Princess
    Avinguda Diagonal, 1
    08019 Barcelona, Spain

    SPS Rate: €176 (single)/€196 (double)
    This special rate includes VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi and will be available on a first come, first serve basis until August 31. Please note a non-refundable one night deposit is required at the time of booking.

    Fax (+34) 93–356.10.22 or email your completed reservation form to book your room.

AC Hotel Barcelona Forum

    AC Hotel Barcelona Forum
    Passeig del Taulat, 278
    08019 Barcelona, Spain

    SPS Rate: €225.50 (single)/€248.60 (double)
    This special rate includes VAT, breakfast and Wi-Fi and will be available on a first come, first serve basis until August 21.

    Reserve Your Room


To/From the Airport (Distance)


  • Taxi
    20 minutes

  • Metro
    25 minutes

  • TRAM
    8 minutes from Plaça Españya
    T4 Maresme Fòrum

  • Bus
    H16, 7, 136

City Information

Things to See and Do in Barcelona

The largest city in Catalonia is home to iconic architecture, a mouthwatering culinary scene and a vibrant nightlife. Please visit Turisme de Barcelona’s website to discover anything you might need to know to explore this beautiful city.