Scientific Sessions

Networking and Special Events

The American Diabetes Association offers several networking and social opportunities to engage in throughout the 84th Scientific Sessions. Be sure to leave time in your schedules for these exciting events!

Networking Reception—Friday, June 21 (6:30 pm–8:30 pm)

Join us for a Networking Reception on Friday evening in the Exhibit Hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Get first access to exhibitors and a preview of the Poster Hall. This is a great opportunity to renew connections with friends and colleagues from across the country and around the world. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

WIN ADA Networking Reception—Friday, June 21 (6:30 pm–8:30 pm ET)

The Women's Interprofessional Network of the American Diabetes Association (WIN ADA) is our network for female clinicians, scientists, educators, and other health professionals in diabetes. Join the WIN ADA Advisory Group as they present the Lois Jovanovic Transformative Woman in Diabetes Award and recognize several researchers with WIN ADA Abstract awards. Stay for the event discussion about WIN ADA activities and networking with fellow members. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Professional Membership Interest Group Networking Events—June 22–24

ADA's Professional Membership Interest Groups will host exclusive, member-only networking events over the course of the conference at the Orange County Convention Center. Members can now sign up when they register for Scientific Sessions.

ADA Scholars 

The ADA Scholars program offers a series of in-person and virtual career development sessions and workshops specifically geared for early-career professionals who treat and/or research diabetes and its complications. As a part of the program, active participants may be eligible to receive complimentary registration to Scientific Sessions and the ADA's Clinical Update Course, and a complimentary one-year ADA Professional Membership. By invitation only, this year’s ADA Scholars program will take place in advance of the 84th Scientific Sessions on June 20–21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Room W303. For more information, visit

Innovation Challenge

Every year at the ADA’s Scientific Sessions, the Innovation Challenge invites emerging companies in the field of diabetes research and care to pitch novel ideas tackling the everyday problems faced by people with diabetes, their families, and caregivers. Startups compete for the chance to receive financial backing for their business and showcase their work to a panel of expert judges and an audience of professionals in the field—including primary care doctors, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, diabetes educators, endocrinologists, pharmaceutical industry leaders, and more.

To learn more, please visit 2024 Innovation Challenge.

Virtual 5K@ADA — Group Run June 22 & 23

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More than 7,000 people from 143 countries have already registered for the 2024 edition of the 5K@ADA! In 2023, the 5K@ADA Virtual Challenge had 15,720 registered participants from 155 countries and 4,548 finishers from 118 countries. Each year, we come together as a global community to raise diabetes awareness and to raise public awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing and controlling diabetes.

Come join us for a group run in Orlando to complete the 5K@ADA with your fellow colleagues. Learn more about the Orlando group run.

Register today to get moving!