The Road to Marrakesh: What to expect at MICCAI 2024

As MICCAI 2024 approaches, excitement is mounting for the lively discussions, new collaborations, and exciting innovations that will unfold under the African sun. This year's conference offers new perspectives, promotes more inclusivity and equity, and promises to be an unparalleled opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders to come together and shape the future of healthcare technology.

Keynote Speakers

One of the hallmarks of MICCAI conferences is the lineup of esteemed keynote speakers who bring unrivaled expertise and insights to the event. For MICCAI 2024, we're thrilled to announce our keynote lineup: Dr Alexandra Golby, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, Dr Aisha Walcott-Bryant, Head of Google Research Kenya at Google, and last but certainly not least Dr Michael Bronstein, DeepMind Professor of AI at the University of Oxford. These three distinguished speakers will set the stage for thought-provoking discussions and inspire attendees with their knowledge.

Paper Submissions Reach New Record

With the paper submission deadline now passed, the MICCAI 2024 organizing committee is thrilled to report a record number of submissions - more than 2800 papers were submitted which is 21% more than MICCAI 2023 and 54% more than MICCAI 2022! Thank you to all who have submitted a paper. The quality and diversity of your contributions reflect the vibrant and innovative research happening in our field. Now, our expert reviewers have started their important work to diligently evaluate each submission and provide valuable feedback. Authors can expect to receive early-acceptance notifications in mid-May.

New Additions to the Program

This year, MICCAI 2024 is introducing two new sessions aimed at enhancing the conference experience and addressing emerging needs in the field. The first is an Open Data session, a half-day track on the first conference day that focuses on data sharing and aims to create an open data repository. The session is curated by Dr. Apostolia Tsirikoglou from the Karolinska University and Dr. Martijn Starmans from Erasmus MC (Rotterdam). 

The second new program addition is a “MICCAI for Health Equity” session, which will highlight new approaches and applications that enhance access to healthcare and improve health outcomes across diverse geographical, social, economic, and demographic determinants. Since the conference is venturing to an unprecedented destination, we found it fitting to showcase new solutions that can bridge healthcare gaps and offer affordable and high-quality care to under-served populations worldwide. And we’re happy to report almost 5% of our submissions ticked this box!

Upcoming Deadlines

As the conference approaches, it's essential to mark your calendars for upcoming important dates:

Early April: Conference Registration Opens

13 May: Early Acceptance Notification; Reviews Released to Authors

20 May: Rebuttal Due Date

17 June: Notification of Paper Decisions

8 July: Main Conference Camera-ready Paper Submission and Author/Presenter Registration

August: Early bird conference registration deadline

Whether you're awaiting paper notifications or planning to participate in the Start-Up Village, staying informed about key dates will ensure you make the most of your MICCAI 2024 experience. Be sure to visit the conference website for the latest updates and deadlines.

Julia Schnabel and Karim Lekadir

General Chairs, MICCAI 2024