Conference Overview

Now in its 9th year, The Emerald Conference is the original, longest running interdisciplinary cannabis science event. It is the forum for discussion on discovery science, as well as how science and data support best practices in cultivation, production, and quality assurance.

With the recent signing of the Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research and Expansion Act, it is now more important than ever to gather with the scientific community in order to move the cannabis industry forward.

The Emerald Conference is a must-attend event for decision-makers in analytical testing, extraction science, research and development, cultivation science, formulations, and pre-clinical research.

This is your chance to be in the room with – and pick the brains of – the brightest scientists and research professionals in the world.

Over three days, you’ll have access to:

  • Hundreds of attendees from the U.S. and international markets
  • 15+ Industry leading speakers
  • 50+ Sponsors
  • 25+ Technical poster presentations
  • Networking breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions (all included in your ticket)
The Emerald Conference is important because it provides a platform for scientific communication and collaboration. Open scientific dialogue is important for all fields, but especially an emerging field such as cannabis science. To overcome the black market paranoia and misinformation that has run rampant in this field until recent decades, scientists need to come together and share their findings with their peers in the scientific community. The Emerald Conference is integral to this process, as its high standards for peer-reviewed work and desire for open collaboration amongst participants sets it apart from the vast majority of cannabis conferences.”
David Dawson, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Via Innovations
Agenda & Sessions

Cannabis Science Interest Areas

Curated by The Emerald Conference’s Scientific Committee, The Emerald Conference delivers dedicated cutting-edge content targeting these cannabis science Interest Areas including:

  • Pre-Clinical / Clinical Research
  • Cultivation and Alternative Strategies
  • Extraction and Separation
  • Formulation and Fill/Finish
  • Analytical Solutions
  • Psychedelics & Other Natural Compounds

Exhibitors & Sponsors

From testing and quality control solutions to laboratory supplies and equipment you’ll meet over 50 industry suppliers ready to show-off the latest technology and answer all your questions. You’ll find companies representing these categories:

  • Extraction
  • Post-extraction
  • Distillation Testing
  • Lab equipment

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Who Should Attend

The Emerald Conference has become a must-attend event for decision-makers in analytical testing, extraction science, research and development, cultivation science, formulations, and pre-clinical research. Attendees will represent:

Multidisciplinary Scientists • Analytical Testing Laboratory Owners & Scientists • Extraction & Production Professionals • Cultivation Professionals • Research & Development Professionals Regulatory and Compliance Professionals • Principal Investigators & Lab Members • Formulations Scientists • Geneticists • Micropropagation Scientists • Dispensary Owners & Operators • Policy Makers

The Emerald Conference is one of the premier cannabis science conferences around and its absence last year left a knowledge void in our brains. Advances in cannabis science is the key to legitimizing cannabis and so therefore it is of utmost importance that the greatest minds in cannabis have a place to gather and that fosters the knowledge transfer that occurs each year."
Ini Afia
Chief Science Officer
This is the conference where I am taking notes during every presentation. No old 'already seen' presentations here. The data is new and I can't put the pen down!"
Hope Jones, Ph.D.,
Chief Executive Officer
Emergent Cannabis Sciences
Networking Events

It’s not all science at The Emerald Conference. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for downtime to connect with your fellow attendees at several fun outings, including:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Evening Reception
  • Networking Luncheon (Thursday and Friday)
  • Breakfast (Thursday and Friday)

PLUS, NEW for 2023!

Beach Clean Up at The Emerald Conference  

Connect with San Diego’s world-famous coastline and spend a few hours enjoying the ocean air alongside your cannabis science colleagues during the Silver Strand Beach Cleanup Event in partnership with I Love A Clean San Diego – Adopt A Beach Program. 

  • When: Wednesday, March 1st, 2pm-4pm PST 
  • Where: Silver Strand State Beach, located just steps away from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort 
  • Who can join: The Emerald Conference attendees and staff (walk-up participants are also okay)  
  • What’s included: Sustainable takeaway for each volunteer. 

It’s easy and it’s FREE!  Simply add this activity on when you register for the conference.

Hotel & Travel

Book Your Hotel

Perched on its own 15-acre peninsula, the Loews Coronado Bay offers is the perfect spot to do real business (with no distractions) near San Diego. This Coronado hotel offers views of the shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline and a 5 minute walk to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Group Rates available: February 23- March 7, 2023
  • Guest Room Rates: starting at $254 + tax
  • Resort Charge has been waived for registered group guests.
  • Self Parking: 50% off

Getting To / Around San Diego

The San Diego International Airport is conveniently located just minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 17 major and commuter airlines including non-stop flights from Mexico, Canada, Japan and the UK.

Traveling around San Diego can be fun and entertaining all on its own. If you’re planning to explore a wide range of the region, a rental car might be your best option. But, if you opt to stay in the city center, or want to just relax along the coast, public transportation might be the call. Learn more.