A yearly symposium is held in St Jean-Cap-Ferrat (France).


The first symposium was held on 23-26 March 2000, and dealt with “Birth, Life, and Death of Beta-Cell in Type 2 Diabetes”.

The subsequent symposia were:

  • Kinetics of Insulin Release in Health and Type 2 Diabetes (22-25 March 2001)
  • Regulation of Insulin Production: In Search of Therapeutic Targets (21-24 March 2002)
  • Novel Factors in the Regulation of Beta-Cell Function 20-23 March 2003
  • Impact of Treatment on Islet Function in Type 2 Diabetes: A Critical Appraisal (18-21 March 2004)
  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Less Apart than Apparent? (10-13 March 2005)
  • The Islet-Brain-Peripheral Tissue Network and Type 2 Diabetes (30 March-2 April 2006)
  • Animal Models of Islet Dysfunction (8-11 March 2007)
  • Maintaining Optimal Beta-Cell Mass for Normal Metabolism (6-9 March, 2008)
  • A Decade of Islet Research: Implications for Understanding and Treating Type 2 Diabetes (26-29 March 2009)
  • The Stressed Beta-Cell (25-28 March 2010)
  • Pancreatic β-Cells and Glucagon – Neglected Metabolic Actors (31 March – 3 April) 2011
  • The Hyperstimulated Beta-Cell: Prelude to Diabetes? (15-18 March 2012)
  • Islet Inflammation (21-24 March 2013)
  • Neural Orchestration of Metabolism and Islet Function (27-29 March 2014)
  • The Islet and Metabolism Keep Time (9-12 April 2015)
  • A Change of Personality: Dedifferentiation and Transdifferentiation in Beta-Cells (7-10 April 2006)
  • Beta-Cell Signalling Revisited (23-26 March 2017)

All the proceedings of the meetings to date have appeared as supplements to journals. Those of the first Symposium as supplement to the issues of Diabetes from 2001 up to 2006. Since 2007, the proceedings of the Servier-IGIS Symposia are published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.

A further token of the success of IGIS activities is the emergence of “mini-IGISes.” The first was discussed in Mexico City in 2000 by several delegates from Latin America, and put into action as a Latin-American Group on Insulin Secretion in the following years, with several successful symposia attracting a large attendance. Similarly, Groups on Insulin Secretion have been formed in France and, more interestingly, in China, the latter drawing the majority of scientists and clinicians interested in diabetes in that vast country.

Photo credits: IDRS Metabolism Diseases