The annual scientific meeting of the SID is held each spring in the US. Every 5 years the annual meeting is held in conjunction with the The European Society for Dermatological Research and the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology as is known as "International Investigative Dermatology (IID)".
The Society for Investigative Dermatology was born out of a vision to serve a segment of science previously unrepresented by the medical societies of the United States: investigative dermatology. The founders saw a need for an organization with a devotion to cutaneous investigation, rather than clinical work, and to promote investigative dermatology to a fully respected position among the medical specialties. In tandem with the establishment of the society, they sought to develop a new scientific journal that would act as a singular resource for investigative work in cutaneous biology. Previously, this research had been scattered among the non-dermatology journals and had largely been completed outside the specialty of investigative dermatology.