The Spring School 2016 has now come to an end.

It was a pleasure to welcome such a diverse group to the learnings of the Spring School - it has been a great success, and we will update this page soon with feedback from the participants.

We are happy to announce that based on the positive impact it has had, the ESGCT has pledged funding to secure the Spring School for 2017. Watch this space for news on location, date, and programme!

In the meantime you can view pictures of the event. Were you there and have yourself taken pictures? Please add them to the album!


ESGCT and DG-GT Spring School

The ESGCT will this year organise a spring school in partnership with the German Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (DG-GT e.V.) , German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and Hannover Medical School (MHH) on April 20 to 22 at the Stephansstift in Hannover. The first Spring School of the ESGCT is supported by further national gene and cell therapy societies such as British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.

As part of ESGCT's continuous aim to support young researchers, we have teamed up with above mentioned societies and institutions, who share this spirit, and have raised funds to allow students to take part to this Spring School for free. In addition the ESGCT offers all registering students free membership to the Society. When you register for student membership, please use voucher code Spring2016 at checkout. Once this is done you will be able to register to attend the Spring School.


We are looking forward to welcoming those registered to participate in an intensive three day training course with leading researchers from the field of Gene and Cell Therapy including potential internships, debates and networking with Europe's current and future leaders in the field. Have a look at the program.


The Spring School is organised by Hildegard Büning, ESGCT; DGGT, DZIF and MHH.
With the help of 

Nathalie Cartier, ESGCT
Wolfgang Uckert, DGGT
Reinhold Schmidt, DZIF and MHH
Axel Schambach, MHH.

The Spring school is an intensive three day lecture course initiated by the ESGCT and in particular dedicated to the training of Students and Post-docs. 

Participants internships opportunities

After the Spring School, the ESGCT will also facilitate the organisations of a limited number of traineeships on some of the key technologies in gene therapy for the students who have participated.

Students who are selected will visit the respective laboratories to learn specific methods or techniques. The timetable for the practical course will be individually arranged between the student and the course leader. 

Students interested to participate to this internship selection should send an application including a letter of motivation and a letter recommendation by March 15th to
Travel costs including accommodation need to be covered by the sending lab.

The course will take place at the
Kirchröder Str. 44
30625 Hannover (Kleefeld)
Tel.: 05 11 / 53 53 - 0

How to get there:
From the Main Trainstation in Hannover take subway line 1, 2 or 8 (direction Laatzen / Sarstedt, Rethen, Messe / Nord) and go two stops to the Aegidientorplatz. There you change to line 4 (direction Roderbruch) or 5 (direction Anderten) on the platform opposite. The stop "Nackenberg" will be announced on the train. The Stephansstift is located directly opposite the bus stop.

There are a limited amount of beds available onsite at the Stephansstift. 

To book a room at the Stephansstift for the Wednesday and Thursday night, you can request to do so through our registration website (180 Euros for 2 nights including breakfast) and you will have to pay at check-out.  Please note there are only 50 rooms available.

Alternatively you can book one of the following hotels which are all at a comfortable distance from the Stephansstift.
SPEAKER HOTEL: Mecure, Hannover Medical Park, Feodor-Lynen-Str. 1, 30625 Hannover, 

Ibis, Hannover Medical Park, Feodor-Lynen-Str. 1, 30625 Hannover
GHotel hotel & living, Lathusenstraße 15,30625 Hannover