Spring School 2019

133 days

8 hours

20 mins

Add to Calendar 4/3/2019 09.00 4/5/2019 17.00 4th ESGCT Spring School (Naples, Italy)


Thank you for being part of our wonderful congress! Please take the time to let us know your thoughts, we love your feedback and put it to the best use: please complete the survey here. 


You can already see some initial pics on our Flickr page, keep checking back for updates. 

Paid-up and active members of either ISSCR or SFTCG will be able to register to the congress at the reduced member rate.

Please note your ISSCR or SFTCG membership will have to be current and paid. 

To receive the member rate for the congress, you will have to FIRST register for ESGCT membership, and at check-out use the following code:

  • ISSCR members use ISSCR18
  • SFTCG members use SFTCG18
using this code will make your membership invoice '0'. Make sure you register for the type correct for you: student, academic, or industry. 

You can then continue to register for the congress, the system will show you the relevant reduced member rate. 

During the congress registration process, you will be asked to submit your ISSCR or SFTCG membership number so this can be validated. 

If you have any queries regarding your 

Registration and abstract submission will open on 1st May 2018

  1st May - 6th July 6th July - 12th October 13th October - Onsite registrations
Student €250 €310 €350
Academic (ESGCT member) €480 €650 €800
Academic non-member €680 €880 €1000
Industry (ESGCT member) €840 €980 €1100
Industry non-member €1090 €1290 €1500

For non-members: Membership is available here, and is currently priced at €60 for Academic, and €180 for Industry. Amongst other benefits, becoming a member gives you considerable savings on your registration rates.

If you are unsure of which membership and/or registration category fits your situation, please see here or contact us.

5 reasons to register to the Congress

Be exposed to the entire breadth of the gene therapy and stem cell research field. Learning about the advances and breakthroughs in other focuses of study can translate to new approaches for your own lab’s work that you may not think to explore without this exposure. ESGCT is the best place to gain a broad perspective on the field.

Bring information and training back to the lab. Findings presented at the conference can be shared with other lab and team members to extend the benefits of attending to your entire research group.

Learn about the newest data and tools from the poster sessions and the exhibition. Labs save time and money by improving their research methods. New tools and technologies are unveiled to attendees of ESGCT annual meeting.

Investigate potential opportunities for collaborations or develop relationships with other organisations on behalf of your research team. ESGCT provides ample opportunity to meet with attendees with similar interests.

Present your work to an international audience. Attendees who present at ESGCT’s annual meeting receive excellent exposure for their work and their lab.



All registrations are discounted as early-bird registrations up to and including 6th July 2018. Payment for early bird invoices are due within 2 weeks of invoice date. Early bird invoices that are left unpaid by the 31st July will be changed to the higher congress registration rate. Registration is in English, and the congress currency is EURO €.

Payment by card is preferred and will ensure your registration is activated immediately.

Abstracts can be submitted once your congress registration is complete; you will be able to submit your abstract as part of the congress registration process.

There are a number of optional extras:

Fee paying:

  • Clinical Trial & Commercialisation Workshop
  • Molecular Mingle networking evening


  • Education Session
  • Public Day
  • Merck Regulatory Workshop (lunchtime)
We still need to cater for numbers, so please only select the above if you will certainly attend.

If you are an active ISSCR or SFTCG members, you can avail of member rates to the congress; please see the specific information text 'ISSCR and SFTCG members' on the main event page. 


Payment of your congress registration fee entitles you to the following:

- Participation at all scientific sessions
- Access to poster exhibitions
- Congress bag and materials including Full Scientific Programme
- Daily coffee breaks and lunch, welcome and closing / award ceremonies

Generous sponsorship enables us to keep the registration rates well below the market norm, and heavily subsidise student fees.


Catering (average of 1 lunch and 2 coffee breaks per day)  23%
Venue & AV   20%
Admin and organisation incl. sponsorship and exhibition 19%
Printing and congress materials incl. bags and marketing   9%
Travel expenses & scientific programme 16%
Awards                                      2%
Social programme incl. welcome and closing,
award ceremony, networking evening & speaker dinner


The congress is pleased to be able to offer complimentary ESGCT society membership to students registering for the Congress.

Please note that this offer has no exchangeable cash value; refunds will not be given on any existing society memberships. For the current 2018 congress year, please use discount code Student18 to reduce your membership fee due to ZERO.


Payment by credit or debit card is preferred; our payment services are handled by STRIPE. Please note that you do NOT need to have an account with STRIPE in order to use this service.

Payments by bank transfer must be received within 2 weeks of your invoice date.

Early-bird registrations must be paid in full at the very latest by 21st July, otherwise they will be bumped up to the regular congress rate. All unpaid registrations for which correspondence has not been received by the 1st October will be deleted.

We will refund as follows:

  1. for cancellations received by July 6th: 95% refund

  2. for cancellations received by July 31st: 80% refund

  3. for cancellations received by August 31st: 50% refund

  4. for cancellations received by September 30th: 25% refund, 'Molecular Mingle' tickets are non-refundable

  5. for cancellations received after this date: NO REFUND

Refund / cancellation requests must be sent in writing. Where possible refunds will be processed within 3 weeks of receipt; however based on timing and congress workload, refunds may not be processed until after the congress.


Invoices are available through your profile on the ESGCT website. PLEASE NOTE that no separate invoices will be created / sent by the congress office.

Once payment has been received you will be sent a payment confirmation email.

All financial questions and queries can be directed here.

The 2018 Molecular Mingle 

Our delegate networking events have become a staple of our meetings, allowing for a fun and exciting environment in which to meet with your colleagues and friends. With our annual 'Molecular Mingle' we bring together what we feel is the best cultural representation of our host city and country, in terms of ambiance, entertainment, and most importantly: food!

The Molecular Mingle 2018 takes place in the wonderful Olympic Museum, where you will be able to view and explore the rich history of the sporting event that brings together the world. 


Abstracts Submission Guidelines


More than 50% of the programme is dedicated to selected abstracts because we want to ensure that the best and most current research is presented. A large panel of international moderators reviews abstracts so that every abstract receives at least 3 reviewer scores.

Abstract submission guidelines: Make sure your abstract is in, on time and in the right format by following these simple steps:

1: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be in British English.

2: Abstracts should be continuous text and not split up into subheadings such as "introduction, methods, results"

3: Keep your title concise and informative and only use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence or an acronym/name. DO NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ENTIRE TITLE.

4: All authors’ names should be listed in full and a presenting author should be identified. Please note the email address supplied when you submit your abstract will be used for all correspondence pertaining to the abstract.

5: Names should be listed as initials and surname. Only the first letter of the surname should be capitalised, not the full surname (i.e. Smith, not SMITH)

6: Addresses should be in the following format: Group, Department/Institute, Organisation, Town/City,

7: Do not include acknowledgements or references in your abstracts – these will be included in your word count.

8: Select the subject area that best fits your abstract as this is a guide for review allocation.

9: Please ensure that the email provided when submitting the abstract will still be valid in early-September when the abstract notification is emailed.

Poster Guidelines

Posters should be made in a single A0 size (841mm wide x 1189mm high), portrait orientation. If your poster does not match these dimensions we cannot guarantee that it will fit the poster boards. Each poster will be allocated a number with your notification that you must bring with you.

What happens after you have submitted?

Your abstract will be sent for review and you will be notified of the outcome by email in mid September. Please note the notification email will be sent to the email given when you submitted your abstract. If you have not received notification by the end of September please contact the ESGCT Office immediately

PLEASE NOTE that all submitting authors will have to have read and agreed to the Abstract Submission Agreement prior to submission.

Guide for sponsors and exhibitors

Thank you for your valued support of our meeting!

If you are not yet signed up as a sponsor of the meeting, please have a look at our sponsor and exhibitor pack. To discuss the best sponsor package, or for questions about sponsorship or exhibiting at the congress, please contact the ESGCT Office.

As a current sponsor or exhibitor of our congress, you are entitled to a number of free registrations to the congress as well as reduced fees for additional members of your team, please see your contract for confirmation of amount of free registrations, and your invoice for the discount code to use for the free and discounted registrations. PLEASE NOTE that the discounts are available on member rate registrations ONLY. 

IMPORTANT: please note you will need to have made your complimentary registrations by the 15th of September; after this your places WILL NOT be guaranteed. 

Exhibitor Pack

Please find the exhibitor pack with full details on the venue and shipping, as well as any other important information you will need to prepare for your attendance at the Lausanne congress.

Accommodation for Invited Speakers and Delegates

The congress organisation itself does not manage any accommodation issues, however we are pleased to have appointed an agent who will work with you to arrange your accommodation.

Our appointed agent for accommodation and local tours is MCO International.

Please note that they will manage Invited Speaker as well as delegate accommodation, and payment and any queries will be managed by MCO International.

You can view and select available accommodation and tours on the dedicated website set up for Lausanne '18.

The 2018 Congress will be held in the SwissTech Convention Center, a state of the art conference venue located between the lake and mountains.
SwissTech has a focus on innovation and sustainability. The bright open spaces in the venue are ideal for meeting new and old friends and colleagues.

SwissTech Convention Center
Quartier Nord EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens

Travelling to Lausanne?

By Plane
Lausanne is easily reached from Geneva (45 minutes) and Zurich (2.5 hours) airports by train.
Trains to Lausanne depart approximately every 15 minutes from both airports.

By Train
The Swiss Federal Rail System handles and operates the trains to Lausanne.
Every half hour, everyday, there are trains coming in from Zurich, Berne, Geneva, Neuchatel, Brig and St.Gallen.
Trains also come in from Paris, Venice and Milan.

By Car
The SwissTech Convention Center is 2 minutes away from the highway exit “Lausanne Sud, UNIL-EPFL”.
There are 400 public parking spaces 5 minutes away walking from the STCC.

Travel within Lausanne
SwissTech is 10 minutes from the centre of Lausanne on the M1 metro, which runs every 5 minutes.
The Lausanne Transport Card gives you free access to public transport and is distributed in all hotels in Lausanne.

Image courtesy of SwissTech Convention Center

Registration fees 2018

  from 13th October DAY RATES
Student €350 €250
Academic member €800 €300
Academic non-member €1000 €400
Industry member €1100 €400
Industry non-member €1500 €600
Molecular Mingle €40

Registration categories