XXV Anniversary Congress

17-20 October 2017 in Berlin, Germany

The 25th Anniversary Congress of the ESGCT took place in Berlin, Germany, at the bcc Berlin, in collaboration with the German Society for Gene Therapy DG-GT.


Photos from the Congress are available on our Flickr photo stream. If you have taken any photos you would like to share please email them to us. 


The Education Day was filmed, please find the video below or on our Youtube channel. You can select individual talks in the top left corner. 






Scientific Programme

Education Day Programme, Tuesday 17 October from 8.45 to 16.30

Clinical Trial & Commercialisation Workshop, Tuesday 17 October from 9 to 16.30

Poster Session 1, Wednesday 18 October

Poster Session 2, Thursday 19 October


Public Day, Tuesday 17 October to 9.30 to 16.00


bcc Berlin Congress Center GmbH
Alexanderstraße 11
10178 Berlin (Germany)
+49 30 2380675 





How to Get there

Public Transportation:
Regional Train: RE 1, RE 2, RE 7, RB 14
U-Bahn: U2, U5, U8
S-Bahn: S5, S7, S75
Bus: TXL (Airport), M48, 100, 200, 248, N2, N5, N42, N65
Tram: M2, M4, M5, M6

Travel by taxi:
From Tegel Airport:
- Distance: approx. 13 kilometers
- Driving time: approx. 35-60 minutes
- Price: approx. 30 Euros

From Schönefeld Airport:
- Distance: approx. 22 kilometers
- Driving time: approx. 35-60 minutes
- Price: approx. 40 Euros

The 2017 Molecular Mingle

Taking place on Thursday 19th October from 830pm, the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz is within walking distance of the congress venue

Our delegate networking events have become a staple of our annual congresses, 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 2017 takes place in the famed 'Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz', a former electrical substation from the 1960s which has been redeveloped as an event space. Themed along the modern and edgy street art and street food, live cooking stations will be hosted by the famous German pop-up chefs 'Kochbox', who will offer an array of German street food to suit the environment.

Complimentary Registration for Members of the Press

Complimentary ESGCT media registration is intended for professional science communicators (those whose primary income comes from science communication).  Print and broadcast reporters, freelance reporters with appropriate credentials may attend the meeting for the purpose of editorial coverage via complimentary press passes which you can access through the usual registration path.  Once you have registered you can apply the following voucher code Press17 which will reduce your registration fee to ZERO.  

Exclusions extend to companies, organisations and individuals producing publications, blogs, videos and/or other electronic media intended for marketing, advertising, financial analysis or public relations purposes. 

PLEASE NOTE that once registered, you will need to email me with a scan of your current press card and your registration details so your entitlement can be verified.

Embargo Policy

Media are required to abide by the embargo policies governing the ESGCT Annual Meeting. The ESGCT embargo policy states that coverage of meeting abstracts and poster presentations pre-published online, included in the printed abstract books and/or otherwise available is strictly prohibited until the start of each individual presentation. This embargo extends to blogging, tweeting and content dissemination through all other online and offline communications channels.

The ESGCT has experienced fantastic growth over the past years, and we continue to focus on the programme, speakers, and networking opportunities.

One of our aims is to ensure we move around Europe and work with national societies where possible, often having to secure a venue many years before the time of the congress. Sometimes, taking all our aims into account, it is not possible to satisfy them all, and we base our decisions on what our delegates and supporters value most: opportunity to network, to engage with one another, to share new research and experiences.

In Berlin we have chosen a culturally exciting city, with the opportunity to collaborate with the German Society for Gene Therapy DG-GT. In Berlin we have selected the bcc as the most suitable venue taking into account accessibility, comfort, ease of use and appropriate technology. However, for this venue we have had to cap attendance at 1000 delegates, so please ensure that if you wish to join us at our 2017 congress, to register as soon as we open registrations on 1st May.

We also regularly evaluate our pricing structure to ensure we continue to offer the programme you have come to value and appreciate over the years, whilst ensuring we continue to prioritise students the way we have always done. We are pleased to continue to offer a fantastic scientific programme, networking opportunities, a heavily subsidised Molecular Mingle networking evening in addition to fully catered coffee and lunch breaks at rates that are lower comparable rates to other congresses.

Registrations and abstract submissions are now open.


  1st May - 30th June 1st July - 12th October 13th October - Onsite registrations
student (including complimentary membership) €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.