The ESGCT Spring School is a 3-day meeting of presentations and workshops focused on students as the primary attendees. Students will have free registration to the meeting that includes all meals, and will only have to pay for their travel and accommodation. We invite leading experts in the field of gene and cell therapy to share their knowledge and give participating students the opportunity to spend time with them during the social events.
Everything you need to know about the 2019 Spring School is outlined below; please read carefully so you are well prepared for your exciting 3 days of Spring School!
The 4th Spring School is being hosted by Telethon Institute of Genetics And Medicine in Pozzuoli which is approx. 30km from Naples.
Via Campi Flegrei 34
80078 Pozzuoli (NA), Italy
Naples is the main transportation hub for southern Italy, with several major train lines. The train and bus stations are on the Piazza Garibaldi, on the eastern side of the city. Naples also has an airport, Aeroporto Capodichino, with flights to other parts of Italy and to Europe. A shuttle bus (Alibus) connects the airport with Piazza Garibaldi.
There is however no public transportation to go to TIGEM, we are therefore organising coaches to transport you between TIGEM, the social events, and Naples as part of your registration per the schedule below. The exact times and details of confirming your place on the coaches will be emailed to everyone registered closer to the time.
The official hotel selected for the Spring School is the Grand Hotel Oriente located in city centre Naples. You will be able to book Spring School-allocated rooms together with your registration. Breakfast is included, check-in is from 14:00 and check-out before 12:00.
The hotel is located 30km from the TIGEM venue, and Spring School coaches will be transporting you from the hotel to TIGEM daily.
There are various room types available across the dates of the Spring School; please note you CANNOT mix and match room types as some become unavailable, ie you must book the same type (single, double, triple, etc) for all nights of your stay. The following types are available as long as supply lasts:
Again, please do NOT mix and match room types. Only paid rooms are confirmed, and all rooms must be booked and paid for by 20 December as all unpaid rooms will be cancelled on this date.
The Spring School programme will start officially in the afternoon of Wednesday 3 April, and all sessions are accessible for all registered students of the Spring School. The social events are an integral part of the Spring School programme, please click Networking Socials for more information on these.
On Wednesday morning, before the official opening of the Spring School, we will run a series of workshops for which attendance is capped. We will send registraiton information for these workshop to everyone registered for the Spring School in January.
1) Public engagement
2) How to get your abstract published
3) Presentation skills
Naples is one of Europe’s largest and oldest cities – they call her the Grande Dame; it is a chaotic, surprising and intense place stuffed with character; modern life and history clash on every street. With sunny islands, ancient history, beaches and a volcano, there’s enough here to fill an entire summer break, so if you decide to stay for the weekend plenty for you to choose from—just try not to lose track of time while wandering through ramshackle alleyways stuffed with the world’s best pizza.
As well as the many obvious things you should do whilst in Naples (Pompei, Herculanum, Vesuvius, National Archaeological Museum) here are a few tips on other things you could do to experience the city.
Drink coffee in Mexico
Popular with everyone from local workmen to holidaying hipsters, Caffè Mexico is the best coffee bar in town. Stop in for an espresso, which in Naples generally comes sweetened unless you demand otherwise. Its sunny yellow awning and bright orange espresso machine will perk you up as much as the caffeine does.
Go mad for the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (MADRE)
A world-class museum of modern art that’s named after the gothic fourteenth-century church that sits within its walls. Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina’s beautiful main building holds site-specific works by Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor and many other superstars of the visual arts.
Take the funicular to Castel Sant’Elmo
Though you’re not likely to need the metro during your visit, it’s worth seeking out the funicular lines that shunt residents up to the hilly suburbs. Their colourful carriages are used by 10 million passengers per year. For the panoramic views from the top. Take the Centrale line from Augusteo to Petraio then walk to the medieval Castel Sant’Elmo. The tangle of Naples city centre’s buildings is framed by the sea on one side and Vesuvius on the other.
Go deep underground at the Fontanelle cemetery
Beneath the heat and bustle of Naples’ streets is an old quarry that became a burial site in the seventeenth century when a plague took out 250,000 of the city’s residents. Though the Fontanelle cemetery’s piles of bones are undeniably unnerving, the local tradition of caring for a lost soul’s skull lends the place a very spiritual feel.
Drink like the locals in Piazza Bellini
Like a meeting post for the young and thirsty of Naples, this bar-lined square bubbles over with students, locals and tourists come aperitivo time (and beyond). There are also some ancient ruins left casually unprotected in its centre. The walls at Intra Moenia are covered with rows and rows of vintage postcards and curios. Buy one to send home then claim a table outside to sit back and sip while the crowds gather.
Pay respects to the pizza gods at Sorbillo
One of the few things that all Neapolitans can agree on is that they make the best pizza. You can get the signature chewy, crispy dough all over town but you have to start somewhere, and that could be La Pizzeria Sorbillo. Gino Sorbillo’s dad was one of 21 siblings, all of whom were pizzaiolo. His dough is totally traditional but – very unusually for Italy – he messes with convention on the toppings.
Get a breath of sea air on the Lungomare
A 2.5km strip of pedestrianised road that runs along the seafront, providing the perfect stress-free route for a stroll. Stop for lemon granita at the beach kiosks, claim a rock to sunbathe on or stop for a sundowner.
The views of Mount Vesuvius, Capri and Naples itself are spectacular.
Take a boat to Procida
Of the Bay of Naples’ three islands, it’s Capri that is most beautiful, but that also means it’s constantly smothered in tourists. Ischia offers thermal spas, but it is Procida’s charming colourful houses and cobbled streets that make it the off-the-radar offshore choice. Be sure to visit the pretty fishing village of Corricella & tell us if you recognise it from binge-watching films from the 90ties
WEDNESDAY 3 April: Guided tour of the sunken city of Pozzuoli; we will tour the heart of the sunken city and to experience the archeological beauty, followed by dinner in Pozzuoli, which will be prepared using only natural produce from region.
THURSDAY 4 April: Guided tour of Napoli: we will revisit Greek and Roman times through the cheerful alleys of ancient Naples, following by a pizza dinner overlooking the bay of Naples.
As students participating in the Spring School are expected to take part in the full programme, all catering, social evenings, and transport between Naples and the venue TIGEM are included in the registration.
If you are registering in 2018:
If you are registering in 2019:
We are offering subsidised rooms at the Grant Hotel Oriente in Naples which you can book and pay for as part of the registration process. Please note rooms need to be booked and paid for by 20 December.
Rooms can only be refunded prior to 20 December, after this date no refund is possible.
Places for the Spring School are capped at 150, and these places are sought after and we sell out very quickly.
Should you want to book and we are sold out, please send us an email to be placed on the waiting list.
Should you not be able to attend once you have booked your place, please let us know asap so that we can offer your place to someone else on the waiting list.
Please read your confirmation email and pre-Spring School emailer (which will be sent closer to the date) carefully for more details.
Non-viral genetic therapy strategies for the treatment of ataxia telangiectasia
James Grey received the ESGCT-sponsored prize for best poster presentation at the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT) Annual Conference, which took place from 19-21 June 2019. Read about his winning presentation here!
Gene therapy for thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura
Robyn Bell received the ESGCT-sponsored prize for best oral presentation at the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT) Annual Conference, which took place from 19-21 June 2019. Read about her winning presentation here!
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing - molecular scissors a bit too sharp?
Grégoire Cullot received the ESGCT-sponsored prize for best oral presentation at the Société Française de Thérapie Cellulaire et Génique (SFTCG) Thematic Day on Viral Vectors, which took place on 17 May 2019 in Paris. Read about his winning presentation here!
Dgkk as a new therapeutic target in the Fmr1-KO murine model of Fragile X
Karima Habbas received the ESGCT-sponsored prize for best poster at the Société Française de Thérapie Cellulaire et Génique (SFTCG) Thematic Day on Viral Vectors, which took place on 17 May 2019 in Paris. Read about her winning presentation here!
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