Spring School 2018

Oxford, UK - 21 to 23 March 2018

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The ESGCT Spring School is an intensive

three day training course with leading researchers from the field of Gene and Cell Therapy including debates, and networking with Europe's current and future leaders in the field. As part of ESGCT's continuous aim to support young researchers, we have team up with national societies and institutions, who share this spirit, and aim to raise funds to allow students to take part in this Spring School for free.

We are pleased to announce that in 2018, we are partnering with the British Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (BSGCT) to organise a Spring School in Oxford, UK. ESGCT and BSGCT have pledged funds to cover student registrations, again
allowing students to register for the Spring School free of charge. Due to demand we are offering a very limited number of fee-paying seats for delegates from the Academic and Industry sectors, on a first-come first-served basis.

The 2018 ESGCT Spring School is taking place from 21 to 23 March at Pembroke College, Oxford. Pembroke College was founded in 1624, although its roots and some of the buildings go back even further. Inside though, the college is fully in the 21st century, including a newly built state of the art complex with a lecture theatre and meeting rooms in which the Spring School sessions will take place. 

We are fortunate to have full access to the college's facilities, meaning that all the Spring School sessions, meals, social events and accommodation are all taking place under one roof. Please note that there is a charge for the accommodation when you register, and accommodation can only be secured once paid in full. This is a very competitive rate for central Oxford and we strongly recommend you stay in the College for the full immersive Spring School experience.


STUDENTS: Students can attend free of charge, but you must first become a member of ESGCT by using the code Student18Spring at check-out to receive complimentary membership.

ACADEMIC and INDUSTRY: we have very limited fee-paying places available for Academic (€500) and Industry (€750) members of ESGCT, excluding accommodation. You will only be able to register for the Spring School with paid active membership.


Please see our guidelines on membership and registration categories or contact us if you are still unsure.


Online registration and accommodation booking is now closed. Please contact us with any queries.



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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 new to the field of gene and cell therapy. 


The 2018 Spring School is organised by Hildegard Büning in collaboration with local organisers from BSGCT. 

We are planning some exciting social activities for the Spring School. These activities include the successful Meet the Expert dinner where delegates can interact with speakers over a dinner in Pembroke's beautiful dining hall on Thursday 22 March. The Meet the Expert Dinner is included in your registration. There is also a tour of Oxford scheduled for Friday 23 March, registred delegates will be able to register for the tour seperately in March.


From the Airport
To get to Oxford, the closest airports are Birmingham, London Heathrow and London Gatwick.
From Heathrow or Gatwick: A 24/7 bus service operates between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and central Oxford. Please click here for timetables and more information. The stop closest to Pembroke College is St. Aldates, from where it is a 1-minute walk to Pembroke College. Cross St. Aldates and walk along Pembroke Square, you will find the lodge (the entrance to the College) on your left.
From Birmingham Airport: You can take a direct train, please click here for train times.

Arriving by Train
From Oxford Station: The venues are a 15 minute walk from Oxford Station.
From Oxford Parkway Station: Take the Park & Ride bus (number 500) from the station to George Street (opposite the New Theatre). From here Pembroke College is a 5-10 minute walk.

Arriving by Car
We recommend taking the Park & Ride bus service into Oxford. For further details and timetables for Park & Ride and other city bus routes, visit www.oxfordbus.co.uk.
From London: Thornhill Park & Ride (OX3 8DP) is located on the A40. Take bus number 400 to High Street (stop L2) for closest access to Pembroke College.
From the south and west: Seacourt Park & Ride (OX2 0HP) is located off the A34/A420 junction. Take bus number 4 to St. Aldates (stop G2) for closest access to Pembroke College.
From the north: Pear Tree Park & Ride (OX2 8JZ) is located off the A34/A44 junction. Take bus number 300 to George Street (opposite the New Theatre). From here Pembroke College is a 5-10 minute walk.

Black cabs can be found outside of the train station or flagged down in the street.


All accommodation for the duration of the Spring School is in Pembroke College itself. When you register, you can select your room. Breakfast is included with your room booking and all other meals are included in your registration for the Spring School.

For the small number of twin and double rooms we have available, if you select this option you need to please email me the names and invoice numbers of the 2 delegates sharing.

PLEASE NOTE that rooms are only confirmed once you have paid your registration and accommodation invoice in full.

Overview (prices are per room)

  • single rooms are all en-suite, €80
  • twin/double rooms are all en-suite, you may get twin beds or a double bed assigned at time of check-in, €140
  • single sink (basin) -in-room have a sink (basin) in the room, and share a bathroom with approx 3-5 other rooms, €70


Booking additional nights accommodation outside of the Spring School

Should you wish to book any additional nights, you can book your room directly with the college, as per the information below.

Please discuss rates and booking directly with the venue:


The rooms for the extra nights will be bookable up until the 2nd March ONLY after which date the venue will not be able to guarantee any additional nights.

Oxford University, with its origins in the twelfth century, is the oldest British university and has for centuries been an internationally renowned centre of learning.

From the early days of the University, Broadgates Hall, from which Pembroke College was founded, existed as a hostel for law students.

The combined generosity of an Abingdon merchant, Thomas Tesdale, and a Berkshire clergyman, Richard Wightwick, provided the necessary endowment for the transformation of Broadgates Hall into Pembroke College, originally intended to provide places at Oxford for boys from Abingdon School. In 1624 King James I signed the letters patent to create the present college, which was named after the third Earl of Pembroke, Lord Chamberlain and Chancellor of the University, who had done much to promote the foundation. The two were commemorated in the College’s coat of arms, shown right in its official form, which, in recognition of the union of the two crowns in the person of James the First of England and Sixth of Scotland, bears a rose and thistle above the three lions rampant of the Earl’s shield.

The Grant of Arms from the College of Heralds to Pembroke College, dated 14th February 1625 and signed by Richard St. George, Clarenceux King of Arms, describes the shield as:

“Per pale azure and gules three Lyons rampant Argent, in a Cheife party per pale Argent and Or, in the first a Rose Gules, in second a Thistle of Scotland proper”.

Pembroke was a predominantly male domain until 1979, when female undergraduates were first admitted. Today, about 50% of students are female.