Athens, Greece - Postponed to March 2021

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - unfortunately we have to postpone the upcoming Spring School  due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. 

We will announce a new date and communicate this directly to you as soon as the situation is clarified but it will be around the same time of the year in 2021

We apologise for the inconvenience and indeed the disappointment that the cancellation will cause. 

The ESGCT Spring School is a 3-day meeting of presentations and workshops focused on academic  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 but this year we will not accept returning students to give everyone a chance to join. 

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.

The spring school programme is now ready please have a look hereunder.

ACCOMMODATION: The congress will be organised in a retreat format We are holding 130 beds for students in 50 double and 10 triple rooms at the hotel.  We strongly recommend you all stay at the hotel as the day is very long and includes dinner activities which are a compulsory part of the Spring school programme.  


This year the Spring school will be organised in a retreat format at the Amarilla Hotel near Athens.

Booking rooms at the hotel

Amarilia Hotel
13 Agiou Nikolaou st.
16671 Vouliagmeni
Athens, Greece
T. +30 210 8990391

We are holding 130 beds for students in 50 double and 10 triple rooms at the hotel.  We strongly recommend you all stay at the hotel as the day is very long and includes dinner activities which are a compulsory part of the Spring school programme.  If you are coming by yourself please contact us and/or the hotel so that we can match you with another student who is alone.

Your hotel reservation has to be made directly with the hotel by 9 March following the steps below:
1. Enter website
2. Click Booking Code on top of the page
3. Enter the booking code ESGCT2020
4. Proceed with instructions needed (dates, room type, number of guests etc) 
5. After completing the reservation procedure, guests will receive an email with the confirmation of their booking.

Room fees
Double/Twin: 100 Euro            
Triple: 115 Euro            

  • All fees include buffet breakfast
  • The above rates include a room tax of 3 Euro per room per night
  • Check-in is from 14.00, check-out until 12.00
  • The rooms have natural lightning, and free WIFI
  • Everyone sharing a room must be attending the Spring School
As an Athens coast hotel the Amarilia is located in Vouliagmeni, the most exclusive and green suburb of the Athenian Riviera. This stretch of coastline, with the Aegean Sea on one side, connects the port of Piraeus with Sounio. It is also referred as the Apollon coast, named after a small Temple of Apollo, which was discovered close to our hotel.

The celebrated area of Vouliagmeni, a popular beach resort and escape from the city, is also renowned for its many beautiful parks and pedestrian zones. These factors made it the natural choice for hosting the Triathlon event during the Athens 2004 Olympic games. The nearby marina hosts many of the boats that are seen cruising along the Athens coast, while visitors and residents are offered unlimited opportunities to enjoy nautical sports and sea-related activities.

How to get there:

By taxi:
Taxis are available 24 hours a day at the designated area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals level.
The taxi journey from the airport to the hotel takes 20 to 30 minutes and costs approximately 25-30 € with Day Tariff No 1 (05:01am - 23:59) and approximately 37 € with Night Tariff No. 2 (00:00 - 05:00 am) depending on the traffic. 

By arranged taxi:
Rates for pre-arranged taxis:
Athens airport to Hotel with tariff 1 (05:00 am - 00:00) is approximately 30 €. 
Athens airport to Hotel with tariff 2 (00:00 - 05:00 am) is approximately 45 €.
Each taxi is for maximum 4 adults and 4 regular pieces of luggage.
In this case, please send the hotel your full flight details (flight no, departure airport and arrival time) as well as your cell phone number.
The taxi driver will be waiting for you in the airports' arrivals area holding a sign with your name on it.

By Express bus:
Bus number X96 departs from the Airport at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. The ticket costs approximately 6 € per person. 
The closest bus station to the hotel is Pigadakia (7-10 min walking distance).


Athens venue, accommodation & travel info

As students participating in the Spring School are expected to take part in the full programme, all catering and social evenings are included in the registration. 

The Spring School is only accessible to fully paid society student members who have not attended the Spring School previously. 

We are offering subsidised rooms at the Amarilia Hotel which you need to book and pay for with the hotel once you have registered for Spring School. Please note rooms need to be booked and paid for by 9 March.

Places for the Spring School are capped at 150, and these places are sought after and we sell out very quickly priority will be given to those students who have never attended the Spring School before.

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. 


Athens Spring School registration information