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Dates: 23. - 25. March 2020

Location: IMBA, Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3, 1030 Vienna, Austria

Hosted By: IMBA Stem Cell Core Facility


This hands-on workshop provides skills of handling and genetically modifying human embryonic stem cells as well as generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC).

To provide a comfortable learning experience and allow for personalized interactions between the instructors and attendees, the numbers are limited to a maximum of ten (10) students. Please note, that the course will only take place if a minimum of eight (8) participants register.


The course is held over two and a half days, from Monday (23.03.2019) to Wednesday midday (25.03.2019).

Topics will include:

·         Reprogramming of human dermal fibroblasts to iPSCs

·         Feeding, passaging and assessment of human ESC cultures

·         Freezing and thawing of human ES cells

·         Gene editing of human embryonic stem cells using CRISPR/Cas9 technology


This course is highly practical and will be based in a Class II tissue culture facility. All relevant safety equipment, clothing and training will be provided.

Who should attend this course?Why attend this course?

The course is aimed at research scientists from business and academic backgrounds who want to learn the practical details of working with and editing human and reprogramming human dermal fibroblasts. Because this is a hands-on practical course, applicants need to already have basic cell culture skills.

Acquire practical skills in handling stem cell culture and connect with new people in the Stem Cell Network of Austria.

You will receive a detailed course booklet containing all laboratory protocols and troubleshooting tips, so you can get started right away when you return to your lab.


Participants who attend the full course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 


Dr Jennifer Volz Dr Sofia Aligianni 

Jennifer joined the Stem Cell Facility in March 2016. She has a strong background in molecular biology and genetic manipulation of different cell culture systems.

Sofia joined the Stem Cell Facility in April 2018 after working for 2 years in a CRISPR gene-editing company. She has background in molecular and stem cell biology.


To register, please send an Email to lea.klement(at) including the following information:


Full name (including title – Mr, Ms, Mrs, Dr, Prof)

Current job/position

Company/organization & address

Statement of motivation: describe in max 300 words your reason for attending, i.e. specific field of interest (i.e. gene editing, organoids), past experience with stem cells, future stem cell applications.


Registration fee:

€ 300,- Academics

€ 500,- Non-Academics

Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

Hear what past attendees had to say…


The staff is exceptional, very approachable and knowledgeable.


Excellent cost-performance ratio!


Amazing workshop I learned a lot and met wonderful people!

Impressions from the 2019 workshop (pictures by Peter DUCHEK)

Impressions of the 2018 workshop (pictures by Peter DUCHEK)