Organoids: Advances and Applications (Virtual Conference)

September 28th - 30th 2021


Organoid model systems, with their multiple organ-specific cell types and exhibiting some organ functions, have revolutionised biology.  The development of an increasing array of organoids continues to open up opportunities for their application across a wide range of fields.

This new conference will share successes of organoids in studying development and tissue homeostasis, as well as in modelling infectious diseases, cancer and genomic diseases.  Immunological applications and cell-based therapies will be discussed, in addition to the latest technical advances and ways to address current limitations of organoids.

By bringing together researchers working across organ systems with clinicians of different specialties, this online event aims to promote multidisciplinary approaches and explore parallels between various tissue models.  The conference will go beyond conventional uses of organoids to explore advances and new applications.

Sessions will run online in afternoons for Europe and Africa | mornings for the Americas, enabling researchers from across the globe to engage with the latest developments.


The conference will run from Tuesday 28 September until Thursday 30 September 2021. Sessions will start at 13:00 BST (07:00 EST) and finish at approximately 18:00 BST (13:00 EST) each day.

Topics will include:

  • Organoid biology and their relevance for development and homeostasis
  • Disease modelling with organoids
  • Immunological applications of organoids
  • Latest advances in organoid technologies
  • Organoids to model genomic diseases
  • Cancer and organoids

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Madeline Lancaster
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Prisca Liberali
FMI Basel, Switzerland

Jason Spence
University of Michigan

Daniel Stange
Dresden University Hospital, Germany

Ludovic Vallier
University of Cambridge, UK

Confirmed speakers to date

Sina Bartfeld – University of Würzburg, Germany
Silvia Cappello   – Max Planck Research School of Psychiatry, Germany
Jarno Drost – Princes Maxima Centrum, Netherlands
Miki Ebisuya – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
Karuna Ganesh – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
Meritxell Huch – Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics, Germany
Vivian Li – Francis Crick Institute, UK
Matthias Lutolf – EPFL/Lauzanne, Switzerland
Abed Mansour – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Guo-Li Ming – University of Pennsylvania, USA
Gerald Schwank – University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hugo Snippert – UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
Margherita Turco – University of Cambridge, UK
Nicola Valeri – The Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Conference organisers

Amanda Fletcher – Conference & Events Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and bursaries

The virtual registration package includes: access to all live-streamed sessions (including poster sessions and online networking channels), as well as access to all sessions ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event.  Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Friday before the event.

Student £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

*To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).

A number of registration bursaries are available from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.  Priority will be given to students and scientists from under-resourced regions.

To apply for a bursary (free registration), please send:

  • a letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference
  • a short CV

to the conference organiser by 17th Aug, 2021


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Abstract deadline: 03 August 2021

How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

  1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
  2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
  3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
  4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.


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