Organoids: Advances and Applications (Virtual Conference)

28–30 September 2021

Virtual from Wellcome Genome Campus, UK


(This conference will run again 9-11 Septemeber 2024, visit the Organoids: Advances and Applications 2024 webpage)

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 and finish at approximately 18:00 BST each day.

Topics will include:

  • Organoid biology and their relevance for development and homeostasis
  • Disease modelling with organoids
  • Organoids: infection and immunology
  • Organoid technology latest improvement
  • Organoids and omics
  • Cancer and organoids

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Madeline Lancaster
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Prisca Liberali
Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland

Jason Spence
University of Michigan, USA

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 – Prinses Maxima Centrum, Netherlands
Miki Ebisuya – EMBL Barcelona, Spain
Karuna Ganesh – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
Mathew Garnett – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
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
Fotios Sampaziotis – University of Cambridge, UK
Gerald Schwank – University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hugo Snippert – University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
Margherita Turco – University of Cambridge, UK
Nicola Valeri – Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Amanda Fletcher – Conference Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and bursaries

Registration deadline: 21 September 2021
Bursary deadline: extended to 10 August 2021

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

Registration includes:

  • access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
  • live-stream sessions, including posters and online networking channels
  • recordings of the live-stream sessions, available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends.

*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).

If you are in need of financial support and would like to apply for a bursary, please follow the instructions below.


A limited number of bursaries are available to cover up to 100% of the registration fee.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application via this unique link before the bursary deadline. For your application to be considered and your place reserved, you must also submit the following supporting documents:

  • letter stating financial need and explaining how you will benefit from attending the event
  • brief CV.

We will be contact with the result of your application shortly after the bursary deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser.


Abstract deadline:  10 August 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 below 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.

Uploading abstracts after completed registration:

  1. Login to your account via ‘My Account’.
  2. Click on ‘View account history’ to show a table of your event registrations.
  3. Select the appropriate conference
  4. Click on ‘Upload file’ (in right hand column).
  5. Select ‘Abstract’ and upload via the abstract form.
  6. If you wish to upload a second abstract, click on ‘Additional Abstract’ and again upload via the abstract form.

Please note: documents submitted via ‘Supporting Documents’ are for bursary applications only and cannot be seen during the abstract selection process.


With thanks to our conference sponsors: 


LGC-ATCC – Sponsor


Qkine – Sponsor


CytoSMART – Sponsor


Viventis – Sponsor


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The Company of Biologists – Sponsor


StemCell Technologies – Sponsor


If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

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