PACT Summer School 2022

New aspects in cell-based therapies –

From basic science to treatment of patients”

04 – 08 July 2022 in Vienna


The aim of the PACT Summer School is to provide a new generation of stem cell researchers with the holistic perspective needed to successfully work in emerging and divergent areas of various medical research fields and illustrate their potential applications in clinical scenarios.


Top-notch scientists have put together a challenging program:  In addition to outstanding lectures on current clinical and experimental strategies for treating humans and animals with cell-based therapies and on methods for characterizing and measuring the tissue being processed, they also demonstrated the relevant methods and techniques in the lab and guided participants to try everything out for themselves.


In addition, the school program included an entrepreneurship session and guided tours at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna as well as at the Clinic for Transfusion Medicine and Blood Group Serology and the Stem Cell Transplantation Unit at the University Hospital Vienna.


All this made the program an exceptional example of perfect knowledge transfer, covering a broad spectrum from basic research to clinical background and practical skills in the laboratory.


10 enthusiastic participants proved to be hard workers and always followed the lectures and instructions in the lab with dedication. Although the program was quite intense and demanding, everyone remained attentive until the end of the week and actively participated in the discussions during the lectures and practical exercises.


Despite this dense schedule, the curriculum left plenty of time for discussion and networking during and between sessions and at social events: We had a wonderful dinner at a restaurant on the Alte Donau and a party each at the end of our first and last day with cocktails, canapes and cake!


We would like to thank the teaching team and all the participants for making this week such a special event!


Here are some of the many positive responses:


“Nice structure and good atmosphere in the lab”
“Really good & very well organized, especially enjoyed working with the placenta”
“Thank you for the perfect thoughtthrough organisation, high quality summer school (but specific)”
“Great experience, very detailed”
“I really enjoyed the program”
“Thank you for having us!”