Animal Cell Technology Course 2020, 10th edition

21 – 25 September 2020

will be moved to virtual mode !

Coordinators: Francesc Gòdia (UAB, Spain) and Paula Alves (IBET, Portugal)

After the interest received by the previous editions and the excellent feed-back from all the attendants, the 10th edition of the ACT course will be organized by the ESACT (European Society of Animal Cell Technology) in Llafranc, Costa Brava/Spain. ESACT is presenting this activity as one more contribution to the community involved in the use of animal cells in Biotechnology and Biomedicine. ESACT is proud to announce the recognition of the ACT ESACT course by ACTIP – the Animal Cell Technology Industrial Platform – that will sponsor the course with a limited number of grants to cover registration fees.

The course is planned in an five-day schedule Monday to Friday and will have 4 hours of tuition every day. They times have been defined to allow people from different continents to follow them.

Recruitment for the Courses is now open, please click here to see more.

A limited number of grants, covering the course fee are provided by ESACT. Applicants to the grants should indicate it in the course application, together with a motivation statement. Priority will be given to young PhD students from Academia. The course comprises lectures covering the main topics of Animal Cell Technology:

  • Cell line development
  • Cellular mechanisms
  • Genomics and proteomics
  • Post-translational modifications
  • Bioreactor scale-up, scale down and single use bioreactor
  • Downstream processing
  • Integrated bioprocess for cell based vaccines
  • Economical aspects of ACT bioprocesses
  • Integrated bioprocess for protein production
  • Integrated bioprocess for stem cells
  • Industrial perspectives of ACT

The program has slots dedicated to the preparation and presentation of case studies by participants, and discussion groups with the lecturers.

Inquired speakers: Terry Papoutsakis (University Delaware, USA), Manuel Carrondo and Paula Alves (iBET, Portugal), Hansjörg Hauser (HZI, Germany), Francesc Gòdia (UAB, Spain), Stefanos Grammatikos (UCB Pharma SA, Belgium) and Anne Tolstrup (Biogen, Denmark).

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Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Paula Marques Alves
Animal Cell Technology Unit
Apartado 12, 2780-901 Oeiras
Tel.: +351 21 4469421

Francesc Gòdia
Departament d’Enginyeria Quimica, Biològica i Ambiental
Escola d’Enginyeria, Edifici Q
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Tel.: +34 93 581 4790

Contact for registration

Birgit Marckhgott


Location – unfortunately due to COVID19 – this year this course won’t be held in Coseta Brava but moved to virtual mode

The course will be held in Hotel Terramar, a three star hotel ( in a small town named Llafranc in the heart of Costa Brava, Girona, Spain. The hotel is right on a very nice sandy beach, providing a cozy and relaxing atmosphere for the participants. Weather in Llafranc at this time of the year is generally pleasant.


In general, participants will be accommodated in double rooms. But participants have the possibility to be hosted in single room (limited to availability) at an extra cost of 125 Euros to be paid directly in the hotel.

Travel information

Travel organization to the meeting site is of participants responsibility, ensuring their participation to the full Course. Access by road from Girona airport (30 min) or Barcelona airport (90 min) is suggested.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONE BUS will be leaving from Barcelona Airport on Sunday 20th September to drive participants to Hotel Terramar at Llafranc. On Thursday 24th September, ONE BUS will be leaving from Hotel Terramar to drive participants to Barcelona airport. Participants should arrange their travelling accordingly or alternatively arrange for their transportation of their own. (The exact times of the departures will be announced to the participants right in time and after confirmation has been given.)

Llafranc (Costa Brava)

Hotel Terramar

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Registration Fee

Registration Fee

150 Euros for academic participants and 250 Euros for industry participants.

The fee covers course registration and materials (ebook).

Registration – ACT Course 2020 – is open!

Fill in the application form below in order to take the chance to participate in this extraordinary course – this year it will be held in online mode.

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If you are interested in applying for a grant please tick the correspondent box bellow:

For APPLICANTS from academia and/or not-for-profit organisations:

If you are not paid by a company you can apply for a ESACT course grant. This grant covers registration fee, all course materials, accommodation and meals during the course and transport (in the ESACT course shuttle bus from and to Barcelona airport Sunday and Thursday). The selection criteria is based on your CV and motivation letter.

For APPLICANTS from industry, SMEs and academia:

The ACTIP (Animal Cell Technology Industrial Platform kindly sponsors the ESACT Animal Cell Technology Course with two ACT grants for young scientists (<40 years of age) from industry, SMEs or academia. If you are interested in applying to the ACTIP grants please click the box bellow.

By doing that you agree that the information provided by you to ESACT for ACT Course application (CV and motivation letter) is shared with the ACTIP Steering Committee. This information willingly be used for the purpose of ACTIP grant application.

In case you are awarded with an ESACT or an ACTIP grant you have to provide a statement acknowledging the grant and a brief statement abut the impact of the course in the development of your career.