Cell Culture-based Viral Vaccines Course, 5th Edition

28 September – 2 October 2020
this year it will be moved to virtual mode!
Coordinators: Amine Kamen (McGill University), Yvonne Genzel (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems) and Francesc Gòdia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

ESACT offers an introductory intensive course in cell culture produced viral vaccines to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding research and development in academia and industry in the field. This course introduces the basic principles of vaccination and manufacturing of viral vaccines. Also, the course will provide an overview of the advanced strategies to respond to the challenges of new and established viral infection diseases.

The course has been designed to benefit those starting their research activity in this field, both from Academia, Industry or Public Health Agencies. It is also of interest for those wishing to up-date their knowledge and know-how in cell production of viral vaccines. The courses will last from 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.

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 will cover the following topics:

  • Principles of Immunology and virology
  • Cell lines for vaccine production
  • Vaccine markets and immunization policies
  • Upstream Process development and Intensification
  • Analytical and potency assays, potency assays
  • Downstream Processing of Viral Vaccines
  • Vaccine Formulation and delivery systems
  • Equipment, QbD and PAT
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Vaccine development and supply solutions

Case studies for special vaccines:

  • Recombinant vaccines: Virus like particles (VLP’s) and vectored vaccines
  • Case study: Polio vaccines: overview on history, upstream processing and regulation
  • Case study: Dengue vaccine development Vaccine approaches, clinical studies
  • Case study: Influenza vaccines: pandemic, seasonal vaccine, recombinant to egg-based vaccine

Insights from WHO and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Inquired lecturers: Amine Kamen (McGill, Canada), Leo van der Pol (IntraVac, The Netherlands), Yvonne Genzel (MPI, Germany), Francesc Gòdia (UAB, Spain), Cristina Peixoto (iBET, Portugal), Jorge Flores (PATH, USA), Emma Petiot (CPE-Lyon Engineer School, France), Isabelle Knott (GSK, Belgium), Erin Sparrow (WHO, Switzerland) and Ray Prasad (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA).

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Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Amine Kamen
Department of Bioengineering
McGill University. 817 Sherbrooke St. W.
Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 387
Montreal, Canada
Tel.: +1(514)398 5775
Email: amine.kamen@mcgill.ca

Yvonne Genzel
Bioprocess Engineering Group, Team Upstream Processing
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Sandtorstr. 1, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany
Tel +49 391 6110 257
Email: genzel@mpi-magdeburg.mpg.de

Francesc Gòdia
Departament d’Enginyeria Quimica, Biològica i Ambiental
Escola d‘Enginyeria, Edifici Q, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193, Spain
Tel.: +34 93 581 4790
Email: francesc.godia@uab.cat

Contact for registration

Birgit Marckhgott
Email: office@esact.org



The course will be held in Hotel Terramar, a three star hotel (http://www.hterramar.com) 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 in 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 27th September to drive participants to Hotel Terramar at Llafranc. On Thursday 1st October, ONE BUS will be leaving from Hotel Terramar to drive participants to Barcelona airport. Participants should arrange their traveling 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).

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