April 2021

Flow Cytometry & Multiplexing Tools (8 April)

08/04/21 - 08/04/21

Virtual Symposium

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The programme brings together world leaders from international pharmaceutical organisations and leading biotechnology companies to discuss the latest in multi-omic cytometry and its application in immuno-oncology and infectious diseases alongside advances in multiplexing tools for biomarker analysis. 

Agenda at a Glance

Stream 1: Latest Strategies And Technologies Progressing Flow Cytometry

  • Latest developments in flow systems 
  • Discover the current platform technologies advancing flow cytometry in single cell analysis 
  • Developing multi-parameter flow cytometry tools 
  • Challenges of multiplexed flow cytometry technologies 
  • Data management and analysis for multi-omic tools  
  • Explore the role of flow cytometry in a clinical environment
  • Applying flow cytometry in disease monitoring and diagnosis 
  • Case studies: flow cytometry applications within Immuno-Oncology and Infectious Disease 

Stream Two: Multiplexing Tools & Technologies For Biomarker Analysis

  • Multiplex biomarker imaging 
  • Multiplexed biomarker methods in Alzheimer’s Disease, Oncology, Infectious Disease and Kidney Diseases 
  • Multiplexed laboratory and clinical assays 
  • Multiplexed immunoassays for the successful scale up of translational research through rapid and reproducible biomarker qualification 

Ask the Experts



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Ask the Experts: Addressing Challenges in a New Era of Flow Cytometry

With flow cytometry experiments increasing in complexity and the emergence of new technologies, researchers are now facing new challenges when conducting their research. From compensation requirements to novel spectral flow cytometry considerations, this ever-evolving field is facing unprecedented challenges and researchers have never needed more support than they do now.

In this roundtable discussion, key opinion leaders (KOLs) in the areas of immunology and flow cytometry will provide insights and best practices to support researcher on their path to experimental success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding flow cytometry fundamentals to prepare for the adoption of new flow cytometry methodologies and technologies
  • Strategies to implement new reagents and flow cytometry technologies to advance research applications
  • Tools to measure spread in the context of panel design

Who should attend:

  • A wide range of researchers, from beginner immunologists to advanced researchers looking to navigate the complexities of novel flow cytometry instrumentation and higher-parameter experiments.

Certificate of attendance

All webinar participants can request a certificate of attendance, including a learning outcomes summary, for continuing education purposes.

Introducing the Bigfoot Spectral Cell Sorter



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ThermoFisher Webinar

We are onto the next Live From The Lab event which will showcase our Bigfoot Spectral Cell Sorter from the Cambridge lab. The event takes place on Thursday 15th April at 11AM (CEST) / 10AM (BST). Further information and links to register are provided below.

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Open Flow Cytometry



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Dear All,
The next OpenFlow Cytometry session will be held at 18:00BST on Friday 16th April. We will continue talking about cell sorting – the importance of sample preparation, correct gating and how to troubleshoot when things go wrong!

The success of a cell sort depends on many factors including the sample preparation and knowledge of how the sorter works. In this session, we will look at what can go wrong and see the importance of experimental optimization. Delegates will also discover how to troubleshoot the most common problems and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Registration is free and open to all:
Here is flyer and also a link to the OpenFlow Cytometry Youtube channel where you can find recordings of all previous sessions..

OpenFlow Cytometry is a collaborative venture between Derek Davies (The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK), Kathy Daniels (Whitehead Institute, Boston, USA) and Rui Gardner (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA).

Bio-Rad Life Science Virtual Forum



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Learn how Bio-Rad’s solutions can help you decipher the mechanisms driving immune responses, with educational presentations on the ZE5 Cell Analyser, StarBright Dyes and the Bio-Plex Multiplex System.

  • Your path from multicolor flow cytometry to high throughput
  • Cytokine quantification made easy with Bio-Plex Multiplex Immunoassays
  • Profile immune responses to four SARS-CoV-2 proteins

View the agenda, abstracts and speaker biographies for more details.

Bio-Rad’s first Life Science Virtual Forum provides a simulated experience for you to explore. From the lobby, head through the doors to the auditorium to watch webinars on the latest tips & tricks, or visit the exhibition hall to learn more about Bio-Rad’s life science products, browse relevant material and live chat with our experts. All this is available at the tips of your fingers…on your device…at your convenience.


Whether you’re just starting to learn a new technique or you’re considered the ‘go-to’ expert in your lab, everyone can discover new insights and practical advice through our webinars with live Q&A sessions. Our specialists will also be on-hand at the exhibition booths to offer further one-to-one advice. Live chat with them between 09:30-15:00 CET/08:30-14:00 BST.


  • Learn valuable advice in the auditorium.
  • Virtual booths with live chat between 09:30-15:00 CET.
  • Access exclusive discounts.


Register once, access everything. If you have attended a previous event on the Life Science Virtual Forum or the Droplet Digital PCR Symposium, then you are already registered for the platform and can access the live day on 20th April. Simply login on the day using your email address and password. Forgotten your password? No problem. Visit the login page and then click on the ‘forgot password’ button to reset.

If this is your first time attending an event on the Life Science Virtual Forum, please complete the registration form at any time before the event. On the day, please visit the login page and use your email address and password to enter the virtual event.

ESCCA 2021

21/04/21 - 24/04/21


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ESCCA 2021 - Cell analysis along the Amber Road

The ESCCA Conferences have become of major importance for education and scientific exchange in the fields of basic, translational and clinical applications in cytometry, in particular, flow cytometry applications and in Hematology, Immunology, Cancer and Cell Biology.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Conference has been postponed  to 21-24 April 2021.  

Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic and with your safety and health in mind, the ESCCA Board has decided to move to a fully VIRTUAL Conference next year.

While a virtual format can never fully replace a face-to-face meeting, we will make sure to offer you an interesting programme and excellent opportunities for you to present your abstract and interact with your colleagues.

Abstract submission will open on 15 December. The updated programme programme and other important information will be made available as soon as possible. Do check the conference website for regular updates!

Accreditation by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) will be applied for.

scientific programme

The programme will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions streams in the fields of Hematology-Oncology, Data analysis and Immunology, and parallel oral & poster presentations sessions. In addition there will be time to view e-posters during the breaks. 

The preliminary programme at a glance (version 28 July 2020) can be downloaded here.

The preliminary full programme will be available by September 2020.

new educational tracks

Antigen-specific immunity: In the wake of huge immunotherapeutic successes in many areas of medicine, particularly cancer, ESCCA has developed a new, dedicated guest track that will reflect the latest developments in this new exciting area with a particular focus on the application and monitoring of immunotherapies. The new parallel programme track will be closely coordinated with all relevant immunological and clinical topics.

Data analysis: from general principles of flow data representation/analysis to data handling and repositories, from data preparation to high-dimensional data analysis and large cohort – aspects  we need to know about modern data analysis.

pre-conference training courses

Six pre-conference training courses will be scheduled on Wednesday 21 April from 09.00-12.30 hrs. These will be available to a limited number of participants per course; pre-registration is required. For the programme details, see the full programme (available by 1 September 2020)

Organiser: Martin Perez-Andres (Salamanca, Spain)
Level: Advanced. Maximum number of places: 20.

The course will start with a detailed review of the analysis of circulating B-cells and plasma cells in humans, including the technical requirements, the most informative maturation and activation markers (including markers for IgH isotypes and subclasses) and the age-associated distribution of human B-cells and plasma cells in peripheral blood. In the second part, the clinical impact for diagnosis and classification of antibody defects, and monitoring of autoimmunity and infections, will be discussed. At the end, the participants will be trained in the identification of up to 120 B-cell subsets in peripheral blood using automated tooll for multidimensional analysis.

Organiser: Juan Flores-Montero (Salamanca, ES)
Level: Advanced. Maximum number of places: 20.

Measurable residual disease (MRD) detection during follow-up is one of the aspects currently drawing more attention in multiple myeloma (MM). Growing evidence is being gathered that confirms the clinical relevance of MRD detection, particularly for the most recent high-sensitive methodologies, as they continue to move closer to the routine clinical laboratory. In this curse we will review the utility of MRD detection in clinical practice and, deepen our understanding on the Next Generation Flow methodology by gaining first-hand practical experience on data analysis, interpretation and reporting. 

Organiser: José-Enrique O'Connor (Valencia, ES)
Level: Basic. Maximum number of places: 20

Throughout this course participants will be guided through the fascinating world of platelet cytometry. Platelet phenotype and functional responses have been considered traditionally complicated aspects for clinical cytometry. However, most difficulties in platelet cytometry are overcome by appropriate sample preparation and by carefully designed flow cytometric setup and assay optimization. The state of the art in platelet flow cytometry has made its way far beyond the description of hemostatic disorders. The course will illustrate the relevance and practical application of multiparametric flow cytometry to the clinical analysis of platelet and platelet-derived microvesicles. Special focus will be put on the technical bases of sample preparation, including guidelines for assay optimization and standardization. Participants will gain practical experience by analyzing listmode files of real cases from diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic settings.      

Organisers: Iuri Marinov (Prague, CZ) and Frank Preijers (Nijmegen, NL)
Level: Advanced. Maximum number of places: 20

In the first part of the course participants will receive a comprehensive review of the Regulation (EU) 2017/746 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices. During the second part participants will learn the approaches for preanalytical, analytical and postanalytical validation procedures for in-house MFC methods. In the last part participants will gain understanding of the requirements for ISO 5189 accreditation. 

Organiser: Mathias Streitz (Berlin, DE)
Level: tbc. Maxumum number of places: tbc

More information will follow.

Organiser: Stefano Papa (Urbino, IT)
Level: Basic/Intermediate. Maximum number of places: 20. Participants are required to bring their laptop.

In the first part of this course, we will deal with the role of repositories in flow cytometry, with particular attention to the birth and development of ESCCABase. Particular attention will be paid to its characteristics, its ways of use, and its multiple possibilities. In the second part, participants will be practically involved in the use of the program aimed at diagnosing selected cases of hematological malignancies; a simulation of proficiency assessment will be held at the end of the session.

ESCCA Examination

ESCCA members will be able to take the official ESCCA European Cytometry Certification Examination level 1 and level 2 during the Conference on Wednesday 21 April 2021 from 10.00-12.00 hrs. More information about the Exam and how to register will be available in the Membership section of the ESCCA website from September 2020.