International Summer School of H2020-TWINN-2015 WIDENLIFE project (Grant No 692065) and SEARMET project (Grant No 692299)

We are happy to announce that the two H2020-TWINN-2015 projects WIDENLIFE (Grant No 692065) and SEARMET (Grant No 692299) are organizing an International Summer School on topic "Single-cell and low-input methodologies in reproductive biology". It will take place in Tartu, Estonia from June 13-14th 2017.

Venue: Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Omicum building, Riia 23b/2, auditorium 105.

More information about the Summer School and registration available at: . The registration is open until the 5th of June 2017.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

10:30-11:00 Welcome coffee

11:00 Opening words, Professor Ants Kurg, University of Tartu and Professor Ülle Jaakma, Estonian University of Life Sciences


I session:

11:10-11:55 Ann Van Soom, PhD, Ghent University, Belgium “Emerging role of extracellular vesicles in communication of preimplantation embryos in vitro“

11:55-12:40 Martin Anger, PhD, CEITEC, Czech Republic “Challenges of chromosome segregation in oocytes and early embryos in mammals”

12:40-14:00 Lunch break (lunch with invitations)


II session:

14:00-14:45 Jennifer Southcombe, PhD, and Ingrid Granne, PhD, University of Oxford, United Kingdom “Paternal and maternal immunological factors in the peri-implantation endometrium” 14:45-15:30 Mariann Koel, MSc, University of Tartu, Estonia “The interactome of human embryo implantation”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break III session: 16:00-16:45 Nathalie Brison, PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium „Non-invasive prenatal testing: clinical and biological challenges“

16:45-17:30 Eftychia Dimitriadou, PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium “Genome-wide approaches for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening”

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

09:30-10:00 Welcome coffee


IV session:

10:00-10:45 Joris Vermeesch, PhD, University of Leuven, Belgium “The embryo is the cradle of chromosomal disorders, chimaerism and mixoploidy”

10:45-11:30 Olga Tšuiko, MSc, University of Tartu, Estonia “Unravelling chromosomal instability in mammalian preimplantation embryos"

11:30-12:15 Ene Reimann, PhD, University of Tartu, and Monika Nõmm, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia “Bovine embryo genomics using NGS”

12:15-14:00 Lunch break (lunch with invitations)


V session:

14:00-14:45 Jan Ole Bertelsen Secher, PhD, University of Copenhagen, Denmark “In vivo testing of porcine iPSC”

14:45-15:30 Björn Heindryckx, PhD, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent University, Belgium “In vitro generated gametes from stem cells: to be or not to be”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:45 Mait Metspalu, PhD, Estonian Biocentre, Estonia “Reconstructing population histories from genetic diversity patterns”

Closing remarks


Funded by the European Union through the Coordination and Support Action of the H2020 programme under grant agreement No 692065 „Widening the Scientific Excellence for Studies on Women’s and Fetal Health and Wellbeing“, No 692299 "Scientific Excellence in Animal Reproductive Medicine and Embryo Technology" and European Regional Development Fund through University of Tartu ASTRA project PER ASPERA


For further information, please contact Hemminki Otstavel (; +37256354033)