Workshops and Networking Sessions

Looking for more information on the workshops offered at the ISBT Barcelona congress? You're in the right place! Here you can find detailed descriptions of available workshops, along with information on how to register and participate. From mentoring opportunities to networking sessions, we have something for everyone.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, share your knowledge and experience and learn from leading experts. Browse our workshop listings now and maybe take the first step towards advancing your career!

Some of our workshops require pre-registration - therefore we recommend that you register early, most registrations function on a first-come-first-served basis.

Big Data Working Party – Inaugural Meeting

  • Date: Monday 24 June 2024, 13:00-17:00
  • Location: Room 113
  • Chairs and Moderators: Angelo D’Alessandro, Christian Erikstrup, Mike Busch
  • Access: Open


13:00 Michael P. Busch: Introduction  
13:10 Genetic and non-genetic factors regulate RBC hemolysis in the bag and upon transfusion    
    Angelo D’Alessandro: Omics-driven personalized Transfusion Medicine    
    James C. Zimring: Population studies in tractable murine systems    
    Travis Nemkov: Genetic and non-genetic factors regulate RBC metabolism    
    Nareg Roubinian: Lessons on post transfusion hemoglobin and bilirubin increments from the vein-to-vein database    
14:20 Break    
14:30 Large-scale donor and recipient studies    
    Christian Erikstrup: The Danish Blood Donor Study – even more data      
    Katja van den Hurk: Ferritin-guided iron supplementation in whole blood donors: optimal dosage, donor response, return and efficacy (FORTE) - a randomised controlled trial    
    Gustaf Edgren: Using routine health care data to search for unknown transfusion-transmitted disease: a nationwide, agnostic retrospective cohort study    
    Emanuele Di’Angelantonio: STRIDES - improving donor experiences     
    Simon Stanworth: Towards a Pan-European Transfusion Research infrAstructure (PETRA) 
    Sheila O’Brien: Blood donor research: New directions at Canadian Blood Services
16:20 Break    
16:30-17:00 Angelo D’Alessandro and Christian Erikstrup: Establishing the Big Data Working Party    

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The Social Science of Transfusion Medicine: Understanding Donors and Donation

This session will introduce social science, and discuss theories and methods used in donation studies. This session is meant to both highlight the work that has been done in this field to date, to speak to the interdisciplinarity of the workshop, and to teach audience members who may not be familiar with the social sciences about how this field is relevant and important for the study of blood, plasma, stem cells, organs & tissues. Following this we will feature two panel presentations featuring the work of 3-4 presenters (balancing experienced scholars, emerging scholars, and ensuring representation from scholars from LMICs). The final session of the workshop is devoted to mentorship. We will match emerging scholars in the field of donation studies with more experienced scholars in the field to meet and establish a connection that can support and sustain emerging scholars entering this field.

  • Date: Sunday 23 June 2024, 09:00-13:15
  • Location: Room 122-123
  • Facilitators: Eamonn Ferguson, Barbara Masser, Eva-Maria Merz, Rachel Thorpe, Jennie Haw
  • Workshop organiser: Kelly Holloway 
  • Access: Open

The International Transfusion Practitioner journey and beyond

This full day workshop will provide participants with an overview of the Transfusion Practitioner role, how it began, how countries have recently implemented the role, and how the role has evolved with the changes in the blood sector. In the afternoon session Professor Keogh will focus on how the Transfusion Practitioner, and other transfusion colleagues can be involved in audit and research to measure clinical practice and effectiveness compared to professional standards and targets. The discussions will take audit as a starting point and will then discuss moving the audit paradigm towards a research approach to evaluate uptake of clinical interventions and/or systems of care. Discussion groups will consider the key indicators and metrics required, the use of scientific literature to support both approaches and strategic ways to feedback findings and data. The clinical focus will be iatrogenic anaemia due to blood loss from diagnostic testing.

  • Date: Sunday 23 June, 2024, 09:00-16:00
  • Location: Room 124-125
  • Facilitators: Linley Bielby, Rachel Moss, Naomi Rahimi-Levene, Young-Ae Lim, Samantha Keogh, Denise McKeown, Imma Fortea
  • Access: Pre-registration required

To register for this workshop, please fill out the form below. 


ISBT Young Professionals Breakfast

At the ISBT Young Professionals Breakfast, participants will engage in lively discussions with experts over the most important meal of the day. This informal gathering offers a unique opportunity to connect with fellow young professionals and field experts, all while seated at themed tables matching your interests. Please note that registration is required for the breakfast session.

  • Date: Tuesday June 25, 2024, 07:00-08:00
  • Location: VIP Room
  • Eligibility: You must have a valid registration for the congress, and be under the age of 41. 
  • Access: Pre-registration is required - closed

The registration is now closed.


Young Professionals Legendary Leadership Workshop

All young professionals are welcome to join the Legendary Leadership workshop including those who are already leading and those who are not so sure about leadership or how to apply it in their work/study situation. It is a career development opportunity that will help you to discover your own leadership style/s and explore various aspects of what it means to be a leader.

Homework will be distributed beforehand and you are expected to complete it and bring it with you to the session. 

  • Date: Tuesday June 25, 2024, 08:30 - 10:00
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Judith Chapman, Nysa McGowan
  • Access: Pre-registration is required
  • Target group: Young Professionals who are 40 years old or younger

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   Please note that you need to be 40 years old or younger to attend this workshop.



Unlocking the Future of Education: AI and transfusion Integration

This session will delve into the exciting intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the context of transfusion practice, education and research. Participants will discover how AI-driven technologies and social media platforms can enhance and revolutionize the way transfusion practice, education and research are delivered, making it more engaging, effective, and accessible. This session plan aims to engage participants in a thoughtful exploration of how AI can enhance transfusion practice, education, and research ultimately contributing to improved patient care and safety.

  • Date: Tuesday 25 June, 2024, 14:00-15:30
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Jansen Seheult, Richard Gammon, Ruchika Goel, Arwa Al Riyami
  • Access: Pre-registration is required

To register for this workshop, fill in the form below. 


How to review an article: Interactive workshop with the experts

Being able to review, critique and analyze scientific literature is a key skill, given the high numbers and large range of papers which are published daily. How do we judge whether a study was well designed? How do we know if the study results are reliable and relevant? How do experts pick their ‘top’ papers? In this interactive workshop, experts from the ISBT/Systematic Reviews Initiative “Transfusion Evidence Round-Up” program will guide participants through the process of how to critically review scientific papers, and take participants through a real-life example of how a “Transfusion Evidence Round-Up” is done including: abstract and full text review, how to assess quality and bias in different study types, how to do PICO summaries. There will be small group breakout sessions led by workshop facilitators, in which participants will work through example papers from a recent Transfusion Evidence Round-Up. Participants will be given practical tips about how to review papers and how to identify the key elements of a high quality paper/study design. 
Participants with a diverse range of previous experience with literature review are welcome; including beginners and those who already have experience with writing and reviewing scientific papers.

  • Date: Tuesday 25 June, 2024, 16:00-17:30
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Allison Mo, Catherine Kimber, Susan Brunskill, Lise Estcourt, Erica Wood
  • Access: Open

Resources for the workshop

Whole blood versus red cell concentrates for children with severe anaemia: a secondary analysis of the Transfusion and Treatment of African Children (TRACT) trial.
George, E.C., et al. (2022). Lancet Global Health.

Platelet transfusions in preterm infants: current concepts and controversies-a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ribeiro, H.S., et al. (2023). European Journal of Pediatrics.

Immediate transfusion in African children with uncomplicated severe anemia.
Maitland K, Kiguli S, Olupot-Olupot P, Engoru C, Mallewa M, Saramago Goncalves P, et al.  New Engl J Med. 2019; 381: 407–19.

Transfusion volume for children with severe anemia in Africa.
Maitland K, Olupot-Olupot P, Kiguli S, Chagaluka G, Alaroker F, Opoka RO, et al. New Engl J Med. 2019; 381: 420–31.

Managing the message - Working with the media: How to effectively communicate with the public

This workshop is aimed at scientists who want to communicate their work to the broader public using a variety of media channels. It will be suited to those with no media experience. Those who already have some media experience can expect to deepen their understanding of their audience and strategy.  
The aim of the workshop is to provide a guide to working strategically with the media, and equip attendees with practical tips for making science accessible and relevant to the audience, illustrated with real examples from Australia's Lifeblood’s R&D team.
Attendees will benefit more from the session if they look at recent science stories in the media and compare them with the published science that gave rise to the story. How are they different?

Participants in this session will have the practical  opportunity to write and workshop a draft media release for some of their work. Please bring an abstract or publication you’d like to use in this exercise, and your preferred medium for writing/composing, whether that’s a laptop, tablet or reliable old-fashioned pen and paper.  

Be prepared to share your work in progress with others for constructive feedback.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Be clear on what you are trying to achieve: what’s your media strategy?
  • Get to know your audience (s): they may be very different from you.
  • Storytelling: The anatomy of a news story or “How to turn your science upside down!”
  • Know your journalists and media team
  • Media training: top tips in action
  • Date: Tuesday 25 June, 2024, 14:00-15:30
  • Location: Room 112
  • Facilitators: Dr Alison Gould and Jemma Falkenmire 
  • Access: Open

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Blood safety - navigating bacterial risk, viral infections and what to tell the donor

The workshop is being organized by the Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Diseases Working Party (Sheila O’Brien, Canadian Blood Services, Canada and Brian Custer, Vitalant Research Institute, USA) and the Global Blood Safety Working Party (Susan Stramer, USA and Jay Epstein, USA).

This session will focus on resource limited settings. We will encourage participants to evaluate their own infectious disease testing algorithms, to consider options for doing things differently, and to understand how donor testing can impact donors who are notified of a positive result. This is an interactive session in which the attendees will be encouraged to participate in polls and discussion.

  • Date: Wednesday June 26, 2024, 08:30 - 10:00
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Galen Conti, Claude Tayou-Tagny, Hem Chandra Pandey, Michel Garcia
  • Access: Open 


Ethics in action - an interactive session with vignettes from the Standing Committee on Ethics

During the workshop, the following three case presentations will be given, each followed by an interactive discussion with active audience participation encouraged.
1. Naomi Rahimi-Levene - Look Back – notifying patients, not a simple task at all!
2. Ratti Ram Sharma - Post test( TTI ) donor notification and counselling- challenges and ethical concerns
3. Richard Charlewood – Covid antivaxxers, a baby and cardiac surgery

  • Date: Wednesday June 26, 2024, 14:00 - 15:30
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Richard Charlewood, Naomi Rahimi-Levene, Ratti Ram Sharma
  • Access: Open

‘I want to do better!’ – Putting evidence into practice through implementation science

This session will share evidence, experience and expertise in how to translate transfusion research into practice. It will offer a framework for doing so and address key questions:

  1. How do you identify opportunities and priorities for improvement?
  2. What evidence-based approaches are available to promote best transfusion practice in your setting, and which have you found to work, or not, in your experience?
  3. How can you monitor, evaluate and sustain change?
  4. How can ISBT help you implement best transfusion practices in your setting? 
  5. Is there a role for an ISBT endorsement of critical areas for implementation?
  • Date: Thursday June 27, 2024, 10:30 - 12:00
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Pierre Tiberghien, Erica Wood, Jeannie Callum, Robbie Foy, Simon Stanworth
  • Access: Pre-registration encouraged but walk-ins possible

Please use the below registration form to sign up: 


Complex cases in the immunohaematology reference laboratory

More information about this workshop will be added soon. 

  • Date: Thursday June 27, 2024 
  • Location: Room 113
  • Facilitators: Sofia Lejon Crottet, Shane Grimsley 
  • Access: TBC