Workshops and Networking Sessions

Looking for more information on the workshops offered at the ISBT Gothenburg congress? You're in the right place! Here you can find detailed descriptions of workshops held at the congress. 

Young Professional Breakfast

πŸ“… June 18 from 7.30-9.00

Join us for the Young Professional's breakfast and get the chance to connect and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from all over the world. This exciting networking event will take is open to professionals up to 40 years old who have registered for the ISBT Gothenburg congress.

Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Transfusion Practitioner Breakfast

πŸ“… June 18 from 7.30-9.00

Join us for the Transfusion Practitioner Breakfast and connect with fellow professionals from around the world. This exciting networking event is the perfect opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, share your experiences and gain valuable insights into the latest developments in the field. While you don't have to be a transfusion practitioner to join, having an interest in the field is recommended.

Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Legendary Leadership Workshop with Judith Chapman

πŸ“… June 21 from 8.30-10.00

Are you a young professional? Are you a leader in the making or wanting to explore your leadership potential?  Then this workshop is for you! Led by Judith Chapman, who was the Executive Director of ISBT for 10+ years, this workshop will be fun, informal, and interactive. We will use a variety of formats: play, group work, individual work and discovery. By the end of our time together, you will have explored leadership, found out more about your leadership style and worked on developing some skills for good leadership. 

You will need to complete two simple pieces of work prior to the workshop and bring your work with you. Details will be sent when you register for the workshop. 


  • 08.30-08.35: Introductions  
  • 08.35-08.50: A leadership voyage of discovery – round the room
  • 08.50-09.15: Determining your leadership style - in pairs
  • 09.15-09.45: Skills for leadership – in groups
  • 09.55-10.00: Take away and close

Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Meet the Expert Session: Clinical Transfusion

πŸ“… June 19 from 7.00-8.15

The Clinical Transfusion Meet the Expert session is a breakfast session that provides an opportunity for attendee to meet experts in the field and discuss the latest advancements, trends, and challenges in transfusion medicine. Participants can ask questions, gain insights and share their experiences. Whether you are an advanced practitioner or just starting your career in clinical transfusion, this session is a great way to network and learn. The session is organised by the Clinical Transfusion Working Party.

Attendees will be distributed at the time of their registration to one of the following tables with the named experts:

  • Hemoglobinopathy: Nour Al Mozain
  • Pediatrics: Satyam Arora 
  • Apheresis: Hans Vrielink 
  • Transfusion practitioners: Jana Vanden Broeck 
  • Education: Arwa Al Riyami 
  • Immunotherapy: Cynthia So-Osman 
  • Patient Blood Management: Katerina Pavenski


  • 6:45-7:00: attendees are assigned to their designated table.
  • 7:00-8:00: breakfast and discussion at the table
  • 8:00-8:15: Brief summary of the discussions

Registrations for this workshop are now closed.

Workshop with the experts: Transfusion Evidence Round-Up featuring "World Blood Donor Day"

πŸ“… June 20, 2023, 16:00-17:30

ISBT and SRI work together to select Systematic Reviews and randomized controlled trials on transfusion-related topics, including those published in journals specializing in areas outside of transfusion medicine. The Systematic Review Initiative (SRI) offers free, fully searchable libraries that provide medical practitioners, policymakers, and researchers with high-quality evidence in Transfusion Medicine. ISBT and SRI also frequently collaborate to distribute a Transfusion Evidence Round-up.

Join us for an exciting workshop led by the SRI team where you will learn how the round-ups are made and participate in an interactive and 'hands-on' session by reviewing the World Blood Donor Day round-up in smaller groups. This workshop is perfect for scientists, blood bankers, transfusion practitioners, students, clinicians, and anyone interested in the Transfusion Evidence Round-Up.

Session structure:

  • Introduction about Transfusion Evidence Round-Up
  • Review of World Blood Donor day round-up
  • Break-out into smaller groups to review papers, group discussions
  • PICO summary

This workshop will give you unique insights into the creation of the round-up and is not to be missed! It is not necessary to pre-register for this workshop.

Meet the Expert Session: Cellular Therapies

πŸ“… June 19, 2023, 7:00-8:15

Are you interested in engaging with leading experts in Cellular Therapies? Then join us for an interactive workshop organized by this ISBT Working Party! You will have the unique opportunity to ask questions and participate in open discussions, gain insights and perspectives from the best in the field. With engaging sessions and collaborative opportunities, this workshop is perfect for anyone currently working in blood transfusion wanting to expand into the field of cellular therapies.

Aims of the workshop: 

  • To address any issues participants may want to raise with regards to the current state and advances in cellular therapy.  
  • There will be a strong focus on the unique opportunities that working in blood transfusion could bring to the field of cellular therapies. 
  • Novel Cellular therapy products arising from blood products is another focus of this workshop.

Prior knowledge:

Some prior knowledge of cellular therapies and actual experience of working within the field of cellular therapies would be very helpful. Please come with questions or wanting to discuss a particular aspect of cellular therapies.

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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Wrong Blood in Tube (WBIT) Workshop – β€˜If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, WHEN will you have to do it over again?

πŸ“… June 18 from 14.00-15.30

This exciting session is meant for Transfusion Practitioners or those interested in the role.

Learning outcomes:

Through interactive workshopping assist participants to:

  • Understand why WBITs occur and how these can impact patient safety.
  • Gain an understanding about the processes that can be used to investigate WBITs, and how Transfusion Practitioners (or similar roles) play in important role in the investigation.
  • Explore possible strategies that could be used to reduce WBITs.
  • Recognise the value of incident reporting and investigation, and how to apply lessons learned to improve transfusion practice.
  • Gain knowledge about the many freely available international resources.

Structure of the session:

The session will commence with an overview of the session and some background about WBIT. In small groups the participants will work through case studies, exploring aspects of WBIT investigations, to develop actions and strategies to prevent recurrence. At the end of the session participants will provide feedback and share actions and strategies developed. Participants will be provided with links and resources that can be accessed outside the workshop to support practice.

Meet the Experts Session: Immunohaematology

πŸ“… June 19, 2023, 7:00-8:15

This insightful sessions is meant for Scientists, Clinicians and laboratory technicians working in the field of Red Cell Immunohaematology, with a laboratory focus. Participants are expected to have a passion for Red Cell Immunohaematology, all levels of experience in the field are welcome, we will focus on complex Immunohaematology problems and what tools we can use to try to resolve them.

Structure of the session:

The discussion will start with two case studies and there will be plenty of time for interactive informal discussion.