Here you will find all the information about our network-wide training events, some of which have been open to the research community.


Fellows’ retreat

26 September – 4 October 2023 

BioBam (Valencia, Spain)


Project reviews and Knowledge Transfer workshop

12-16 March 2023 

Università degli Studi di Firenze (Florence, Italy)

The fourth network meeting focused on PhD project discussions, of great value at this stage, and training in knoweldege and technology transfer, ethics, responsible research and innovation! In addition to our supervisors, who gave insightful lectures about innovation and ethics, we had the pleasure to count with excellent invited external speakers from our partner organisation and local scientific community who contributed to the training of our fellows: Lukas Badertscher from Myllia Biotechnology, Raymond Egging from GenomeScan, Clara Farrés from the Innovation Unit at IJC, Annarosa Arcangeli from the University of Florence and Silvo Conticello from the Istituto Toscano Tumori. Florence offered us the perfect setting for this meeting, during which the fellows also had the opportunity to explore the cultural side of this inspiring location!

Spetses Summer School: “Cancer Epigenetics – principles, applications and single-cell resolution”

28 August 2022 – 3 September 2022 

Spetses, Greece

The Spetses Summer School was open to the scientific community and offered a unique networking and learning opportunity for our fellows. All of them presented their project updates during poster sessions and continuous discussions with leading experts in the field of chromatin structure, epigenetic regulation, single-cell omics, and disease applications with a particular focus on cancer and leukaemia. The summer school hosted around 100 junior participants and 20 speakers from INTERCEPT-MDS and six co-organizing networks: the European Hematology Association (EHA), MSCA ITN Cell-2-cell , EpiGeneSys, LifeTime, SFB 1064 Chromatin Dynamics, and CanCell. Several breakout sessions and roundtables were organised to discussed topics on responsible research, gender and diversity, communication and sustainability, among others!

Projects unfold at Mid-term

3 May 2022 – 7 May 2022

MLL Munich Leukemia Laboratory (Munich, Germany)

During this second network meeting, the fellows discussed their PhD projects with the whole network, updating their progress and receiving valuable feedback from peers and (co-)supervisors. Taking advantage of the excellent scientific community in Munich, MLL organized a focused symposium with Dr. Carsten Marr (Helmholtz Munich) and Prof. Florian Basserman (Comprehensive Cancer Center Munich TUM) as invited speakers to introduce the fellows to the topic of multi-omics profiling, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning with special focus on their clinical applications. In addition, the fellows also attended a 3-days Bioinformatics workshop designed and led by our supervisors Ana Conesa (BioBam), Roberto Malinverni (IJC) and Wencke Walter (MLL). Finally, the Communications department at MLL organized an interactive Communication workshop to give the fellows an overview about communication, dissemination and public engagement.

Retreat and Opening Symposium

28 November 2021 – 3 December 2021

Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institue (Badalona,  Barcelona, Spain)

During this first network meeting, our fellows met their Training Advisory Boards (TAB), prepared a first Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP), voted their representatives in the governance structure, and attended a comprehensive 3-day management workshop with CJ Fitzsimons from our partner organisation Leadership Sculptor (LSC). The supervisors had also the opportunity to refresh their leadership skills in a 1-day workshop with LSC. In addition, we organized a symposium to discuss the state-of-the-art in haematology and epigenetics research, including excellent lectures from the IJC group leader Esteban Ballestar, our SAB member Sara Sdelci, and our industrial partners Sander Tuit and Magda Grudniewska from Genomescan and Sejla Salic from discovery!


Do you want to know what INTERCEPT-MDS is about? Watch this video where the INTERCEPT-MDS coordinator Marcus Buschbeck explains in plain language what disease interception is, how we are studying it and why research on MDS can bring new therapeutic opportunities in leukaemia!