The scientific programme has been developed based on five key domains that encompass the most relevant topics in organ transplantation.

The biennial ESOT Congress is the largest gathering of the transplant community in Europe bringing clinicians, surgeons, physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers and patients to review latest developments in transplantation.

The Congress will present the latest science and education in various session formats, including state-of-the-art presentations, think tanks, real-life clinical scenarios, hands-on courses and more.


In alignment with the ESOT Congress 2021 theme “Interplay, Connect, Interface”, the scientific programme has been developed based on five domains that cover the most relevant topics in organ transplantation today.

Each session at the congress is assigned to one of these domains, enabling participants to have a seamless journey through the entire programme.

Emerging approaches and technologies

New techniques and technologies are changing transplantation rapidly.
This domain will focus on reviewing emerging approaches and technologies and their impact on future of transplantation.


  • Artificial organs
  • Organ reconditioning
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • New Techniques
  • Minimally invasive approaches

Led by: Ina Jochmans, Stefan Schneeberger, Ugo Boggi, Amelia J. Hessheimer, Sarah Hosgood, Pascal Leprince, Gabriel Oniscu

Precision medicine

Precision medicine is changing the way we approach organ transplantation.
This domain will focus on how Omics measurements and big data analysis promote better understanding of mechanisms, biomarkers and therapeutic discovery


  • Big Data Analysis
  • Omics
  • Biomarkers
  • Biomechanisms
  • Immunology
  • Immunotolerance

Led by: Christine Falk, Stephan Ensminger, Katja Kotsch, Rainer Oberbauer

Present and future transplant practice

Improving transplant practices can be challenging.
This domain will focus on strategies to improve real life clinical management and problem solving in transplantation


  • Real-life clinical approaches
  • Case based scenarios
  • Ongoing Clinical Protocol sharing
  • Logistics in transplantation
  • Telemedicine in transplantation

Led by: Luca Toti, Christian Benden, Robert Minnee, Stephen Pettit, Jacopo Romagnoli, Faouzi Saliba

Regenerative medicine (cell biology)

Does regenerative medicine hold the key to the self-rejuvenation of organ tissue?
This domain will focus on the replacement, engineering and regeneration of human cells, tissues or organs


  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Scaffolds/Organoids
  • RNA Interference Therapy
  • Nanomedicine in Regenerative Medicine

Led by: Martin Hoogduijn, Julie Kerr-Conte, Dimitrios Stamatialis

Value-based care

Value-based care is an essential part of delivering improved treatment for transplant patients.
This domain will focus on how equitable, sustainable and appropriate resource utilisation interplays with patient and population outcomes


  • Patient and Population outcomes: endpoints and actions for improvements
  • Guideline development: methods, results
  • Resource optimization and cost effectiveness
  • Equitable organ allocation systems
  • Disparities and Unequal access to resources
  • Transplant system governance

Led by: Raj Thuraisingham, Anna Forsberg, Fiona Loud, Dominique Martin, David Paredes