19th Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation 15 – 18 September 2019


Rising Stars Track by YPT

The Rising Stars Track by YPT is a selection of recommended sessions and activities for young professionals in transplantation (YPTs) to make the most of their participation in the ESOT2019 Congress in Copenhagen.

These include the following:

YPT Workshop

Sunday, 15 September – 09:00 to 12:50

Crisis Management Workshop

Chair: Thomas Resch, Innsbruck, Austria

Everyday transplant professionals deal with critical situations that arise. In this YPT session, we will be learning from the best to understand how to deal with critical circumstances, drawing in on experience from diplomats, pilots, CEOs and surgeons

09:00 to 09:20 Crisis management Negotiating in times of crisis
Sir Stewart Eldon, Former UK Ambassador to NATO and Ireland, United Kingdom

09:20 to 09:30 Discussion

Interviewer: Thomas Resch, Innsbruck, Austria

09:30 to 09:45 Interview with the Marine Captain
Owen Davies, London, United Kingdom

09:45 to 10:00 Interview with the CEO
Annalisa Ponchia, Padova, Italy

10:00 to 10:15 Interview with the Surgeon
Georgios Vrakas, Oxford, United Kingdom

10:15 to 10:30 Wrap up & take-home message

10:30 to 10:40 Coffee break

Shark Tank Session

10:40 to 11:40

Chairs: Zeeshan Akhtar, Oxford, United Kingdom; Sushma Shankar, Oxford, United Kingdom

The YPT has created an opportunity for transplant professionals to showcase their most innovative ideas and concepts in patient care improvement. From basic science to machine learning to phone applications – all ideas are valid.

Regardless of the stage of development, everyone is welcome to pitch. The best are invited to pitch live as part of the YTP Workshop to the judges:

  • Sir Stewart Eldon, KCMG, OBE is a former United Kingdom Ambassador to NATO
  • Annalisa Ponchia, Former CEO of ESOT
  • John Piano, Founder and CEO of Transplant Connect

The winner receives a monetary prize of EUR 500 in addition to ample exposure at the ESOT2019 Congress in Copenhagen as well as mentoring and support from the judges and YPT.

YPT activities

11:40 to 11:55 YPT fellowship

11:55 to 12:05 Get on the YPT-Map!

12:00 to 12:10 Coffee Break

Board Election

12:10 to 12:50

Click here to find out more information about the candidates.

  • Newcomers briefly presenting themselves and their ideas
  • Online voting via ESOT App
  • Announcement & Photos

Future Leaders on Stage

Monday, 16 September – 13:00 to 14:00

Chairs: Sushma Shankar, Oxford, United Kingdom; Jeff Lafranca, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

13:00 – 13:15 An experience in translational transplant immunology
Maria Meneghini, Barcelona, Spain

13:15 – 13:30 Enhancing the efficacy of T regulatory cells expressing a chimeric antigen receptor specific for MHC class I molecules 
Caroline Dudreuilh, London, United Kingdom

13:30 – 13:45 Ex-vivo heart perfusion – clinical reality and future perspectives
David Schibilsky, Freiburg, Germany

13:45 – 14:00 The nephrologist and liver transplantation: a novel connection mediated by ischaemia-reperfusion injury
Francesca Tinti, Rome, Italy


Tuesday, 17 September from 18:30 to 20:10

This session, also known as the Stanford Off-Site Event, is an excellent opportunity for YPTs to get advice on how to move from ideas to final products. With a cocktail included, this inspirational session is also an outstanding networking opportunity.

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Open throughout the congress

All participants are invited to visit the Rising Stars Lounge, a place for all delegates to network with peers, meet with senior colleagues, exchange experiences and get inspired – in an informal environment.

The following activities take place at the Rising Starts Lounge

Future of Transplantation – Interactive Board

What is the future of transplantation?
This is the question that we will try to answer on our, interactive board available throughout the congress. Here we invite all congress participants to share their vision of the future of transplantation.

Meet the (Transplant) Experts at the Rising Stars Lounge

Four top-level professionals from a variety of fields in transplantation are available to have face-to-face meetings with you! You can even bring up to 2 colleagues. All you need to do is book your slot! Don’t delay, meetings are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Prof. Alexandre Loupy (Monday, 16 September, 09:30 – 11:00)

Prof. Franco Citterio (Monday, 16 September, 15:30 – 17:00)

Prof. Julio Pascual (Monday, 16 September, 15:30 – 17:00)

Prof. Helio Tedesco (Tuesday, 17 September, 09:00 – 10:30)

Key Dates

02 SEP 2019 

06 SEP 2019

15 SEP 2019

18 SEP 2019