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On-site course after the first lockdown


While one can easily learn how to analyze flow cytometry data files during an online course, it certainly would be difficult to master the flow cytometer without actually working with it. Taking advantage of the relatively stable Covid-19 situation in Switzerland and re-opening of the University of Geneva, we were able to have an on-site ‘’Introductory and refresher course" with a small group of participants. Although we could not chat freely during lunch and coffee breaks as in the past because of the coronavirus restrictions, everyone was glad to participate in practical classes.


Online course 'MRD detection by flow cytometry'


The Swiss Flow Cytometry School has expanded its activities and in addition to on-site training, we have launched a series of on-line courses on 'MRD detection by flow cytometry'. These live workshops consisted of theoretical parts, followed by case studies of real patient files and discussions of data files analysed by the participants.
Our first three groups included 30 participants from United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.


Winter School Course in Geneva


The Winter School of Cell Analysis in Immunology was organized by the Swiss Flow Cytometry School together with Claude Lambert (University Hospital, Saint-Etienne, France), under the auspices of the IFCC.

Our excellent speakers were: Ulrich Salzer (Freiburg, Germany), Frédéric Vély (Marseille, France), Camilla Jandus (Geneva, Switzerland), Antonio Cosma (Luxembourg), Anne Wilson (Lausanne, Switzerland), Azzedine Tahiat (Alger, Algeria), Stéphanie Hugues (Geneva, Switzerland), Fouad Seghrouchni (Rabat, Morocco), Peter Jandus (Geneva, Switzerland), Sintia Winkler (Beckman Coulter, Switzerland), François Pujol (BD Biosciences, Switzerland), Thomas Matthes (Geneva, Switzerland), and Claude Lambert (Saint-Etienne, France).

The course hosted fifteen participants coming from Poland, Germany, Portugal, Montenegro, Brazil, France, and Switzerland. Different topics were addressed, including flow cytometry analysis of T cells, B cells, monocytes, basophils, and innate lymphoid cells; applications of flow cytometry in immunodeficiency, tumor immunity, sepsis or hypersensitivity. New technologies like image cytometry and mass cytometry were presented.
The morning program included lectures and question and answer sessions. The afternoons were occupied by wet labs or case studies and data analyses supervised by the experts with the use of several software (Kaluza, FlowJo, Cytobank). The practical laboratory classes included basophil degranulation assay, phagocytosis, multicolor panel design, antigen density determination, T cell activation as well as cytokine production and T cell polarization.

During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to work on the newest flow cytometers: DxFLEX from Beckman Coulter and BD FACSLyric from BD Biosciences.


Our introduction course had 7 participants from 6 different countries!


Our recent course 'Introductory and refresher course in flow cytometry', first of this year, was given for participants coming from six different countries: Indonesia, Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. And what about instructors at the School that have given this course? They came from Poland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Our School is extremely international and besides participation to the course and learning about flow cytometry, you will meet people from all around the world !