Join us in Ghent, Feb 6th-8th 2024, for the
European Digital PCR Symposium and workshop 2024 (EUDIP2024)
Check the programme

Preliminary programme

Feb 6th, 2024

08:20-09:00 Registration
09:00 - 9:15 Welcome

Ward De Spiegelaere

09:15-09:45 Keynote lecture

Jim Huggett - Title TBA

09:45-10:15 Session 1: general dPCR applications

Selected presentations from abstracts

10:15-10:45 Sponsored talks
10:45-11:15 Coffee + poster viewing
11:15-12:45 Session 2: Oncology

Invited lecture: Guro Lind - Using DNA methylation dPCR for liquid biopsy based monitoring of cancer

Invited lecture: Marzia Del Re - The use of dPCR to monitor response to treatment in cancer patients

Selected presentations from abstracts

12:45-13:00 Sponsored talk
13:00-14:00 Lunch + poster viewing
14:00-15:00 Session 4: dPCR methods

Invited lecture: Stephanie Fraley - Digital Melt Analysis for Broad-Based, Probe-Free Pathogen Profiling

Selected presentations from abstracts

15:00-15:30 Sponsored talk
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17:45 Session 3: Microbiology

Invited lecture: Jori Symons - The evolution of dPCR in the quantifications of viral reservoirs

Invited lecture: Antoon Lievens - From field to fork - innovative applications of dPCR in plant breeding & food control

Selected presentations from abstracts

17:45-18:00 Sponsored talk
18:00-19:00 Reception

2-day Workshop 7-8 February 2024

Hands-on digital PCR workshop: from assay and experiment design, over wet-lab experiments to data analysis

The specialist course on digital PCR will teach you the ins and outs of digital PCR, including assay and experiment design, assay optimization, data analysis, good experimental practice and data reporting. The course will offer hands-on sessions supported throughout by state of the art applications.

The course is taught by experts in the field of digital PCR from the Ghent University Digital PCR Consortium and some keynote speakers. Hands-on training on digital PCR devices is provided by Sniper (Sniper DQ24), Qiagen (QIAcuity), ThermoFisher (Absolute Q), Bio-Rad (QX600), Roche (digital LightCycler) and Stilla Technologies (Naica).

The course is open to both academic and non-academic researchers. Note that seats are limited to assure the course's quality and lecturer accessibility. See registration for pricing.

Feb 7th, 2024

08:30-12:30 Digital PCR principles and its (r)evolution since the late 1980s (prof. Ward De Spiegelaere, Ghent University)
Digital PCR assay design from the ground up; theory and hands-on training (prof. Jo Vandesompele, Ghent University, CellCarta, pxlence)
Designing internal controls for improved quantification with digital PCR (prof. Stephanie Fraley, University of California San Diego)
12:30-13:30 Lunch and instrument demonstration (Bio-Rad, Qiagen, Roche, Sniper, Stilla, ThermoFisher)
13:30-17:00 Optimizing and validating your digital PCR assays (dr. Antoon Lievens, BASF Innovation Centre)
Instrument capabilities, software and applications (Bio-Rad, Qiagen, Roche, Sniper, Stilla, ThermoFisher)

Feb 8th, 2024

08:30-12:30 Interpreting digital PCR data: from simple singleplex to highly multiplexed experiment (prof. Ward De Spiegelaere and dr. Wim Trypsteen, Ghent University)
Partition classification in digital PCR experiments: basics, automation, pitfalls (dr. Wim Trypsteen and dr. Matthijs Vynck, Ghent University)
Partition classification: hands-on training (dr. Wim Trypsteen and dr. Matthijs Vynck, Ghent University)
12:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-16:00 Beyond the basics: data analysis strategies for designing, analyzing and verifiying the quality of digital PCR experiments (prof. Olivier Thas, Hasselt University, University of Wollongong, Ghent University)
Advanced data analysis: hands-on training (prof. Olivier Thas, Hasselt University, University of Wollongong, Ghent University)
From sample to report: minimum information (dMIQE2020) and ISO guidelines for digital PCR experiments (prof. Ward De Spiegelaere, Ghent University)


We welcome submissions for oral and poster abstracts

Abstract submission is now open

Abstract submission deadline oral presentations: Dec 15th 2023 23:59 CET

Abstract submission deadline poster presentations: Jan 15th 2024 23:59 CET

Next to invited keynote lectures and sponsored talks and posters, we welcome subsmissions for contributed oral and poster presentations.
Pleases use the abstract template to prepare your abstract and submit it to the e-mail adress provided within the template.


Interested in sponsoring the event? We offer a variety of sponsor packages. Please reach out to Wim Trypsteen.








Our partners


Confirmed speakers


Jim Huggett

Principal Scientist, LGC; Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey



Guro Lind

Adjunct Professor, Oslo University Hospital



Jori Symons

Assistant Professor at UMC Utrecht



Stephanie Fraley

Associate Professor, UC San Diego



Marzia Del Re

Assistant Professor, University of Pisa



Antoon Lievens

Method Development Scientist, BASF innovation center - Ghent



Registration is now open

Registration closes on the 21st of January 2024 unless sold out

Limited offer for Ghent University doctoral school participants:
We have a number of free registrations funded by the Ghent University Doctoral Schools for Ghent University PhD students only. As places are limited you have to apply by sending the application form to ward.despiegelaere@ugent.

Regular registrations:

Symposium only (6 february 2024)

Early bird (until Nov 22nd 2023)
Normal fee (from Nov 23rd 2023)
PhD student €100
Academic €150
Non-Academic €250

Symposium and 2-day course (6-8 february 2024)

Early bird (until Nov 22nd 2023)
Normal fee (from Nov 23rd 2023)
PhD student €400
Academic €500
Non-Academic €750


Van der Valk Hotel Gent

Akkerhage 10, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Public transport

The venue is easily reachable by public transport in about 20 minutes. From Ghent's main train station (Gent-Sint-Pieters), walk towards the bus station just next to the train station (follow "bus" signs in the train station). Take bus 19 towards Arteveldepark from platform 11, exit at stop Gent Proeftuinstraat. Continue for a 3-minute walk in the travelling direction of the bus, taking the next turn right ("Akkerhage"). Continue for another 100m, you will see the venue on your lefthand side.


The venue is at approximately 15 minutes cycling from Ghent's main train station (Gent-Sint-Pieters) (directions). Blue bikes can be rented (membership required) at the rear entrance of the train station. You can also rent a bike from "de Fietsambassade" (no membership required), also located within walking distance from the rear entrance of the train station.

Taxi / car

The venue is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Ghent's main train station (Gent-Sint-Pieters). Taxis can be found at the front of the main train station, take a right upon exiting the train station's main entrance (prices and location on Visit Gent's website). For those travelling by car, the venue is easily reached from the main highways E17 and E40. The venue has on-site parking available (at the attendant's own expense).


The venue is an approximately 40 minute walk from Ghent's main train station (Gent-Sint-Pieters) (directions).

Looking for a place to stay?

The symposium and course is organized at the Van der Valk Hotel Gent (****). The venue offers a discount for the attendees, to get the discount code, e-mail after registration.

The Residence Inn by Marriott (****) and Campanile hotel (**) are a 5 minute walk from the congress venue. Please see Ghent's Tourism website for further possibilities. The organization does not arrange overnight stays.
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