The European Society
of Human Genetics

Covering The Gaps - The Course You Didn’t Know You Needed

Covering The Gaps

The Course You Didn’t Know You Needed


In this novel course, the ESHG team led by Francesca Forzano and Angus Clarke aims to cover topics that are important – often crucial – for your genetics research and practice but that are usually neglected, taken for granted or left for others to cover.

We look at issues of quality, regulation, ethics and justice in diagnostics and research. We look at data sharing and biobanks. We look at the return of results to patients and at the reporting of research in journals: what are the responsibilities of the editorial teams? How do they (and you!) avoid hype? And how can we all prevent unethical research, when human rights are abused by the state or other interests?

The course format includes multiple opportunities for interactive discussions, with one session on human germline genetic engineering and a more structured debate on a controversial topic to be chosen by the course participants.

This first course will be virtual only and will occupy two full days in October 2024. We hope that future iterations may be hybrid.

To the registration


Monday, October 28, 2024:

09.00 Welcome and introduction
Ice breaking session
who we are, what we do aim to achieve with this course
Francesca Forzano and Angus Clarke
09.45 Just Genomics
equitable opportunities?
Angus Clarke
10.45 Coffee Break  
11.00 Quality matters
 ..and not just to pass your certification test! 
Ros Hastings
11.45 IVD and IVDR
what they are and what they mean for you    
Els Dequeker
12.45 Lunch Break  
13.45 Use and misuse of data
consider the context to avoid unintended consequences
Yves Moreau
14.45 Research ethics
Research ethic, challenges and roles of ethical committees  
Lisa Tambornini
15.45 Coffee Break  
16.00 Controversial future perspectives: the case of germline gene editing
interactive, includes group works 
Heidi Howard and Sam Riedijk
18.30 Q&A on day 1  
18.45 End of day one  

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

09.00 Return of Results in diagnostic and in research Heidi Howard
09.45 Data sharing in a connected world
how to share responsibly

Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag

10.45 Coffee Break  
11.00 Workshop: sharing data
Emmanuelle Rial-Sebbag (lead)
12.15 Lunch Break  
13.15 The Press Room
how scientific journals work, what are the tasks and responsibilities of an Editor in Chief, what is the role of the Editorial Board
Alisdair McNeill, contribution of Yves Moreau
14.15 The Newsrooom (and the social media) 
Ethical reporting is a two-way street
Mary Rice
15.15 Coffee Break  
15.30 Biobanks
types, challenges and opportunities
Deborah Mascalzoni
16.15 Workshop: databases and guidelines in interpreting genomic data
Julia Baptista (lead), Ros Hastings
17.45 Coffee Break  
18.00 This House Believes
2 opposite parties (2 participants each) 
topic to be chosen
facilitators Francesca Forzano and Angus Clarke
19.00 Q&A on day 2  
19.15 End of the course  

CME accreditation

We are working on getting this Course accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Registration (virtual participation)

Registration Fee for virtual participation

  • EUR 85,-
  • Deadline for registration is October 22, 2024.


Cancellations and refunds

Notice of cancellation must be made in writing by e-mail  to the Congress Office:

Registration fees may be refunded if written cancellation has been received as follows:

    until September 1, 2024: 50% refund
    as of September 2, 2024: no refund

The cancellation will not be effective until a written acknowledgement from the Congress Office is received. In the case of over-payment or double payment, refund requests must be made in writing and sent to the Congress Office by e-mail. No refunds will be granted for unattended events or early termination of attendance, in case of cancellation of speakers or any other incidents during the conference, which are beyond the control of the conference organisers.

No exceptions to the refund policy can be made, including health or family issues. By registering to Virtual Edition of the Bertinoro Course 2024, participants agree that neither the organising committee nor the congress office assume any liability whatsoever.

Refunds will be made after the course.


Congress Office:
Ms. Magdalena Seidl
Alser Strasse 4
1090 Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1 405 13 83 24
F: +43 1 405 13 83 924