Hydra XII Summer School for Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine

HumEn young scientists inspired following an intensive week of stem cell science 11th-17th September in Hydra, Greece. 

To the sound of donkey bells and refreshment from clear sea waters and fabulous Greek food (think fresh fish and yoghurt), 5 HumEn scientists were treated to the popular stem cell school in Hydra. A stimulating week of lectures, discussion groups, workshops and debate is balanced by opportunities for informal chats and networking by the sea and over dinner. Here we hear from the HumEn delegates:

What an incredible week spent in Hydra! The summer school was very enriching. We were presented with beautiful and provocative lectures that really made me ponder about concepts that many times are taken for granted. In the poster sessions discussions flowed effortlessly, well past dinner time. I ended the week with renewed scientific excitement, and a feeling that this is the best of times to do research in development, regenerative medicine (and stem cells?). The charming little island of Hydra sets the perfect mood to form new friendships that surely will last and turn into productive collaborations over the years. The only real downside of the summer school was that it went by so quickly. Here’s to hoping that some day we’ll return as lecturers!

By Carla Alexandra Carvalho Gonçalves


The Hydra Stem Cell Summer School was an amazing experience for me, both professionally and personally. Top-level scientists giving inspiring talks on the various kinds of stem cells, unique opportunities for extensive networking (both with the speakers and the other participants), and lovely surroundings all added up to a fantastic week. I would definitely recommend the summer school to other PhD students.

by Elisabeth Søndergaard


The Greek archipelago and the amazing and outgoing people, combined with an excellent scientific program consisting of very informative talks that overall painted a broad picture of the different research areas of stem cell field, together made this an absolutely unique summer school! I wish I could go every year.

by Jonas Kuylenstierna


Attending Hydra XII has been an amazing experience. Not only in a scientific matter, but also personally. The vibe at Hydra XII was casual and it was easy to discuss and interact with other students and the principal investigators (who were so nice!), which also enhances ones network. It helped ones courage and confidence to ask questions, which can be quite intimidating in other settings such as conferences.The island in it self made it a perfect place to keep a summer school - pretty, calm and warm. I would love to go to Hydra (XIII) again!

By Anuska la Rosa Egeskov-Madsen