The first human ES cells were isolated in 1998. Since then, researchers have made significant advances, but the field remains in its infancy. Increasing the pool of skilled researchers and effectively exchanging knowledge and expertise are essential for the long-term development of human ES cell technology in Europe.
ESTOOLS was the most concentrated community of human ES cell researchers in Europe. Our pan-European training programme promoted continuing European excellence in human ES cell biology, to advance research in this challenging field.
Long-term fellowships are the core of our training programme, and offer scientists a unique opportunity to work alongside established human ES cell researchers for an extended period.
THE SCHEME IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED AND CLOSED. NO NEW APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
From August to December 2007, ESTOOLS offered up to 6 fellowships annually to qualified researchers, to conduct a specific piece of research in one or more of our partner laboratories. ESTOOLS opened in 2008 a new post-doc fellowship program in order to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge. Information about the winners of our fellowships is on the Fellowships page.
ESTOOLS encouraged joint PhD projects with co-supervisors in different partner laboratories. This facilitated early-career exposure to different techniques, methods and approaches.
This flexible exchange programme allowed visits of between one week and six months to participating ESTOOLS laboratories. Aimed at post-graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, advanced researchers and senior technical staff, this scheme facilitated the transfer of key technologies between participating laboratories.
At each year's annual consortium meeting, two prizes were awarded.
The Poster Prize promotes excellence in the achievement of science and its reporting via a poster displayed in the consortium competition. The competition is judged by the Scientific Advisory Panel.
The Anne McLaren Award, in memory of the late Dame Anne McLaren, member of the Ethics Advisory Panel, was created in June 2007 to recognize outstanding multi-disciplinary contribution to human embryonic stem cell research. The award is made by the Ethics Advisory Panel at the annual consortium meeting.
The ESTOOLS project completed its 4 years of activity. This website remains online as a reference archive.
For hESC and iPSC news and information go to: www.eurostemcell.org