Annual Congress of the SFTCG

Palais des Arts, Palais Chanot, Marseille

9, 10, 11 March 2016

Marseille Chanot, Palais des Congrès et des Expositions - SAFIM
Palais des Arts
Rond Point du Prado
13008 Marseille
+33(0)825 884 390

Parc Chanot Taxi Station: +33 (0)4 91 79 03 66
Taxi Radio Marseille - Tel: +33 (0)4 91 02 20 20
Taxi Marseillais: Tel. +33 (0)4 91 92 92 92

The program for our congress is nearly final.  Please find it here.

We have a special deal with ACCOR who is giving us good rates on their hotels near the venue.

For bookings please go to their booking site.

There are of course other hotels available near the venu a list of which will be available here very soon.

Located in the heart of the city, Marseille Chanot, the Palais des Congrès et des Expositions, is very accessible
- 10 minutes from the Vieux Port
- 5 metro stations from the  Saint Charles TGV station
- 30 minutes from Marseille International Airoport.
- 3 hours from Paris in TGV (17 trains/jour)

By Plane

- Marseille Provence Airport
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 14 14 14
Information / Booking
Airline companies
Direct flights from Marseille
Travelling from the airport-
- mp2 low-cost air terminal
Information / Booking
- Airport shuttles / Marseille Saint-Charles TGV station
Shuttle service
Express shuttle service between Marseille Provence airport and Marseille St Charles station
Price: €8
- Taxis
(approx. €50 per journey – €60 at night)
Book on: +33 (0)4 42 88 11 44
Taxi rank telephone: +33 (0)4 42 14 24 44

By Train

Gare Saint Charles?Voyages SNCF
Informations – Tél : 3635

By Subway

Marseille is served by 2 metro lines
Stop: Rond point du Prado (line 2)
Every day, 5am – 1am
€1.50 per journey
3-day pass: €10.50
RTM: Useful information and prices
Métro network map: Download metro map

By Bus

Stop: Rond-Point du Prado
Bus nos.: 21-22-23-44-45-83
Standard ticket prices:
€1.50 per journey
3-day pass: €10.50
RTM: Useful information and prices
RTM network map: Download network map

Guide to SFTCG sponsorship and exhibition

Registration to the congress
As a sponsor or exhibitor you are entitled to 2 free registrations to the congress.  To register, please update your membership if needed, and register via the website.

We can offer a variety of opportunities for sponsoring SFTCG; full details can be found in our brochure

Bespoke package

We appreciate that you are living through tough economic times, so we want you to know that we can be flexible and are more than happy to talk with you about ways in which we can develop a mutually beneficial partnership.

If you would like to discuss the options offered or how we might tailor these options to best meet your particular needs please don't hesitate to contact us.

Speaker Guidelines and Information

Speaker registration
To register for the congress, please update your membership if needed, and register via the website choosing 'invited speaker' to get a free registration.

Audio-visual equipment

Please check your presentation into the meeting room at least 4 hours before your talk. It is also a good idea to bring a backup flash memory stick in the unlikely event of equipment failure.

There will be PowerPoint facilities in all Congress rooms - if you require any equipment aside from this please let us know. If you use PowerPoint slides, you are asked to ensure that the font size is large enough to be seen from the back of the room. A PowerPoint slide, for example, would normally contain a maximum of 8 lines of type in 24pt size or larger. Try to keep visual aids simple and to use them to highlight only the major points of your discussion.

AV technicians will be available each day so that presentations pre-loaded on Congress laptops may be viewed by speakers and they will be on hand to sort out any formatting issues should they arise. Speakers should inform AV technicians of special AV equipment needs BEFORE the session begins. Please be aware if you use MAC software you will need to supply your own laptop so please check this in with technicians at least 4 hours before your presentation.


All presentations must be made in English. Whilst all the Congress lecterns have microphones, you should speak loudly, slowly and clearly enough so that everyone can hear and understand you

The audience should be able to comprehend and recall the key points of your talk. Use visual aids during your presentation, clarify or emphasize key ideas and details and increase audience recall of presented information. Your presentation is designed to inform and instruct. You are also encouraged to use colour and graphics, use light text on a dark background in dark rooms.

Speaker etiquette

Each year our delegates feedback to us how important it is for the sessions to run on time. Sessions that overrun have a detrimental impact on all aspects of the congress so please carefully note the amount of time you have been allocated for your talk and ensure that you rehearse to these timings. Please note that your allocated time includes question time which, as you know, is an essential part of the congress.

Delegate attendance is based on the advertised programme; therefore it is imperative to follow the session structure of the Congress programme. The title of your presentation and your affiliation will be taken directly from your abstract.

Your presentation should not have been presented at any other event, unless it contains new information and has been adapted for the audience.

Please avoid misusing the Congress platform to promote or sell your company and its products or services. Corporate speakers should introduce their company briefly and provide relevant background information but please move to the focus of the session quickly. Speakers from the corporate sector must not have branding on presentational material, and will need to declare any conflicts of interests at the outset of the session. Universities and hospitals will be allowed to have branded logos on the front page of their presentations only.

Speaker and Chair Responsibilities

All speakers and Chairs should check in at the registration desk upon arrival at the Congress. Access to the Congress will only be granted with a registration badge which you should collect from the registration desk upon arrival.

Please arrive at the room approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session. Speakers should check-in with the Session Chair before session begins.

Expenses Reimboursement Guidelines

Thank you for being part of our annual congress, as specialists in your field you are vital in ensuring the relevancy and quality of our annual programme.

As such we aim to cover your travel and accommodation costs as the congress is inclusive of meals and refreshments during the main days and the accommodation is inclusive of breakfast, meals are generally not covered, as well as entertainment costs. You will be able to upgrade your room at your own cost, we will cover the standard room for yourself only, as well as economy class only for all travel.

The expense reimbursement form will be emailed to you after the congress. Funds will be processed in EURO and sent via bank transfer, and depending on when your form is received can take between 2-4 weeks to be processed and reach your account.

If you are representing a company, it is assumed that your company will be covering your costs in full to attend the congress and you will not be submitting an expenses claim.

Please send any questions regarding this process to

In the event that you cannot attend the Congress

We appreciate that unforeseen circumstances can sometimes result in you not being able to deliver your session. Under these circumstances we hope that you would be able to find a replacement speaker, and inform the Local Organising Committee and session Chairperson in good time so they are able to step in where necessary. We in turn ask that delegates arrive promptly for sessions and respect the speakers, chairs and data that is being presented.

Finally, we appreciate your involvement and the organisers welcome all feedback on any aspect of the Congress.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Gaëlle Jamar  if you do have any questions.
Mobile Phone: +44 (0)7766475379

5 reasons to register to the SFTCG Congress

There are no shortages of compelling reasons why attending SFTCG meeting is beneficial to you and your lab or institution!
Following are the many benefits you can present to your supervisor.

Be exposed to the entire breadth of the gene therapy research field. Learning about the advances and breakthroughs in other focuses of study can translate to new approaches for your own lab’s work that you may not think to explore without this exposure. SFTCG is the best place to gain a broad perspective on the field.

Bring information and training back to the lab. Findings presented at the conference can be shared with other lab and team members to extend the benefits of attending to your entire research group.

Learn about the newest data and tools from the poster sessions and the exhibition. Labs save time and money by improving their research methods. New tools and technologies are unveiled to attendees of SFTCG meeting.

Investigate potential opportunities for collaborations or develop relationships with other organisations on behalf of your research team. SFTCG provides ample opportunity to meet with attendees with similar interests.

Present your work to an audience. Attendees who present at SFTCG’s meeting receive excellent exposure for their work and their lab.


All the fees for the 2016 congress registration are available on the registration page.

Abstracts can be submitted once your congress registration is complete; you will be able to submit your abstract as part of the congress registration process.

Attendance at the CONGRESS EVENING can be purchased as an optional extra during the registration process.

Payment of your congress registration fee entitles you to the following:

- Participation at all scientific sessions
- Access to poster exhibitions
- Congress bag and materials including Full Scientific Programme
- Daily coffee breaks and lunch, welcome and closing, and award ceremonies

Generous sponsorship enables us to keep the registration rates well below the market norm, especially for students.

Catering (avrg of 1 x lunch and 2 x coffee breaks per day) 23%
AV 7%
Venue 15%
Admin and organisation incl. sponsorship and exhibition 10%
Printing and congress materials incl. bags 6%
Travel expenses & scientific programme 22%
Awards 2%
Social programme incl. welcome and closing, award ceremony, networking evening & speaker dinner 15%

Delegates must be registered for the congress prior to submitting an abstracts. Registrations must be paid for based on the general payment guidelines for all registrations; however those submitting abstracts can avail of a full refund should their abstract not be selected for presentation and the delegate no longer wish to attend the congress.

Please refer to the ‘abstract submission guidelines’ should you wish to submit an abstract.

Payment by credit and debit card is preferred; our payment services are handled by PayPal. Please note that you do NOT need to have an account with PayPal in order to use this service.

Payments by bank transfer must be received within 2 weeks of your invoice date.

We will refund as follows:

  1. for cancellations received by January 31st: 50% refund

  2. for cancellations received after this date: NO REFUND

Refund / cancellation requests must be sent in writing to Where possible refunds will be processed within 3 weeks of receipt; however based on timing and congress workload, refunds may not be processed until after the congress.

Invoices are available through your profile on the SFTCG website. PLEASE NOTE that no separate invoices will be created / sent by the congress office.

All financial questions and queries can be directed to

Abstracts submission guidelines

Part of the programme is dedicated to selected abstracts because we want to ensure that the best and most current research is presented. A large panel of international moderators reviews abstracts so that every abstract receives at least 3 reviewer scores.

Abstract submission guidelines: Make sure your abstract is in, on time and in the right format by following these simple steps:

1: The Deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2016.

2: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be in English.

3: Keep your title concise and informative and only use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence or an acronym/name. DO NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ENTIRE TITLE.

4: List all authors’ name in full and it is compulsory to identify a presenting author. Please note the email address supplied when you submit your abstract will be used for all correspondence pertaining to the abstract.

5: Addresses should be in the following format: Group, Department/Institute, Organisation, Town/City, Postcode/Zip, Country

6: Do not include acknowledgements in your abstracts – these will be included in your word count.

7: Select the subject area that best fits your abstract as this is a guide for review allocation.

8: Please ensure that the email provided when submitting the abstract will still be valid in early-September when the abstract notification is emailed.

Poster Guidelines

Posters should be made in a single A0 size (841mm wide x 1189mm high), portrait orientation. If your poster does not match these dimensions we cannot guarantee that it will fit the poster boards. Each poster will be allocated a number with your notification that you must bring with you.

What happens after you have submitted?

Your abstract will be sent for review and you will be notified of the outcome by email in mid February. Please note the notification email will be sent to the email given when you submitted your abstract. If you have not received notification by 15th February, please contact the SFTCG Office immediately