IVF innovation center Hardegsen

For reproductive physicians

What is more important in an IVF clinic than a team that understands each other both humanly and professionally? The reproductive physician as the person in charge must understand the laboratory methods in order to be able to lead a team confidently.
We would like to accommodate their wishes and interests and tailor the courses to their questions. The main focus is to answer and demonstrate their questions, which have accumulated over time, on an individual basis.
At the end of a course, each student should be full of inspiration to continue their field with joy and aplomb.
We have time to clarify all questions quite individually in conversation and do not dwell on theoretical frontal presentations.

The focus of this module is on the practical application of all laboratory methods.
A limitation of participants to a maximum of 6 physicians will take place under 3G rules and the current conditions, which will be announced shortly before the start of the course.
Continuing education points will be applied for at the Lower Saxony Medical Association, a certificate of the University Medical Center Göttingen, Pharmacology and Dragon IVF International will be issued.

For this purpose, we offer a training course in a compact module twice a year from Friday to Sunday, covering the following topics:


Demonstration and application of the most important preparation methods and WHO 6 criteria in the context of assisted reproduction as well as special possibilities in difficult cases

Fertilization techniques

Classification and implementation of a useful fertility treatment according to the prerequisites and their preparations


ICSI, IMSI, biopsies in the setup and the independent technical implementation


Slow freezing vs vitrification

According to the requirements the possibilities of documentation to create a clinical image of the case

Demonstration of the individual GOÄ – and EBM numbers

An individual program will be sent to you before the start of the event

Programme Overview: Hands-on methods in the IVF laboratory

Workshop 21.10.2022 – 23.10.2022 in the Innovation Center Hardegsen

Friday, 21.10.2022

3.00 pm

  • Welcome and reception
    Dr. Manuela Ropeter, Dragon IVF International
  • Presentation of the equipment park, discussion of the upcoming techniques
  • Round of introductions of the participants
  • Space for expressing special wishes from everyday laboratory life

4.00 pm

  • Coffee and tea

4.30 – 6.00 pm

  • Lecture by Dr. Manuela Ropeter-Scharfenstein
  • Overview of the laboratory workflow from puncture to embryo transfer

7.00 pm

  • Dinner at Rialto and social evening

Saturday, 22.10.2022

8.30 – 10.30 am

  • Puncture of ovaries (pig/cow/cat) for oocyte retrieval, oocyte retrieval and denudation.
  • Demonstration of TESE biopsies with processing
  • Devices/materials and possibilities for ejaculate processing (pig, bovine) in the laboratory according to WHO 6

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

  • Preparation of different types of ejaculate (pig, bovine) with several methods of processing:
    • Preparation techniques in theory and practice: swim up, mini swim, sedimentation chamber, gradient centrifugation, fluid chambers, MACS
    • Morphology staining
  • Discussion of advantages and disadvantages, application examples in the human field, billing of punctures in GOÄ/EBM and ejaculate processing

1.00 pm

  • Lunch at Burgschänke, stroll with discussion in the spa gardens

2.30 pm

  • Preparation of oocytes (pig, bovine) under stereo magnifier, techniques of different handling methods of gametes and embryos
  • Demonstration of IUI and IVF
  • Embryo transfer with different methods and catheters, transfer rules (lab to doctor)
  • Discussion of pros and cons

5.00 – 7.30 pm

  • Cryopreservation of eggs and sperm with different methods in theory and practice

8.30 pm

  • Dinner at Neue Liebe

Sunday, 23.10.2022

8.30 – 10.30 am

  • Liquid handling, dish preparation
  • Basics of incubation
  • Incubation technique: what is it all about?
    • Culture methods
    • Trouble shooting
    • Embryo culture
    • Incubation possibilities, time lapse, small incubator at side, large-scale incubation

10.30 am – 1.30 pm

  • Micromanipulation:
    Basic information about manufacturers and workstation set-up
    • Setting and adjustment, basics of manipulators
    • Capture of sperm
    • Rotations of oocytes, adjustment before injection
  •  Performance of ICSI

2.00 pm

  • Lunch at Burgschänke

3.30 pm

  • Questionnaire, evaluation sheet, certificate handover

5.00 pm

  • Coffee and cake, departure


  • The course is evaluated by the Lower Saxony Medical Association with 31 certification points.
  • All meals and drinks are included in the price. The course will be liquidated before the course starts.

If you want to set up an IVF clinic or have your employees trained, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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