European Society of Toxicologic Pathology (ESTP)
    European Society of Toxicologic Pathology
17th European Congress of Toxicologic Pathology
Digitalization Meets Pathology

September 17 – 20, 2019
Cologne, Germany

Please mark your calendar
and do not forget to register!

The 2nd Announcement can be downloaded here.


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The European Society of Toxicologic Pathology (ESTP) is pleased to invite you to the 17th EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF TOXICOLOGIC PATHOLOGY at the Maternushaus in Cologne, Germany, from September 17 to 20, 2019. The ESTP is also pleased to announce that the 47th European Society of Teratology (ETS) meeting will be held in parallel with sessions together on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. The joint Welcome Reception and Congress Dinner will give ESTP and EST members greater opportunity to meet and network.

The theme of the 2019 Congress is "Digitalization meets Pathology," with focus on digitalization, image analysis, computational pathology, and other advanced technologies.

Digitalization has become increasingly integrated in toxicologic pathology in recent years and has profoundly impacted the practice of modern toxicologic pathology. With this year’s theme, our vision is to give colleagues an insight into the latest achievements and where the journey may lead us.

The scientific program is organized to cover different aspects of digitalization including an introductory overview of the different areas within digitalization and computational pathology, as well as the practical and technical aspects of digital slide management, platform architecture, and workflows for viewing digital slides. Sessions on image analysis, artificial intelligence including machine and deep learning, as well as critical discussions on the regulatory aspects of these methodologies are planned. There will also be a session on various other Advanced Technologies.

Plenary lectures, oral presentations, case studies, and a poster session will provide opportunity for formal and informal interactions with colleagues and friends.
Contract research organization services, innovative equipment and technologies, new publications, and others will be featured at the trade exhibition.

On September 17, 2019, there will be the half-day International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology (IATP) Satellite Symposium on "New Approaches and Practices in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology – Role of the Toxicologic Pathologist." This symposium will cover application of micro-CT in reproductive and developmental toxicology studies, current approaches for sampling and evaluation of the female and male reproductive tracts in studies, including juvenile studies, and emerging mechanistic in vitro models of embryonic implantation and organ-on-a-chip technologies in reproductive toxicology.

The social program, open to all registered participants, will include the Welcome Reception at the Maternushaus, and the Congress Dinner at the "Wartesaal am Dom" located in the old waiting hall of the historic train station of Cologne.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cologne!

On behalf of the ESTP,

Björn Jacobsen and Sibylle Gröters
Chairs of the Scientific Organizing Committee


Scientific Organizing Committee
Andreas Popp, AbbVie (Germany)
Angele Breithaupt, FLI, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (Germany)
Babu Gangadharan, CitoxLab (Hungary)
Bettina Lawrenz, Bayer AG (Germany)
Björn Jacobsen, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (Switzerland)
Dirk Schaudien, Fraunhofer ITEM (Germany)
Erio Barale, Janssen (Belgium)
Jonathan Carter, Covance (United Kingdom)
Joost Lensen, Charles River Laboratories (Netherlands)
Karen Bodie, AbbVie (Germany)
Kuno Würsch, Novartis (Switzerland)
Maria Cristina De Vera Mudry, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (Switzerland)
Matt Jacobsen, Astrazeneca (United Kingdom)
Raffaella Capobianco, RTC (Italy)
Sibylle Gröters, BASF SE (Germany)

Congress Organizer
see below

Scientific Program

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 (9:00 – 12:45)
Satellite Workshop co-sponsored by the International Academy of Toxicologic Pathology (IATP) and ESTP: New Approaches and Practices in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology – Role of the Toxicologic Pathologist

This half-day symposium is oriented for toxicologists and pathologists who are engaged in the nonclinical assessment of reproductive and developmental toxicology studies.
The speakers will cover usage of micro-CT in reproductive and developmental toxicology studies, current approaches for sampling and evaluation of the female and male reproductive tracts in these studies, including juvenile studies, and emerging mechanistic in vitro models of embryonic implantation and organ-on-a-chip technologies in reproductive toxicology.
Lunch will be served to attendees after the meeting. A separate registration is required.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 (start 14:00)
The meeting will kick off with a keynote lecture on definitions of digitalization/digitization and computational pathology to set a common understanding of these terms. The following presentations will focus on the technical aspects of managing digital slides, digitalization of the laboratory environment, a consideration of platform architecture, and other aspects of pathology digitalization and digitization.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019
This day is dedicated to three shared sessions with the European Teratology Society (ETS) and will focus on topics relevant for both disciplines. In the Machine and Deep Learning session we will focus on the general concepts and some of the technical aspects as well as potential limitations of these techniques. In addition, there will be an overview of current as well as potential future applications using these techniques.

Thursday, 19 September 2019
In our first session of the day, we will cover the establishment of workflows for viewing digital slides including whole routine histopathology slides and also magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
The second session will focus on image analysis. This session will present computational software techniques to collect powerful quantitative data out of histological preparations and will outline their chances and limitations.
The last session on Thursday will examine some of the regulatory aspects of the use of digital pathology in the regulated non-clinical environment.

Friday, 20 September 2019
Advanced Technlogies will introduce the audience to innovative tools now available to pathologists and other scientists that are used to characterize morphologies and explore mechanisms of disease. Imaging Mass Cytometry (CyTOF) and Nanostring Digital Spatial Profiling are highly multiplexed platforms that improve understanding of disease and therapeutic responses in liquid biopsies and tissue sections. Light sheet microscopy allows slide-free visualization of organs and whole animals in three dimensions. MALDI-MS Imaging enables in situ visualization of various molecules, allowing the correlation and co-localization of molecular information with histopathology and other imaging modalities.


The Congress Program will also include the following Awards. The application details can be downloaded here.

  • Chirukandath Gopinath Lecture Award, an engraved glass award, is sponsored by the British Society of Toxicological Pathology (BSTP): The awarded speaker is an internationally recognized scientist
  • Award for the Best Poster sponsored by the French Society of Toxicologic Pathology (SFPT): The recipient will receive a certificate and a monetary prize of € 1000.
  • IATP Charles Capen Trainee Award, rewarding a major contribution in toxicologic pathology by a student or trainee: The IATP funds the award in the amount of $750 USD which can be used to attend a conference of a Society of Toxicologic Pathology or related meeting.
  • IATP Food Safety Scientific Award, sponsored by the IATP, rewarding a food-related scientific contribution by a young investigator or trainee: The award consists of a certificate and a check in the amount of U.S. dollars market equivalent of ¥ 100,000.
  • ESTP Publication Award: The ESTP funds the award for a toxicologic pathology-related scientific contribution by a young investigator or trainee with a certificate, a prize money of € 1500, the registration fee and travel costs (economy flight booked by our congress organizer) for the upcoming ESTP congress. With this endowment it is attempted to promote cooperation between Universities and industry and to interest young scientists in toxicological pathology and related fields.

Call for Case Presentations

Cases for oral presentation are welcome on all topics of pathology. The template for case presentations, as well as the online submission form, are now available on the Case Presentation Submission Page.

The deadline for submission is June 21, 2019.

The cases will be interactive sessions, if possible around Digitalization meets Pathology. This interactive session will hopefully generate lively and productive discussions, and most importantly, allow us to have a good time!

For each case, the presenter could project:

  1. a series of images from lesions,
  2. clinical and/or toxicological endpoints with potential adversity questions, and suggest a choice of diagnoses/answers. The audience will then vote via wireless keypads, and the voting results will be displayed on the screen. After each voting session, time for discussion will be allowed.

Call for Posters

The template for poster abstract and the online submission form are now available at the Abstract Submission Page.

The deadline for submissions is June 21, 2019.

Congress Venue
Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3
50668 Köln
Fon (0221) 1631 - 0

The Maternushaus hotel is located in the Altstadt-North district of Cologne and is very close to galleries, a basilica and the famous gothic Cologne Cathedral. The Old Town with Alter Markt and Heumarkt is the centre of Cologne’s old neighbourhood of handicrafts and trade, and these are major attractions for Cologne residents and visitors. Surrounded by many small restaurants and cafés and located at the borders of the river Rhine, this area is an inviting place to relax and enjoy life, especially in the month September.

Social Events

Welcome Reception – Tuesday 17th September – Maternushaus (Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1-3, 50668 Köln)

On the evening of Tuesday 17th September we would like to invite you to join us at the Welcome Reception. The Reception will be a joint event with the European Teratology Society (ETS).

The Reception will take place in the congress venue where you will have the opportunity to meet colleagues and friends, to chat and prepare yourself for the following days of the conference.

The Reception will last 2 hours, with drinks and light snacks. There are several restaurants in walking distance to the venue to go out for dinner afterwards.

Join us, have a drink and enjoy the evening.

Dinner – Thursday 19th September – Wartesaal am Dom (Johannisstraße 11, 50668 Köln)

The Conference dinner will take place in the "Wartesaal am Dom" on Thursday 19th September.

You are invited to enjoy a delicious dinner and to meet friends and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. The Restaurant is located in the old waiting hall of the historic train station of Cologne. It is located right next to the new main train station and the famous cathedral of Cologne. It is only 900 m walking distance from the congress venue, you walk through the old part of the town and might want to make a short stop at the cathedral.

This is the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on the congress and engage in spirited conversation.

Congress Registration

To register for the congress, please use the online registration form.
If you have questions about the registration procedure please contact our congress organizer “Solution Office” (

Registration fees
    Until June 30, 2019   After June 30, 2019  
ESTP Member 420.00                 490.00                
Participant (non-member) 500.00 570.00
One day registration ESTP Member 200.00 200.00
One day registration non-member 230.00 230.00
Students* 130.00 130.00
IATP seminar 65.00 85.00
Accompanying Person** 100.00 100.00
Please note that a tax of 19 % will be added to the fees.
* Student's registration to be supported by a letter from their supervisor of active training/residency in Pathology.
** Accompanying Person fee includes welcome reception and congress dinner. Participation in the scientific sessions is not included.
Above fees include all lectures, lunch, welcome reception and congress dinner.
Coffee, tea, refreshment beverage and snacks are served during the coffee breaks.
Lunch is provided during the lunch breaks on:
         Wednesday, 18th September
         Thursday, 19th September

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations are to be notified in writing to the congress organizing office. Refunds will be made under the following conditions:

  • You may cancel without extra costs within 48 hours of placing your registration.
  • Until August 1st, 2019, a 60% refund of the registration fee will be given.
  • After August 1st, 2019, no registration fees will be refunded
  • All refunds will be handled after the Congress.

General Information

General information can be found together with accommodation on a separate page.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

The organizers thank the following sponsors:


Congress Organizer
Solution office e.K.
Bergstraße 2
29646 Bispingen
Tel.: +49 (0)5194 97449-0
Fax: +49 (0)5194 97449-4
Contact person: Pia Schröder