Three-day group course based on different types of oocyte injection, sperm capture and immobilization, oocyte rotation, better sperm selection, IMSI and PICSI.

This course with a maximum of six people guarantees a unique environment and highly technological laboratory with the most modern and exclusive equipment in the market available for training.


SKU: TRN-GR-005 Category:


How to improve Sperm selection and ICSI techniques


What to do when a bad sperm sample meets poor quality oocytes

Aims and Goals of the Course:

This course is specifically designed for Embryologists interested in acquiring practical skills and updating their knowledge on the ICSI technique and sperm selection. The course will focus on didactic and intensive hands-on practical lessons about the ICSI procedure, breaking the membrane of the oocyte by pressure, avoiding cytoplasm aspiration and enhancing embryo quality. On the other hand, embryologists will learn how to improve sperm selection and reduce DNA fragmentation by using MACS and ChipFertile®. Also, IMSI and PICSI technologies will be available to discuss their advantages and application.

Throughout the course, embryologists will have the opportunity to get in touch with the latest technologies that are currently available in the field, such as Narishige and Eppendorf micromanipulators and Octax CytoScreen high magnification microscopy. The course is held in a real IVF lab setting with an unlimited number of samples to practice and video recording to analyse your technical improvements.

Scientific Program:

Theoretical Sessions (30-45 min duration):

  • “ICSI not all injections are the same “ by Nuno Costa-Borges, PhD
  • “New ways to reduce DNA fragmentation: Chip Fertile®” by Embryotools Team

Hands-On Sessions:

  • Set up of dishes and media for ICSI
  • Micromanipulator and pipette set up
  • Sperm preparation techniques: Gradients, swim-up, MACS, Chip Fertile®
  • Sperm selection and capture
  • Oocyte rotation and microinjection
  • Different ways of breaking the membrane
  • Washing and culture of microinjected oocytes as well as the analysis of their development the following day.

Team of embryologists providing the training:
Embryotools team (Gloria Calderón, PhD; Nuno Costa-Borges, PhD; Enric Mestres, MSc; Ivette Vanrell, MSc; María García, MSc and Mònica Acacio, MSc)

Certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants completing the workshop for a total of 24 hours

Dates:  from 10h a.m. ‑ 6h p.m.

Prices: 2750 Euros (+ VAT if applicable)

Embryotools’ Laboratories
Avenida Doctor Marañón, 8
Parc Científic de Barcelona
08028 Barcelona, Spain


General information

Workshop location

Embryotools S.L.

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Embryotools S.L. 41.381236, 2.116885

We are next to the Barcelona Football Stadium

Parc Científic de Barcelona
Av. Doctor Marañon 8
08028 Barcelona (Spain)
Phone: + 34 934 497 198


There are several hotel options to stay in Barcelona.

To help you on finding the best option for you, here you have a list of hotels near our facilities.

The NH hotels and Madanis hotel offers a special discount to our trainees. Ask for it!

Hotel Madanis Barcelona

Description 4 stars hotel GL
Address  Riera Blanca, 10 – 08903 – Barcelona
Distance to Embryotools 10 min walking
Information and booking  https://www.hotelmadanis.com/
Phone  (+34) 934 470 006

Hotel NH Barcelona Stadium

Description 4 stars hotel GL
Address Travessera de les Corts, 150-152, 08028 Barcelona
Distance to Embryotools 10 min walking
Information and booking http://www.nh-hoteles.es/hotel/nh-barcelona-stadium
Phone (+34) 933 399 050

Hotel NH Collection Barcelona Constanza

Description 4 stars hotel
Address Avenida Diagonal 555

08028 Barcelona

Distance to Embryotools 15 min in tram or 25 min walking
Information and booking http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-barcelona-constanza
Phone (+34) 932 811 500

Hotel Catalonia Rigoletto

Description 5 stars hotel
Address Carrer Sabino de Arana, 22 – 24,

08028 Barcelona

Distance to Embryotools 12 min walking
Information and booking http://www.hoteles-catalonia.com


Barcelona is a friendly city for tourists easy to go around. You can find information on how to move around in these two web sites:



The closest public transport stops to arrive to Embryotools are the following:


  • V1 Mini Estadi – FC Barcelona
  • H8 Les Corts- Arizala
  • 113 Mini Estadi Palau Blaugrana
  • 101 Fútbol Club Barcelona
  • 113, 33, 67, 7, 75, H6 Palau Reial


  • Green Line- L3- Palau Reial
  • Blue Line- L5- Collblanc
  • Orange Line- L9- Zona Universitaria (from airport)


  • All lines- Av Xile


  • You can also book a taxi through Whatsapp at the number: +34 675613072.  Please specify that you are coming to an Embryotools course and the flight number information. A friendly Embryotools taxi driver will pick you up at the airport to take you to hotel or to our facilities.


Classes can be conducted in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese.

For other languages, translation services can be arranged.


Informal for all occasions. We will provide with special clothing and clogs to work inside the lab. If you need a special size, please let us know.


Some participants may require a visa in order to enter Spain.

Please check the following link in english or spanish where you can download a Welcome letter. You can fill it in and send it back to us so that we can sign it and return it to you to present it to the Spanish embassy in your country.

Lunch break

Lunch break time is flexible to the lab’s needs. The lunch is included in the price of the course, you will join the Embryotools team during the lunch break at the Scientific Park’s restaurant where a fast line menu with different options is available.