Three day course full hands-on Oocyte pick-up, embryo culture, embryo grading and transfer.
Ideal for young embryologists who start new in the embryology lab. They will end the course with full information and hands-on.


For further information please contact us at training@embryotools.com

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An Overview on IVF Techniques 


Aims and Goals of the Course:

The aim of this training program is to offer a basic hands-on in the techniques used in an IVF laboratory. The course will make special focus on giving basic training in a real IVF setup using unlimited number of samples. After the course, it is expected that the practical knowledge acquired at Embryotools will help the trainee to get more familiarized with the IVF laboratory practice and all the techniques currently used in clinical routine.

Scientific Program:

Theoretical Session (30-45 min duration):

  • “Quality Control and Quality Assessment in the IVF lab“

Hands-On Sessions and Knowledge to be acquired:

With the possibility of getting in touch with the most modern technology and equipment currently available in the IVF field and with unlimited samples and disposables, the trainee will be able to visualize and understand the following procedures:

  • Oocyte and embryo handling using different types of pipetting devices.
  • Oocyte-cumulus handling during oocyte pick-up and stripping.
  • Oocyte, zygote, embryo and blastocyst morphology assessment.
  • Embryo culture up to day 5/6.
  • Embryo transfer from the lab’s perspective: pros and cons of different ways of loading the catheter.
  • Temperature measurements.
  • Disposables out-gassing.
  • Handle of media and oil: aliquoting, storage, preparation of dishes (the overlaid and underlaid methods) for gamete and embryo manipulation and culture.
  • Aseptic techniques for handling media, disposables, gametes and embryos.
  • Measurement of pH, CO2 on different types of incubators using the most accurate methodologies and devices.
  • Basic knowledge of Quality Control and Assessment.
  • Set up of dishes and media for ICSI.
  • Micromanipulator and pipette set up.
  • Overview of the ICSI technique.
  • Sperm analysis, preparation, selection and capture.
  • Assisted hatching in fresh and frozen embryos and blastocyst.
  • Oocyte and embryo vitrification.

Team of embryologists providing the training:
Gloria Calderón, PhD; Nuno Costa-Borges, PhD; Enric Mestres, PhD; Mònica Acacio, MSc; Carolina Castelló, BSc.

Certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants completing the workshop

Date: Three days (from 09:00h to 16:30h)

Price: 3000 Euros

Depending on your experience and needs we can modify the training course by adding extra days to the course.

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.