ADVANCE – Training the next generation of ATMP professionals

Project Acronym ADVANCE
Funding Program Erasmus Plus
Budget € 375,000
Coordinator EATRIS


ADVANCE Project has ended on 31/12/2022. We thank all our participants and partners for the wonderful journey. All of the resources created during the project will remain accessible and access links can be found below. The 5-Day workshops will continue and the dates of the upcoming ones can be found under our Events page. ADVANCE LinkedIn page will remain active, to be the first to receive any news, please follow us here: ADVANCE ATMPs Training Programme


ADVANCE in a nutshell

ADVANCE is a 38-month EU training project, supported by Erasmus Plus with the objective to develop a 3-stage blended learning programme to support early-career biomedical scientists in developing currently missing scientific knowledge, transversal skills and competences to meet the key challenge areas existing in the ATMP development cycle.

The “next generation of ATMP developers” – i.e. early-career biomedical academics (PhDs, Postdocs), including doctors in training, clinician-scientists and SME-based professionals,  who are considered to be an important component of the labour market and the critical intermediaries of the ATMP development pipeline – are the core target group for the three-stage blended learning programme foreseen by ADVANCE.

Download a PDF Program Flyer here and share it in your community!

What does ADVANCE Offer?


Each cycle (2 in total) of the programme will have 7 webinars, completely free of charge and open for all. Three of the webinars are focusing on career development (CV and motivation letter writing, preparing for a job interview, and maintaining a good work-life balance). Four webinars will be handling the key challenges of ATMP development (Scientific, Manufacturing, Reimbursement and Regulatory). Additional 3 webinars were organised in collaboration with the European Medicines Agency and focused on the regulatory aspects of ATMP development.

Watch all past webinars on our YouTube Channel Advance Project Playlist

Find the Webinar Programme 2022 here, upcoming webinars are also announced in the header of this webpage under the category “Upcoming”,  through our Events page, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Online Course

The first iteration of the online course was launched in December 2020 and it’s completely open and free of charge to anyone interested in the ATMPs development topic. The course is ca. 7+ hours of interactive lectures, and nearly 20 hours of independent assignments, and is entirely self-paced. It consists of 4 Units representing the key challenges of the ATMPs development cycle – Scientific, Manufacturing, Reimbursement and Regulatory. Participants will have a chance to listen to talks by 13 top scientists, industry experts and regulators in the field, get acquainted with the relevant literature, and complete assignments such as developing a potency assay strategy for a new ATMP​, building a submission dossier for regulatory review for a new cell therapy​, and performing a Health Technology Assessment on an ATMP using the HTA Core Model.

The online course will remain open in it’s current location until the end of December 2022. After this date the materials will be migrated to a different online learning platform. For students who are currently taking the course and have not completed, please note to complete before this date not to lose your progress. ​Starting January 2023 the online course will be available through EATRIS TransMed Academy. 

Register for Online Course

Course is now on EATRIS TransMed Academy


The workshop is a 5-day full time commitment focusing on all aspects of ATMPs development. The curriculum is complemented by career development and networking activities. The workshop is held twice during the programme (once in 2021 and once in 2022) and only 30 participants are selected to participate in each iteration. There is no tuition fee however participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

Participants can apply for 3 ECTS through University of Ljubljana after successfully completing the workshop.

The first workshop took place virtually on May 3-7th 2021, and the second 20-24 June face-to-face in Rome, Italy.

In case you are interested in the future workshops, please follow ADVANCE LinkedIn and EATRIS LinkedIn accounts and be the first to hear the news.


Participant testimonials

Participant Testimonial by Evangelos Daskalopoulos
Participant Testimonial by Belma Pehlivanović Kelle
Participant Testimonial by Vincenzo Mercurio
Participant Testimonial by Barbara Dovgan
Participant Testimonial by Ana Herman

Digital Accomplishment Badges & ECTS

To show the participation in the ADVANCE Programme we have created digital accomplishment badges associated with participation and acquired skills. There are 4 separate badges that participants can apply for in conjunction with all of the above mentioned activities. Two badges are linked to webinar participation (CV writing skills and preparing for a job interview), one badge will be earned for completion of the online course, and 1 badge will be earned in relation to the 5-day workshop.

Badges are issues through the Open Badges environment of the ADVANCE Programme for ATMP Developers account. Awarded badges can be displayed on LinkedIn profile of the recipient.

Sustainability plan

The ADVANCE programme strives to educate the next generation of ATMP experts.  The ADVANCE blended learning programme supports early-career biomedical professionals in acquiring and developing technical and transversal skills and key competences in four key challenge areas – manufacturing, clinical trials, regulatory approval and reimbursement. As part of the project, a sustainability plan was developed, describing how the face-to-face workshop and the online course can be maintained  in a way that enables a broad participation and reduces the costs for participants.

ADVANCE consortium

The consortium is led by EATRIS ERIC and consists of 6 additional European partners:


Intellectual Outputs

The project will generate 5 different outputs:

  • Online course (IO1 )
  • Webinars (IO2)
  • Workshop (IO3)
  • Open Badges (IO4)
  • Sustainability plan (IO5)

Past Events

For upcoming events follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter

This project receives funding from the European Union’s Erasmus Plus programme under grant agreement 2019-1-NL01-KA203-060286.