ESTS Research Scholarship 2016 - Biology Club
Life Science Laboratories of the Wuerzburg University Hospital, Germany

Awarded to:  Max Lacour, Zurich/CH
Research:  Lung Organoids from Primary Respiratory Cells for the Study of Lung Development and Regeneration

Surgical practice is characterized by the continuous improvement of existing methods as well as the establishment of new techniques. To keep up with this ever changing and evolving field of our specialty, we are forced to constantly expand our knowledge. But studying takes time and is a difficult process to incorporate into the busy every day schedule with our commitment to patients’ care.

So the aim of the Biology Club of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons is to give a comprehensive insight into the basic biology of the diseases we are treating in addition to providing an overview of recent developments/techniques within the field. With a deeper understanding we might be able to bring the clinical problem from bedside to bench – a mission that cannot be accomplished by the pure scientist. This input is important for research, because the relevant problems are identified at the bedside. Furthermore the Biology Club offers an exchange platform and promotes collaborative research projects by gathering sponsoring for short term scholarships and fellowships up to one month duration

Two candidates will be selected and invited to present their projects during the Biology Club Session at the 24th European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery in Naples, Italy, 29 May - 1 June 2016




Scholarships 2017


Itinerant Expert Courses 6 and 7 April 2017


  • Robotic Lobectomy, Milan, Italy

  • Robotic Thymectomy, Berlin, Germany


Applications Closed - Friday 25 November 2016
Applicants are expected to be informed by 31 December 2016


Previous Scholarships Awarded 2008 - 2016  


ESTS School Scholarships

Application for Scholarships for Skill Track Courses and Knowledge Track will be announced soon

Scholarship Information

ESTS has initiated scholarships for its School courses to promote and support education in thoracic surgery for trainees in thoracic surgery or thoracic surgeons who have finished their training programme. Five Skill Track scholarships will be provided for each ‘Elancourt in /Copenhagen’ course being held in February and September 2017 and five scholarships for the Knowledge Track 'Antalya Revisted in Prague', Czech Republic March 2017.

This educational grants are opened to everybody; however, some rules are to be used in selection of the applications. The following criteria will have priority in the selection:

  • From “low-middle income” countries in Europe according to the World Bank ranking system.
  • Predominant practice in General Thoracic Surgery.
  • Age under 35 years.
  • Trainees who have completed the first 48 months of their training programme.
  • Surgeons who are within the first 2 years of independent practice.
  • ESTS member.

This grant includes:

  • Free registration to the School course.
  • Attending all the scientific and social activities.
  • All School material (published course book, CD, etc.).
  • Free accommodation (with breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the course.

This grant does not include:

  • Travel expenses.
  • Optional social events.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and no priority is given to selection based on the date of submitting the application.