The ESACT conferences are the largest European conference in the field of animal cell technologies such as engineering, bioprocessing, recombinant protein production, and cell-based therapies. The meeting typically engages around 1,000 participants, of which 2/3 are academics and 1/3 is industrial. An important part of the meeting is the large showroom for vendors, where we as organizers make an effort to maximize the interaction between vendors and other participants. For this reason, both the coffee breaks and poster sessions take place in the exhibition area. Equally important is the general interaction between industrial and academic participants, both reflected in the excellent talks – which are selected by an academic/industrial scientific committee – and in the social programme, which facilitates networking.

The venue for ESACT 2019 is the Bella Center Copenhagen, which is a large and magnificent, ultramodern, state-of-the-art facility which is situated just 5 minutes from Copenhagen International Airport and 9 minutes from the city center. The Bella Center has its own metro station and has recently opened a magnificent hotel right next to the convention center.