Media Feedback & Participant Comments
a summary from previous events 2009 to 2019

Cheers and thanks for the great meeting which I thought was really great this year. Lots of interesting people around.

Prof Stephen Bustin BA (Mod) PhD
Professor of Molecular Science
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dear Sylvia and Michael,
Thanks for the feedback and for a good meeting - I enjoyed it a lot.
The social element of the meeting is special so this should only be emphasize in my opinion.
The poster session was fine, although the ones facing the wall left a very small corridor to traverse - maybe this setup could be improved.
On the topics it's obvious NGS is taking more and more attention - also here. I guess this is inevitable.
Finally - it was an excellent party to shake up things.
Best wishes,

Søren Morgenthaler Echwald

Hallo Michael, Hallo Sylvia,

vielen Dank wieder mal für das schöne Meeting und die schöne Zeit in Freising!

Erholt Euch gut von uns ;-) und ich freue mich schon aufs nächste Mal!

LG Axel

Axel Möhrle
4titude® Ltd.
Sickingenstr. 26
10553 Berlin,  Germany

Hello Michael,
That was a great meeting, indeed! Thank you so much for the nice organization, for the quality of the program.
For everything!
Please send my warm congratulations to your whole staff.
Best wishes,

Pascal Barbry, Directeur
Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire
660, route des lucioles
F06560 Sophia Antipolis

Dear Michael and Sylvia,

It was a pleasure giving talk at the Gene Quantification 2019 event!
Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and a great organisation and amazing speakers and attendees! :)
Many thanks again!

Kind regards,

Michaela Asp, Ph.D.
Scientific Coordinator, Lundeberg Lab
HCA Human Development Sweden
SciLifeLab Stockholm
Department of Gene Technology, KTH
Tomtebodavägen 23A
SE-171 65 Solna

Hello Michael and Sylvia,
I want to sincerely thank you for organizing and running my favorite meeting of the year! I appreciate all of your attention to details and ensuring all the sessions operate flawlessly. I had so many intellectually stimulation discussions and am following up on several new collaborations made possible by your conference.
Thank you so much!
All the best from San Francisco,
David Ruff

Dave Ruff, PhD
Vice President of Research

Hi Michael,

This year's event again fulfilled our expectations. As gold sponsors at the event, focused on the latest trends in molecular biology and software development, we were able to present our scientific research and products, and concluded several successful meetings with the leading decision makers in the industry. We would recommend qPCR & NGS Event to everyone who is interested in relevant scientific content and meeting the key opinion leaders from the qPCR and NGS industry.

Best regards,

Matjaz Hren, PhD
COO, Head R&D
Pot za Brdom 102
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dear organizers,

Thank you for the well organized and informative qPCR symposium.
Best regards

Dr. Tanja Scheuermann
Application Lab
Roche Diagnostics GmbH
Nonnenwald 2
82377 Penzberg / Germany
Dear Michael,
I want to thank you to invite me  as a speaker for qPCR dPCR NGS meeting! I really enjoyed the meeting, the talks, the posters, the drinks, the dinner …! Well-organized!
I look forward to contribute to future qPCR dPCR NGS meetings.
See you in Toronto at the ISEV meeting?
Best regards,

Dr. Ir. An Hendrix
FWO post-doctoral researcher
Ghent University
Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research
Department of Radiation Oncology and Experimental Cancer Research
2RTP, Entrance 98, De Pintelaan 185
9000 Ghent, Belgium

Herzlichen Dank für das tolle Symposium und den Digital PCR Workshop!
Die Organisation war super und die Verkostung erst :-)
Bin schon auf die Videos gespannt,
VG Marlene

Marlene Reithmair
Institut für Humangenetik
Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Goethestraße 29
80336 München
Dear Sylvia
Here are some comments from my side:
  • This was my first time as this conference and I really enjoyed the open and informal setting, the ease to move about and connect, even when you don’t know anybody yet and the relaxed atmosphere.
  • The conference size (number of people and number of sessions + number of talks) was perfect.
  • I also liked that there were two parallel sessions that were different, so you could choose which best suits your interest.
  • I liked that there were many companies present with stands to visit to get more information on the latest commercial technologies.
  • The poster session reception with buffet snacks and drinks on Monday evening was great!
  • The fact that the symposium can be combined with a workshop of choice at the same location was superb.
  • Great that all talks will be made available to all conference visitors.
  • I also really enjoyed reading the BDQ edition that was handed out.
  • I learned a lot!!!
  • I knew this beforehand, but still missed a lot the application possibilities in prokaryotes as the focus of the symposium is very much on human/mouse applications and RNA expression.
  • The website is very unclear and amateuristic.
  • The conference is quite expensive. There were foods and drinks provided all the time – this was very luxurious and I enjoyed it, but may not be necessary and could save costs?
With kind regards

Robyn Eijlander
NIZO food research BV
Senior Project Manager Microbiomics

Dear Mrs. and Mr. Pfaffl,

I would also like to thank you from my side for organizing such a great event (which I unfortunately only now realized existed)! It is a highly productive mix of exquisite and informative up-to-date scientific talks, a manageable amount of industrial partners offering a wide range of interesting products and, of course, one-of-a-kind social events! I very much enjoyed myself scientifically and personally 😊
If there is a link to a survey form, please send it to me. I’d be happy to fill it in.

Best wishes,
Kevin Gesson

Hi Michael,
I arrived home safely thanks. Many thanks for another great meeting - lots of fun as always!
The posters you list are the correct ones.
There used to be a bigger infectious diseases / microbiology component to the conference. Cancer, exosomes, eukaryotic microRNA profiling etc seems to have taken over. It might be good to run a microbiology and infectious diseases applications session next time.
Jim and I would be happy to chair!
Many thanks again.

Dr Justin O'Grady,
Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology,
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia,
Bob Champion Building (BCRE),
James Watson Rd.,
Norwich, UK, NR4 7UQ
Dear Michael, Sylvia and Martina

Thanks for your email.  And a HUGE thanks for putting on such a fantastic event.  We found the event to be exceptionally well organised.  The qualityof all of the hospitality and entertainment was exceptional.  All of the bioMCC team were enormously friendly and helpful too.As always the scientific content of the event was varied.  Some good, some not so good, but this is not under your control! However there was a lot ofexcellent science presented and some real highlights...not least Kary Mulis'captivating talk on the Monday afternoon.

Thanks again and we look forward to attending again in future.

with best wishes

Jim Wicks PhD
Project Manager
PrimerDesign Ltd

Dear Michael

Thanks for a great meeting.
As a recommendation, I would suggest that your emphasize even better that commercial companies come with a scientific talk, and not plain marketing story.

Kind regards
Jo Vandesompele
Hi Michael,

Thank you for yet another wonderful conference.

All the best,


Ditte Andreasen
Scientific Manager - qPCR Development at Exiqon
Copenhagen Area, Capital Region, Denmark

Dear Michael,

I just wanted to say thank you again for the chance to speak at your meeting. I really enjoyed it and very much hope I get to come along again in the future.

Best wishes,


Dr Tim Forshew
UCL Group Leader
Translational Cancer Genetics
UCL Cancer Institute
Dear organisers,

It was a pleasure attending and participating in the qPCR2011 Event. I especially liked the accent on new developments and the presence of speakers with broad experience in the field. Together with the possibilities to directly contact the industry made the visit absolutely worthwhile.

I don’t know if separate sessions and discussion sessions really add to the quality of the event. Better keep the quality of the speakers as high as possible and focused on the scope of new technological advancements.

Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to present my work and looking forward to a next qPCR event,

With kind regards,

Ronald van Eijk
Laboratory Researcher
Department of Pathology
Leiden University Medical Center
The Netherlands

Dear Organisers,

Thank you very much for a well executed event. 

Kind regards
Kassie Hirani
General Manager

Hello Michael, Sylvia, and Martina,

Thank you again for a well-organized and informative meeting.

Viresh Patel, Ph.D.
Senior Product Manager
Bio-Rad Laboratories

Dear Michael,
After almost two days of reflection I can say that I very much enjoyed the qPCR event in Freising. I met a lot of interesting and interested people and I will certainly pursue some those contacts. So thanks for the organisation.

Dr. J.M. Ruijter
Dept. Anatomy and Embryology
the Netherlands

Again a fantastic meeting, and thank you so much for your support. I think BDQ had a fantastic launch and we are in a great position for moving forward.
Looking forward to our continued work together and future of BDQ.
Speak soon.
Jim Huggett | Principal Scientist, Nucleic Acid Research | Molecular and Cell Biology | Science and Innovation
LGC | Queens Road | Teddington | Middlesex | TW11 0LY | UK

Liebe qPCR-Organisatoren,

Der Kongress war einfach wieder Klasse!  Herzlichen Dank für die hervorragende Organisation!

Ihr Wolfgang Schäfer

Dear organizers,

I would like to thank a lot for great organization and management of the conference, everything worked in good order. The lectures were very attractive and the speakers were amazing. I am looking forward for their presentations, because unfortunatelly I was not present at all of the lectures I wanted to be at due to the similar timing, so thanks for the opportunity of recordings. I was really delighted by the catering service, all the lunches and especially by the social evening in the brewery, that was fantastic!
See you maybe at the next conference/event...

Kind regards,

Dear qPCR 2011 Team,

Thank you very much for your wonderful organization. Everything was great. I really enjoyed the meeting, the workshops, and my stay in Freising.
When I came back to my university, I mentioned a lot about your organization to my colleagues. Although everyone thinks the payment is very much for a student, as for me it was worth.
Freising is a very beautiful and peaceful city so do the campus. As a student I really get jealous the students of TUM. I would like to do my PhD at such a university.
It was a full scientific and social enthusiasm week for me, thank you for organizing this type of successful occasions for us.

I look forward the coming qPCR Events (may be qPCR 2012).

Best Regards

Fatih University
Istanbul / TURKEY

Dear Michael and Sylvia,
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your fantastic meeting.  You are wonderful and gracious hosts and I appreciate all the work you and your team did to provide the meeting as well as the extra curricular events. 
The Pros of the meeting for me were: 1.  Learning about the new developments in the emerging areas of single cell analysis and digital qPCR.  2. I enjoyed the next gen sequencing presentations, especially the non-commercial presentations.  3.  The meeting layout and program promoted networking and sharing ideas with others. 4.  The support staff was outstanding and did a great job at both the meeting and non-meeting events.
The only Con I have is the high level of commercial presentations that were part of the program.  Some vendors did try to give a more scientific style of presentation. But there were a few that gave more of a sales pitch than science.  Perhaps it could be encouraged that if a vendor wants to present at the meeting that they ask a non-company scientist who has been using their product to speak.

Kevin L. Knudtson
University of Iowa
DNA Facility
323 EMRB
Iowa City, IA  52242  USA

Dear organisation team,

thank you for wanderful organisation of the symposium qPCR 2009 Event. I
was participated for the first time and I enjoyed the meeting and the workshop.

Here is my poster presentation in a PDF file format.

Best regards and see you on the next symposium,

Marija Jedrt Mandelc Mazaj
University Medical Centre Ljubljana

+ Supernice meeting: one to come back to !
- Posterhall should be opened longer than until 3pm
- To my opinion, every topic should start with a long plenary session giving an overview of all the basic information and briefly some updates, prospects, problems..., followed by shorter talks (without the same introduction) about new methods, applications,...
Best regards, Mario.
Dr. Mario Van Poucke
Laboratory Coordinator
Laboratory for Animal Genetics
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University
Heidestraat 19, B-9820 Merelbeke, BELGIUM

Hi Michael,
This was really a good meeting!  First time I go there; for sure the first of a long series...
Best regards,

Maxime Eugene
Marketing Manager
EUROGENTEC - Building 2
LIEGE science park
4102 Seraing - Belgium

Dear Sylvia, dear Michael,

It was my pleasure to participate in the meeting.
I will however recall a great meeting and both of you when I drink the liquids given to me as a present.
I would like to thank you very much for inviting me and I hope to see you again during the 5th meeting.
All the best - and please excuse that I gave away a package of Weihenstephaner to the people from the technical service who did a great job without first asking for your permission. All your helpers performed in an excellent way.

Hans Nitschko
Dear Michael,

Please can I congratulate you on a very successful meeting last week both myself and my Applied Biosystems had a successful meeting



Debra Ann Nickson PhD
INVITROGEN Regional Business Manager EMEA
Molecular Biology Systems
3 Fountain Drive, Inchinnan Business Park
Paisley. PA4 9RF

To whom it may concern,

Thank you very much for hosting an excellent conference once again.


Ben Sowers
Senior Scientist
Biosearch Technologies, Inc.
81 Digital Drive, Novato, CA 94949-5728
Dear qPCR 2009 organizer,
First let me thank for the warm welcome and the excellent organisation.
Please find attached a pdf of my poster contribution.
Thank you again and hope seeing you in the next qPCR symposium.
Best regards
Afif Abdel Nour

Thank you for a very interesting and well-organized meeting!

Susanne Ulbrich
ETH Zürich
Dear Michael,
I wanted to thank you for your hospitality during the qPCR meeting. It
was an excellent program and I learned very much. I do plan on attendingin 2011

Best wishes,
George Vandemark
Grain Legume Genetics
303 Johnson Hall Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164 - United States of America

Dear Michael,
me and my colleagues would like to thank for the wonderful time in Freising
and for excellent organisation of the whole symposium.
Best regards,

Petr Kralik
Veterinary Research Institute
Department of Food and Feed Safety
Molecular Mycobacteriology Unit
O.I.E. Reference Laboratories for Paratuberculosis and Avian Tuberculosis
Hudcova 70
Brno 621 00 - Czech Republic
Dear Organizers,
as always - it was a great pleasure to be in Weihenstephan!
Best wishes
Guido Krupp

Thanks for being such a gracious host.  I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting.
Thanks again,
Steve Judd

Hi Michael, Martina and Sylvia,
Attached please find a pdf version of the poster. I would like to thank you again for your wonderful hosting and seamless organization of the conference.

Kind regards,

Alex Chagovetz
Dear Prof. Pfaffl,
Many thanks to you and your team for this excellent symposium.
best regards
Regina Konrad

Dr. Regina Konrad
Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL)
Veterinärstr. 2
D-85764 Oberschleißheim

I enjoyed the conference.  Thank you.


Richard Fekete, Ph.D.
Sr. Manager, Scientists
Molecular Biology Reagents
T  512 721 3658 • F 512 651 0201
2130 Woodward St. • Austin • Texas • 78744 • U.S.A.
Dear qPCR 2011 organisers,
The conference was excellent and very enjoyable.
The content of the seminars was excellent- but in some cases the chairs did not exercise quite enough discipline regarding time (this is important with parallel sessions).
The advertised poster sessions, apart from the Monday night (which was excellent, well attended and plenty of discussion!) were not well attended.
The catering at this conference was the best I have ever experienced (and I am a veteran of many conferences).
It would be helpful to have a few more accommodation options linked to the conference site (or linked more prominently, if they were already there).
Best regards, and thanks again for a great conference.

Prof. Ross Barnard
Biotechnology Program
The University of Queensland

To the organization team,
Thank you very much for an excellent qPCR Event! I very much enjoyed both the symposium and the industrial exhibition, but unfortunately, I did not have the chance to partake in the application workshops at this occasion. All in all we had a great stay in Freising and at the Technical University of Munich. Looking forward to reviewing some of the excellent presentations, and of course, the symposium photo gallery from the event.
Wish you all a great Easter from all of us in ArcticZymes!
Best regards,

Elisabeth Lill Andreassen, M.Sc
Application Researcher
ArcticZymes AS
Sykehusveien 23
PO Boks 6463
9294 Tromsø,  Norway

Dear Michael Pfaffl,
Thank you very much for well organised conference, I've learnt a lot of new things. Probably more basic researches were expected, nevertheless, I'm very satisfied that have attended it!
With best regards,
Yulia Zabiyaka

Zabiyaka Yulia
Mechnikov Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera
Dear Dr. Michael Pfaffl,

Thank you for the whole qPCR 2011 event that  was really satisfactory both scientifically and socially. We wish to contribute more for your events in future.

Best regards,
Dr. Irem Uzonur (Assist. Prof.)

Fatih University,
Biology Department,
Istanbul, Turkey
Dear Sylvia,

I also wanted to thank everyone involved in organizing this meeting for a job exceptionally well done. I thoroughly enjoyed the meetings, especially the ample social activities and learned a lot from presentations and technologies presented by the various companies / exhibitors.

Viele Gruesse

Dr. Karl H. Hasenstein
Department of Biology
University of Louisiana
Lafayette, LA 70504-2451

Dear Michael

Thank you for the nice meeting. We enjoyed it very much!

Best regards

Barbara D'haene,
Biogazelle, Gent, Belgium
Hallo Michael,

nochmals vielen Dank für die Einladung zu dem Kongress. Ich fand ihn sehr gelungen und habe nur einen minimalen Verbesserungsvorschlag:
Eventuell könnte mehr Gewicht auf 10 Min-Vorträge von Doktoranden und Postdocs gelegt werden, so wie am letzten Tag.

Viele Grüße,
Andreas Untergasser

Dear organizers of the qPCR event 2011,
I would like to thank you for the successful organization of very rich, interactive and interesting congress on qPCR and NGS.
I enjoyed it a lot!
I am looking forward to see some presentations again, hence I would like to ask you when you attended to put them on the website?
The Easter days are over J
Kind regards,

Urska Cepin
National Institute of Biology - Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology
Vecna pot 111, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Hello Michael,
How are you?
Thank you again for a great meeting!  And dancing ;-) !   Hope not the last time!
I wanted to ask you, is the access already possible for the presentations? I could not find on the site. Could you, please give me a link? I would like to have a look at Tania's presentation.
Hope everything is going well for you!
Thank you again for the meeting!
All the best,
Marina Tshuikina Wiklander PhD
EMEA Histology and Hematology, Category Specialist Research and Applied Lab Solutions
Sigma Aldrich

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