Herbert Fleisch Workshop

The 2022 Herbert Fleisch Workshop in Brugge, Belgium, will be held on 20-22 November, led by experts in the field of musculoskeletal research.

The Herbert Fleisch Workshop is a 3-day residential workshop designed to bring together international investigators and young and mid-career scientists working in musculoskeletal research for a few days of learning, discussion and networking, with the hands-on participation of some of the top scientists in this field, all of whom will be present for the duration of the event.

Meet The Speakers

Prof. Duncan Bassett (Imperial College London)
Genetics and large-scale omics technologies in bone research
Prof. Georg Schett (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Cellular pathogenesis and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
Prof. Ernestina Schipani (University of Pennsylvania)
Hypoxia signalling and cell metabolism in the skeleton
Prof. Eileen Shore (University of Pennsylvania)
Rare genetic disease and heterotopic ossification
Prof. Ormond MacDougald (University of Michigan)
Interplay between bone and fat
Prof. Anna Teti (University of L’Aquila)
Bone pathology/malignancy and therapy research


The updated program is available here.

Sunday 20th november


Registration Opens


Free Lunch


Workshop Opens


End of the Sessions



Monday 21st november




End of the Sessions


Reception at Brugge City Hall Hosted by the Mayor

Tuesday 22nd november




End of the Sessions


Brugge City Excursion and Museum Visit (€10 optional extra) *

* – the walk to the museum takes 15 minutes, and it closes at 17.00pm. If you are willing to participate, please have ready a €10 note, and be ready right after the end of the sessions at 15.45pm. 

abstract Submission

All attendees are invited, though not required, to submit abstracts for both oral and poster presentations at the meeting. Those selected for oral presentations must bring a poster about their work as well, to ensure ample discussion and feedback opportunities throughout the meeting. Submitting an abstract also entitles attendees to register for a reduced fee.

  • The abstract title is limited to 250 characters (including spaces) and the abstract text is limited to 400 words.
  • Please enter at least 1 and up to 3 keywords in the dedicated field.
  • Awards will be handed out to selected young investigators based on the submitted/presented work. Therefore, we ask you to indicate the career stage of the presenting author. (Checkboxes)
  • Submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed and scored; based on the evaluations, the Scientific Committee will decide on the presentation type (oral/poster). However, you have the option to indicate if a poster presentation is your preference. (Checkbox).
  • Please indicate any IFMRS member organization that you are a member of.
Travel grants will be available to support young investigators who have submitted an abstract, based on the scientific merit of submitted work. 
Abstract submission and applications for travel awards are now closed.
Presenters and awardees have been informed.


Member* Submitting Abstract


€400 from 21 September, incl. On-Site

Member* Without Abstract


€400 from 21 September, incl. On-Site

Non-Member Submitting Abstract


€450 from 21 September, incl. On-Site

Non-Member Without Abstract


€450 from 21 September, incl. On-Site

* – ”Members” are defined here as members of organizations which are themselves Full Members of the IFMRS. You can see a list of Full Members here: www.ifmrs.org/membership

Corporate / Industry (non-sponsor)


Accompanying Person


The venue

travelling to brugge

Travelling from abroad to Belgium is allowed.
On arrival, NO proof of vaccination, recovery or test needs to be presented. There is no obligation of testing or quarantine. A Passenger Locator Form is no longer required.
The Corona measures on travel to Belgium were lifted on 23 May 2022, except for travellers from very high risk countries.
All information on info-coronavirus.be.


Click this link to access the timetables and ticket info for the Zaventem (Airport) to Brugge route,
and this link if you travel internationally to Brugge (BE).   

booking your room

Please be aware that the hotel requires filling the attached form for the booking.


To book, please fill this document, and send it to reservation@hoteldemedici.com


Do not book through online platforms!


staying in brugge

Hotel De Medici is a 4-star hotel in the historic center of Brugge – click to check it out.


It features 101 comfortable rooms, a bar and restaurant, a garden and terrace, plus room for meetings including 8 separate and 1 large multifunctional room. We have negotiated competitive hotel rates (€97-€107/night, single-double room) for the workshop participants. 


Attendees are strongly encouraged to stay in the congress hotel to facilitate their participation in the meeting and maximize the networking opportunities. All the scientific sessions as well as coffee breaks and joint lunches take place in the hotel. 


Please book your accommodation directly with the hotel, and please ensure that you mention that you are attending the Fleisch workshop (HF2022).


We look forward to see you in bruges

Travel Grants

We would like to thank our partners who have secured travel grants for several participants. 

What people say about the Workshop

“I loved it; great networking opportunity; great speakers and history of research”
Peron 1
"The concept of a small meeting is excellent for networking and the quality of the speakers is always excellent"
Peron 2
“Great scientific interactions, outstanding science, excellent talks”
Peron 2


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