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7th Congress of the Croatian society of clinical embryologists

Dear colleagues and friends,

Every two years, the Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists summarises new knowledge and trends in clinical embryology and human reproduction. One of our aims is to constantly review and talk about news in our field of interest. This year, we bring you great lecturers with new topics.

As you probably know, traditionally our congress is one part of a larger event in cooperation with the 14th Croatian Congress on Gynecologic Endocrinology, Human Reproduction, and Menopause (September 14–16, 2023, Opatija, same venue and two days more).

So, it is our great honour and privilege to invite you to our 7th Congress meeting!

Sincerely from us, and we hope to see you in Opatija!

On behalf of the Organisational committee, Dejan Ljiljak, President of the Society



Organizational committee

Disclosure about not having a conflict of interest
COI Dejan Ljiljak, COI Štimac Davor, COI Lara Marcijuš, COI Kristina Čavlović

Program committee


The 7th Congress of the Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists, Opatija, Croatia, 15/09/2023 – 15/09/2023 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 6 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Scientific program

7th Congress of the Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists Opatija, Croatia 2023.

Clinical Embriology Updates

September 15th



Moderator: Katarina Matković, Daria Hafner

09:30 – 11:00

Special pre congress round table: The fate of surplus embryos

09:30 – 09:40

Situation in Croatia

Katarina Matković

09:40 – 09:50

Situation in Belgium

Kelly Tilleman

09:50 – 10:00

Discarding embryos – current situation in Europe

Catello Scarica

10:00 – 11:00

Debaters: Kelly Tilleman, Catello Scarica, Renato Bauman, Aleksandra Korač Graovac, Klaudija Kordić

11:00 – 11:30





Moderators: Patrik Stanić, Dejan Ljiljak



11:30 – 11:35

Opening talk

Dejan Ljiljak

11:35 – 12:05

Plenary lecture / Oocyte activation revisited

Thomas Ebner

12:05 – 12:20

Challenges in embryo transfer policy: towards a 1 size fits all approach

Kelly Tilleman

12:20 – 12:35

Challenges in preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies

Mina Popović

12:35 – 12:50

PGT-A revisited

Vera Kremić Radulović

12:50 – 13:05

niPGT-A: an alternative to trophectoderm biopsy

Luis A. Alcaraz Mas

13:05 – 13:20

Plasticity of the human preimplantation embryo

Federica Innocenti

13:20 – 13:35

AI and deep learning technology in IVF

Florian Kromp

13:35 – 13:50

A roadmap for introducing AI in the IVF lab

Nikica Zaninović

13:50 – 14:05

Current status and future of KPIs and performance management in the IVF lab

Borut Kovačič

14:05 – 14:20


14:20 – 16:00



Moderators: Kristina Čavlović, Davor Štimac

16:00 – 16:15

The role of time lapse (TL) technology as a partner in IVF lab

Katarina Matković

16:15 – 16:30

Advanced sperm selection techniques for assisted reproduction

Matea Đermanović

16:30 – 16:45

Micro RNA as a biomarker in male infertility

Martin Štimpfel

16:45 – 17:00

Hyaluronic acid in embryo transfer media

Igor Matić

17:00 – 17:15

Use of mineral oil in IVF culture systems

Catello Scarica

17:15 – 17:30

Comparison of dry and humidified incubators

Davor Štimac

17:30 – 17:45

Risk management in IVF lab

Sanja Vujisić

17:45 – 18:00

What is the IVF success rate?

Tamara Tramišak

18:00 – 18:15


18:50 – 19:00

Closing ceremony, (re)certification of clinical embryologists and farewell coffee break



Register for Embryologists congress

15th September, 2023.
1 day

Register for whole meeting

14-16 September, 2023.
  • if you register before July 15, registration fee is 260€
3 days


Hotels, resorts & more

Accommodation prices per day will include half-board service. (breakfast and dinner, tourist tax and VAT)

Accommodation for congress participants will be organized in several hotels in Opatija. A list of the hotel will be published on the website



Our most contemporary event space, Conference Park 25/7, is spread across three levels with nine meeting halls and the latest facilities. Designed with productivity and innovation in mind, our venue offers a dynamic space for business events, whatever your requirements.

On the Ground Floor, you’ll discover a business café with outdoor access and a layout that’s complementary to exhibitions and conferences in the main hall space. The First Floor features a spacious lobby, a help-yourself-coffee-station and a hall equipped with a stage – well-suited to business events and presentations. Meanwhile, our Second Floor space is conducive to exhibitions and launches, providing lobby space and a coffee bar.



18:15 – 18:30
New systems and products of Narishige and Evident manufacturers as part of IVF solutions / Marko Badovinac
(sponsored lecture by Labena) 

18:30 – 18:50
Gx media – A new level of protection for gametes and embryos / Bert Stewart
(sponsored lecture by Vitrolife/FertiCAD)

List of confirmed sponsors and supporters (in alphabetical order):

About opatija

a magnificent coastal town on the Adriatic Sea

Opatija is located 18 km northwest of the regional capital Rijeka, about 90 km from Trieste by rail and 82 km from Pula by road. The city is geographically on the Istrian peninsula, though not in Istria County. The tourist resort is situated on the Kvarner Gulf, part of the Adriatic coast, in a sheltered position at the foot of Učka mountain, with the Vojak peak reaching at a height of 1,401 m. As of 2021 consensus, the municipality had 10,661 inhabitants in total, of which 5,715 lived in the urban settlement.


The town is a popular summer and winter resort, with average high temperatures of 10 °C in winter, and 32 °C in summer. Opatija is surrounded by beautiful woods of bay laurel. The whole sea-coast to the north and south of Opatija is rocky and picturesque, and contains several smaller winter resorts.


Official congress language is English