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Department of Biology University of York Wentworth Way, York

* * This course contributes to the Royal Society of Biology's Technical Skills Certificate

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Cell culture is the process by which prokaryotic, eukaryotic or plant cells are grown under controlled conditions, the culturing of cells derived from animals.You will learn how cells are stored long term, and the techniques to thaw and set up cell cultures and passage, removal of the medium and transfer of cells to a new vessel.
Cells can be grown adhering to the bottom of a plastic flask or in suspension. The simple techniques that you learn will be used to passage cells without contamination. These exercises will enable you to familiarise yourselves with sterile cell culture techniques and equipment.


The broad aims of the course are to:
  • Provide the foundations of cell culture, why it is an important  skill for research and how it is applied across bioscience and medical research.
  • Introduce the equipment and techniques of cell culture.
  • Demonstrate how to freeze and thaw cells.
  • Provide practical application of passaging and counting cells in culture.
  • Provide the dos and don'ts of aseptic technique.

Who is the course for?

Biological and medical scientists who wish to learn the basics skills to be able to culture cells. No prior knowledge of cell culturing or aseptic techniques will be required, and the purpose of the course is to offer a practical point of access to these techniques in a practical user-friendly form.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
  1. Understand the different methods of cell culture, the types of cells cultured and contamination.
  2. Practical application of generic methods to freeze, thaw, passage, and count cells in culture.
  3. Understand the importance of refining a good aseptic technique.

Skills, qualities, and attributes

  1. Learn the basics cell of culturing and able to apply them appropriately to different cell types.
  2. Learn the basics of aseptic technique and able to apply to other areas of biological and medical research.

Course tutors

  • Lucy Hudson: Lucy is the Operations Manager for the Department of Biology at the University of York, where she has worked for 30 years. As a technician she took a vocational career path, working across the bioscience research disciplines, from cancer to plants and immunology, from technician to laboratory manager. She manages the technical support, specialist services and facilities for more than 1,100 undergraduates, 150 researchers, 70 academics and 90 technicians. She is a member, and trustee of the Royal Society of Biology and Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology.
  • James Fox. Tutor description coming soon.
  • Marie Labarthe. Tutor description coming soon.

Technical skills and continuing professional development

This pracitcal based course contributes to the RSB Technical Skills certificate, which can support applications to our professional registers. 
This course is approved for purposes of CPD, and attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and 9 CPD points.


Members - £190 + VAT
Non-members - £380 + VAT

Get in touch with to access these rates:
  • Members of Member Organisations, SCAS members - £285 + VAT
  • Non-members who have completed a membership application and made payment - £190 + VAT


For further information about the course please contact Tia Salter, training and registers officer at or on 020 3925 3460.

Special requirements

If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know during your booking, and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.


Unfortunately, the Royal Society of Biology is unable to offer refunds on training courses that have been attended. We do, of course, welcome and encourage any feedback from a course and will continue to improve the service we offer.

Terms and Conditions

By booking to attend this event, you are confirming you have agreed to the RSB's Terms and Conditions which can be found here.