With support of AUVA and Lorenz-Böhler Hospital, the LBI has hosted the 9th Wiggers-Bernard Conference from May 3rd until 5th. The conference was entitled: “Pre-clinical Modeling in Sepsis: exchanging opinions and forming recommendations”. Over the period of three days, we had the privilege to host the crème de la crème of international experts (30 participants from 15 different countries) in clinical and pre-clinical sepsis. The key aim of the conference was to launch an orchestrated effort towards creating the so called “Minimum Quality Threshold in Pre-clinical Sepsis Studies” (MQTiPSS). The conference was preceded by a significant preparatory workload shared by all participants in order to maximize its outcome. The symposium has been very successful in achieving its objective; the first set of MQTiPSS recommendations has been formed. In the next steps, these recommendations will be translated into an expert-opinion publication to be disseminated in the research community. The conference was organized by Marcin Osuchowski, Heinz Redl and Bettina Standhartinger.