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20th Joint Meeting

“Signal Transduction – Receptors, Mediators and Genes”

November 9-11, 2016 — Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Jointly organized by:

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This year's meeting is organized as a Joint Meeting of the STS with signaling study groups of the German Societies for Immunology (DGfI) and Cell Biology (DGZ), the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), the German Society for Pharmacology (DGP), the SFB 854 “Molecular Organisation of Cellular Communication in the Immune System” and, for the first time, by the Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NVBMB).

This year’s special focus is “Cells and Molecules in Motion”. As in previous years each workshop will start with an introductory keynote talk given by a renowned expert in the respective field of research. All other oral contributions will be selected from submitted scientific contributions. Of note, all poster authors will have the opportunity to present their work to the plenum in the frame of the traditional “one minute - one transparency sessions“.

Program Booklet

The 2016 Meeting Program has been finalized. Please note that all registered participants will receive a printed hardcopy of the Program Booklet 2016 at the registration desk.

We have also prepared two electronic versions for download: All STS-members and the participants of this year's meeting have access to the full version via the download area (login required). For everyone else: Please refer to the short version and the Time Table.

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 9th to Friday, November 11th, 2016.

The on-site meeting registration opens on November 9th at 8 am. The scientific program starts on Wednesday, November 9th at 8.45 am and ends on Friday, November 11th after dinner (~3 pm).

Congress Venue

The 20th STS Meeting will take place in the Leonardo Hotel Weimar, located in the middle of the world heritage city of Weimar, Germany.

The lecture hall in the Leonardo Hotel in Weimar is suitable for 250-300 participants. Registration will be handled as first come, first serve. Registration and abstract submission is possible online only. We strongly encourage all STS members and potential participants to register early.

With regard to lodging throughout the Meeting, we arranged for moderate accommodation rates at the Leonardo Hotel Weimar. Single rooms will be available to attendees of the STS Meeting for EUR 73 and double space rooms (which can be shared by two attendees) for EUR 85 when booking before October 19th. Both arrangements include the Leonardo breakfast buffet!

Important note: Except for invited speakers and guests, the STS will not make any hotel arrangements. Please place your hotel reservation directly via the Leonardo office or appropiate booking platforms and indicate that you attend the STS meeting.

Warning: We were just informed that unauthorized cheaters might call participants to offer hotel arrangements for the STS meeting 2016. Please do not provide any personal information on the phone and notify the STS about any such incident.

Travel Information: For detailed information in German about traveling by plane or by car and the location of the Conference Venue please refer to the website of the Leonardo Hotel Weimar. For special inquiries about local peculiarities, you might also contact Karlheinz Friedrich.

Registration and Fees

Along with relatively low accommodation rates, the STS aims at making the Meeting attractive and affordable especially for young scientists.

As in recent years, the regular meeting fees cover lunches, dinners (without beverages) and catering during coffee breaks and poster sessions throughout the meeting.

Moreover, the conference book and the traditional personalized STS coffee mug are also included in the registration fees.

Online registration has been closed.
In case you spontaneously decide to drop by,
on-site registration as well as day-passes
are available via the conference secretariat.

Please note that registration at the rates indicated below is only possible until September 23th.

Meeting Rates 2016 – Full Meeting

STS Members

StudentEUR 200
Academic ParticipantEUR 250
Sponsor (addtl. Participant)EUR 250


StudentEUR 275
Academic ParticipantEUR 325
Non-Academic ParticipantEUR 400

We would like to stress that the fees for STS members do not even cover the effective costs for individual participants. If you register as a student, please provide a copy of your university's immatriculation certificate or a statement of your thesis supervisor (pdf) to the STS-Office (Hannover).

Meeting Rates 2016 – Day Passes

Individual day passes are only available on-site at the registration desk and are valid for ONE day only (i.e., Wednesday OR Thursday OR Friday). Day passes have to be paid in cash (no credit card) at the registration desk.

To reserve a day-pass in advance (in order to make sure that you get all meeting material), please contact Detlef Neumann or the STS-Office (Hannover). Otherwise we cannot warrant the availability of printed abstract books for all day-pass registrants.

Day Passes

STS-MemberEUR 150
Non-Member (academic)EUR 200
SponsorsEUR 200
Non-AcademicEUR 250


Important Note: A cancellation of a meeting registration is possible until four weeks prior to the Meeting (i.e. until October 12th). In that case only a processing fee of EUR 50 will be charged to cover the costs for administration, program organization etc. The remainder of the registration fee will be refunded. After that date, a refund will not be possible.

Abstract Submission

The deadline for abstract submission has passed on September 23, 2016.


The STS is a non-profit organization that currently represents around 400 scientists. Over the past years, we have developed a fairly efficient and cost-saving routine for the Meeting organization. The Meeting is organized as a Joint Meeting of the STS with signaling study groups of the German Societies for Immunology (DGfI) and Cell Biology (DGZ), the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) and the German Society for Pharmacology (DGP). This year’s meeting is additionally co-organized by the SFB 854 “Molecular Organisation of Cellular Communication in the Immune System” (chair: Burkhart Schraven, Magdeburg, Germany) and the Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NVBMB, chair: Marco van den Berg, Delft, The Netherlands).

Organizing Committee


  • Klaudia Giehl, Gießen
  • Ottmar Janssen, Kiel
  • Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky, Heidelberg
  • Detlef Neumann, Hannover

STS-Advisory Board

  • Friedrike Berberich-Siebelt, Würzburg
  • Frank Entschladen, Witten
  • Karlheinz Friedrich, Jena
  • Arnd Kieser, München
  • Lars-Oliver Klotz, Jena
  • Marcus Lettau, Kiel
  • Ingo Schmitz, Magdeburg
Program Committee
  • STS-Council and STS-Advisory Board
  • Chairpeople of contributing study groups and consortia
  • Chairpeople of individual workshops
Program Booklet
  • Beate Lengl-Janßen, Kiel
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin
Sponsoring Committee
  • Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky, Heidelberg
  • Frank Entschladen, Witten
  • Ralf Hass, Hannover
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin

Workshop and Poster Topics

Workshops will be on:

Focus Topic: Cells and Molecules in Motion

  1. Cells in Motion (incl. Cell Migration and Tumor Biology)
  2. Molecules in Motion (incl. Protein Interactions, Transport and Dynamics)
  3. Organelles in Motion (incl. Exosomes, Vesicle Transport and Pathogen Invasion)
  1. G Protein-coupled receptors (incl. Chemokines and their Receptors)
  2. Receptor and Redox Signaling (incl. Growth Factors, Cytokines and their Receptors)
  3. Immune Cell Signaling (incl. Malignant Alterations of Immune Cells)
  4. Signaling in Infection and Inflammation (incl. Signal Alterations by Bacteria and Viruses and Microbiota)
  5. Differentiation, Stress and Death (incl. Stem Cells, Stress Responses, Autophagy and Cell Death)

“Poster only” Workshops will be on:

  1. Systems Biology of Signaling Processes
  2. Signaling Studies in Model Organisms
  3. New Methods
  4. Miscellaneous

Workshop topics and representation might be subject to change depending on the number of submissions. The program committee may also allocate your contribution to a different workshop, in most cases considering your indicated preferences. Thus, while submitting your abstract, choose your workshop preferences carefully and also indicate the desired form of your presentation.

Keynote Talks

STS/CCS Honorary Medal Award Lecture

Tak W. Mak
Toronto, Canada

The Prize committee unanimously selected
Prof. Dr. Tak Wah Mak
as the recipient of the
STS/CCS Honorary Medal 2016.

He will be honored for his lifetime contributions and critical discoveries in the fields of immunology, signal transduction and cancer biology.

Prof. Dr. Tak Wah Mak will present his
“STS/CCS Honorary Medal Award Lecture” entitled
“Fire and water are good servants but bad masters”
Thursday, November 10th, 4 pm.

The laudation will be given by Klaus Pfeffer, Institute of Medical Microbiology, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Prof. Mak is the Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto.

Prof. Mak's outstanding research contributions provided fundamental knowledge of the biology of cells in normal and disease situations and inspired generations of students and fellows to decipher fundamental signaling pathways for example based on the generation of genetically engineered mouse strains or looking at metabolic differences between healthy and diseased cells.

Notably, Prof. Mak was the lead scientist of the group that cloned the genes of the human T cell receptor (TCR), and thus unraveled the molecular basis of cellular immunity. In order to address individual signaling steps in lymphocyte activation and differentiation, his laboratory generated a whole set of mouse strains lacking various surface receptors or kinases, phosphatases or adapter proteins involved in signal transduction through the TCR complex. A second major focus of Prof. Mak’s work is the biology of programmed cell death. His laboratory significantly contributed to our present understanding of the bifunctionality of death receptors and the control of apoptotic pathways in different cellular entities by caspases or adapter proteins. More recently, Prof. Mak has devoted his research to investigating the pathogenesis of cancer. As a new and promising concept to identify potential targets for novel cancer therapeutics, he focuses on understanding mechanisms of “metabolic transformation”.

Prof. Mak has published more than 850 peer-reviewed research papers and holds honorary doctoral degrees from numerous universities worldwide. He is Officer of the Orders of Ontario and Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and Fellow of American Association for Cancer Research Academy (USA). Moreover, he received numerous prestigious awards and honours including the Gairdner International Award for Science, the Novartis Prize in Immunology, the Emil von Behring Prize, the Paul Ehrlich Prize, the Sloan Award and the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine.

Keynote Lectures

Each Workshop/Session will start with an introductory keynote presentation of 30 minutes (including discussion) given by invited speakers who significantly contributed to the development of specific areas of signal transduction research. Keynote speakers were nominated by STS members and contributing consortia. For the 2016 Focus “Cells and Molecules in Motion” three workshops cover individual aspects in three separate sessions including “Cells in Motion” (WS A), “Molecules in Motion” (WS B), and “Organelles in Motion” (WS C).

Workshops A–C: Focus 2016 — Cells and Molecules in Motion (Monday, Wednesday, 9.11. – Friday, 11.11. – 3 sessions)

This year’s special focus on “Cells and Molecules in Motion” is jointly organized by the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM). Speakers include:

Cells in Motion
Cell Migration
and Tumor Biology
WS A – Wednesday, 9.11., 9.00 am
  • “Molecular mechanisms underlying actin-based cell migration”
    Jan Faix
    Hannover, Germany
  • “Signaling to actin dynamics in cell and cell-in-cell invasion”
    Robert Grosse
    Marburg, Germany
Molecules in Motion
Protein Interactions,
Transport and Dynamics
WS B – Thursday, 10.11., 8.30 am
  • “Antigens on the Move – The INs and OUTs in adaptive immunity and viral immune evasion”
    Robert Tampé
    Frankfurt, Germany
  • “Crowding at the ribosomal tunnel exit: when SRP meets the ribosome”
    Irmgard Sinning
    Heidelberg, Germany
Organelles in Motion
Exosomes, Vesicle Transport
and Pathogen Invasion
WS C – Friday 11.11., 9.00 am
  • “Interferon inducible guanylate binding proteins (GBPs) in immune defense“
    Klaus Pfeffer
    Düsseldorf, Germany
G protein-coupled receptors
Chemokines and their Receptors
WS D – Wednesday, 9.11., 11.15 am

Workshop D is organized by the German Society for Pharmacology (DGP).

  • “Control of leukocyte migration by distinct signaling complexes”
    Daniel Legler
    Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Receptor and Redox Signaling
Growth Factors, Cytokines
and their Receptors
WS E – Wednesday, 9.11., 2.00 pm

Workshop E is organized by the Netherlands Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NVBMB).

  • “Integrating growth factor receptor and redox signaling“
    Tobias Dansen
    Utrecht, The Netherlands
Immune Cells
Malignant Alterations
of Immune Cells
WS F – Wednesday, 9.11., 4 pm

Workshop F is organized by the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) and the Study Group “Biology of B Lymphocytes (AKB)”.

  • “How effector T cells invade the central nervous system”
    Francesca Odoardi
    Göttingen, Germany
Signaling in Infection and Inflammation
Signal Alterations by Bacteria and Viruses and Microbiota
WS G – Thursday, 10.11., 11.00 am

Workshop G is organized by the SFB 854 “Molecular Organisation of Cellular Communication in the Immune System”.

  • “Killing me softly: How cytotoxic T cells kill virus-infected cells in vivo
    Reinhold Förster
    Hannover, Germany
Differentiation, Stress and Death
Stem Cells, Stress Responses,
Autophagy and Cell Death
WS H – Friday, 11.11., 11.00 am

Workshop H is organized by the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) and the Study Group “Signal Transduction (AKS)”.

  • “The p53 family and its role in stress and death”
    Ute Moll
    Göttingen, Germany

A short version of the program and the time table (PDF) is available for download.

Members and participants can also download the full program booklet.

Workshop Sessions

All presentations will be given as plenary lectures in the main conference hall. Oral presentations will be selected from the submitted contributions. Unfortunately, only a limited number of abstracts can be selected for oral presentation of 10 minutes plus 5 minutes of discussion. The oral presentations should be thematically related to the workshop topics. The organizing committee will select them according to the authors’ indicated preferences and the workshop chairpeople based on scientific quality and consistency with the scientific program.

At the STS meeting 2016, a maximum of seven Sponsoring Companies will have the opportunity for a plenary lecture. Thus, each Workshop session will include one presentation of 15 minutes by a sponsoring company on innovative products for signal transduction research. These presentations will conclude each session to allow further discussions with the company's representatives during the following breaks.

Poster Sessions

All accepted poster contributions should be mounted upon arrival and will stay on display throughout the Meeting in an assigned poster area together with the sponsors' exhibition which is directly connected to the conference hall. This comfortable area will also be the major get-together site during the coffee (and beer) breaks. Ample time is reserved for poster viewing and discussion before dinner.

“One-minute presentations”

In addition, all accepted posters may/should be presented to the plenum in one of the Poster Workshop as a “one-minute presentation” (one minute - one A4 transparency - no slide). Please prepare your informative A4 transparency and remember that you have 60 seconds to attract all participants to your poster.

Poster Size: The format for posters is DIN A0 (841×1189mm) or Arch E (36×48 inch) in portrait orientation (short side up).

Social activities

„Discover Weimar“ - Guided tour through Weimar Town Centre

For all of you wo are not only interested in science but also in the remarkable history of Weimar, we – together with the Tourist Information Weimar – will arrange a guided tour through Weimar. You will discover the historic center of Weimar with the Market Place and the Town Hall, Luca-Cranach House, Hof Pharmacy, City Palace, Anna Amalia Library, Goethe’s and Schiller’s former residences, the Bauhaus Museum to name only some of the UNESCO World Heritage sights in the centreville. The 2 hours tour will start on Tuesday, 8th November at 5 pm in front of the Leonardo Hotel and will end up at the Market Place. Of note, the guided tour will only be conducted if at least 20 participants will register. The costs of approximately 4-6 EUR (depending on the number of participants) is to be paid at the beginning of the tour. For mandatory registration simply send your name via E-Mail to Prof. Klaudia Giehl.

STS Conference Party

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Signal Transduction Society, we are pleased to announce a Conference Party to take place in the lecture hall on Thursday, November 10th after dinner. We are looking forward to celebrate this anniversary of our society with you and the local live band “Paolo Macho”. Of note, music as well as soft drinks, beer, wine and a welcome cocktail will be provided.

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS/CCS Honorary Medal 2016

The STS/CCS honorary medal was introduced in 2010 as a joint initiative of the GST/STS and the open access journal “Cell Communication and Signaling” and represents the most prestigious award of the STS. The medal is presented every year to an outstanding scientist who inspired scientists all over the world to work on receptors, mediators or genes involved in signal transduction processes. The Medal Ceremonies with informative Laudations and the Medal Award Lectures are meanwhile established highlights of the conference. For 2016, several excellent candidates have been nominated by STS members and the award committee has unanimously selected this years’ laureate Tak Wah Mak (Toronto, Canada).

A list of Past Recipients of the STS/CCS Honorary Medal is available.

STS-Science-Award 2016

In 2016, the STS announces the 12th STS-Science-Award.

This award has been presented for the first time in 2005 and was kindly sponsored for several years (2005-2007 and 2009) by Acris Antibodies GmbH. On the occasion of the 40th company anniversary in 2008, Biomol GmbH decided to donate the prize money to acknowledge the long-term fruitful liaison with the Signal Transduction Society. We are happy to announce that the 2016 prize money will once more be donated by Biomol GmbH.

The award will be granted to an outstanding presentation given by a Senior Postdoc or a Junior principal investigator at the STS-Meeting. The candidates will have to present their work both as an oral and as a poster presentation to allow further discussion with members of the jury.

Application deadline: 15th September 2016. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Science Award”

GBM-Innovation-Award for Young Scientists (500.– EUR)

The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (GBM) announces the 8th GBM Innovation Award for Young Scientists.

With this scientific award (500.– EUR) the GBM would like to acknowledge young scientists especially working on new and interesting methods in the field of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology as well as signal transduction. The prize will be granted to a young scientist (diploma, master, MD or PhD student) who is developing or has developed a novel and innovative method, which might be attractive for all of us. The work has to be submitted as an abstract to the STS-Meeting and must be presented as poster, even if the abstract is selected for oral presentation. The awardee will be announced at the Award ceremony of the STS Joint Meeting Signal Transduction - Receptors, Mediators and Genes 2016. Awards can only be received personally.

If you feel your method is exciting and innovative, we would greatly encourage you to submit your application.

Application deadline: 15th September 2016. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “GBM-Innovation-Award”.

STS 20th anniversary special NEB/CST-Award

STS 20th anniversary special NEB/CST Award: One PTM (Post-Translational Modifications) Scan Discovery Service offered by New England Biolabs (NEB)/Cell Signaling Technology (CST) at a total value of 9,000.- € will be awarded to one innovative project proposal including a two sample project for one PTM motif.

This call is open to all participants of the 20th anniversary STS meeting 2016 in Weimar who contribute an abstract to the meeting. For the award application, please submit a short summary of the project involving the use of a CST post-translational modification (PTM) scan, your CV and a copy of the abstract submitted to the 20th anniversary STS meeting to: Prof. Dr. Detlef Neumann.

Application deadline: 15th of September 2016. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “NEB/CST Award”.

STS travel stipends

The STS General Assembly decided to continue to distribute a total amount of 2,500.- EUR as STS travel stipends. With this money, the Society keeps on supporting up to ten young STS members (diploma or doctoral students) by a travel grant of 250.– EUR each.

According to the stipend guidelines, it should be noted that the acceptance of this STS stipend requires a STS membership, which should be maintained for at least three more years and applicants must currently be diploma/master or doctoral students!

Application deadline: 15th of September 2016. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Travel Grant”

Successful applicants will be notified 4-6 weeks before the STS Meeting and personally awarded during the STS Meeting in Weimar. The award ceremony will be part of the General Assembly of the Society. Awards will be made payable by cheque and must be cashed by December 31st of the same year at the latest (expiration date of the cheque).

Poster Prizes

Poster presentations will again be particularly attractive: First of all, there will be ample space for all posters to remain mounted throughout the conference in conjunction with the sponsor's exhibition. Second, all posters may be introduced to the plenum in the famous “one minute - one transparency (no slides)” sessions.

Moreover, we have reserved ample time for poster presentations and discussion.

Last not least, five poster prizes will be awarded (first prize: 250.— EUR, second prize: 200.— EUR, third prize: 150.— EUR, fourth prize: 100.— EUR and fifth prize: 50.— EUR). The candidates will be selected by the chair people of the different sessions.

Since it is the policy of the STS to particularly encourage and support young scientists, chair people and heads of departments or institutes are not eligible for a poster award. Be prepared to present your poster at least on the day of your one-minute presentation.

The awardees will be announced at the Award ceremony. Awards can only be received personally and will be made payable by cheque and must be cashed latest by December 31st of the same year (expiration date of the cheque).

The industrial exhibition of sponsoring companies will take place in an approximately 400 square meter area together with the poster exhibition in order to concentrate and facilitate interactions between the conference participants and the industry.

Application form for industrial sponsors: English or German (PDF)

We are very grateful to all companies supporting the STS Meeting. Sponsors of the STS Meeting 2016 are:

The Sponsors of the 2016 Meeting