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Who we are

The Signal Transduction Society (STS) – or, as registered, the “Gesellschaft für Signaltransduktion (GST)” – is devoted to the scientific exchange between investigators engaged in different aspects of cellular signal transduction. The STS is a young and active society that meanwhile attracted more than 400 scientists to join as members.

Between 1996 and 1997 the speakers of study groups of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Zellbiologie (DGZ, Ralf Hass), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immunologie (DGfI, Ottmar Janssen) and Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie (GBM, Karlheinz Friedrich) created a new conference named Joint Meeting “Signal Transduction: Receptors, Mediators and Genes” which was held in Langen in November 1997 and thereafter annually at different places. In 1998 the Gesellschaft für Signaltransduktion (GST) / Signal Transduction Society (STS) was founded by the three meeting organisers.

Main purpose of the STS is the development of an interdisciplinary forum for researchers who share a common interest in deciphering signal transduction pathways in normal or transformed cells, in health and disease, in humans and animal models, in plants or bacteria. With the annual “Joint Meeting Signal Transduction – Receptors, Mediators and Genes”, this aim has been pursued for more than 15 years. However, the three “starting study groups” are still the core of the society and define the main focus of the meeting, intentionally creating ample opportunities for scientific overlap and interactions. In 2013, the German Society for Pharmacology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Pharmakologie, DGP) joined the STS by implementing a workshop on G protein-coupled receptors and G protein signaling.

In 2010, the STS and the open access journal “Cell Communication and Signaling” (CCS) created the “STS Honorary Medal”. The STS honorary medal represents the most prestigious award of the STS.

Moreover, it is good tradition of the STS to also appreciate the early work of young investigators by providing travel stipends and poster prizes, and to reward the achievements of young post docs or principal investigators with the “STS Science Award

The STS encourages investigators from all areas of signal transduction research to become members. By doing so, you will strengthen this fascinating aspect of research which cannot be covered as a whole by any of the traditional branches of biomedicine. You support the efforts of an interdisciplinary group of scientists to enhance the efficiency of their research. You will benefit from a better exchange between colleagues who are interested in related questions. Finally, you will become part of a forum that highly appreciates any initiative you might wish to launch in order to further improve its concept.

Contact – Mailing Address

Gesellschaft für Signaltransduktion e.V.
c/o Prof. Dr. Detlef Neumann
Institute of Pharmacology (OE 5320)
Medical School Hannover
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover, Germany
P: +49 511 532-4082
F: +49 511 532-4081



Prof. Dr. Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky

Medical Microbiology and Hygiene
Department of Infectious Diseases
Im Neuenheimer Feld 324
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
P: +49 6221 56-38361
F: +49 6221 56-8011
Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky

Past President

Prof. Dr. Klaudia Giehl

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Signaltransduction of Cellular Motility (Medical Clinic V)
Science Unit for Basic and Clinical Medicine
Aulweg 128 - ForMed
35392 Gießen, Germany
P: +49 641 99-30651
F: +49 641 99-30669
Klaudia Giehl

President elect

Prof. Dr. Ingo Schmitz

Systems-Oriented Immunology and Inflammation Research (SIME)
Institute of Molecular and Clinical Immunology
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research
Inhoffenstr. 7
38124 Braunschweig, Germany
P: +49 531 6181-3500
F: +49 531 6181-3599
Ingo Schmitz


Prof. Dr. Detlef Neumann

Medical School Hannover
Institute of Pharmacology (OE 5320)
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover, Germany
P: +49 511 532-4082
F: +49 511 532-4081
Detlef Neumann

Advisory Board

Dr. Friederike Berberich-Siebelt

Institute of Pathology
University of Würzburg
Josef-Schneider-Str. 2
97080 Würzburg, Germany
P: +49 931 31-81208
F: +49 931 31-81135
Friederike Berberich-Siebelt

Prof. Dr. Frank Entschladen

Adjunct Professor of Immunology
Faculty of Health - School of Medicine
Witten/Herdecke University
Stockumer Str. 10
58448 Witten, Germany
P: +49 2302 915-1357
F: +49 2302 915-1358
Frank Entschladen

Prof. Dr. Arnd Kieser

Signal Transduction Group
Research Unit Gene Vectors
Helmholtz Zentrum München
German Research Center for Environmental Health
Marchioninistr. 25
81377 München, Germany
P: +49 89 3187-1535
F: +49 89 3187-4225
Arnd Kieser

PD Dr. Marcus Lettau

Institute of Immunology
University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
Arnold-Heller-Str. 3, Bldg. 17
24105 Kiel, Germany
P: +49 431 500-31032
F: +49 431 500-31004
Marcus Lettau

Prof. Dr. Lars-Oliver Klotz

Department of Nutrigenomics
Institute of Nutrition
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Dornburgerstr. 29
07743 Jena, Germany
P: +49 3641949 751
F: +49 3641949 752
Lars-Oliver Klotz

Dr. Bastian Schirmer

Medical School Hannover
Institute of Pharmacology (OE 5320)
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover, Germany
P: +49 511 532-3875
F: +49 511 532-4081
Bastian Schirmer

Statutes and By-laws – Satzung

The Statutes and By-laws (“Satzung“) have last been updated to Version 4 in November 2017 and are available in full text as a PDF-File in German. The Signal Transduction Society is a non-profit incorporated society, registered at the Local Court Offenbach am Main with registry number 3700.

Data protection declaration- Datenschutzerklärung

The data protecion declaration of the STS has last been updated in May 2018 and is available in full text as a PDF-File in German.

An agreement form for data processing can be downloaded here

Join the STS – Membership Information

The annual membership fee has been unchanged since 2000 and is currently set at EUR 20 for academic members and EUR 125 for company memberships. This was decided in the yearly members assembly 1999. Membership fees will be invoiced in advance at the beginning of the year and exclusively handled via SEPA direct debit. Please refer to the Wikipedia article to check if your country is covered by the SEPA agreement.

For an international membership, please inquire about payment options via eMail to