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24th Meeting on Signal Transduction

November 15-17, 2021 — Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Online registration is possible until October 24th.

Abstract submission will be possible soon.

Jointly organized by:

As in previous years, the STS Meeting will be organized as a Joint Meeting of the Signal Transduction Society 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), and the Collaborative Research Centre 854. If other organizations are interested in joining the STS Meeting, please contact the STS President Prof. Dr. Ingo Schmitz.

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 abstracts. Poster authors will have the opportunity to present their work not only during the poster sessions, but are also invited to give a short overview at a dedicated "My Poster in One Minute” plenary session (single PowerPoint slide). Details on this year’s workshops, keynote speakers and relevant deadlines will be continuously updated.

Date and Time

Monday, November 15th (noon), to Tuesday, November 17th (afternoon), 2021.

The on-site registration desk opens on November 15th at 10 am. Please note that only those who have enrolled online in time can participate in the meeting. The scientific program starts on Monday, November 15th at 12:30 pm, and ends on Wednesday, November 17th at appx. 1:15 pm.

Workshop Topics

Workshops will be on:

  1. Differentiation, Stress, and Death
  2. Target identification and Interaction
  3. Protein Interaction and Signaling
  4. Immune Cell Signaling
  5. Infection and Inflammation
  6. Tumor Cell Signaling


Keynote Speakers

Differentiation, Stress, and Death

to be announced soon

Target Identification and Interaction

Paul Lieberman, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia (PA, US)

Guido Franzoso, Imperial College, London (GB)

Protein Interaction and Signaling

Volker Dötsch, Goethe University, Frankfurt (DE)

Immune Cell Signaling

Jürgen Ruland, Technical University Munich (DE)

Infection and Inflammation

Marco Binder, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (DE)

Tumor Cell Signaling

Gudula Schmidt, University of Freiburg (DE)

Workshop Sessions

All presentations will be given as plenary lectures in the main conference hall. There will be no parallel workshop sessions. Oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Unfortunately, only a limited number of abstracts can be selected for oral presentation of 10 minutes plus 5 minutes of discussion. The oral presentations are thematically related to the Workshop topics. They will be selected by the organizing committee on the basis of scientific quality and consistency with the scientific program.

As in previous years, sponsoring companies will have the opportunity to present their innovative products for signal transduction research as a 15 min plenary lecture in a Workshop session. These presentations will conclude the Workshop sessions to allow for further discussions with the companies’ representatives at their booths during the following breaks.

Poster Session

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 breaks. Ample time is reserved for poster viewing and discussion before dinner.

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS Honorary Medal 2021

The recipient of this year's STS Honorary Medal will be announced soon.

This year, the “STS Honorary Medal“ is again supported by the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute).

The STS honorary medal represents the most prestigious award of the STS. In 2017 the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) became the co-sponsor. 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.

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

STS Science Award 2021

In 2021, the STS announces the 16th STS Science Award.

This prize is meant to honor outstanding research by a post doc or a junior principal investigator being member of the Signal Transduction Society and we explicitly encourage also early career scientists to apply for the STS Science Award. In 2021, the STS Science Award is donated with a sum of 1500,- Euro.

At the meeting, the applicants will have to present their work both as an oral presentation (which requires the contribution to be selected as a talk by the respective chair people) and as a poster. The jury board consisting of the STS council and STS advisory board members will evaluate the applicants’ scientific achievements and background in general and discuss the meeting contributions in detail in order to finally take their decision on the awardee.

Application deadline: 19th of September 2021. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Science Award”

GBM Innovation Award for Young Scientists

The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (GBM) announces the 11th GBM Innovation Award for Young Scientists.

With this scientific award, 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, or post doc within the first years) 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 a poster, even if the abstract is selected for oral presentation. The awardee will be announced at the Award ceremony of the 24th Meeting on Signal Transduction 2021. Awards can only be received personally.

Application deadline: 24th of October 2021. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “GBM Innovation Award”.

STS travel stipends

The STS decided to distribute a total amount of 1,000.- EUR as STS travel stipends. With this money, the Society keeps on supporting up to five young STS members (diploma/master or doctoral students) by a travel grant of 200.– 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.

Application deadline: 24th of October 2021. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Travel Grant”

After notification 4-6 weeks before the STS Meeting successful applicants will be personally awarded during the STS Meeting in Weimar. 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

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).

Congress Venue

The 24th STS Meeting will take place in the Leonardo Hotel Weimar, located in the world heritage city of Weimar, Germany.

Registration and abstract submission awill be 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.

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 appropriate booking platforms and indicate that you attend the STS meeting.

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.

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 the workshop sessions and coffee breaks throughout the meeting.

We would like to stress that the fees for STS members do not even cover the effective costs for individual participants.

Meeting Rates 2021 – Full Meeting (Registration before September 30th)

STS Members

StudentEUR 200
Academic ParticipantEUR 250


StudentEUR 275
Academic ParticipantEUR 300
Non-Academic ParticipantEUR 400
Sponsor (addtl. Participant)EUR 250

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 2021 – Full Meeting
(Online registration after September 30th - after October 24th on-site only and with cash payment.)

STS Members

StudentEUR 250
Academic ParticipantEUR 300


StudentEUR 325
Academic ParticipantEUR 375
Non-Academic ParticipantEUR 450
Sponsor (addtl. Participant)EUR 300

Meeting Rates 2021 – Day Passes

Individual day passes are only available on-site at the registration desk and are valid for ONE day only (i.e., Monday OR Tuesday OR Wednesday). 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. Otherwise we cannot warrant the availability of printed abstract books for all day-pass registrants.

Day Pass STS Members

StudentEUR 100
Academic ParticipantEUR 150

Day Pass Non-Members

StudentEUR 150
Academic ParticipantEUR 200
Non-Academic ParticipantEUR 250
Sponsor (addtl. Participant)EUR 200


Important Note: A cancellation of a meeting registration is possible until four weeks prior to the Meeting. The registration fee will be refunded. After that date, a refund will only be possible in case of cancellation of the meeting by the authorities.

Abstract Submission

After your registration for the meeting is completed, you are eligible to submit your contribution(s) via our online abstract submission platform. Please follow the guidelines shown in the submission form as closely as possible.

Due to the ongoing preparation of the final program, abstract submission is not open yet. We will inform you when online submission starts.

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

We are very grateful to all companies supporting the STS Meeting.

Sponsors of the Meeting 2021 as of May 13th are:


The STS is a non-profit organization that currently represents around 350 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).

Organizing Committee

STS Council

  • Ingo Schmitz, Bochum
  • Klaudia Giehl, Gießen
  • Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky, Heidelberg
  • Detlef Neumann, Hannover

STS Advisory Board

  • Friederike Berberich-Siebelt, Würzburg
  • Arnd Kieser, München
  • Alexandra Koch, Hannover
  • Marcus Lettau, Kiel
  • Jonathan Lindquist, Magdeburg
  • Norbert Reiling, Borstel
  • Bastian Schirmer, Hannover
Program Committee
  • STS Council and STS Advisory Board
  • Chairpeople of contributing study groups and consortia
  • Chairpeople of individual workshops
Program Booklet
  • Annette Stanke, Hannover
  • Bastian Schirmer, Hannover
  • Philipp Busse, Hannover
  • Philipp Busse, Hannover
  • Bastian Schirmer, Hannover