23rd Meeting on Signal Transduction

“Trends in Cancer and Infection”

November 4-6, 2019 — Leonardo Hotel Weimar

View poster here.

Jointly organized by:

In 2019, we were also happy to welcome the Young Investigators of the German Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM Young Investigators) as co-organizer of the meeting.

The 2019 Meeting focused on “Trends in Cancer and Infection”. As in previous years, the STS Meeting had been be organized as a Joint Meeting of the Signal Transduction Society with the 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 German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM). In keeping with the focus on "Trend in Cancer and Infection" a special workshop had been organized together with the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF).

Each workshop started with an introductory keynote talk given by a renowned expert in the respective field of research. All other oral contributions had been selected from submitted scientific abstracts. Of note, all poster authors had the opportunity to present their work to the plenum in the frame of a "My Poster in One Minute” session.

Date and Time

Monday, November 4, to Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

The scientific program started on Monday, November 4 at 8.45 am, and ended on Wednesday, November 6 after lunch (~ 3 pm).

Meeting Report

The Meeting Report has been published in the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” and is available for download here .

Workshop Topics

Workshops were on:

  1. Infection and Cancer (DZIF)

  2. Cytokines, Growth factors, and Receptors

  3. Differentiation, Stress, and Death

  4. Tumor Biology and Immunity

  5. Signaling from intracellular organelles

  6. Tumor Biomarker

  7. Immune Cell Signaling and Cancer

  8. Calcium Signaling


The 2019 Meeting Program can be accessed as electronic versions for download: All STS-members and the participants of the 2019 meeting have access to the full version via the download area (login required).

For everyone else: Please refer to the short program for an overview.

Meeting Schedule

Each Workshop/Session started with introductory keynote presentations of 30 minutes (including discussion) given by invited speakers who contributed significantly to the development of specific areas of signal transduction research. Keynote speakers had been nominated by STS members and contributing consortia.

Special Focus 2019
“Trends in Cancer and Infection”

Nov 4

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome Note

08:45 - 10:30

WS A: Infection and Cancer (DZIF)

Gastric cancer: Helicobacter pylori and beyond

Céu Figueiredo

University of Porto (PT)

On the role of immune cells on NASH/liver cancer and its consequences for therapy.

Mathias Heikenwälder

German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg (DE)

10:00 - 11:30

WS B: Cytokines, Growth Factors, and Receptors

Signalling from receptors to Rho GTPases and the cytoskeleton

Anne Ridley

University of Bristol (GB)


General Assembly

14:30 - 16:00

WS C: Differentiation, Stress, and Death

Signaling to life and death: Influenza viruses and intracellular signal transduction cascades

Stephan Ludwig

University of Münster (DE)


Poster Presentation I

Nov 5

09:45 - 11:30

WS D: Tumor Biology and Immunity

Microbiota regulation of the tumor microenvironment

Romina Goldszmid

Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, (US)

From melanoblasts to melanoma

Lionel Larue

Institut Curie, Paris (FR)

12:00 - 13:30

WS E: Signaling from intracellular organelles

mTOR and lysosome: two pillars of nutrient sensing

Viktor Korolchuk

University of Newcastle (GB)


Poster Presentation II

16:30 - 18:00

WS F: Tumor Biomarkers

Biomarker strategies in clinical pathology - immunotherapy and molecular profiling

Carsten Denkert

University of Marburg (DE)


STS Honorary Medal Award

Ras Drug Development and Ciliary Trafficking: what is the Connection?

Alfred Wittinghofer

Dortmund (DE)

Nov 6

09:45 - 11:30

WS G: Immune Cell Signaling and Cancer

»An unexpected force from within: the complosome as key player in normal cell physiology

Claudia Kemper

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda (US)

Targeting oncogenic B cell receptor signaling

Thomas Oellerich

University Hospital Frankfurt (DE)

12:00 - 13:15

WS H: Calcium Signaling

The complex interrelation between oncogenes, IP3 receptor, and Ca2+ signaling in cancer

Jan Parys

KU Leuven (BE)




End of Meeting

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS Honorary Medal 2019

The 2019 “STS Honorary Medal Award Lecture“ entitled

“Ras Drug Development and Ciliary Trafficking: what is the Connection?”

was given by Alfred Wittinghofer, Dortmund (DE).

Alfred Wittinghofer was honored for his long-standing and influential work on structure-function relationships of GTP-binding proteins and their involvement in physiological and pathophysiological processes.

The laudation was given by Gudula Schmidt
Freiburg (DE)

In 2019, the “STS Honorary Medal“ was again supported by the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” published by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute).

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

STS Science Award 2019

In 2019, the STS announced the 15th STS Science Award was awarded to Dr. Claudia Stäubert.

This prize is meant to honor outstanding research by a post doc or a junior principal investigator being member of the Signal Transduction Society. In 2019 the STS Science Award was donated with a sum of 1500,- Euro.

The applicants presented 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 evaluated the applicants’ scientific achievements and background in general and discussed the meeting contributions in detail in order to finally take their decision on the awardee.

STS travel stipends

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

In 2019, the following young scientists were awarded travel stipends: Julia Feder (Kiel), Rebekka Gerloff (Gießen), Sevinc Sultanli (Heidelberg, sponsored by Jackson ImmunoResearch), Simone Tazoll (Borstel), and Julia Wehmeyer (Hannover, sponsored by Biomol).

Poster Prizes

At the 2019 Meeting, the following poster prizes have been awarded during the Award ceremony on November 6th:

1st prize (250 €) - Aneri Shah (Magdeburg)

2nd prize (200 €) - Anna Riebisch (Braunschweig)

3rd prize (150 €) - Dr. Gernot Posselt (Salzburg, AT)

4th prize (100 €) - Karin Taxauer (München)

5th prize (50 €) - Paul Jung (Jena)

The candidates had been selected by the chair people of the different sessions.

Awards were be made payable by cheque and must be cashed latest by December 31st 2019 (expiration date of the cheque).

Congress Venue

The 23rd STS Meeting took place in the Leonardo Hotel Weimar, located in the world heritage city of Weimar, Germany.

Sponsors of the STS Meeting 2019

We are very grateful to all companies that have supported the STS Meeting.

Sponsors of the Meeting 2019 were:


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

  • Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky, Heidelberg

  • Ingo Schmitz, Magdeburg

  • Klaudia Giehl, Gießen

  • Detlef Neumann, Hannover

STS Advisory Board

  • Friederike Berberich-Siebelt, Würzburg

  • Arnd Kieser, München

  • Marcus Lettau, Kiel

  • 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