24th Meeting on Signal Transduction

November 15-17, 2021 - Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Registration is closed, because the maximum number of permitted participants (according to Covid 19 regulations) has already been reached!

Abstracts can be submitted until October 10.

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.

Date and Time

Monday, November 15 (noon) to Wednesday, November 17 (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.


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

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.


Each Workshop/Session starts 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 have been nominated by STS members and contributing consortia.

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.

Nov 15




Welcome Note

Ingo Schmitz

Faculty of Medicine - Institute of Molecular Immunology

12:45 - 14:45

Differentiation, Stress, and Death

Optogenetics: Dynamics of ligand binding determines T cell differentiation

Wolfgang Schamel


Short Talk Presentations / Poster Exhibition

17:45 - 19:15

Target ldentification and lnteraction

Targeting Epstein-Barr Virus Latent lnfection and Associated Disease

Paul Lieberman

Cancer-selective targeting of the NF-kB signalling pathway

Guido Franzoso

Nov 16

08:30 - 10:15

Protein Interaction and Signaling


Short Talk Presentations / Poster Exhibition


STS General Assembly

16:00 - 17:45

Immune Cell Signaling


STS Honorary Medal Award Ceremony

Signaling and mechanism of apoptosis and peripheral tolerance

Peter H. Krammer

Nov 17

09:00 - 10:45

Infection and Inflammation

A primed pattern recognition system in airway epithelial cells generates robust innate immune responses to SARS-CoV2 infection in vitro and in vivo

Marco Binder

11:15 - 12:45

Tumor Cell Signaling


Poster & Science Awards


End of Meeting

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. This comfortable area will also be a get-together site during the coffee breaks. Ample time is reserved for poster viewing and discussion before dinner.

“My Poster in a nutshell" presentations

In addition, all accepted posters should be presented to the plenum in one of the Short Talk Sessions as a concise 5 minute presentation (you may use powerpoint slides to present key features of your poster). Remember that you have only 5 minutes to attract all participants to your poster. After the Short Talks it will be possible to arrange 1:1 appointments at your poster.

Poster Size: The format for posters is DIN A0 (841×1189 mm) in portrait orientation (short side up).

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS Honorary Medal 2021

We are more than pleased to announce Professor Peter H. Krammer from Heidelberg, as this year’s recipient of the STS Honorary Medal. Professor Krammer will present his award lecture on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Peter H. Krammer

"Signaling and mechanism of apoptosis and peripheral tolerance"

German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (DE)

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: 24th of October 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.

This year additional travel grants are donated by the Silver Sponsor Jackson Immunoresearch.

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

Several poster prizes will be awarded. 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.

Information regarding hotel restaurant

The hotel restaurant will be closed on sunday, 14.11.2021. If you are going to check in on sunday, please plan accordingly.

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 are 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.

Early Bird Registration (before September 30)
STS Members
Student €200
Academic Participant €250
Student €275
Academic Participant €325
Non-Academic Participant €400
Sponsor (addtl. Participant) €250

Late Registration (after September 30)

Special Discount: If you register and submit an abstract until October 10, you will be charged the discounted "Early Bird" fees (see above).

STS Members
Student €250
Academic Participant €300
Student €325
Academic Participant €375
Non-Academic Participant €450
Sponsor (addtl. Participant) €300

Day Passes

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.

STS Members
Student €100
Academic Participant €150
Student €150
Academic Participant €200
Non-Academic Participant €250
Sponsor (addtl. Participant) €200

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).

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.

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

Registration is closed!

Because the maximum number of allowed partcipants (according to Covid 19 regulations) has been reached, the online registration has been closed.

Abstract submission is possible until October 10.

Submit your abstract here!

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.

Sponsors of the STS Meeting 2021

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 Meeting 2021 as of August 30 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