24th Meeting on Signal Transduction

November 15-17, 2021 - Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Register here and submit your abstract

Online registration is possible until October 24.
Early bird registration at reduced fees is possible until September 30.

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 Tuesday, 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

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.

Keynote Speakers

Differentiation, Stress and Death

Wolfgang Schamel

Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg (DE)

Target Identification and Interaction

Paul Lieberman

"Targeting Epstein-Barr Virus Latent Infection and Associated Disease"

Wistar Institute, Philadelphia (PA, US)

Guido Franzoso

Imperial College, London (GB)

Protein Interaction and Signaling

Volker Dötsch

"Mechanism of genetic quality control in oocytes"

Goethe University, Frankfurt (DE)

Immune Cell Signaling

Jürgen Ruland

Technical University of Munich (DE)

Infection and Inflammation

Marco Binder

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

German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg (DE)

Tumor Cell Signaling

Gudula Schmidt

"Bacterial toxins, small GTPases and cancer"

University of Freiburg (DE)

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 the major get-together site during the coffee breaks. Ample time is reserved for poster viewing and discussion before dinner.

“My Poster in One Minute" presentations

In addition, all accepted posters should be presented to the plenum in one of the Poster Workshop as a “one-minute presentation” (one minute - one DINA4 sheet of paper - no powerpoint slide). Please prepare your informative DIN A4 hardcopy and remember that you have 60 seconds to attract all participants to your poster. The document will be projected via document cam onto the projection screen.

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

"The annexin checkpoint system: biochemical, molecular, and cellular basis of 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.

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.

Register here and submit your abstract

Abstract submission deadline: October 10

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.

Early Bird Registration (before September 30)
STS Members
Student €200
Academic Participant €250
Student €200
Academic Participant €300
Non-Academic Participant €400
Sponsor (addtl. Participant) €250

Late Registration (after September 30)
STS Members
Student €250
Academic Participant €300
Student €250
Academic Participant €375
Non-Academic Participant €450
Sponsor (addtl. Participant) €300

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).


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