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21st Joint Meeting

“Signal Transduction – Receptors, Mediators and Genes”

November 8-10, 2017 — Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Jointly organized by:

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 8th to Friday, November 10th, 2017.

Congress Venue

The 21st STS Meeting will take place in the Leonardo Hotel Weimar, located in the middle of 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 is 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 appropiate 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 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.

Please note that registration at the rates indicated below is only possible until September 23th.

Meeting Rates 2017 – Full Meeting

STS Members

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


StudentEUR 275
Academic ParticipantEUR 325
Non-Academic ParticipantEUR 400

We would like to stress that the fees for STS members do not even cover the effective costs for individual participants. 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 2017 – Day Passes

Individual day passes are only available on-site at the registration desk and are valid for ONE day only (i.e., Wednesday OR Thursday OR Friday). 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 Passes

STS-MemberEUR 150
Non-Member (academic)EUR 200
SponsorsEUR 200
Non-AcademicEUR 250


Important Note: A cancellation of a meeting registration is possible until four weeks prior to the Meeting. In that case only a processing fee of EUR 50 will be charged to cover the costs for administration, program organization etc. The remainder of the registration fee will be refunded. After that date, a refund will not be possible.


The STS is a non-profit organization that currently represents around 400 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


  • Klaudia Giehl, Gießen
  • Ottmar Janssen, Kiel
  • Katharina Hieke-Kubatzky, Heidelberg
  • Detlef Neumann, Hannover

STS-Advisory Board

  • Friedrike Berberich-Siebelt, Würzburg
  • Frank Entschladen, Witten
  • Arnd Kieser, München
  • Lars-Oliver Klotz, Jena
  • Marcus Lettau, Kiel
  • Ingo Schmitz, Magdeburg
  • Bastian Schirmer, Hannover
Program Committee
  • STS-Council and STS-Advisory Board
  • Chairpeople of contributing study groups and consortia
  • Chairpeople of individual workshops
Program Booklet
  • Beate Lengl-Janßen, Kiel
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS/CCS Honorary Medal 2017

The STS/CCS honorary medal was introduced in 2010 as a joint initiative of the GST/STS and the open access journal “Cell Communication and Signaling” and represents the most prestigious award of the STS. 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. Details on the recipient of the STS/CCS Honorary Medal 2017 will be provided soon.

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

STS-Science-Award 2017

In 2017, the STS announces the 13th STS-Science-Award.

This award has been presented for the first time in 2005 and was kindly sponsored for several years (2005-2007 and 2009) by Acris Antibodies GmbH. On the occasion of the 40th company anniversary in 2008, Biomol GmbH decided to donate the prize money to acknowledge the long-term fruitful liaison with the Signal Transduction Society. We are happy to announce that the 2017 prize money will once more be donated by Biomol GmbH.

The award will be granted to an outstanding presentation given by a Senior Postdoc or a Junior principal investigator at the STS-Meeting. The candidates will have to present their work both as an oral and as a poster presentation to allow further discussion with members of the jury.

Application deadline: 15th September 2017. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Science Award”

GBM-Innovation-Award for Young Scientists (500.– EUR)

The Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V. (GBM) announces the 9th GBM Innovation Award for Young Scientists.

With this scientific award (500.– EUR) 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) 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 poster, even if the abstract is selected for oral presentation. The awardee will be announced at the Award ceremony of the STS Joint Meeting Signal Transduction - Receptors, Mediators and Genes 2016. Awards can only be received personally.

If you feel your method is exciting and innovative, we would greatly encourage you to submit your application.

Application deadline: 15th September 2017. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “GBM-Innovation-Award”.

STS travel stipends

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

Application deadline: 15th of September 2017. Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Travel Grant”

Successful applicants will be notified 4-6 weeks before the STS Meeting and personally awarded during the STS Meeting in Weimar. The award ceremony will be part of the General Assembly of the Society. 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

Poster presentations will again be particularly attractive: First of all, there will be ample space for all posters to remain mounted throughout the conference in conjunction with the sponsor's exhibition. Second, all posters may be introduced to the plenum in the famous “one minute - one transparency (no slides)” sessions.

Moreover, we have reserved ample time for poster presentations and discussion.

Last not least, 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).

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 STS Meeting 2017 are:

The Sponsors of the 2017 Meeting