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22nd Joint Meeting

“Signal Transduction – Receptors, Mediators and Genes”

November 5-7, 2018 — Leonardo Hotel Weimar

Jointly organized by:

In 2018, we were also happy to welcome the Junior Groups of the German Societies of Pharmacology (Forum Junge Wissenschaft, DGP), Physiology (Junge Physiologen, DPG), and Immunology (DGfI Young Immunologists) as co-organizers of the meeting.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Signal Transduction Society, the 2018 Meeting focused on “Signaling: From Past to Future”. As in previous years, the STS Meeting had been 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 German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM).

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 the traditional "one minute - one transparency” sessions.

Date and Time

Monday, November 5th to Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

The scientific program started on Monday, November 5th at 8.45 am and ended on Wednesday, November 7th after lunch (~ 3 pm).

Meeting Report

The Meeting Report will be published in the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” and will be available for download here when published.

Workshop and Poster Topics

Workshops were on:

  1. Growth factors, Cytokines and their Receptors
  2. Differentiation, Stress and Death
  3. Infection and Inflammation
  4. G Proteins and G Protein-coupled Receptors
  5. Neuronal Signaling and Ion Channels
  6. Immune Cell Signaling I
  7. Tumor Cell Biology
  8. Immune Cell Signaling II

“Poster only” Workshops were on:

  1. Miscellaneous


The 2018 Meeting Program can be accessed as electronic versions for download: All STS-members and the participants of the 2018 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.

STS Honorary Medal Award Lecture

The 2018 “STS Honorary Medal Award Lecture“ entitled

»p53 and metabolism: cancer and beyond«

was given by

Karen Vousden
Francis Crick Institute, London, UK


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

Meeting Schedule

Monday, 5.11.

Tuesday, 6.11.

Wednesday, 7.11.

Welcome Note
8:45 am - 9 am
Growth factors, Cytokines and their Receptors
WS A: 9 am - 10:30 am
»Not your average kinases: moonlighting functions of ERK pathway components«
G Proteins and G Protein-coupled Receptors
WS D: 9 am - 10:30 am
Talks given by members of the 'Forum Junge Wissenschaft' (Young scientists of the German Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Tumor Cell Biology
WS G: 9 am - 10:30 am
»Coordination of transcription with cell cycle progression by Myc proteins«
Differentiation, Stress and Death
WS B: 11 am - 1 pm
»RIP kinase signalling in cell death and inflammation«
Neuronal Signaling and Ion Channels
WS E: 11 am - 12:30 pm
Talks given by members of the 'Junge Physiologen' (Young scientists of the German Physiological Society)
Immune Cell Signaling II
WS H: 11 am - 12:45 pm
»How membrane dynamics of signaling molecules control T cell responses«
1 pm: Lunch
2 pm: General assembly
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Poster Presentation II
12:30 pm: Awards
1:15 pm: Farewell Snack
3 pm: End of Meeting

Infection and Inflammation
WS C:4 pm - 5:30 pm
»Targeting cellular signaling pathways to fight the flu«
Immune Cell Signaling I
WS F:4:15 pm - 5:45 pm
»Calcium signals regulate the effector function of regulatory T cells«
5:30 pm: Poster Presentation I
6 pm: STS Honorary Medal Award
»p53 and metabolism: cancer and beyond«
8 pm: Dinner
9 pm: Gastspiel-
Theater im Gewölbe
8 pm: Dinner / Cross-Talk Raffle

Workshop Sessions

All presentations were given as plenary lectures in the main conference hall.

As in previous years Sponsoring Companies had the opportunity to present their innovative products for signal transduction research as a 15 min plenary lecture in a Workshop session. These presentations concluded the Workshop sessions to allow for further discussions with the company’s representatives during the following breaks.

Poster Sessions

All accepted poster contributions stayed on display throughout the Meeting in an assigned poster area together with the sponsors’ exhibition. This comfortable area was also the major get-together site during the coffee breaks. Ample time had been reserved for poster viewing and discussion before dinner.

“One-minute presentations”

In addition, all accepted posters could be presented to the plenum in one of the Poster Workshop as a “one-minute presentation” (one minute - one A4 overhead transparency).

Awards, Prizes, Stipends

STS Honorary Medal 2018

The STS honorary medal was introduced in 2010 as a joint initiative of the STS and the open access journal “Cell Communication and Signaling” (CCS) and represents the most prestigious award of the STS. In 2017 the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS) became a 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. In 2018, the STS Honorary Medal was awarded to Karen Vousden (London, UK)

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

STS Science Award 2018

In 2018, the STS awarded the 14th STS Science Award to Dirk Brenner .

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 2018 the STS Science Award was donated with a sum of 1500,- Euro by both the Signal Transduction Society and OMNI Life Science GmbH .

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.

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 10th 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.In 2018, the prize was awarded to Theresia Gutmann

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/master or doctoral students) by a travel grant of 250.– EUR each.

In 2018, the following young scientists were awarded travel stipends: Janine Fichtner (Braunschweig), Léonce Kouakanou (Kiel), Franziska Kraus (Heidelberg), Christopher Meinohl (Gießen), Catharina Melzer (Hannover), Wignand Mühlhäuser (Freiburg), Anna Katharina Riebisch (Braunschweig), Sevinc Sultanli (Heidelberg, sponsored by Biomol), and Sarah Vollmers (Kiel).

Please refer to the detailed application information regarding the “STS Travel Grant”

This year 1 additional travel grant has been donated by the Silver Sponsor Biomol.

Poster Prizes

At the 2018 Meeting, the following poster prizes have been awarded during the Award ceremony on November 7th:

1st prize (250 €) - Anna König

2nd prize (200 €) - Theresia Gutmann

3rd prize (150 €) - none

4th prize (100 €) - David Schlütermann

5th prize (50 €) - Christian König, Martin Voss, Isabel Rausch, Christopher Meinohl

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 of the same year (expiration date of the cheque).

Congress Venue

The 22nd STS Meeting took place again in the Leonardo Hotel Weimar, located in the world heritage city of Weimar, Germany.

We are very grateful to all companies supporting the STS Meeting. Sponsors of the STS Meeting 2018 were:

The Sponsors of the 2018 Meeting


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
  • Frank Entschladen, Witten
  • Arnd Kieser, München
  • Lars-Oliver Klotz, Jena
  • 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
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin
  • Cornelius Bartke, Berlin