Welcome to the 21st Annual Conference of the German Society for Cytometry (DGfZ), Bonn 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The program committee is cordially inviting you to participate in the

21st Annual Conference of the DGfZ

hosted at the center of advanced european studies and research (caesar), Bonn, Germany.

The meeting will be held from October 12th to 14th 2011

The Conferences of the German Society for Cytometry provide an annual platform for exchange of knowledge on single-cell based technologies and applications, as well as the opportunity to get and keep in contact with people working in the field of cytometry.

Beside the historical topics of cytometry, we will offer a potpourri of information on new developments in Instrumentation and Imaging as well as Nano-, Micro- and Biotechnology. Trying to group this year’s conference by topic we would say that Stem Cells, Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells, as well as Immunology and Cell Signalling, are within the focus of the conference.

Research on Stem Cells, Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells has gained remarkable momentum over the past years. Stem cells hold promise for therapeutic approaches of such divergent afflictions as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer, due to their potential of self renewal. However, due to this ability, cancer stem cells carry within them the inherent danger of overgrowing the host organism. And it is a fine line between these two cell types that separate the good, the bad and the ugly. The sessions are intended to give an overview on strategies of how to integrate cytometry in experiments and processes of stem cell generation and characterization, both in an industrial, therapeutic and scientific environment.

The second focus is on Immunology and Cell Signaling. Immune cells and cytometry could be considered the old married couple in the cytometric field. The differentiation of immune cell populations in cytometry paved the way for the phenotyping and characterization of them. However, with new discoveries and applications in cytometric analysis even minute changes in physiology within a cell can now be tracked and monitored. Cells are now able to be categorized  according to their secretory capacities or even transient changes in intracellular protein levels and modifications of signalling molecules.

We put together an interesting list of keynote speakers that will present all of the above mentioned topics and we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to them for taking time to come to this meeting and sharing their knowledge with us. We hope to have set up an interesting and stimulating program for you (download Flyer2011DGFZ). The preliminary and final program of the meeting will be published here. Please check these sites regularly.

I would especially like to remind young scientists of the fact that the DGfZ conferences are well known for their relaxed and creative atmosphere, famous for lively discussions and the close contact to experienced scientists in many fields. So it is the ideal opportunity for first-time visitors to make new friends and for the regular participants to network with old friends.

And, last but not least, the industrial exhibition the companies provide allows an overview of state of the art instrumentation and ample time for discussion with their experts on-site.

Registration fee:

until July 31st 2011:
100 EUR for members
140 EUR for non members
60 EUR per student

after July 31st 2011:
120 EUR for members
160 EUR for non members
80 EUR per student

The deadline for abstract submission is August 31st 2011 for consideration for an oral and/or poster presentation and for being presented within the Abstract Book. Only abstracts with full registration until the given deadline will be considered for oral and/or poster presentations.

Looking forward to see you in Bonn. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at conference@dgfz.org

Yours Sincerely,

Elmar Endl



Klaus Goerttler Prize

In order to support young scientists the Klaus Goerttler Prize (1.000 €) will be awarded by the DGfZ for extraordinary research of cytometric relevance. Papers and / or dissertations which have been published will be considered in the reviewing process for this prize (papers accepted for publication will not be treated). Members and non-members of the DGfZ are encouraged to apply for this prize and submit resp. manuscript plus c.v. via e-mail (conference@dgfz.org) to the president of the DGfZ.

Poster Prize
The advisory board of the DGfZ will select the best poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the German Society for cytometry (200 €).


Scientific Committee

Dr. Wolfgang Beisker, PD Dr. Lars Blank, Prof. Dr. Dirk Bumann, Dr. Hyun-Dong Chang, Dr. Simone Diermeier-Daucher, Dr. Elmar Endl, PD Dr. Wolfgang Fritzsche, Dr. Hendrik Kortmann, Dr. Thomas Kroneis, Prof. Dr. Josef Neumüller, Prof. Dr. Leoni Kunz-Schughart, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sack, Frank Schildberg, Dr. Stephan Schmid, Dr. Frank Schmidt, Prof. Dr. Björn Scheffler, Dr. Ulrike Taylor, Dr. Torsten Viergutz, Prof. Dr. Dieter Weiss

Organizing Committee

Dr. Elmar Endl, Frank Schildberg