Stem Cell Meeting

Stem Cells for Disease Modeling and Regeneration


In the past years stem cell research has gained further traction in the development of more complex in vitro (disease) models as well as in clinical trials and therapeutic applications.

Scope: The aim of the ‘Stem Cells for Disease Modeling and Regeneration’ Meeting is to expand the interdisciplinary and (inter)national networking of young researchers in the stem cell field.

With the Stem Cell Meeting we aim to foster an inclusive environment for postdocs and junior faculty to meet, network and discuss their research in a small scale setting with esteemed international scientists. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to submit an abstract for a poster and/or oral presentation to fully emerge in the scientific debate. The number of participants will be limited to 80.

Session topics

• Organ-on-chip
• Single cell analysis
• Disease modeling
• Regenerative therapies

Registration is now closed


Markus Breunig
(Universitätsklinikum Ulm, Germany)

Madalena Cipriano
(University of Tübingen, Germany)

Chrysoula Dioli
(University of Minho, Portugal)

Helena Escobar
(Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany)

Julia Fitzgerald
(University of Tübingen, Germany)

Dieter Groneberg
(Frauenhofer Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies, Würzburg, Germany)

Rik van der Kant
(Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Masaki Kinoshita
(University of Cambridge/Nottingham, United Kingdom)

Kai Kretzschmar
(University Hospital Würzburg, Germany)

Patrick Lüningschrör
(University Hospital Würzburg, Germany)

Simone Mayer
(University of Tübingen, Germany)

Eirini Nikolouli
(Hannover Medical School, Germany)

Dominik Paquet
(LMU Munich, Germany)

Natalia Rodriguez-Muela
(DZNE/CRTD/MPI-CBG Dresden, Germany)

Malte Tiburcy
(University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany)

Thomas Winkler
(TU Braunschweig, Germany)


Ethical aspects of stem cell research and therapy

Presenters: Gardar Arnason and Oliver Feeney

This workshop will consider ethical aspects of stem cell research and therapy, from the procurement of human biological materials to the use of stem cells in research and clinical application. We will focus in particular on the following topics: (1) Sources of stem cells (hESCs vs. hiPSCs); (2) research, biobanking and consent; (3) clinical research and innovation; (4) innovations in genome editing and organoid research; (5) justice and benefits.

Grant Writing Success School

Presenter: Philipp Mayer

For grant proposals, we explore key quality criteria and crucial building blocks. In addition, we highlight differences between paper writing and grant writing. Thus, this workshop provides effective strategies for writing successful grants.

Basic Principles of science communication

Presenter: Markus Gottschling

Communicating your own research in an understandable and vivid way is one of the biggest challenges for you as scientists. This workshop provides the basics to successfully master this challenge: 

  • formats and styles of science communication
  • rhetorical strategies, storytelling and audience-orientation
  • authenticity and performance
    Get your own science communication started with in-depth discussions and hands-on exercises from a rhetorical point of view.

How to build an (inclusive) lab?

Presenters: Julia Skokowa, Peter Loskill, and Florian Merkle

Preliminary program

Wednesday 29th of June 2022
Monday 27th of June 2022
1:30 PM    2:00 PM    On-site registration
2:00 PM2:15 PMWelcome & opening remarks
Session 1: Stem cells for disease modeling
Session chair: Stefan Liebau
2:15 PM3:15 PMOpening keynote: Barbara Treutlein (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
3:15 PM3:35 PMEirini Nikolouli (Hannover Medical School, Germany)
3:35 PM3:55 PMChrysoula Dioli (University of Minho, Portugal)
3:55 PM4:15 PMKai Kretzschmar (University Hospital Würzburg, Germany)
4:15 PM4:45 PMCoffee break
Session 2: Tools &amp technologies – disease modeling & transcriptomics
Session chair: TBC
4:45 PM5:15 PMKeynote: Nikolaus Rajewsky (MDC Berlin, Germany)
5:15 PM5:35 PMDominik Paquet (LMU Munich, Germany)
5:35 PM5:55 PMMarkus Breunig (University Ulm, Germany)
5:55 PM6:15 PMPatrick Lüningschrör (University Hospital Würzburg, Germany)
6:15 PM7:15 PMPoster session
7:30 PM8:30 PMReception (Alte Aula, Münzgasse 30, 72070 Tübingen
Tuesday 28th of June 2022
Session 3: Regeneration – clinical translation
Session chair: Mathias Jucker
9:00 AM10:00 AMKeynote: Lorenz Studer (Memorial-Sloan Kettering Center New York, USA)
10:00 AM10:20 AMRik van der Kant (VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
10:20 AM10:50 AMCoffee break
10:50 AM11:10 AMHelena Escobar (MDC Berlin, Germany)
11:10 AM11:30 AMJulia Fitzgerald (University of Tübingen, Germany)
11:30 AM11:50 AMSponsor talk: StemcellTechnologies
11:50 AM12:10 PMSponsor talk: Proteintech
12:10 AM12:30 PMSponsor talk: OLS Omni
12:30 PM1:30 PMLunch break
1:30 PM3:00 PMWorkshops (in parallel):
(1) Ethical aspects of stem cell research and therapy (Gardar Arnason & Oliver Feeney)
(2) Grant writing success school (Philipp Mayer)
(3) Basic Principles of science communication (Markus Gottschling)
(4) How to build an (inclusive) lab? (Julia Skokowa, Peter Loskill & TBC)
Session 4: Tools &amp technologies – organ-on-chip
Session chair: Kevin Achberger
3:00 PM4:00 PMKeynote: Peter Loskill (University of Tuebingen)
4:00 PM4:30 PMCoffee break
4:30 PM4:50 PMThomas Winkler (TU Braunschweig, Germany)
4:50 PM5:10 PMDieter Groneberg (Frauenhofer Center Würzburg, Germany)
5:10 PM5:30 PMMadalena Cipriano (University of Tübingen, Germany)
5:30 PM6:30 PMPoster session
7:30 PMConference dinner (upon invitation only)
Session 5: the fundamentals
Session chair: Balazs Varga
9:00 AM10:00 AMKeynote: Andras Nagy (University of Toronto, Canada)
10:00 AM10:20 AMMalte Tiburcy (University Göttingen, Germany)
10:20 AM10:50 AMMasaki Kinoshita (University of Cambridge/Nottingham, UK)
10:50 AM11:20 AMCoffee break
Session 6: the future in neuroscience
Session chair: Deborah Kronenberg-Versteeg
11:20 AM12:20 PMKeynote: Florian Merkle (University of Cambridge, UK)
12:20 PM12:50 PMSimone Mayer (University of Tübingen, Germany)
12:50 PM1:10 PMNatalia Rodriguez-Muela (DZNE/CRTD/MPI-CBG Dresden, Germany)
1:10 PM1:50 PMWrap up and lunch break
8:00 PM10:00 PMMovie screening & public discussion forum< (Cinema Arsenal, Hintere Grabenstraße 20, 72070 Tübingen)

Who can attend?

The Stem Cell Meeting is targeted to postdoctoral researchers, junior faculty and clinicians on a postdoctoral/junior faculty level working within any field of stem cell research, including basic as well as clinical and translational research. We also encourage applications from researchers working in related fields.

PhD students are welcome to apply, but seats are prioritized for postdocs and junior faculty.

Registration does not guarantee a seat at the course, in case the event is overbooked participants will be selected based on abstract review.

Registration is now closed

Abstract selection and presentation

The committee will review all submitted abstracts. Notification regarding abstract acceptance will be sent to the submitting author in mid May 2022.


We have up to ten stipends available that include two nights hotel accommodation (including breakfast) and a registration fee waiver. During the registration you can choose to be considered for one of the stipends. The committee will select the recipients of the stipends during the abstract selection process. Results will be announced approximately in mid May 2022.

Registration Fees

Accepted participants are required to pay the registration fee (60€) by 27th of May. Details of the payment process will be communicated in early May 2022.


Posters should be in the A0 format, vertical (portrait) orientation.

Oral presentations

The oral presentations are requested to adhere to a 15 + 5 scheme, i.e. to present their work within 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes discussion.

Organization & Support

The Stem Cell Meeting is organized by:
Kevin Achberger, Madalena Cipriano, Stefan Hauser, Deborah Kronenberg-Versteeg (all University of Tuebingen, Germany), and Balazs Varga (University of Cambridge, UK)

The meeting is supported by the 3R Center Tübingen.

Financial support

The Stem Cell Meeting is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments.

The Stem Cell Meeting is further financially supported by The Company of Biologists

The Stem Cell Meeting is

Exhibition and sponsoring

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the ‘Stem Cells for Disease Modelling and Regeneration Meeting’? Please contact Balazs Varga or Deborah Kronenberg-Versteeg

Speaker sponsors

Marketing sponsors

Event location

Institute of Neuroanatomy and Developmental Biology
Österbergstraße 3
72074 Tübingen

Hygiene concept

With respect to the ongoing Corona regulations, we anticipate that we will be able to conduct the Stem Cell Meeting as an in-person event, but we will require proof of vaccination or recovery (2G) upon on-site registration. Basic regulations of wearing a mask, keeping distance, avoiding handshakes, disinfecting hands regularly etc. are compulsory at all times.

Poster / flyer


Deborah Kronenberg-Versteeg

University of Tuebingen
Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research
Dept. of Cellular Neurology
Otfried-Mueller Str 27

Phone: +49 7071 29-87596

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