Upcoming GSCN events

PEI-GSCN Workshop

Regulatory issues relating to the development and clinical application of pluripotent stem cells 


Date: 10 November 2016
Time: 10:00 – 17:00 h
Location: Hörsaal, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI), Langen
 Preliminary Program


This workshop provides an overview of regulatory aspects related to the development and translation of pluripotent stem cells, including iPS cells and human embryonic stem cell derived progenitors towards clinical trials.


It is the aim of the workshop to support the researchers organized in the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) in the translation of these innovative products towards the first clinical trials, and also to provide a forum for exchange of information between researchers and clinicians of the network, PEI and the competent authorities of the Länder/Landesbehörden.

The workshop is free of charge. Participants have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
Register by e-mail to theGSCN Central Office .
Space is limited and registrations will be accepted in the order they are received (first-come-basis).

Workshop on Computational Tools for Single-Cell Transcriptomics

Learn about state-of-the-art single-cell technologies and how to process and interpret your transcriptomics data

Date: 14 November 2016
Time: whole day event
Location: Institute of Computational Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Organizers: Carsten Marr & Fabian Theis

We will host a Workshop on Computational Tools for Single-CellTranscriptomics in Munich on November 14, 2016. Come and discuss with us the latest state-of-the-art single-cell transcriptomicstechnologies and learn about how to process and interpret your datawith different software tools.

Find more details  here and on  GSCN Humhub. For registration send an e-mail with your name, affiliation and position to Anna Sacher.

How to successfully write a grant that supports yourself?

2 days of intense writing and thinking with Dr. Avril Arthur-Goettig, BioXpress

Date: 24 & 25 November 2016
Location: Ulm University
Organizers: Working group "Career Development": Insa Schröder and Hartmut Geiger

This Workshop will introduce the participants to grant writing and the application process leading to a successful application. The workshop language is English!

Register by 1 November 2016 by e-mail toHartmut Geiger (subject line: GSCN grant writing)
Space is limited to 12 participants (first-come-basis)! The GSCN will provide the registration, two nights accommodation (23 - 24 November), snacks/food, fun and Ulm Christmas market. The travel costs have to be payed by the participants.

Past GSCN events

UniStem Day – European Stem Cell Day

On 11 March 2016 the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) together with German research institutes and universities initiates an European activity day for Stem Cell Research in Germany - the UniStem Day. This day is celebrated since 2009 at universities and research institutes in Italy, Spain, UK and Sweden. See the international activities at this link:  UniStem Day and follow the events in Germany  here (in German).

Veranstaltung zur aktuellen Stammzell-Forschung in Labor und Klinik des GSCN am 2. Dezember 2015 um 19:00 Uhr in der Urania, Berlin:

Moderne Zelltherapien - mit Stammzellen gegen Herz- und Bluterkrankungen

Wo stehen Zelltherapien heute? Erfüllen Stammzellen die Hoffnung, die Ärzte und Patienten in sie setzen? Wo werden sie erprobt und mit welchen Ergebnissen? Welche Forschung ist noch nötig, welches Wissen über Stammzellen ist schon erreicht? Bei welchen Krankheiten kommen zellenbasierte Therapien schon zur Anwendung?

Das German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) möchte mit Kurzfilmen über Stammzellforschung, einer Podiumsdiskussion und im Gespräch mit dem Publikum diese Fragen beantworten. Ärzte und Wissenschaftler berichten in der Diskussion von ihren Ergebnissen in der Grundlagenforschung und in der Klinik. Filme zeigen den Weg von der Forschung zu Stammzellen über den anfänglichen Einsatz von zellbasierten Therapien bis hin zu klinischen Studien.

Dr. Daniel Besser, German Stem Cell Network (GSCN), Berlin
Prof. Carsten Tschöpe, Charité und BCRT, Berlin
Prof. Claudia Waskow, Technische Universität Dresden

Moderation:Dr. Ingolf Ebel, Urania

Der Eintritt ist frei!


 Press release

Wissenschaftler in Führungspositionen

The working group "Career Development" in the GSCN is happy to report that the workshop: "Wissenschaftler in Führungspositionen (Researcher in leading positions)" (in German) on 17 - 18 November 2015 in Darmstadt was well attended and positively evaluated: 

Please find a brief  profile of the presenter Frank Simons (Düsternbrook Concept)

First GSCN Non-PI meeting at the 8th Internal. Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW was a success

The GSCN has organized a Non-PI workshop for graduate students and postdocs on Monday 20 April 2015 in connection with the  8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW (21 – 22 April 2015) in Bonn. The goal of this workshop was to foster interaction between the GSCN members in a relaxed atmosphere and to discuss and identify expectations and needs of the participants.

The final program can be found  here.

1st Non-PI meeting of the GSCN in Bonn
by Adele Marthaler (Copenhagen, DK) and Henning Kempf (Hannover)

On April 20th, the 1st Non-PI meeting of the GSCN took place in the building of the former Bundestag in Bonn. The meeting was organized by the GSCN as a satellite event preceding the 8th meeting of the ‘Stem Cell Network North Rhine Westphalia’. 16 junior scientists from different stem cell labs all over Germany and Europe came together to present and discuss their scientific research to each other in the inspiring atmosphere of the history-charged rooms of the former Bundestag. The presented talks covered a wide range of stem cell-related topics, ranging from differentiation and disease modelling of human pluripotent stem cells, adult stem cell expansion and differentiation, to computational approaches in stem cell research. All participants were enthusiastic about the atmosphere of the meeting and the possibility to exchange their experience amongst each another. They encouraged the GSCN to continue on the concept of the Non-PI meeting in the future and, thereby, establish this event as a platform to foster networks between young scientists of the stem cell field in the early stages of their careers. 

Participants at the non-PI Meeting: (left to right): Nancy Mah, Peggy Matz, Lisa Hölting, Michael Peitz, Henning Kempf, Adele Marthaler, Daniel Besser, Guido Abagnale, Felix Buggenthin, Daniel Ortmann, El-Mustapha Haddouti, Ira Herrmann, Sandra Meyer, Paul Kaschutnig, Tabea Sturmheit, Symone Vitoriano, Kathrin Arndt, Jyoti Rao

Presentation at the non-PI Meeting

The GSCN is planning to have these Non-PI meetings of members of one WG at a central location in Germany, starting later this year.

If you are interested in this format and want to help organizing future events, please contact the coordinator of your respective scientific working group.


6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop

The GSCN was the main sponsor of the 6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop which was held after the 8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW from 22 – 23 April 2015 in Bonn. The organizers provided an interdisciplinary platform where different perspectives and problems of stem cell data processing and analysis were discussed.

Keynote speakers:
Bertie Göttgens, Cambridge
Ludovic Vallier, Cambridge
Thomas Zwaka, New York


For further information visit the  conference website.



Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin Stem Cell Network North Rhine Westphalia Partner Organizations Federal Ministry of Education and Research VDI Technologiezentrum