Upcoming events

6th Annual GSCN Conference

19 - 21 September 2018
Heidelberg, Germany

UniStem Day 2018
European Stem Cell Day in Germany
16 March 2018
 more information here



The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network organization that creates synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and provides a hub between science, politics, education and society.





GSCN Humhub

GSCN members discuss new trends and developments on the GSCN social intranet.

GSCN Membership


The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a member-driven initiative. Join us and support this important initiative!



New funding call from European innovative medicine initiative (IMI) 
 More information (IMI Website)

GSCN Logos

The different German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) Logos in low resolution

(for high-resolution and vector files please inquire at GSCN Central Office)



Funding for women with children - Annual GSCN Grant for scientist

The German Stem Cell Network offers a yearly funding to a young female scientist with child/children.It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The GSCN collaborates with the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation (CNV-Foundation) to support young talented women with children to enable them to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific career.

Applications deadline is 30 November 2017! Read for more information  here.

Interested in the latest GSCN October newsletter?

Read more about great workshops and upcoming funding for women -  here.

Exciting stem cell meeting in Jena: The 5th Annual GSCN Conference in Jena was the meeting point for the German scientific community

The Annual GSCN Conference 2017 (  Conference Websitewelcomed 400 participants and 26 companies to the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from 11 - 13 September 2017.

Jena was the German capital of stem cell research for three days – around 400 scientists from Germany and other countries met in the university to exchange new results. One overall topic was ageing and stem cells. Highlights were the international key notes framing the conference with Elaine Fuchs (New York), Heinrich Jasper (Novato) and Maike Sander (San Diego). Another outstanding highlight was the Presidential Symposium with keynote speaker Jürgen Knoblich (Vienna) and the presentations of the GSCN-awardees Elly Tanaka (Vienna), Francesco Neri (Jena) and Gray Camp (Dresden):  GSCN Awards and  Press release GSCN Awards 2017. The conference offered space for a large industry exhibition with 26 booths, two intensive poster sessions and two social events: a lot of possibilities to network, foster relationships, discuss with collaborators and find out about new technologies. The social networking event took place on Tuesday evening in the Volksbad in Jena.

A non-PI meeting of 15 eager young scientists followed the official meeting on Thursday 14 Sept. 2017. A well-attended public event on Wednesday evening presented the advances of stem cell research to an interested lay audience again in the Volksbad.

New GSCN Awards 2017:
Eavesdropping on the conversation of stem cells

The "GSCN 2017 Young Investigator Award" goes to  Dr. Francesco Neri from the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz-Lipmann-Institute (FLI) in Jena.

The "GSCN 2017 Female Scientist Award" goes to  Prof. Elly Tanaka from the Institute of Molecular Pathology IMP in Vienna and the TU Dresden.

The "GSCN 2017 Publication of the Year Award" goes to  Dr. J. Gray Camp and Prof. Barbara Treutlein (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), together with Dr. Keisuke Sekine and Prof. Takanori Takebe (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center). The award honors the publication "Multilineage communication regulates human liver bud development from pluripotency" in the journal Nature (Camp , JG et al., 2017, Nature 546, 533-538,   doi: 10.1038/nature22796).

Read more here:   press release: Eavesdropping on the conversation of stem cells
  Pressemitteilung: Dem Gespräch der Stammzellen lauschen
GSCN Awards
From the press:  MedizinAspekte (18.8.), Ostthüringer Zeitung (18.8), |transcript (23.8.), Laborjournal 09/2017 S.10, EuroStemCell (08/2017)

The three GSCN awards are endowed with 1,500 euros each, and the prizewinners will give a lecture at the Presidential Symposium on 12 September at this year's GSCN Stem Cell Conference from 11 - 13 September 2017 in Jena.

GSCN developed school material:
"Stammzellen verstehen - Die Konferenz für die Schule"


The GSCN and the Schering Stiftung developed new material about stem cells for high schools in German. The four units á 90 minutes cover the topics "Basics, Ethics, Therapies, Genetics" and offer an insight into the wide area of stem cells and related fields. Teachers find a didactic concept based on elements of a scientific conference - students slip into the role of scientists and give key lectures, present posters and discuss on panels about all kind of aspects about stem cells. Please take a look  www.stammzellen-verstehen.de

Our brand new GSCN annual magazine 2016/17 "Stem Cell Research: Potentials & Perspectives" is online:


Read it online  here (with download link).

1.000 students looked into stem cell research at UniStem Day

On 17 March over 1.000 students in 10 cities in Germany focussed on stem cells. 27.000 students all over Europe participated in the UniStem Day and learnt about basic and applied science in stem cell research. It was a great day. The GSCN initiated the UniStem Day in Germany. Read more  here.

GSCN White Paper "Öffentliche Förderung der Stammzellforschung - Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich" (in German)

The working group " Funding Programs and Policies" has published a White Paper on the funding situation for stem cell research and regenerative medicine in Germany and in comparison to other leading countries (US, UK, Sweden and Japan). If you are interested to get printed documents please contact the GSCN central office (contact: GSCN Office).

Read it online  here (with download link).
Press article in the journal transkript about the GSCN White Paper:  here
Press article in the European Biotechnology Magazine about the GSCN White paper:  here




Short film with statements (in German) from leading German scientists on the importance of the GSCN.

Archive GSCN News

GSCN Members


News from the field

(DE) - article in German, (GSCN) - contribution of GSCN members

Can young stem cells make older people stronger?
Source: The Scientist, 11.12.2017

Newcastle scientists develop new technique that revolutionizes cell culture
Source: News Medical Life Sciences, 28.11.2017

Japanese scientists find new drug combo that may be key to treating Alzheimer’s
Source: JapanTimes, 24.11.2017

China publishes standards on stem cell use
Source: Xinhuanet, 22.11.2017

Finnish Scientists Find Brain Cells Involved in Alzheimer’s Disease
Source: LabioTech, 22.11.2017

Brain cell advance brings fresh hope for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease therapies
Source: Science Daily, 20.11.2017

Confronting unproven stem cell treatments in Australia: The new regulation
Source: BioNews, 20.11.2017

Cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes?
Source: Eurekalert, 15.11.2017

Nanopartikel transportieren Genschere (DE)
Source: scinexx, 14.11.2017

Menschliche Mini-Gehirne in Tiergehirne verpflanzt (DE)
Source: heise, 10.11.2017

Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells
Gezüchtete Haut rettet Siebenjährigen
Amazing scientific success story saving a patients life
Sources: Nature, Nature Editorial, New York Times, The GuardianDie Zeit, FAZBerliner ZeitungRP Online, 08.11.2017

Misregulated protein breakdown promotes leukemias and brain cancer
Source: DKFZ, 08.11.2017

A Recipe to Make a Human Blood-Brain Barrier
Source: Neuroscience News, 08.11.2017

Inner ear stem cells may someday restore hearing
Source: Science Daily, 08.11.2017

Stem cells pave the way for new treatment of diabetes
Source: Medical Express, 06.11.2017

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