GBM / DGZ Joint Fall Conference 2019

The biennial international fall conference of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) will take place as a joint conference with the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ) from September 25th to 27th 2019, at the University of Tübingen. The motto will be “Age-related Human Diseases – Special Focus Autophagy”.

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Understanding the process of aging has always been a topic of fundamental interest in science. As life expectancy rises, so do age-associated human diseases. Biomedical research thus focuses on ways to extend the health span in human, hence aims to delay or restore age-related cellular alterations. Autophagy, an essential cellular survival program, is modulated during the aging process and contributes in important ways to age-related human diseases.

The goal of this joint conference is to bring together leading experts, students, young investigators and industry representatives to address recent discoveries on the topic of age-related human diseases, focusing on the role of autophagy in human pathologies.

Topics covered at the GBM / DGZ fall conference 2019 will include cancer, neurodegeneration, immunity, and metabolism, as well as the molecular mechanism of autophagy.

We expect that this conference will explore new collaborative opportunities to enhance our understanding of molecular mechanisms of age-related human diseases, ultimately aiming to develop rational therapies targeting e.g. autophagy in particular pathological conditions. 

On the evening preceding the conference, we will have a Scientific Outreach session with an open public lecture to be held in German.

During the conference prestigious awards, including the Otto Warburg Medal, will be given and special keynote lectures will highlight the main topics of the conference. 

Please save the date and join us in Tübingen!

More information, registration and abstract submission:


Important deadlines:

Early registration ends May 31, 2019

Abstract submission ends June 30, 2019

List of confirmed speakers: 

  • Anne Bertolotti, MRC Laborytory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
  • Patricia Boya, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas - CIB, Madrid, Spain
  • Maria Isabel Colombo, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Ivan Dikic, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Eeva-Liisa Eskelinen, Universities of Helsinki and Turku, Helsinki, Finland
  • Gillian Griffiths, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cambridge, UK
  • Marcus Groettrup, University of Konstanz, Germany
  • Marja Jäättelä, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Heinz Jungbluth, King’s College London, UK
  • Daniel Klionsky, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • Nicholas Ktistakis, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
  • Frank Madeo, University of Graz, Austria
  • Fulvio Reggiori, University Medical Center, Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • David Rubinsztein, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, Cambridge, UK
  • Kevin Ryan, The Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK
  • Sharon Tooze, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Richard Youle, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, USA
  • Marino Zerial, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany


Otto Warburg Award:

  • Marina Rodnina, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany


GBM – The German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

With about 5200 members from institutes of higher education, research centers and industry the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) is the leading body of bioscience experts in Germany. Steeped in tradition the GBM can look back on a long history reaching back to the nineteenth century. Its work focuses on one of the most dynamic and promising research fields of our time: the molecular biosciences in all of its manifestations like biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular medicine. The GBM hosts scientific meetings and conferences including the annual Mosbacher Kolloquium, the biennial GBM Fall Meeting and the GBM study group conferences. It supports students and the next generation of scientists, confers awards and honors, and takes part in trade fairs and conferences. The GBM represents the interests of all who work and research in the dynamic and promising disciplines combining chemistry, medicine, and biology – from first year students to heads of institutes, from junior scientists to Nobel Prize winners – and promotes research and teaching, the implementation of scientific findings in biotechnology and medicine, and their publication. The international GBM meetings are a platform for sharing information on the latest developments in molecular biosciences with leading experts on the represented sectors. The network of contacts extends to all German universities and a large number of major research centers.