Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Scientific Symposia 2012

From Viruses to Vaccines

26.10.2012, Berlin | There are three types of human retroviruses: human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV), human T-lymphotropic viruses (HTLV) that are able to cause a special type of leukemia, and endogenous human retroviruses (HERV), which have become integrated into the human genome during evolution and, like genes, can be passed on from generation to generation. Retroviruses are different from other viruses. They insert their genes into the genetic material of infected cells and stay there until a signal triggers the proliferation of the virus. The best-known retrovirus is HIV, which causes the immunodeficiency disease AIDS. All three retrovirus families have been studied, with different emphasis, by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kurth and his staff. On November 30, 2012, Reinhard Kurth will celebrate his 70th birthday. On this occasion, friends and colleagues will come together for a symposium at the Robert Koch Institute entitled “From Viruses to Vaccines” to honor him and his scientific work. Kurth will be praised as well for his successful work in various federal institutions and for his years of advising ministries and health authorities.

R. Kurth



The Task of Scientists in the Modern World


26. Juli 2012, Berlin | On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Ernst Schering Foundation will host a public symposium at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities on September 11, 2012. Under the headline “The Task of Scientists in the Modern World,” internationally renowned scientists – among them six Ernst Schering Prize laureates from previous years – will discuss current and future challenges for science and how the scientific community can ensure quality and public trust.