Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Scientific Symposia 2014

Stem Cells as an Opportunity – Reality and Perspectives

03.11.2014, Berlin/Heidelberg | Cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are on the rise worldwide. Stem cell research raises high hopes among patients, but where does it stand today? When treating leukemias, blood stem cell transplantations are part of a successful range of therapy options. For other diseases, stem cells serve as models for research or are said to be crucial for how the disease develops, e.g. with certain kinds of cancer. At the 2nd International Annual Conference of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) in Heidelberg, three stem cell researchers will present and discuss their research with the audience as part of a public panel discussion on November 5, 2014.

Kardiomyozyten aus menschlichen induzierten pluripotenten Stammzellen



Science & Society Session at the 16th Annual International PhD Symposium in Heidelberg

18.09.2014, Berlin/ Heidelberg | The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) will be hosting its 16th annual international PhD Symposium in Heidelberg from October 23 to 25. Entitled “Inspired by Biology: Exploring Nature’s Toolbox,” the conference focuses on how scientists take advantage of innate biological features of living organisms for the development of biotechnological, medical and industrial applications. As in recent years fields including synthetic biology, genome editing and biomaterials have matured to a point where their effects on society are now evident, the symposium features – for the first time – a Science & Society Session. Funded by the Ernst Schering Foundation, the Session includes two lectures that will discuss the ethical and social implications of these issues.





Fight Rheumatic Diseases: OSTEOIMMUNE Annual Meeting in Berlin

19.08.2014, Berlin | Inflammatory rheumatic diseases affect millions of people causing chronic pain, disability and premature death. Curative treatments are lacking and conventional research often focuses on one single organ system such as the bone or the immune system and ignores interactions between organ systems. OSTEOIMMUNE is a European supra-disciplinary training network that targets this gap by providing comprehensive, structured and coherent training. This year the annual meeting of OSTEOIMMUNE takes place from August 30 to September 3, 2014 at Deutsches Rheumaforschungszentrum (DRFZ) in Berlin and combines scientific lectures, soft skill training and – as part of the Schering Session “Science & Society – discussions about ethics and communication of science.

Osteoimmune Jahrestreffen



Emotional Neuroscience?

30.07.2014, Berlin | On August 29 and 30, 2014, the two-day “Charité Conference on Psychiatric Research: Emotional Neuroscience” takes place for the 13th time. The conference focuses on the latest neuroscience research findings in the field of addictive disorders and schizophrenia.




Neuroscience and Society

30.07.2014, Berlin | On August 4 – 29, 2014, the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies will host the 19th edition of the long-standing summer school “Advanced Course in Computational Neuroscience (ACCN). As part of the ACCN, the Ernst Schering Foundation supports the Science & Society Session on “Neuroscience and Society,” which examines the conflicts and controversies between brain research and society in three evening lectures.



Science and Society Session: Engineering Life?

28.05.2014, Berlin | What is required for responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the field of Synthetic Biology? Regardless of whether it will “engineer life”, Synthetic Biology employs design principles where evolution used to reign. But where does it see the limits of design? These are some of the questions the Science and Society Session Engineering Life? Responsible Research and the Limits of Design will try to investigate on 23 June, 2014 at Schader-Forum in Darmstadt.