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  Elisabeth Lang
  Glückstr. 6
  D-91054 Erlangen
  Phone: +49 9131-85 35913
  Fax: +49 9131-85 39343

About the Symposium

The 4th International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" will address recent advances in B and T cell biology as well as new findings regarding the development of autoimmune and leukemic diseases. The symposium will also provide a communication platform for highly motivated doctoral students and renowned experts in the field of immunology.

This symposium is organized by the graduate students of the DFG Research Training Programs (Graduiertenkollegs) GK1660 (Director: Hans-Martin Jäck), GK/SFB643 (Director: Martin Herrmann) & GK1071 (Director: Bernhard Fleckenstein. The Graduiertenkollegs (GK) are supported in part by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the State of Bavaria to provide doctoral students with a structured educational and research program.

For more general information about Graduiertenkollegs please visit the DFG homepage.

DFG Doctoral Training Program GK1660 - Key Signals of Adaptive Immunity

The DFG Doctoral Training Program GK1660 was established in 2010. The program focuses on the molecular analysis of the three major cell populations (Dendritic cells, B cells and T cells) of the adaptive immunity; it will also contribute to our fundamental understanding how the adaptive immune response works under physiologic as well as pathophysiologic conditions. Currently, the program consists of 25 doctoral students and 20 laboratories at 9 departments of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen and the University Hospital in Erlangen.

Beside the improvement of interdisciplinary cooperation and networking in the field of lymphocyte research our program will also enhance the training of our students by promoting scientific education and social skills. All our students will be mentored by a thesis advisory committee throughout their doctoral thesis work. The students will also participate in research seminar series, workshops as well as in annual meetings with our collaborating research training programs Immunomodulation from Würzburg and Immunotherapy from Tübingen.

One of the highlights of our training program is a newly developed and innovative doctoral pilot program for undergraduates with a bachelor's degree, which will lead to a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 4.5 years. The doctoral students will receive extensive training in immunology and related disciplines combined with a fully financed internship in a laboratory abroad to extend their experience and to provide a high-quality training environment for young scientists at an internationally competitive level.

For further information please visit the GK1660 homepage (in German).

DFG Doctoral Training Program GK1071 - Viruses of the Immune System

The DFG Doctoral Training Program GK1071 "Viruses of the Immune System" was established in 2005 and runs until 2013. Research topics cover AIDS pathogenesis, viral oncogenesis as well as therapy and prophylaxis of viral infections. Currently, 26 students are full or associated members of our program in Erlangen. In addition, 10 PhD students associated with the program perform their thesis work in the USA as part of a special cooperation with Harvard Medical School.

Our research at the interface of virology and immunology encourages cooperation of the participating research groups working on viral immunodeficiency, basic startegies for prevention and therapy as well as oncogenicity of lymphotropic tumor viruses. Scientific training in the different fields is based on seminars given by external and internal speakers at the participating institutions. Additional training is provided by courses, e.g. presentation skills and scientific writing. Teamwork among the students in Erlangen is encouraged by a special GK seminar. Scientific exchange between Erlangen and Boston is a major focus of this program. Retreats in Germany and in New England bring together the students and advisors from Erlangen and Boston for scientific presentations on the individual projects. These meetings also provide the opportunity for discussions with the mentors assigned to each of the students and for scientific and personal exchange at an international level.

For further information please visit the GK1071 homepage.

DFG Integrated Doctoral Training program GK/SFB643

The training program GK/SFB 643 was established in July 2008. The group consists currently of 15 PhD students, 27 associated doctoral students and alumni. The training group is integrated in the research project group SFB 643 "Strategies of cellular immune intervention", whose research topics extend from basic science and animal models for immune interventions to patient care.

For further information please visit the GK/SFB643 homepage.


Located in south-central Germany to the north of Nürnberg, Erlangen was first mentioned in 1002. Today, Erlangen is known by its university and university hospital. The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg was founded in 1743. Currently more than 27.300 students are enrolled in 5 different schools: medicine, law & business, natural sciences, engineering, philosophy and educational sciences.

For further information about Erlangen please visit the official homepage.

Congress Venue

The 4th International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" will be held at the Rudolph-Wöhrl lecture hall of the Department of Internal Medicine in Erlangen, Germany.


Rudolph-Wöhrl Hörsaal - Innere Medizin
Östliche Stadtmauerstr. 11
D-91054 Erlangen

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Congress Venue

Additionally, you will find a detailed city map of Erlangen here.


Several hotels are located close to the conference venue. You will find a selection of recommendable accommodations here.

Please note: Reservations should be made directly with the hotel!


All participants must register by August 31, 2013. The additional fee for the optional congress party will include a buffet dinner and all drinks.

Registration Fees:

All Students (including Doktoranden): 45 €
All others: 145 €

Congress Party: 25 €

The Online registration page is closed.


Please transfer the fees for registration (€ 45 for students including Doktoranden, € 145 for all others) and congress party (€ 25) onto the following account:

Recipient: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Bank: Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Erlangen
Account No. (Kto-Nr.): 46404
Bank ID (BLZ): 763 500 00
Reason for payment (Verwendungszweck): 3345 2008; Last name, first name (must be included !!!)

To avoid penalty charges please use for cross-border credit transfers our International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identifier Code (BIC):
IBAN: DE 84 76350000 0000046404

After receipt of payment we will confirm your registration by e-mail. Payments can only reimbursed if cancellation has been received before August 31.


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Symposium Poster

Program Flyer

Congress Venue

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Congress Party on Saturday, September 28, 2013

A congress party open to all attendees of the meeting will be held at the house of the student league Bubenreuth which is located very close to the conference venue. You will find a survey map under this link.

Please note: to cover the costs we have to charge 25 €. This fee will include a buffet dinner and drinks.


You will find current information e.g., about important changes of the symposium program in the update section.