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About the Symposium

This International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" is the fifth in a series that was initiated by former PhD students of the doctoral training program GK592- "Lymphocytes: Differentiation, Activation & Deviation". The symposium will address recent advances in B and T cell biology as well as new findings regarding the development of autoimmune diseases and antiviral responses. The symposium will also provide a communication platform for doctoral students from various Erlanger training and research programs and renowned experts in the field of immunology

This year's symposium is organized by the graduate students from the two research training groups GK1660 and IRTG-TRR130 , both are supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and 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 Integrated Research Training Group IRTG-TRR130 - B cells and beyond

The integrated research training group (IRTG) " B Cells and Beyond" was established in 2013 and consists currently of 25 PhD students and 25 mentors at four different locations: Berlin, Erlangen, Freiburg and Göttingen. The training group is integrated in the DFG-funded Transregio "B cells: Immunity and Autoimmunity" (TRR130). The research of the TRR130 focuses on mechanisms that control B cell activation and antibody responses, as well as their dysregulation in autoimmune diseases.

The IRTG-TRR130 "B cells and beyond wants to foster the interaction of students and investigators locally and among the four participating locations with a structured educational and mentoring concept that goes beyond the level of training doctoral students usually receive in their labs.

For further information please visit the IRTG-TRR130 homepage.

DFG Integrated Research Training Group IRTG-CRC1181 - Checkpoints for Resolution of Inflammation

The integrated research training group IRTG-CRC1181 was established in 2015. The group currently consists of 33 PhD and MD students at 11 institutions of the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. The training group is integrated in the Collaborative Research Centre " Checkpoints for Resolution of Inflammation " (CRC1181). The aim of the researchers of the CRC1181 is to understand the processes that turn down the inflammatory response.

For further information please visit the IRTG-CRC1181 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 39.000 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 5th International GK Symposium "Regulators of Adaptive Immunity" will be held at the Neues Hörsaalzentrum of the Department of Internal Medicine in Erlangen, Germany.


Neues Hörsaalzentrum
Ulmenweg 18
D-91054 Erlangen

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 until August 14, 2016. The additional fee for the optional congress party will include a buffet dinner and all drinks.

Registration Fees:

All Students (including PhD students/MD students): 50 €
All others: 150 €

Congress Party:

All Students (including PhD students/MD students): 25 €
All others: 30 €

You will find the Online registration page Here



Recipient: Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
Bank: Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Erlangen
IBAN : DE84 7635 0000 0000 0464 04
Reason for payment (Verwendungszweck): 3345 2008, GK-Symposium 2016, Last name, first name (must be included !!!)

After receipt of payment we will confirm your registration by e-mail. Payments can only be reimbursed if cancellation has been received before August 8, 2016 .


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Congress Party on Saturday, September 10, 2016

A congress party open to all attendees of the meeting will be held at the Logenhaus (Universitätsstraße 25) 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 all students (including PhD students/MD students) 25 € and all others: 30 €. 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.