The Theme Day is organised in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology. 


Abstract submission is CLOSED
Draft Programme: see here

     on and > 8 July
Academic member   € 230
Student members   € 120
Academic non-member   € 280
Student non-member   € 150
Industry non-member   € 400

If you are interested in sponsoring the Theme Day or exhibiting at the meeting, please see "Sponsors and exhibitors" below or email us at for more information.

We are currently working on a very exciting programme. This page will be regularly updated, so please do keep checking back.


Monday 16 September 2019

LOC President: Ulrike Köhl (Fraunhofer IZI, Leipzig) and
DG-GT President: Boris Fehse (University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf)


  Session I: Pre-clinical development I
Michael Hudecek (University of Würzburg)
Hinrich Abken (Regensburg Center for Inverventional Immunology)
CARs, TRUCKs and beyond: the next generation of CAR T cells

13:45-14:00 Comfort break

Session II: Pre-clinical development II
Michael Bachmann (Helmholtz Center Dresden Rossendorf)

Selected abstracts

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Session III: Vector production and manufacturing
Klaus Kühlcke (BioNTech, Mainz)
Kai Pinkernell (Medigene, Planegg)
Ulrike Köhl (Fraunhofer IZI, Leipzig)

Selected abstracts

17:30 - 18:00 DG-GT General Assembly
18:30 - 22:00 Networking reception
Tuesday 17 September 2019

Session IV: Regulation
Cornelie Haag (Technical University Dresden)
Nina Worel (Medical University of Vienna)
Matthias Renner (Paul Ehrlich Institute)
Regulatory roundtable with regulatory professionals, clinicians and ethicists

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

Session V: Clinical studies I
John Maher (King's College London)
Pan-ErbB CAR T-cell immunotherapy of head and neck cancer: phase I clinical trial
Stephan Mielke (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm)
Hans Stauss (University College London)
Andrea Jarisch (University Hospital Frankfurt)

12:45-14:00 Lunch and poster session

Keynote: Ethics of CAR-T cells
Christiane Woopen (University of Cologne)


Session VI: Clinical studies II
Winfried Wels (Georg Speyer Haus, Frankfurt)
CAR-engineered NK cells: off-the-shelf therapeutics bridging innate and adaptive immunity
Christos Georgiades (University College London)
Chiara Bonini (San Raffaele Hospital, Milan)

Selected abstracts

17:00-17:30 Closing drinks



Early Bird and abstract submission end on 7 July 2019


  early bird to 7 July on / after 8 July
Academic member €180 €230
Student member €100 €120
Academic non-member €230 €280
Student non-member €20 €150
Industry non-member €330 €400

5 reasons to register to the DG-GT Theme Day

There many compelling reasons to attend the DG-GT Theme Day!

Be exposed to the the latest developments in this fast-moving field.

Learning about the advances and breakthroughs in labs around the world can translate to new approaches for your own lab's work that you may not think to explore without this exposure. The DG-GT Theme Day is the best place to gain an in-depth perspective of the field.

Investigate potential opportunities for collaborations or develop relationships with other organisations on behalf of your research team.
The DG-GT Theme Day provides ample opportunity to meet with attendees with similar interests.

Present your work to a highly relevant and supportive audience.
Attendees who present at the DG-GT Theme Day receive excellent exposure and feedback for their work and their lab.

Bring information and training back to the lab.
Findings presented at the DG-GT Theme Day can be shared with other lab and team members to extend the benefits of attending to your entire research group.

Learn about the newest data and tools from the poster sessions and the exhibition.
Labs save time and money by improving their research methods. New tools and technologies are unveiled to attendees of the DG-GT Theme Day.

Registration & fees


A substantial part of the programme is dedicated to selected abstracts because we want to ensure that the best and most current research is presented. A panel of moderators reviews abstracts so that every abstract receives at least 3 reviewer scores.

Abstract submission guidelines: Make sure your abstract is in on time and in the right format by following these simple steps:

1: The Deadline for abstract submission is the 7 July 2019.

2: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be in English.

3: Keep your title concise and informative and only use capital letters for the beginning of a sentence or an acronym/name. DO NOT USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ENTIRE TITLE.

4: List all authors’ name in full and it is compulsory to identify a presenting author. Please note the email address supplied when you submit your abstract will be used for all correspondence pertaining to the abstract.

5: Addresses should be in the following format: Group, Department/Institute, Organisation, Town/City, Postcode/Zip, Country

6: Do not include acknowledgements in your abstracts – these will be included in your word count.

7: Select the category that best fits your abstract as this is a guide for review allocation.

8: Please ensure that the email provided when submitting the abstract will still be valid when the abstract notification is emailed during August 2019.

Poster Guidelines
Posters should be made in a single A0 size (841mm wide x 1189mm high), portrait orientation. If your poster does not match these dimensions, we cannot guarantee that it will fit the poster boards. Each poster will be allocated a number which will be communicated to your in your abstract acceptance notification email. Please retain this number as this is how you will find your allocated poster board.

What happens after you have submitted?
Your abstract will be sent for review and you will be notified of the outcome by email. Please note the notification email will be sent to the email given when you submitted your abstract. If you have not received notification by end of June please contact the DG-GT office.

PLEASE NOTE that all submitting authors will have to have read and agreed to the Abstract Submission Agreement prior to submission.

Abstract submission information

Meeting organisers

The meeting is organised by the German Society for Gene Therapy (DG-GT) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI Fraunhofer).


Local organising committee

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl (LOC President)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Dietz
Prof. Dr. Florian Lordick
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Behre
Dr. Gerno Schmiedeknecht
Prof. Dr. Hildegard Büning
Prof. Dr. Hinrich Abken
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Henschler
PD Dr. Stephan Fricke
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hacker
Prof. Dr. Uwe Platzbecker

Meeting organisers

Thank very much you for your valued support! Without our partners, we could not organise our Theme Day.

Partner information

If you are interested in sponsoring the Theme Day or exhibiting at the meeting, please see our partner pack or contact us for more information. We will be delighted to discuss how to tailor our packages to your needs.

Exhibitor pack

An exhibitor pack with full details on the venue and shipping, as well as any other important information you will need to prepare for your attendance at the 2019 Theme Day will be available here closer to the meeting.

Sponsors and exhibitors


The 2019 Theme Day will be held at:

Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (Fraunhofer IZI)
Perlickstrasse 1
Leipzig, Germany

Reaching Fraunhofer IZI

The Fraunhofer IZI can be reached from central Leipzig (Hauptbahnhof or Augustusplatz) in 15 minutes by tram 16. Get off the tram at the stop An der Tierkliniken, cross into the Puschstrasse and then turn left into the Perlickstrasse. The Fraunhofer IZI will be immediately on your left.

Reaching Leipzig

Leipzig is most easily reached by high speed train. If you are travelling internationally, Leipzig has an airport (Leipzig/Halle Airport), which is 12 minutes away by train or 25 by S-Bahn. Alternatively, Berlin airports Tegel or Schönefeld are approximately 2 hours away by high speed train.

Venue and how to get there

We recommend that you stay in central Leipzig, where there are many excellent hotels available to book through our external hotel portal. The speaker hotel will be the Vienna House Easy Leipzig.

The Fraunhofer IZI can be reached from central Leipzig with a 15 minute tram ride, please see "Venue and how to get there" for more information.



Time is short in our full and exciting programme, but to give you time to mingle and network we have planned a drinks reception at the Fraunhofer IZI on 16 September. You can then join a tour of the vibrant city of Leipzig!

Networking social