The Theme Day is organised in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology. We will be updating this information regularly, so do keep checking back for updates!

Registration and abstract submission opens: 1 April 2019 - REGISTER HERE
Early Bird and abstract submission deadline: 2 June 2019

  Early bird < 2 June  on and > 3 June
Academic member € 180 € 230
Student members € 100 € 120
Academic non-member € 230 € 280
Student non-member € 120 € 150
Industry non-member € 330 € 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)
Chiara Bonini (San Raffaele Hospital, Milan)

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)
Christos Georgiades (University College London)

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)

14:30-17:00 Session VI: Clinical studies II
Winfried Wels (Georg Speyer Haus, Frankfurt)
CAR-engineered NK cells: off-the-shelf therapeutics bridging innate and adaptive immunity
17:00-17:30 Closing drinks



Early Bird and abstract submission end on 2 June 2019


  early bird to 2nd June on / after 3rd June
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.&amp;amp;nbsp;Learning about the advances and breakthroughs in labs around the world can translate to new approaches for your own lab&amp;amp;rsquo;s work that you may not think to explore without this exposure. The&amp;amp;nbsp;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&amp;amp;nbsp;organisations&amp;amp;nbsp;on behalf of your research team. The&amp;amp;nbsp;DG-GT Theme Day provides ample opportunity to meet with attendees with similar interests.

Present your work to a highly relevant and supportive audience.&amp;amp;nbsp;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.&amp;amp;nbsp;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.&amp;amp;nbsp;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

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