Symposium organised by the German Society for Gene Therapy
in collaboration with the Volkswagen Foundation

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Unfortunately we have had to postpone the DG-GT Symposium due to the evolving COVID-19 situation.  We will announce a new date and communicate this directly to you as soon as the situation is clarified. 
We apologise for the inconvenience and indeed the disappointment that the cancellation may have caused. 

We will try to keep to the PROGRAMME in the postponed meeting.


  early bird to 10 Feb on / after 10 Feb
DG-GT member €250 €300
DG-GT Student member €150 €175
Non-member €350 €400
Student non-member €200 €250
Industry - registration by company €500 €600

A Certificate of Attendance and a Certificate of Presentation (where applicable) will be available in your 'Congress Materials' in your online DG-GT account after the event.  

Cancellations and Substitutions
Cancellations and refunds are subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • for cancellations received by 31 January 2020: 70% refund will be processed
  • for cancellations received by 15 February: 50% refund will be processed
  • for cancellations received by 28 February: 20% refund will be processed
  • for cancellations received after this date: NO REFUND will be processed 

Refund / cancellation requests must be sent in writing. Where possible refunds will be processed within 3 weeks of receipt; however, based on timing and congress workload, refunds may not be processed until after the congress.
In the case of cancellation where a delegate wishes to move their registration to a colleague; please request this in writing with Membership cannot be transferred, and if the registration was a member-fee registration, the colleague the registration is transferred to will need to purchase relevant membership. Refunds for differing registration fees will not be given.

5 reasons to register to the DG-GT Events

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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting 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 meeting.

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Herrenhausen Palace

 History of the Dukes and Kings

In the 19th century Herrenhausen Palace was the summer residence of the royal house of Hanover. However, the history of the Palace begins much earlier. In 1636 Duke of Calenberg had a so-called "Vorwerk" built in Herrenhausen. From here, the residential city of Hanover was supplied with agricultural products. From 1674 the summer residence was extended. In 1680 Duke Ernst August took over the government. His political ambitions required the corresponding representative architectural "accompaniment": the construction of a palace. He himself drew up the plans in 1690. The centrepiece was a central building flanked by four symmetrically arranged buildings. The construction work ended abruptly with his death in 1697. In the same year, Princess Sophie initiated the expansion of the baroque gardens, designed by Martin Charbonnier. In 1704 the castle was repaired. However, the main features have been preserved to this day.

From 1714, the Electorate of Hanover and Great Britain were linked in personal union. The princes of Hanover resided in Great Britain as kings, but often spent the summer at Herrenhausen Palace. The Palace and gardens were therefore carefully maintained. The seven-year-old War put an abrupt end to it.
The maintenance of the Palace was reduced to a minimum until Hanover was declared a kingdom in 1814. In 1819, the palace building was redesigned in the classicist style by court administrator Georg Friedrich Ludwig Laves. In 1943 the Palace was completely destroyed. Only the large flight of steps was preserved.

In 2009/2010 the "Renaissance" of the Palace started with the architectural competition for the reconstruction.

At the beginning of 2013, the new Palace was put into operation.

By Public transport

Tram line 4 or 5
Bus route 136
to stop Herrenhäuser Gärten

By Road

On the north-south axis via A7/A352/A2
On the east-west axis via the A2
Exit Herrenhausen/B6 direction Zentrum.


Herrenhausen Palace & how to get there


Below please find a selection of hotels for you to contact and arrange your stay in Hannover. Please note that we as meeting organisers do not manage any accommodation for the event. 


The Hotel Kaiserhof in the heart of the city centre is a family-run boutique hotel with tradition and history...Learn more...

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Smartcity Designhotel / Cityhotel am Thielenplatz
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Guide to DG-GT sponsorship and exhibition

We can offer a variety of opportunities for sponsoring DG-GT; full details can be found in our brochure.

As an existing sponsor or exhibitor you are entitled to complimentary registrations to the congress; please refer to your partnership agreement, and your invoice for discount / voucher codes. To register, please update your membership if needed, and register via the website. Closer to the event, you will receive an exhibitor pack with information on shipments, venues, etc. For any questions relating to potential or existing packages, please contact us on

Bespoke package

We want you to know that we can be flexible and are more than happy to talk with you about ways in which we can develop a mutually beneficial partnership if none of the above packages suit your needs

If you would like to discuss the options offered or how we might tailor these options to best meet your particular needs please don't hesitate to contact Gaëlle on 

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Abstracts submission guidelines

Part of the programme is dedicated to selected abstracts because we want to ensure that the best and most current research is presented. A large panel of international 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: Your abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be in English.

2: 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.

3: 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.

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

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

6: Select the subject area that best fits your abstract as this is a guide for review allocation.

7: Please ensure that the email provided when submitting the abstract will still be valid a couple of months before the event as we will need to contact you about the outcome of your submission

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 with your notification that you must bring with you.

What happens after you have submitted?

Your abstract will be sent for review and you will be notified of the outcome by email a few weeks before the congress. 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 February, please contact the DG-GT Office immediately

Abstract submission information


LOC - Local Organising Committee
Hildegard Büning, Hannover Medical School
Tobias Cantz, Hannover Medical School 
Boris Fehse, University of Hamburg
Melanie Galla, Hannover Medical School 
Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Hannover Medical School 
Ulrike Köhl, Fraunhôfer Institute, Leipzig
Thomas Moritz, Hannover Medical School 
Michael Ott, Hannover Medical School 
Martin Sauer, Hannover Medical School 
Axel Schambach, Hannover Medical School 
Thomas Thum, Hannover Medical School 

Katja Ebeling, VW Foundation
Mareike Rüssmann, VW Foundation


Meeting organisers