Summer Symposium of the Junior GBM

July 26 - 28, 2024



Welcome to the website for this year’s jGBM Summer Symposium on July 26th – July 28th in Jena.

Our aim is to bring together young scientists for an exchange of ideas and for discussing scientific news. This year’s symposium will be about Immunology and host-pathogen interactions. The scientific programme covers a wide range of topics in this field. Young scientists as well as experienced researchers will present comprehensive analysis of the latest findings on the dynamic interactions between pathogens and the host. One focus will be on the adaptation of pathogens to
escape the defence mechanisms of the host immune system, with an emphasis on fungal infections. The immunology of sepsis and therapeutic approaches to treat it as well as the principles of hematopoiesis will also be discussed. In the last block of talks, you will get some insights into the investigation of animal and plant pathogens, including the introduction of rather unconventional laboratory animals being researched in Jena.

Besides the scientific talks, we will offer a variety of interesting workshops, some dealing with modern research methods and others with career perspectives for your time during and after your studies.

Several breaks within our daily agenda and the evening programs will enable enough time for networking and socialising with people from other cities and different fields of working or studying.

We look forward to seeing you in Jena!
The junior GBM Jena



Friday, July 26

15:00 - 17:30

Arrival & Registration

17:30 - 18:00


18:00 - 19:00

  • Prof. Dr. Berit Jungnickel ~ Introductory talk

19:00 - 22:00

Get together with Barbecue


Saturday, July 27

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 11:30

Talks (Block 1)

  • Junior-Prof. Dr. Adrian Press ~ Metabolic Reprogramming in Sepsis: Shaping Immunity Against Life-Threatening Infections
  • Dr. Julia Fröbel ~ The response of the murine bone marrow niche to xenotransplantation of human hematopoietic stem cells
  • Jean-Martin Harder ~ Inhibitor fluorination pattern tunes inactivation and chemically induced dimerization of oxidoreductases in Trypanosomatids

11:30 - 12:00

AG Sustainability

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 15:00

Talks (Block 2)

  • Dr. Axel Dietschmann ~ Inflammation in fungal-caused diseases
  • Jakob Sprague ~ Fungal zinc acquisition and epithelial barrier protection during invasive Candida albicans infection
  • Dr. Matthew Blango ~ Assessing cross-kingdom RNA interference for host defense against human fungal pathogens

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00


17:00 - 19:00

City tours

19:30 - 21:30



Sunday, July 28

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 11:30

Talks (Block 3)

  • PD Dr. Axel Mithöfer ~ Plants under attack: The plant immune system and beyond
  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Liebler-Tenorio ~ Unusual animal models: how farm animals can help us understand infectious diseases
  • Felix Tetzlaff ~ Advances in avian immunology research: the use of novel γδ T cell knockout chickens


Closing remarks & Goodbye




To ensure a great symposium, we will charge a small registration fee (20€)
The GBM office will collect the fee from your account after the registration deadline on 8 July 2024. You will receive the invoice for the participation fee by email on 1 July 2024.
On Saturday evening we will organize a dinner for all participants. If you want to join, please sign up during registration. Dinner will be at your own expense.

Contact us via email to book your accommodation.

Registration closes on 30 June.


We thank for the kind support by

In case you would like to present your company at this year’s symposium, please feel free to contact our organisation team:

For cancellations later than 30 June 2024 no reimbursement of the fee will be possible.

Also, non-GBM Members are welcome to attend. If you want to join the GBM you can register online.

Photos & Videos
During the event, photos and films may be taken, which may be used and published for the public relations of GBM and Junior GBM. A fee will not be paid. Please contact the organizers in advance if you do not want to appear in photos and object to the use. If you do not use this option, you agree to the use of the photos/videos by submitting the registration form.





The city of light - Jena, situated on the beautiful Saale river, not only has a rich history of science, but also offers excellent scientific education with the Friedrich Schiller University and the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences. Renowned research institutions such as the institutes of the Leibniz Society, Max Planck and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft make the city a first-class location for life science and optics. With the University Hospital, Jena is also a leader in infection and sepsis research. Based
on its population of around 110,000 inhabitants, Jena has the highest density of research institutions per capita in Germany.

The symposium will be held at the Campus of Erbertstraße 1 which is very near to the city centre and also close to several train stations.


For accommodation, we have reserved a contingent of 40 beds at Internationalen Gästehaus Jena (32 €/person and night).

After registering, please send a short email to to book accommodation at the Gästehaus Jena.

You can have a look at the links for more options: (A contingent is reserved for Junior GBM Sommer Symposium)

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Dr. Berit Jungnickel
(Zentrum für Molekulare Biomedizin, CMB)

Junior-Prof. Dr. Adrian Press
(Universitätsklinikum Jena)

Dr. Julia Fröbel

Jean-Martin Harder
(Institut für Organische und Makromolekulare Chemie, FSU Jena)

Dr. Axel Dietschmann

Jakob Sprague

Dr. Matthew Blango

PD Dr. Axel Mithöfer
(Max Planck Institut für Chemische Ökologie)

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Liebler-Tenorio
(Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, IMP)

Felix Tetzlaff
(Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, IMP)


Confirmed Workshops

GBM Young Investigators

FLI~ FACS facility

Tobias Hoffmann ~ Science communication

Organization & Contact


The Summer Symposium is organized by Erik, Philip, Ferenc, Hans, Johannes, Klara and Radhika from the Jena City Group of the Junior GBM.


Hope to see you soon in Jena!