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STMM Summer Symposium

The STMM Summer Symposium provides a forum for debate and scientific exchange among doctoral students of all research areas within the Medical Faculty Mannheim, as well as from partnering institutions. Invited speakers will offer interesting insights into translational research.

The first STMM Summer Symposium will take place on Friday, July 19th, 2024.

Register now until June 9th (abstract submission for posters or posters & flash talks) or July 14th (attendance only):

(Please see the abstract submission guidelines at the bottom of this page.)

We expect an exciting line-up that will showcase engaging science from health and life sciences research. Students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research in the form of a poster, poster and flash talk, or short talk.

In the morning, we will have two Impulse Talks from successful early career scientists who will also give a glimpse into their career path. The speakers will stay with us for an interactive Panel Discussion on research-related topics (e.g., funding research, interdisciplinary communication, translating science into society) moderated by students – no questions barred!

Before lunch, we will hear four short student talks selected from all submitted abstracts. The afternoon will kick off with flash talks advertising the posters, followed by coffee to sustain a lively poster session. Make sure to bring an exciting poster to convince our jury that the STMM Poster Prize should be yours!

The day will close with a keynote lecture by a distinguished scientist, followed by a drinks reception fostering further networking and interaction. For this first edition of the Summer Symposium, we are delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner as our keynote speaker, who was awarded this year’s prestigious Leibniz Prize for her research on the mechanisms of chronic pain.

Preliminary program:

08:30        Registration opens

08:55        Welcome

09:00        Impulse Talk 1: Prof. Emanuel Schwarz, Emmy-Noether Group Leader, ZI

09:30        Impulse Talk 2: Dr Eduard Maier, Walter Benjamin Fellow, ZI

10:00        Panel Discussion with Impulse speakers on selected topics

11:30        Short talks selected from student abstracts

12:30        Lunch break

13:30        Student Flash Talks

15:00        Poster Session

16:50        Poster Prize Ceremony

17:00        Keynote Lecture: Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner

18:00        Closing remarks and drinks

Check back for details about the speakers and schedule updates on this page. All doctoral students are encouraged to participate. Registration is available under the following link:

Registration deadline for abstracts: June 9th, 2024
Registration deadline for attendance only: July 14th, 2024

Abstract submission guidelines:

Abstracts should be at most 200 words and be written in English; there is no lower word limit. If this is your first abstract, you may find inspiration here.

Poster with or without flash talk: Any doctoral student (Dr. sc. hum., Dr. med. (dent.), Dr. rer. nat., etc.), no matter the stage of their research, can submit an abstract and present a poster. During the registration process, you can choose between poster only or poster and flash talk (a 3-minute teaser of your poster).

Selected short talks: Additionally, you need to indicate at registration whether you would like to be considered in the selection for one of the four short talks (15 min each). Presenters of one of these short talks may, if they wish, still present their poster in addition. All those who would like to be considered for a short talk will be notified within three weeks of the abstract submission deadline if they have been selected for one of the four short talks.

Poster size: poster boards will fit posters up to size A0 in portrait orientation.

Poster prize: all posters will be evaluated for a poster prize. The winner(s) will be announced before the keynote lecture.