The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network association aiming at creating synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and to provide an interface between science, politics, education and society as a whole.



GSCN Membership


The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a member-driven initiative. Join us and support this important initiative!


Upcoming event

3rd International Annual Conference of the GSCN
9 - 11 September 2015
Frankfurt/Main, Germany


Non-PI meeting at the 8th Internal. Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW

The GSCN is organizing a Non-PI workshop for graduate students and postdocs on Monday 20 April 2015 in connection with the  8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW (21 – 22 April 2015) in Bonn. The goal of this workshop is to foster interaction between the GSCN members in a relaxed atmosphere and to discuss and identify expectations and needs of the participants. Each  scientific GSCN working group will have the possibility to nominate two speakers (students/postdocs) so that there will be talks from 14 participants in four sessions (20 min per person). Furthermore, all attendees will discuss the structure, the needs and the expectations of future Non-PI meetings. We are planning to have these Non-PI meetings of members of one WG at a central location in Germany, starting later this year.

If you are interested in this format and want to hear about projects from the whole field of stem cell research as well as participating at the 8th International Meeting in Bonn, please send a short statement on your person, project and motivation to participate in the Non-PI meeting to the coordinator of the respective acietific working group. The GSCN will cover your hotel costs from Sunday to Monday, the catering and invite all participants to dinner in downtown Bonn on Monday evening.

6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop

The GSCN is the main sponsor of the 6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop which will be held after the 8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW from 22 – 23 April 2015 in Bonn. The organizers would like to provide an interdisciplinary platform where different perspectives can meet and discuss problems of stem cell data processing and analysis.

Keynote speakers (confirmed):
Bertie Gottgens, Cambridge
Ludovic Vallier, Cambridge
Thomas Zwaka, New York

There are three GSCN travel awards available! Please submit your applications until 10 February 2015. The application should include a PDF file of the submitted abstract and a short statement by the applicant why the travel award is of particular importance (up to 100 words). The applicant must be registered and the first author of the submitted abstract. Winners of travel awards are selected by a review panel based on quality of the abstract.  

Further information

ISSCR 2015, Stockholm: GSCN Travel Awards from the scientific WGs

The GSCN is happy to announce that a significant number (more than 20)  travel awards are provided by the GSCN working groups to the 2015 ISSCR meeting in Stockholm.

450 participants at the 2nd International Annual Conference of the GSCN

The 2nd International Annual Conference took place November 3 - 5, 2014 at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The GSCN is happy to inform that this event was, like last years event in Berlin, very successful with many presentations from the German and international scientific community, contribution from partner organizations and companies and lots of networking.

 Joint Satellite Symposium on Neural Stem Cells on November 5-6, 2014 completed the program and was with 120 participants well attended. 

Stay tuned for more news.

Please download the final program with all abstracts here.

Further reading: (in German)
 MDC Insights: All about stem cells
 DIE WELT: Der geplatzte Traum von der Wundertherapie

Highlight movie of the 2nd GSCN Conference

Three short movies on stem cell research in Germany (in German)

From the program: "Stammzellforschung: Realität und Perspektiven"
In the fall of 2014 the GSCN produced three short movies highlighting different areas of stem cell research  link:

- Magdalena Götz, Munich, about her research on neuronal stem cells ( link)
- Anthony D. Ho, Heidelberg, about his research on hematopoietic stem cells ( link)
- Andreas Trumpp, Heidelberg, about his research on cancer stem cells ( link)

GSCN Annual Magazine 2013/14

  Annual Magazine: Stem Cell Research in Germany (English)

A highlight film and interview movies on GSCN activities


The GSCN movies can be found here:


Archive GSCN News


GSCN Members


News from the field

Cancer- what is the role of chance? (in German)

Tagesspiegel, 15.1.2015

Regenerating Organs: Mending of the Heart (in German) 
Nachwachsende Organe: Ein Herz lässt sich reparieren
Source:  Tagesspiegel, 7.1.2015

California's stem cell program (CIRM) is getting a reboot
Source:  LA Times, 3.1.2015

Questions linger over stress-induced stem cells
Source:  Nature 31.12.2014

Shameful end of Obokata
Source:  Washington Post 19.12.2014
European Court allows stem cells patents

Sources:  Spiegel online 18.12.2014,   Zeit online 18.12.2014,  UT San Diego 18.12.2014,   FAZ  21.12.2014

Divergent reprogramming routes lead to alternative stem-cell states
Source:  nature 10.12.2014


Researchers produce large quantities of cardiac muscle cells from stem cells
Source:   REBIRTH, 10.12.2014

Stammzellen aus menschlicher Nase heilen Parkinson bei Ratten

Source:  Uni Bielefeld 5.12.2014

Cloning Factory in China Has Familiar Partner: Hwang Woo-Suk

Source:  Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog 3.12.2014

Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin Stem Cell Network North Rhine Westphalia Partner Organizations Federal Ministry of Education and Research VDI Technologiezentrum