GSCN Events

UniStem Day on Demand (DE)
Take a look at the lectures of the UniStem Day 2021 in Berlin with topics as organoids, heart surgery and rare diseases.

Link: Online Discussion (DE)
„Brain in a dish“ – Was genau sind Organoide?
Presentation of the White Paper and book about organoids; GSCN & IAG/ BBAW
more information   here

Link: Online-Event
 Online BIH Lecture in Cooperation with the GSCN
Jürgen Knoblich: Cerebral Organoids - modeling human development and disease
more information   here

9th Annual GSCN Conference
6 - 8 Oct. 2021, Ulm


UniStem Day 2021
European Stem Cell Day in Germany
5 March 2021
 more information here




The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network organization that creates synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and provides a hub between science, politics, education and society.





GSCN Humhub

GSCN members discuss new trends and developments on the GSCN social intranet.

GSCN Membership


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



New funding call from European innovative medicine initiative (IMI) 
 More information (IMI Website)

GSCN Logos

The different German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) Logos in low resolution

(for high-resolution and vector files please inquire at GSCN Central Office)



GSCN & BIH initiate "Dialog Platform for Stem Cell Research"

From the beginning of 2021, the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) have entered into a close cooperation. The GSCN networks and promotes stem cell research in Germany with the aim of expanding basic research, accelerating the translation of research results into therapies and linking scientists from the various research fields. The GSCN and the BIH are now joining forces to advance translation with the help of stem cell technologies. They are founding the "Dialog Platform Stem Cell Research", which will network and promote national and international stem cell research even more effectively.

 Please find the press release with more information here.


NEW: White Paper:

Organoide - from stem cells to future technologies


Organoids are three-dimensional cellular structures grown from stem cells in vitro. They mimic bodily organs, exhibiting similar cellular compositions and functions.
Organoids can be used for basic research and offer great  promise for medical research in an extremely wide range of fields, such as drug screening, toxicity tests, and individual drug-response.

Through this White Paper, the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) and the Interdisciplinary  Research Group (IAG) Gene Technology Report of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) hope to raise public awareness of this research field and stimulate an interdisciplinary public debate on organoids.

The GSCN report on organoids offers a tour of the latest developments in this major research field and of current and potential future applications. The focus is on current organoid research projects and companies, with viewpoints from a range of researchers and stakeholders.
This is followed by the IAG’s core statements and recommendations for action on the use of organoids. 

Please find the  download here (German version here)

Additionally the IAG has published a book: Organoide. Ihre Bedeutung für Forschung, Medizin und Gesellschaft (2020)
Herausgegeben von Sina Bartfeld, Hannah Schickl, Cantas Alev, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Anja Pichl, Angela Osterheider, Lilian Marx-Stölting
Forschungsberichte der interdisziplinären Arbeitsgruppen der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Band 43
Baden-Baden: Nomos (2020)
The book is online available  here


Excellent research: Award winners 2020 of the GSCN

The „GSCN 2020 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Barbara Treutlein of the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropolgy, Leipzig, and the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
The „GSCN 2020 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Edith Heard, Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg.
The „GSCN 2020 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Sergiy Velychko and Prof. Dr. Hans R. Schöler of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Munster for the publication “Excluding Oct4 from Yamanaka cocktail unleashes the developmental potential of iPSCs”, 2019, published in the Journal Cell Stem Cell, 2019

Please find the  press release and more information here.

Virtual: 8th Annual GSCN Conference

The 8th Annual GSCN Conference was unique, because she was virtual and with the novel format participants and organizers created together a great scientific meeting. The conference was held from 23 - 25 September 2020 and offered a three-days-program. 390 participants, 45 selected talks, 22 exhibitors of the industry with 3 gold supporters, 6 silver supporters and 6 bronze supporters took part and contributed with pre-recorded talks and intense online discussions.
International keynote lectures, concurrent sessions, working group discussions, a presidential invite, two poster sessions, meet-the-expert-tables, an ELSA session, and an industry exhibition – everything was transferred into an online-version. New was a highly successful format: the job board, where 31 jobs were offered on the frequently visited site. Also new was the format “Point of discussion”, where Christine Mummery (Leiden, NL) described the interaction of COVID-related research and stem cell research.
Since promotion of junior scientists is an aim of the GSCN, most speakers were selected from the best abstracts that had been submitted. Again, the awardees of the GSCN prizes presented their results during the excellent Presidential Symposium. The program was exciting and covered a wide range of topics of this fast-growing field of research. The keynote presentations were delivered by Christine Mummery, Bertie Göttgens (Cambridge, UK), Shahragim Tajbakhsh (Paris, FR), Jonathan Kimmelman (Montreal, CAN) and Marius Wernig (Stanford, US).

Save the date: We are looking forward to welcoming you at our 9th Annual GSCN Conference from 6 – 8 Oct. 2021 in Ulm!

Hot off the press:

Check out the GSCN annual magazine 2019/20

"Stem Cell Research and Diseases I"

Read it online  here (with download link).

Statement of the GSCN

Offers of unproven stem cell therapies for COVID-19 disease caused by the corona virus SARS-CoV-2

With the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for new treatments, especially for critically ill patients. Clinical trials, such as experiments with SARS-COV-2 vaccines, are in full swing. However, there is a significant increase in unproven and untested therapies worldwide, including unproven treatments based on "stem cells". The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) as well as international scientific societies such as EuroStemCell (Statement), the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR Statement) and the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT Statement) strongly oppose the irresponsible offer of unproven cell-based treatments, especially in the context of such a severe pandemic. Affected individuals and families are urged to talk to healthcare professionals to obtain the best available information on COVID-19 disease and treatment options.

Analogue & digital exhibition

Stem cells: cells for life– 10 Posters (in German) to download

The GSCN has developed an exhibition for institutes, universities and teachers - 10 posters on topics of current stem cell research like diabetes, organoids, skin, ethics and many more. Each poster is accompanied by a website with videos, factsheets and an interactive quiz to deepen the information.
The highlight: The posters are available as DINA 0 format on the GSCN website - anyone can download them, print them out as posters or roll-ups - and immediately has a complete, analogue and digitally enhanced, exhibition on stem cells, research and application at hand.


Link to the website (only in German): Stammzellen - Zellen fürs Leben

GSCN Members


News from the field

(DE) - article in German, (GSCN) - contribution of GSCN members

Warum Blutstammzellen lange nicht altern (GSCN)(DE) 
Source: ä, 25.03.2021

Meilenstein der Stammzellforschung: Modelle menschlicher Embryonen (GSCN) (DE)
Blastocyst-like structures generated from human pluripotent stem cells
Source: Berliner Zeitung,, 17.03.2021

Scientists grew tiny tear glands in a dish — then made them cry
Source:, 16.03.2021

USC Stem Cell scientists start a buzz around fruit flies in hearing research
Source:, 16.03.2021

"Wir brauchen eine breite gesellschaftliche Debatte" (GSCN)(DE)
Source:, 25.02.2021

The key to proper muscle growth (GSCN)
Source:, 26.01.2021

Exercise generates immune cells in bone
Source:, 24.02.2021

Reactivating aging stem cells in the brain
Source:,  24.02.2021

Mount Sinai researchers identify mechanisms that are essential for proper skin development
Source:, 18.02.2021

Embryonalentwicklung in Zellkultur (GSCN)
Source:, 09.02.2021

Evotec und UKE arbeiten an Herzmuskelzellen (DE)
Source:, 09.02.2021

Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation from SARS-CoV-2 positive donors
Source: The Lancet, 01.02.2021

Vertex Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for VX-880, a Novel Cell Therapy for the Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D)
Source: Businesswire, 28.01.2021

Stem cell AI -- 'brain on a chip' project aims to revolutionize computing power
Source: EurekAlert, 28.01.2021

Elvira Mass erhält Paul Ehrlich- und Ludwig Darmstaedter-Nachwuchspreis 2021 für Erkenntnisse zur Organentwicklung bei der Maus (GSCN)
Source: Uni Frankfurt, 27.01.2021

Fraunhofer ITMP involved in two new European research consortia on research rare childhood diseases (GSCN)
Source: itmp.fraunhofer, 19.01.2021

Novel organoid models: Illuminating path to cervical cancers
Source: Eurekalert, 18.01.2021

Formula predicts ideal dose of stem cells to cure HIV
Source:, 12.01.2021

BlueRock Therapeutics in Collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Receives IND Clearance for DA01 in Parkinson's Disease
Source: PrNewsWire, 07.01.2021

Radicals seem to be good for the brain
Source:, 4.12.2020

A bioengineering perspective on modelling the intestinal epithelial physiology in vitro
Source:, 07.12.2020

Stem cell research finds a unique lab — the International Space Station
Source: Washington Post, 05.12.2020

Mina Gouti becomes EMBO Young Investigator (GSCN)
Source:, 1.1.2020

Customized programming of human stem cells
Source: eurekalert, 30.11.2020

Boosting stem cell activity can enhance immunotherapy benefits
Source: ScienceDaily, 23.11.2020

California's vote to revive controversial stem-cell institute sparks debate
Source:, 16.11.2020

Repetitive elements trigger RIG-I-like receptors to enhance hematopoietic stem cell formation
Source: ScienceDaily, 16.11.2020

Groundbreaking stem cell research could restore sight to people with macular diseases
Source: medicalxpress, 10.11.2020

Lung stem cell organoids developed to study COVID-19
Source:, 02.11.2020

Patient-specific airway stem cells developed to model lung diseases
Source:, 26.10.2020 

Chemie-Nobelpreis geht an Genforscherinnen Charpentier und Doudna (DE)
Genetic scissors: a tool for rewriting the code of life
Source:,, 07.10.2020

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