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Seminars and Workshops

Financial support is available to researchers for the organisation of seminars and workshops focussed on biomedicine. There is no application deadline. For more information, please contact info@chs-stiftung.org.



The Foundation has been a proud sponsor of the Heidelberg Paincircuits meeting. With every fifth European suffering from chronic pain, according to recent demographic studies, chronic pain is a world-wide problem. Effective pain therapy requires that we elucidate neural circuits which impart functional specificity and causality to pain and it is crucial to understand how they dynamically change over the course of pain chronicity. The goal of this international conference therefore is to interrogate, discuss and debate on the nature of circuits and networks that underlie sensory and affective components of pain and to address how these are altered in circumstances which induce structural reorganization and functional plasticity, including disease states, negative emotions and stress.

Over the three conferences (2011, 2013 & 2017) the organisers brought together some of the most prominent and internationally leading thinkers and experts and gave them the opportunity to interact intensely with next generation puzzle-solvers i.e. young scientists and trainees. The conference themes encompass neural circuits and pain mechanisms, discuss latest insights at all levels in pain pathways and integrate novel data in basic science as well as clinical research.


The Foundation has supported Virology Seminars on the Heidelberg Life Sciences campus since 2003. The seminar series is presented by the virology and molecular virology departments of the Centre for Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Heidelberg. Beginning in 2014, additional assistance has been provided by SFB 1129 (Integrative Analysis of Pathogen Replication and Spread).

Seminar speakers are invited to share state-of-the-art findings and method-development in virology and anti-viral immunity with members of the Heidelberg community working on infectious disorders. Younger scientists, including MSc and PhD students as well as postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to attend. 

Seminars are followed by a luncheon, also funded by the Foundation, where attendees have the chance to meet the speakers and discuss their presentations. 

The first seminar series sponsored by the Foundation (2003 to 2005) was the ZMBH-Colloquium. Today the series is known under the name ZMBH-Seminar/Colloquium.


The "Cell Biology of Viral Infections" workshop of the German Society for Virology (GfV) is a three-day event held annually since 2011 in the Rhein-Neckar region. It is a unique opportunity for cell biologists to meet with virologists to share news, views and novel approaches. The present organisers are Dr. Claudia Claus, University of Leipzig, and Dr. Steeve Boulant, a Schaller Research Group leader. 

Both the 13th GfV workshop, "Mimicking Organ Physiology, Impact of Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering for Virology", and the 14th GfV workshop, "Regulation of cell fate: Balance between death and survival pathways", held in 2014 and 2015 respectively, have been co-funded by the Foundation.