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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.

Ralf Bartenschlager’s 60th Birthday Symposium and International Symposium of the TRR179, International Hepatitis Symposium Heidelberg, DKFZ Heidelberg, 16. May to 18. May 2018

In honour of Prof. Ralf Bartenschlager's 60th birthday the Department of Virology invites to the International Hepatitis Symposium Heidelberg. Professor Bartenschlager did his PhD with Heinz Schaller at the ZMBH and is a world-renown virologist. His numerous awards include the 2016 Lasker Debakey Award and the Hector Award. Besides his scientific activities Prof. Bartenschlager is an active member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Chica and Heinz Schaller-Foundation. Invited to this symposium are colleagues, co-workers and cooperation partners who have accompanied Ralf Bartenschlager on his scientific path. 



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.


From February 22nd to 23rd 2019 Prof. Bartenschlager will organize the 35th Annual Meeting of the German Association for the Study of the Liver (GASL) in Heidelberg. The GASL is an association of scientists from various disciplines in German-speaking countries, whose work is dedicated to various aspects of liver diseases, including all aspects of viral hepatitis. Prof. Bartenschlager is the president of the GASL in 2018/2019 and therefore has the honor to organize the 35th annual conference of the GASL.

EMBO Workshop, “Protein quality control: From mechanisms to disease“,28. April to 3. May 2019 in Costa de la Calma, Mallorca, Spain.

The bi-annual EMBO conference series on cutting-edge fundamental and medical research on the mechanisms and functions of cellular protein quality control and its implications for health, aging, and disease. The conference will promote active scientific discourse among the participants through invited and keynote lectures, short talks selected from abstracts as well as flash talks, poster presentations, Round Table Lunches with prominent scientists providing ample time for informal discussions. Especially young researchers, PhD students, postdocs and young group leaders are encouraged to participate. 

17th Workshop on Cell Biology of Viral Infections from the German Societies for Virology (GfV) and Cell Biology (DGZ), “High resolution approaches in virology: from cell ultrastructure to OMICS”, Kloster Schöntal, 15. to 17. October 2018 

This workshop brings together young researchers from whole Germany, mainly PhD students and postdocs, in a small group to promote discussions and exchange about a scientific topic related to virology and cell biology. Several internationally renowned guest speakers are invited to give a keynote lecture.


16th Workshop on Cell Biology of Viral Infections from the German Societies for Virology (GfV) and Cell Biology (DGZ), “The ins and outs of virus infection: From binding to exit”, Kloster Schöntal, 8. to 10. November 2017  

This annual workshop aims to bring together young researchers from whole Germany, mainly PhD students and postdocs, in a small group to promote discussions and exchange about one scientific topic related to virology and cell biology. Four internationally renowned guest speakers were invited to give a keynote lecture.

For many years the Chica and Heinz Schaller-Foundation is providing financial support for this annual workshop series.