As president of the German Society for Cytometry (DGfZ) I would like to thank all the speakers, poster presenters, participants and organizers for the very inspiring 29th Annual Meeting of the DGfZ “Visions in Cytometry” that took place in Berlin from September 25th to 27th, 2019.
132 participants from 11 countries followed the extensive program for three days. 8 invited international, 11 national and 9 selected speakers from abstracts presented their data in sessions such as Imaging, Cutting Edge Technologies, Microbiology and Nanotechnology. Prior to the meeting, three simultaneous tutorials about Flow Cytometry, Image Analysis and Publication in Cytometry A took place, followed by the Satellite Symposium “High-Dimensional Immune Monitoring Simplified”.
Afterwards, the official part of the meeting started with the Imaging Session. It was opened by the ISAC Lecture, given by David Entenberg (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA). During the subsequent Product Slam, industrial partners presented their newest innovative technological developments and products. A broad variety of novel technologies was presented in the Cutting Edge session. The last lecture of the days, the keynote lecture by Petter Brodin from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, “Systems-level analysis of immune development early in life” was open to the public. The meeting promoted interactions among core facility managers by hosting a networking event on the evening of the first day, and by a core facility session, which opened the second day of the meeting.
This year´s European Guest Session featured Sweden, and interesting insights into research structures such as SciLifeLab and the National Microscopic Infrastructure were given. It was followed by the Klaus-Goerttler-Session, with a presentation by the Klaus-Goerttler-Prize awardee Zishu Liu from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ (Leipzig, Germany). Continuing a long standing tradition of the DGfZ conferences, the Guest Lecture featured an off-topic presentation. It was given by a well-known paleontologist, Nadja Fröbisch, from the Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum) of the HU Berlin.
We very much congratulate Sandy Bauherr from German Rheumatism Research Centre, a Leibniz-Institute in Berlin, Germany, for the best poster presentation, the award was presented to her during the participants´ dinner on the second day of the conference.
We also say thank you to Kathrin Brenker from Opto Biolabs, who won the society award for best presentation in the product slam session and Stefan Haberstock from Tecan and Tobias Bergmann from Beckman Coulter, who received special awards for creativity and professional performance.
Congratulations to all of them.
We hope to welcome you all and many more friends of cytometry to the 30th Annual Meeting “30 years of Focus on Cytometry”, which will be held in Berlin again from September 30th to October 2nd, 2020.
All the best,
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte
Charitéplatz 1 /Virchowweg 6, CCO
10117 Berlin, Germany