Dear Colleagues,
We are excited to announce the DGDR-Krupp 2022 Symposium on DNA Repair and Human Disease,
which will take place in Jena, Germany from April 6-9th, 2022.
The 16th Biennial Conference of the German Society for Research on DNA Repair (DGDR)
will be held in liaison with the annual symposium organised by the winner of the Alfried Krupp Prize for Young University Teachers awarded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation.
The theme of this joint conference is DNA repair mechanisms underlying ageing and human pathologies.
Topics include, but will not be limited to, DNA damage signalling and DNA repair, replication stress, post-translational modifications in DNA damage response, chromatin dynamics, genomic stability, ageing, lessons from model organisms and the development of novel anti-cancer drugs targeting DNA repair pathways.
In addition to plenary presentations by about thirty-five renowned international speakers, about fifteen short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.The meeting will award five prizes to selected poster presentations. Our aim is to provide an interactive forum to showcase excellent DNA repair and genome stability research.
Jena is a city of science and technology hosting companies established by Carl Zeiss, Otto Schott and Ernst Abbe, the Friedrich Schiller University, as well as Leibniz, Max-Planck, and Fraunhofer Institutes, the German Aerospace Center and many DFG-funded interdisciplinary scientific clusters. Beyond science, you can experience the heritage of Jena-Weimar, a cultural center of Germany and the place of work of renowned intellectuals and artists, including among others Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Hummel and Franz Liszt.
We hope you will join us at this exciting symposium
and we look forward to welcoming you to Jena in April 2022.
Zhao-Qi Wang and Julian Stingele
# Organizers of DGDR-Krupp 2022 Symposium #


The theme of the meeting

DNA repair and DNA damage response (DDR) are important for life. Cells in our body are constantly under assault from exogenous factors (e.g. ultraviolet light in the sunlight, ionizing background radiation, chemical carcinogens in tobacco smoke, food and environmental pollution) and endogenous agents (e.g. from DNA metabolism, metabolic aldehydes and free radicals from metabolic intermediates), and thus genomic DNA is chronically damaged. Fortunately, the cell has evolved a set of highly efficient and sophisticated DNA repair and DDR machineries that remove pre-mutagenic and pre-toxic lesions by repairing DNA damages, arresting cell cycle progression, or apoptosis induction. Errors or inefficiency in these DNA repair and response pathways can ultimately cause genome instability, which is a prominent feature of many human diseases, including chromosomal breakage disorders, ageing-related diseases and cancer, as well as premature ageing. On the other hand, cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, adopt the DNA repair mechanisms to introduce DNA damage that is beyond repair to the tumour cells, hoping to trigger apoptosis, leading to cancer cell killing. Therefore, DNA repair and DDR research is the key to understand how human diseases, particularly cancer and ageing-related diseases, presumably also neurodegenerative diseases and chronic inflammation-related symptoms, evolve and develop. Only based on these understandings can we improve current therapies and develop novel strategies. Thus, research on DNA repair and genomic stability is one of the most fascinating and important fields in biomedical research.

With the goal to communicate recent advances in DNA repair research and in the identification of novel therapeutic targets of DNA repair factors, and to develop potential interdisciplinary collaborations, the “DGDR-Krupp 2022 Symposium on DNA Repair and Human Disease”, will be held in Jena, Germany, from 6-9th April 2022.

The meeting provides an interactive forum to showcase excellent genome stability research. The meeting provides a great opportunity to meet old and new friends and to set up new collaborations. Young researchers will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading scientists for scientific exchanges and further to explore their scientific career.


Matthias Altmeyer

  • University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Petra Beli

  • University of Mainz and Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB), Mainz, Germany

Alexander Bürkle

  • University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Keith W. Caldecott

  • University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

David Cortez

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, USA

Julien Duxin

  • University of Copenhagen, København, Denmark

Sherif El-Khamisy

  • University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Maria Ermolaeva

  • Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany

Marco Foiani

  • FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, Italy

Andrea Hartwig

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

Thomas Hofmann

  • Mainz University School of Medicine, Mainz, Germany

Karl-Peter Hopfner

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany

Caroline Kisker

  • Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Puck Knipscheer

  • Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands

Markus Loebrich

  • TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

Brian Luke

  • Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB), Mainz, Germany

Yuichi Machida

  • National Cancer Institute (NIH), Bethesda, USA

Aswin Mangerich

  • University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

Katrin Paeschke

  • Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Stephanie Panier

  • Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Ketan Patel

  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Tanya Paull

  • University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

Boris Pfander

  • Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

Helmut Pospiech

  • Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany

Kristijan Ramadan

  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Björn Schumacher

  • CECAD, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Grant Stewart

  • University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Julian Stingele

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany

Françoise Stutz

  • Université de Genève, Genève, Switzerland

Helle Ulrich

  • Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB), Mainz, Germany

Johannes Walter

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Zhao-Qi Wang

  • Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute, Jena, Germany

Lisa Wiesmüller

  • University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany

Lee Zou

  • Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, USA


Friedrich Schiller University, Lecture Hall 3, Carl Zeiss Platz, Jena

Recommended hotels:

Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee.
We have reserved a contingent of rooms in the following hotels.

We advise you to make your own reservations early as some of the hotels have only limited rooms available.

Please use the password “DGDR Krupp 2022” for booking.

DGDR 2022 is organised by Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) & Gene Center Munich (GCM).

Early bird deadline on March 6, 2022 - CLOSED.

Registration closes on March 20, 2022.

Fee (plus possible bank fees)


  • Postdoc/Trainee/Student:   200 € Early bird / 250 € regular
  • PI/Group leader:   250 € Early bird / 300 € regular

DGDR member:

  • Postdoc/Trainee/Student:   150 € Early bird / 200 € regular
  • PI/Group leader:   200 € Early bird / 250 € regular

Included in the registration fee are free access to all talks, poster presentation, and all conference meals.

Payment information will be sent separately.


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Open until March 20, 2022.

Registration for DGDR-Krupp 2022 Symposium:


Abstract Submission Form

Please download the abstract submission form here and upload it before March 6th (if you would like to be considered for a short talk) or March 20th - final deadline (abstract submission for poster presentation).

Abstract Submission Form


We would like to inform you that the DGDR-KRUPP 2022 Meeting
will start at 11am on April 6th and it will finish at 1pm on April 9th.

The registration at the venue will be from 9am on April 6th.

Final programme