6th Annual Retreat of the Erlangen School of Molecular Communication


July 10/11, 2014, Kloster Banz

The 6th annual retreat of the Erlangen School of Molecular Communication took place in Kloster Banz. This year, the scientific talks were divided in five subgroups titled with structure analysis, viruses, microbial effectors, human pathogens and plant pathogens. As in the last years, each session started with a keynote lecture from invited speakers, who are experts in the interdisciplinary fields of our SFB, followed by short scientific talks of PhD students. Thomas Dandekar from the University of Würzburg opened our meeting with his presentation in the structure analysis session and in the afternoon our guests Sybille Schneider-Schaulis from the University of Würzburg and Christof Hauck from the University of Konstanz presented their research in the next sessions. The poster session with 12 posters mainly from new PhD students and the presentation of Ioana Lancrajan to the progress of the Z-project completed the scientific program of the first day. In the evening, all participants were invited to the Bierstübla to get to know each other and to discuss lively the research projects. On the second day, we started with the human pathogens session, which was opened with the talk of our guest Thomas Rudel from Würzburg. After the delicious lunch and some enjoyable moments in the sun on the terrace with a stunning view over the Main Valley and to Vierzehnheiligen, the last session with the topic plant pathogens followed. The first talk in this session was given by our guest Eduardo R. Bejarano from the University of Málaga, followed by the last talks of PhD students. This year all the participants of the retreat had the opportunity to vote for the best presentations and posters and subsequently, both, the poster prizes and the presentation prizes, were awarded by our speaker Andreas Burkovski.
The retreat was once again a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and plan future cooperation projects. We thank our external speakers for their great presentations and the new inputs throughout the conference. So, we are looking forward to our next meeting at Schloss Hirschberg in Beilngries.