October 30, 2023 to November 1, 2023
German Cancer Research Center / Communication Center
Europe/Berlin timezone


The German Cancer Research Congress is a joint event of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the German Cancer Aid (Deutsche Krebshilfe) and the German Cancer Society (DKG), together with the Oncology Centers of Excellence of the German Cancer Aid (CCC-Netzwerk der Onkologischen Spitzenzentren), the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK), the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), and the Division of Experimental Cancer Research (AEK) of the DKG. 

The congress is a contribution to the National Decade against Cancer and aims to promote networking between various key players and stakeholders in the cancer research landscape in Germany, and to feature selected highlights and cutting-edge science from basic via preclinical to translational cancer research. Moreover, the German Prize for Cancer Prevention Research is awarded the second time.

We are pleased to announce that the German Cancer Research Congress (Deutscher Krebsforschungskongress, DKFK) is already in its third run this year:


+++ 3rd DKFK +++ REGISTRATION IS CLOSED +++ Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2023 +++


Confirmed Speakers & Panelists

Geoffroy Andrieux

Melek Canan Arkan

Leonardo Ayala

Ralf Bargou

Stefanie Bärthel

Michael Butler

Stefan Fröhling 

Florian Greten

Alexander Hann

Felix Hartmann

Jan Hauke

Dieter Henrik Heiland

Jonas Heitmann

Juliane Hörner-Rieber

Matthias Hoffmann

Pauline Holfelder

Alexander Kleger 

Stefan Knapp

Kirsten Kübler

Annette Künkele-Langer

Wilhelm Palm

Kai Rejeski

Michael Scharl

Andreas Schmidt

Gunnar Schmidt

Rita Schmutzler

Lueong Smiths

Annika Schneider

Christoph Stein-Thoeringer

Bouchra Tawk

Matthew The

Kathrin Thedieck

Susanne Weg-Remers

Sara Wickström

Sebastian Wolf


This congress will cover a variety of topics such as metabolism & cancer, bioinformatics & functional genomics for precision medicine, microbiome & cancer, tumor evolution & heterogeneity and resistance, tumor metastasis, immuno-oncology breakthroughs with cell therapy, patient participation in research, molecular profiling based diagnosis and therapy, early detection of cancer and detection of minimal residual disease, immunotherapy beyond checkpoint inhibition, turning big data into smart data, among others. 


In addition to the plenary sessions, we have planned interactive elements, several workshops and a poster exhibition to provide insights into the exciting field of cancer research. 


We are looking forward to meeting you at the DKFK/GCRC 2023!


Congress Presidents

Michael Baumann, German Cancer Research Center      
Gerd Nettekoven, German Cancer Aid   
Michael Ghadimi, German Cancer Society


Scientific Program Committee

Melanie Börries, Freiburg

Jürgen Debus, Heidelberg

Hermann Einsele, Würzburg

Rainer Engers, Neuss

Christine Falk, Hannover

Johannes Förner (Patient representative), München

Michaela Frye, Heidelberg

Florian Greten, Frankfurt

Barbara Grüner, Essen/Düsseldorf

Ulrich Keilholz, Berlin

Annette Künkele, Berlin

Josef Leibold, Tübingen

Annett Linge, Dresden

Moritz Mall, Heidelberg 

Thomas Oellerich, Frankfurt

Christiane Opitz, Heidelberg

Maximilian Reichert, München

Martin Schuler, Essen

Klaus Schulze-Osthoff, Tübingen

Stefanie Speidel, Dresden

Markus Wartenberg (Patient representative), Wölfersheim (Södel)

Lisa Wiesmüller, Ulm

Olaf Witt, Heidelberg 

Organizing Team


Delia Braun      
Grit Engelbrecht    
Philipp Gebhardt    
Dagmar Kafka    
Kristin Paarmann    
Claudia Reschke    
Fikret Rifatbegovic    
Maria Rius   

 Call for Abstracts


Please submit your abstract on basic & preclinical translational research by July 10, 2023.       
Abstracts submitted will be considered a poster, oral presentation or workshop on the first two days of the congress (Oct 30/31).



Please submit your abstract on clinical research & investigator-initiated trials by August 31, 2023. Abstracts submitted will be considered for the “Pitches on study ideas” on the third day of the congress (Nov 1).



Conference Program

The conference program can be found here


Conference Poster

The conference poster can be found here 


Registration and Venue


Registration is CLOSED!

30 June 2023 - 5 October 2023

Ticket fee: 95 € (Includes participation at all main sessions, poster session and catering/conference dinner)


CME points from the Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg (LÄK) . 

You will receive up to 24 credits points (8 per day) at the Medical Association of Baden-Württemberg.

In case you wish to credit the points, please register with your EFN number (included in all registration forms)



German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)


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