July 19, 2024
DKFZ Kommunikationszentrum
Europe/Berlin timezone


The DKTK Retreat Heidelberg 2024 will be a unique opportunity for all local DKTK Heidelberg members to inform themselves about ongoing research activities, and how the available DKTK programs, platforms and technologies can support them. This networking event aims to promote exchange on project ideas and to foster new collaborations within the DKTK Heidelberg community. 

A variety of topics will be presented and this year, a specific focus will be put on how to foster forward and reverse translational approaches to master the transition from translational to clinical research.

Registration has been closed - please contact the DKTK Coordination Office Heidelberg (dktk-heidelberg@dkfz.de), if you are interested to join!

The Organizing Committee



DKTK Steering Committee Heidelberg, Spokesperson: Dr. Christiane Opitz

DKTK Program Coordinators Heidelberg


Overview (detailed program for download)

9:00 - 9:15: Welcome and introduction to DKTK Heidelberg


9:15 - 10:15: “INFORM” - part 1

DKTK program highlights, examples of ongoing research projects and infrastructure

  • Cancer Immunotherapy (CI) 
  • Exploitation of Oncogenic Mechanisms (EOM)
  • Molecular Diagnostics, Early Detection and Biomarker Development (MDEB)


10:15 - 10:40: Group picture and Coffee Break 


10:40 - 11:20: “INFORM” - part 2

DKTK program highlights, examples of ongoing research projects and infrastructure

  • Molecularly Targeted Therapy (MTT)
  • Radiation Oncology and Imaging (ROI)


11:20 – 12:00: “EXCHANGE” – part 1

  • Poster Flash Talks (selected posters)
  • Flash Talks introducing DKTK technology platforms


12:00 – 13:30: Lunch Break


12:30 – 13:30: Poster Session – “EXCHANGE” – part 2


13:30 - 15:00: “TRANSLATE” 

Parallel breakout sessions and discussions 

  1. Forward and reverse translation: from bench to clinics and back
  2. Cohorts, technologies and strategies for prevention and early detection of cancer
  3. Translation beyond Academia – creating partnerships with industry


15:00 - 15:20: Coffee Break


15:20 - 16:00: Wrapping it up: Current priorities and future strategies 


16:00: Farewell and end of retreat


Submission deadline is June 26th, and the final decision on whether the abstract has been selected for a Flash Talk and/or Poster will be made by July 5th.
Poster template, Flash Talk template, the DKTK Key Visual and DKFZ Logo can be found here


The Retreat will take place on-site at the DKFZ Kommunikationszentrum, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, Heidelberg

DKFZ Kommunikationszentrum
Lecture Hall & Seminar Rooms
Im Neuenheimer Feld 280 69120 Heidelberg Germany