Dear colleagues, dear members of the German Cancer Society,

together with my co-chairs Simone Fulda (Frankfurt) and Johannes Zuber (Vienna) it is my great pleasure to announce the 20th International AEK Cancer Congress to be held in Heidelberg from February, 27th to March, 1st 2019.

The AEK Cancer Congress is a medium size conference with around 500 participants. It is funded by the German Cancer Society (this time with additional support of the German Research Foundation) and will be held in 2019 under the theme “Translating Cancer Biology: From Basic Mechanism to Therapeutic Exploitation”.

The conference comprises eight sessions on seven key topics of cancer biology: Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy, Targeting Myc and Ras, Replicative Stress and DNA Damage Response, Cellular Senescence in Cancer, Metastasis, Novel Tools and Model Systems in Cancer Research and Tumor Microenvironment.

Besides 21 talks given by internationally renowned leaders in these fields, a total of 16 abstract talks to be selected will give students, postdocs and junior faculty the chance to present their latest research. In addition, the best posters will be presented as “Flash Talks”.

We particularly would like to encourage students and postdocs to attend the conference and offer special registration rates for them. In addition, there will be travel bursaries for young investigators.

After the successful cooperation of AEK and the DFG Research Unit 2314 "Targeting therapeutic windows in essential cellular processes for tumor therapy" in 2017 the AEK Cancer Congress 2019 once again will be a joint event of these two partners. Traditionally, the prestigious German Cancer Awards will be awarded for outstanding experimental, translational and clinical cancer research.

We are very much looking forward to welcome you at the 20th AEK Cancer Congress in 2019 in Heidelberg!

With very best wishes,

Lars Zender

Congress Chair