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Fraunhofer IME events, conferences, workshops and fairs

5th Call for TRANSVAC2 Training Modules

Training Modules take place at Fraunhofer IME Aachen in October 2019

© Fraunhofer IME | Holger Spiegel
© Fraunhofer IME | Stephan Hellwig

TRANSVAC is a collaborative infrastructure project funded by the European Commission, initially under the 7th Framework Programme and currently under Horizon 2020.  The project is a joint effort of leading European groups working in the field of vaccine development, and is coordinated by the European Vaccine Initiative. TRANSVAC is designed to accelerate vaccine development by enhancing European vaccine research and training, and increase sustainability of EC vaccine projects by implementing a permanent research infrastructure for early vaccine development. The TRANSVAC2 Consortium has set up training modules at leading European centres (in collaboration with WP18 partners) that can be combined to create customised international courses on vaccine R&D. In October, three of these training modules take place at Fraunhofer IME, Aachen Germany.

M10 - Assay Development and Validation-Application of SPR Technologies in Vaccine development and manufacturing.
Date: 10-11 October 2019

M11 - Process Development and scale-up of recombinant protein vaccines.
Date: 7-8 October 2019

M12 - Requirements for GMP production
Date: 14-15 October 2019

Submission deadline: 1st July 2019
Applicants can apply for all training via one application form!
Notification of application outcome: 1st August 2019
More information on the call and the application form can be found here.

Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Helsinki

Helsinki, 26 - 30 May 2019

The SETAC Europe 29th Annual Meeting “One Environment. One Health. Sustainable Societies.” was held in Helsinki (Finland) from 26-30 May 2019 and hosted scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME were contributing to the meeting as session chairs and with 40 oral presentations and posters presenting their scientific network research.

Please find here selected presentrations.


Hannover, 21. - 23. May 2019

© Fraunhofer IME | Florian Schröper

As the flagship European trade show for innovative laboratory equipment and the optimization of laboratory workflows, LABVOLUTION covers the entire spectrum of lab technology and highlights the new directions and developments relevant to all user sectors. Networking is also a keynote theme of LABVOLUTION. In addition to the interdisciplinary exhibition, the concept behind LABVOLUTION allows for attractive formats that facilitate knowledge transfer, the exchange of ideas and networking.

The session "From the BIO.NRW cluster with the BioRegions NRW: Innovative rapid analytics and diagnostics for established and new markets" presented new rapid diagnostics and analytics for various molecular targets and broad fields of application from medicine to food safety. Dr. Florian Schröper, head of the working group at the Fraunhofer IME in Aachen, introduced the audience  to the topic "Immunomagnetic nanoprobes for tracking harmful microbiological agents in water, food and feed".

The session took place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 14-16 h in hall 20, booth D30.

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3rd Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology

Stuttgart, 9. - 10. April 2019

The Fraunhofer Alliance Food, the Fraunhofer Alliance on Nanotechnology, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment BfR invite you to their third Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology in spring 2019. This time, the event is hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart. The focal points of the symposium range from nanotechnology in medicine to applications in the food industry or water treatment to applications in the field of energy and construction.

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»Save the date« First annual meeting of the ICNAP Community

Aachen, 12. - 13. December 2018

© Fraunhofer IME | Jonas Glawe

The first annual meeting of the “International Center for Networked, Adaptive Production” ICAP- community took place December 12th – 13th in Aachen. During the meeting you got to know our institutes, network with other pioneers in Industry 4.0 and maintain a lively exchange of experience with companies and scientists at the interface of IT and production technology. Scientists from the Fraunhofer IME presented latest results for the topics “upstream” (plant production) and “downstream” (product purification). Supplemented by the exciting lecture on “Big Data Analytics” by Dr. Dr.-Ing. J. Buyel.

The event 12 December was open to all interested companies and provided a chance for everyone to acquaint themselves with the concept of the Community and the partners involved as well as to gain an initial impression of our shop floor. Attendance at the event that took place 13 December was reserved for Community Members who will be planning the next steps required to continue the development of the test environment and to determine future collaborative project initiatives for the year 2019.

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Fraunhofer IME at the trade fairs MEDICA and COMPAMED

Düsseldorf, 12. - 15. November 2018

© Fraunhofer IFAM

From the 12th to the 15th of November 2018, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institutes for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research IFAM, for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI and for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM, the Fraunhofer IME exhibited its novel implant surfaces at the MEDICA and COMPAMED trade fairs in Düsseldorf (Hall 8a, Stand P13). These surfaces protect patients against inflammation at newly inserted implants.

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Prof. Dr. Detlef Bartsch - “Regulatory aspects of genome editing – where precaution and innovation should meet”

Seminar - Aachen, 5 September 2018

On the 5. of September 2018 Prof. Dr. Detlef Bartsch, Head of Department Genetic Engineering from the BVL - the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, spoke at the Fraunhofer IME. The Focus of his seminar was the “Regulatory aspects of genome editing - where precaution and innovation should meet”. Start of the seminar wias at 9 a.m., located at the Fraunhofer IME in Aachen, Forckenbeckstraße 6, Room A003. Guests were welcome.

The EU Court of Justice decided on the 25th of July 2018 that all genome edited organisms - also those who are not distinguishable from those derived from classical breeding technologies or natural recombination processes - are classified as GMO. However, an overly broad interpretation of the precautionary principle should not turn into a universal incantation to block innovation. The discourse on this topic is not limited to technology, but includes also social and ethical aspects.

Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Rome

Rome, 13 - 17 May 2018

The SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting “Responible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality” was held in Rome (Italy) from 13-17 May 2018 and hosted scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME were contributing to the meeting with over 30 oral presentations and posters.

Please find here selected presentrations.

Meet Fraunhofer IME scientists at ICCE 2017, Oslo

Oslo, 18 - 22 June 2017

The 16. International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment (ICCE 2017) was held in Oslo (Norway) from 18-22 June 2017 and host scientists from Europe and overseas. Chemists from Fraunhofer IME contributed to the meeting with several oral presentations and posters.

Please find here the abstracts of the Fraunhofer IME contributions and the program of the conference.

Meet Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Brussels

Brussels, 08 - 11 May 2017

The SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting “Environmental Quality Through Transdisciplinary Collaboration” was held in Brussels (Belgium) from 08-11 May 2017 and host scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME contributed to the meeting with several oral presentations and posters.

Please find here selected presentrations.

Meet Fraunhofer IME scientists at SETAC Europe, Nantes

22-26 May 2016

The SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting was held in Nantes (France) from 22-26 May 2016 and host scientists from Europe and overseas. Biologists and chemists from Fraunhofer IME contributed to the meeting with 30 oral presentations and posters (main authors from Fraunhofer IME are marked red in the overview).

Workshop: Environmental monitoring of biocides in Europe – compartment-specific strategies.

25-26 June 2015, Berlin, Germany

On behalf of the German Umweltbundesamt and the NORMAN association Fraunhofer IME organized the 2nd Workshop on environmental monitoring of biocides in Europe. More than 70 representatives of authorities, industry, research institutes and universities participated in the 2-day event in Berlin in June 2015. A detailed report is now online (see link below).




»Bringing Chemistry to Life«: Joint meeting of the European and International Chemical Biology Societies

June 09, 2015

The 2015 joint meeting of the ECBS and ICBS (the European and International Chemical Biology Societies) brings together chemical biology researchers from screening and drug discovery, systems biology and therapeutic innovation. It builds on the success at the 3rd ICBS 2014 in San Francisco and the 3rd ECBS 2012 in Vienna and will enable the exchange of research and professional collaboration and drive important discoveries in chemical biology worldwide. Philip Gribbon of the Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort acts as Chairman of the organizing committee. The meeting will take place in Berlin, October 7-9, 2015.

Cell based assays for screening workshop

26-28 May 2015

Markus Wolf, Screening Technology & Assay Adaption Specialist am Screening Roboter von ScreeningPort. Hamburg, den 23.07.2008 Photo: Gregor Schlaeger

Venue: Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME ScreeningPort, Hamburg, Germany. A series of practical sessions and lectures to examine the design and application of cell-based assays for small molecule screening campaigns in drug discovery. In the practical sessions, participants will have the chance to develop screening-compatible cell based assays, take part in primary screening using a small molecule library, and profile compounds in dose-response experiments.

Bioaccumulation Workshop

State of the art, challenges and regulatory implications, Bauhaus Dessau, Germany, 26-27 June 2014

            The Dessau Workshop on Bioaccumulation provided a comprehensive overview of the state of the art of bioaccumulation assessment, provided insights into the problems and challenges addressed by the regulatory authorities and described new research concepts and their regulatory implications. The event was organised by the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA, Dessau) and Fraunhofer IME (Schmallenberg, Germany). About 50 participants from industry, regulatory bodies and academia listened to 14 lectures on selected topics and joined the plenary discussions. The results were published 2015 in Environmental Sciences Europe:


The Dessau workshop on bioaccumulation: state of the art, challenges and regulatory implications



Conference on Current Findings in Plant Pathology


The Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME organized an international conference on plant pathology from 4-5th of June 2014 in Aachen, Germany. Through its extensive scientific program, keynote presentations, plenary lectures, the conference highlighted the state of art developments in plant-pathogen interactions, pathogen resistance and host susceptibility. The renowned scientists from the field deliberated on achieving the goal of developing disease-resistant crops.
The keynote speakers for this conference were Prof. Dr. Dierk Scheel, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle, and Prof. Dr. Rainer Fischer Senior Executive Director Fraunhofer IME, Aachen. The conference was co-sponsored by the BMBF and DAAD program »Modern Applications of Biotechnology«.


Malaria Meeting Aachen


The 11th Malaria Meeting was held on November 08 and 09 2013 at the Fraunhofer IME Aachen. The Malaria Meeting was a joint event of the of the Malaria group (section Antiparasitic Chemotherapy) of the Paul-Ehrlich-Society (PEG e.V.) in cooperation with the German Society for Tropical Medicine and international Health (DTG e.V.). The meeting was hosted by the Fraunhofer IME together with RWTH Aachen University.

May 12-16, 2013: 23th SETAC Europe in Glasgow, Schottland

Meet Fraunhofer IME scientists

From May 12-16, 2013 Glasgow, Scotland, hosted the 23rd SETAC Europe Meeting. Fraunhofer IME scientists illustrated in platform presentations results from research projects listed below.