Young Academics Conference 2022

All DKTK Postdocs and School of Oncology Fellows at the postdoctoral level are invited to the next Young Academics Conference 2022, which will be taking place in parallel to the DKFZ Postdoc Retreat.

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>>> Registration is open until May 4. <<<

When: 5th and 6th May 2022
Where: virtually via Zoom

Please find below the detailed agenda for the two days.

Please register for the conference via Indico:


! Due to very low registration numbers we unfortunately have to postpone the workshop with Daniel Mertens which was planned for May 6th from 08:45 – 12:15.

We would like to highlight an exclusive workshop by Daniel Mertens on May 6th from 08:45 – 12:15. He will speak about the interesting topic of “Taking Decisions“: 
Which job to take? Which project to pursue? Which collaboration to start? We are faced with a continuous stream of choices to take and decisions to make. There are easy choices and there are hard choices to make. However, in contrast to what may be intuitive, the difference between easy and hard is not connected to the difference between choices with small consequences compared to choices with large consequences. Rather, easy choices are those where one option is obviously better. In contrast hard choices are the ones where it is unclear which choice is the better one. And this difficulty in choosing can occur in choices with grave consequences and also in those choices with small consequences. 
After this workshop, participants will be conscious of the hardwired mechanics underlying our decision making and will be able to manage their decisions and the involved processes.

DKTK Young Academics Conference 2019

Young Academics Conference 2019 © Katja Engelmann/DKTK

The annual DKTK School of Oncology Young Academics Conference offers the unique possibility for School of Oncology fellows to get to know fellow researchers as well as proven experts from all partner sites and discuss their own cancer research project in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere. This event provides the opportunity to continuously built-up and expand the nation-wide cancer research network and to participate in additional trainings/workshops on cancer research as well as career-development specific topics.


The sixth meeting of the DKTK School of Oncology fellows was jointly held with the fellows of the DKFZ PostDoc Network (PDN) on November 4 – 5, 2019 at DKFZ. The retreat gave the opportunity to expand the network of young cancer researcher by presenting their own work and many socializing events. Furthermore, the young talents were invited to a variety of workshops, e.g. on visualization of scientific data, how to apply for external funding and career advice. One highlight represented the PEI-DKTK information day on the regulatory processes of clinical trials with 10 experts from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).

Press release about the PEI-DKTK Information Day (In German.).


Impressions Young Academics Retreat 2019

Young Academics Retreat 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a physical DKTK Young Academics Conference will not be organized in 2020.

Instead, in collaboration with Schiller & Mertens a live online 3 half-days course about „How to start your own lab“ will be held for DKTK School of Oncology fellows. The course will be customized to meet the special requirements of the participants. Participation is free of charge.

Feedback from participants:

"The workshop was a delight. I learned multiple new tools which will help me to structure my projects, write a grant proposal, and deal with conflicts and negotiations"

- Dr. Ella Levit Zerdoun







"The workshop gave a lot of information about softskills like prioritization and communication that will be very helpful for my personal development and the interaction with colleagues in daily working routine.​"

- Dr. Tamara Werner




"The course was pretty inspiring and interesting"

- Roberto Würth, PhD



"The workshop provided a stimulating atmosphere, several exciting discussions and                                                                             many approaches to overcome the daily challenges of a clinician scientist"

- Dr. Stefanie Kreutmair