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• Conferences & Talks

"Andrology week" in Giessen, 23 - 27 Sep 2019

12th NYRA Meeting - 23-24 September 2019

6th International Molecular Andrology Workshop - 24-26 September 2019

50th anniversary of the Urology department - 26-27 September 2019

More than 200 researchers and clinicians from nearly 30 countries came together to exchange latest insights in Andrology/ Urology research during the three events mainly organised by IRTG members.

Constanze Maresch, alumna from IRTG and NYRA board member, set up the meeting for the Network of Young Researchers in Andrology. Andreas Meinhardt and Hans-Christian Schuppe hosted the Molecular Andrology Workshop. And Florian Wagenlehner as head of the Urology Department invited for the 50th anniversary symposium.

On this occasion we were happy to also welcome IRTG members from Monash, Kate and Bruce Loveland as well as alumna Rukmali Wijayarathna.

More information:


MolAndrolMIBIE Summer School 2014

September 2019

Oral presentations of Christiane Pleuger and Nils Nesheim

GGL (Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences) conference held Sep 19 - 20, 2018

We are proud that both student talks in section 6 ‘Reproduction in Man and Animals’ were given by IRTG members, Christiane Pleuger (project 1) and Nils Nesheim (project 5).

Christiane Pleuger:
Molecular investigations of CBE1 (Ciliated broncial epithelium 1) in spermatogenesis

Nils Nesheim:
Prostate cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) promote macrophage CCL18 upregulation

September 2018

IRTG speaker Dana Püschl

IRTG Melbourne Reproductive Health and Biology Workshop, Nov 29, 2017

IRTG Workshop 2017Dana Püschl gave a talk with the title "Human testicular cancer and the functional
polarization of macrophage subsets" at this year's IRTG workshop on Nov 29th.

We are very proud of her to be one of the speakers at the Melbourne Workshop.

November 2017

Oral presentation of Sivanjah Indumathy and Robert Kügler

GGL (Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences) conference held Sep 27 - 28, 2017

We are proud of Sivanjah Indumathy (project 2) and Robert Kügler (project 6) who represented the IRTG by giving the doctoral talks for section 6 ‘Reproduction in Man and Animals’.

Sivanjah Indumathy:
Deciphering the Immune Cell Composition in the Adult Mouse Testis

Robert Kügler:
PDE5 Regulation in the Prostate: Relax your Way to Prostatic Health

September 2017

Poster Presentation at the Conference of American Society for Reproductive Immunology

Dana Püschl held a poster presentation at the 37th conference of the American Society For Reproductive Immunology

Dana participated at the 37th ASRI Conference, September 17-20, with a poster presentation on "Human testicular cancer: Evidence of a functional polarization of macrophage and dendritic cell subsets" At the conference she was also nominated as an imaging competition finalist.

Congratulations on that Dana!

September 2017

Betty Exintaris speaks at the 9th GGL Annual Conference

Co-Supervisor from Monash University is visiting Giessen - Sept 20 - 21

Betty Exintaris

Betty Exintaris, Co-Supervisor in projects 5 & 6, has been invited as the speaker of section 6 for the "9th GGL Annual Conference". Her talk on "Spontaneous contractile activity in the human prostate gland: implications for a more personalised treatment approach for benign prostatic hyperplasia" will take place in the afternoon of September 20.

We are happy to welcome her here and wish her a pleasant stay.


September 2016

Andreas Meinhardt at the Research Forum Berlin 2016

"Opportunities for German Australian Research Cooperation" on March 16, 2016

At this event, organised by the Australian Ebassy, Austrade and GOstralia!, Andreas Meinhardt was invited to speak about the "Research Cooperation with Australia: From the individual project via group funding to university partnership"
March 2016

Stuart Ellem invited speaker at JLU - replaced by Sebastian Galuska

at the 8th GGL Annual Conference to be held Sep 30 – Oct 01, 2015

Much to our regrets, Stuart Ellem couldn't attend the GGL conference. In his stead Sebastian Galuska gave the keynote talk for section 6 "The role of glycocalyx in the reproductive system"

October 2015


Ellem, StuartMonash investigator Stuart Ellem will contribute to the 8th Annual Conference of the Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences (GGL). Keynote speaker for section 6 ‘Reproduction in Man and Animals’ he will give the talk “Estrogen and Mast Cells are Key Components of the Prostate Cancer Microenvironment”.
We are happy that he will stay a couple of days more to intensify project work with Ralf Middendorff's and Florian Wagenlehner's/ Undraga Schagdarsurengin's group.

September 2015

Oral presentations of Anna-Lena and Britta at the 8th Annual GGL Conference

GGL (Giessen Graduate Center for the Life Sciences) conference to be held Sep 30 - Oct 01, 2015

We are proud of Anna-Lena Hempfling (project 1) and Britta Klein (project 2) who will represent IRTG by giving the doctoral talks for section 6 ‘Reproduction in Man and Animals’.

Anna-Lena Hempfling: Identifying Localisation, Interactors and Function of HENMT1 in Mouse and Human Testis

Britta Klein: To What Extent Can Human Testicular Cancer Cells Actively Shape Their Immunological Microenvironment?

September 2015

IRTG speakers Britta Klein and Brooke Pereira

IRTG Melbourne Reproductive Health and Biology Workshop, Dec 09, 2014

IRTG Melbourne Reproductive Health and Biology Workshop


Instead of Brooke who unfortunately was unable to attend, Anna-Lena gave a talk at the IRTG workshop.

December, 2014


We are very proud of Britta and Brooke who agreed to be speakers at the Melbourne Workshop!


Britta's talk:

Crosstalk in human testicular cancer - interaction between cancer cells, immune cells, cytokines and the Hedgehog signalling pathways


Brooke's talk:

3D in vitro models to investigate the role of the tumour microenvironment in localised prostate cancer progression

December 2014

David de Kretser invited speaker at the 7th Annual GGL Conference 2014

Annual Conference of the Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences (GGL)

Dater:  Sep 17-18

Venue: Physics Lecture Hall, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 14, 35392 Giessen

more information7th Annual GGL Conference 2014, Sep 17-18


At this occasion, IRTG Monash supervisor David de Kretser will come from Australia to participate as invited speaker for section 6 "Reproduction in Man and Animals" organized by IRTG supervisor Ralf Middendorff.

Our doctoral students will also represent IRTG by submitting an abstract or a poster for the conference.

The programme

will comprise recent results presented by all doctoral researchers from the nine research sections of GGL. The sessions will be opened by invited speakers who are experts in their field and who will set the stage for the talks by the GGL members.

Further, GGL members will have the chance to get conference coaching, intensive training for the presentation of their poster or talk as well as for chairing sessions.

September 2014


DGA Annual Conference 2014 with participation of David de Kretser and Peter Stanton

The German Society for Andrology (DGA) meets in Giessen - Sep 18 - 20

Venue: BFS Biomedizinisches Forschungszentrum Seltersberg , Schubertstr. 81, Giessen

more information

DGA Annual Conference of the German Society for Andrology, Sep 18 - 20, 2014


Gießener Anzeiger, Sep 29, 2014



The DGA conference will be chaired by our IRTG investigator Klaus Steger. On this occasion we are very pleased to welcome the IRTG investigators David de Kretser and Peter Stanton from Monash.


The organizing team has assembled a very interesting lecture and course programme for scientific interchange and interdisciplinary advanced training. programme

September 2014

MIBIE Summer School 2014

Male Infertility - MicroBiology and Inflammation in Urogenital Infections (MIBIE)

Date:    Jul 31 - Aug 02

Venue: Biomedical Research Centre (BFS), Schubertstr. 81, D- 35392 Giessen

more informationMIBIE Summer School 2014


Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung, Aug 01, 2014



We are very happy to welcome the PhD students Brooke Pereira and Sophie Lee from Monash at the MIBIE Summer School!

July, 2014


Registration deadline: May 31, 2014

For IRTG students registration is free of charge!

July 2014

Andreas Meinhardt at the Australian Embassy in Berlin

Alumni Networking and Education Promotion Event on June 5, 2014

AAlumni Networking Event, June 05, 2014ndreas Meinhardt was invited to this event to speak about his experience as a postdoctorate in Australia in the 90s and to provide rationale to do research with Australia; especially with the setting up of the first programme grant in science between Australia and Germany, the IRTG Monash Giessen.

June, 2014