Dear Colleagues, dear friends,
It is our great pleasure to welcome you to Kaiserslautern for the 34th GUM Meeting. Kaiserslautern is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on the edge of the biosphere reserve Palatinate Forest-North Vosges. The city with roots tracing back to the 9th century offers diverse attractions and historical sites, amongst others the Fruchthalle, the Emperor’s Fountain, the Kaiserpfalz, the Stiftskirche, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, the Kammgarn and the Japanese Garden. Kaiserslautern is also well known for its football club 1. FCK and the Fritz-Walter stadium.
The venue for this conference will be the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, which was formed by the merger of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Landau campus of the University of Koblenz-Landau in January 2023. The university has 12 faculties with over 20,000 students and is the second largest university in Rhineland-Palatinate. The university harbors many coordinated research programs, including DFG collaborative research centers, research units and research training groups, Carl Zeiss as well as EU projects. RPTU is further involved in more than 25 DFG priority programs and in several NFDI consortia. There are numerous international research institutes close to the university in Kaiserslautern, such as two Fraunhofer Institutes (IESE and ITWM), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI SWS) and the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).
The conference will be held at the Department of Chemistry with the Division of Food Chemistry and Toxicology as local organizer. This is the first time for the RPTU to host a GUM meeting and we are looking forward to three days with exciting presentations and fruitful discussions. The main topics of this meeting are DNA damage response and genomic stability, environmental and foodborne carcinogens, risk assessment of N-Nitrosamines, novel strategies in genetic toxicology testing and current issues relevant to industry (iGUM). The contribution of young scientists is very important to us, which is emphasized by a dedicated young scientist session. Furthermore, the GUM Award as well at the GUM Young Scientist Award are presented during the conference. Additionally, the best oral presentations and posters will be awarded.
We are excited to welcome you to the 34th GUM meeting in Kaiserslautern. We are looking forward to scientific exchange and discussions and we wish you a stimulating and enjoyable meeting.
Barbara Witt and Jörg Fahrer
On behalf of the scientific and local organizing committee:
Jörg Fahrer, Nicole Schupp, Kristina Trenz, Franziska Ebert, Volker Arlt, Naveed Honarvar, Merle Nicolai, Barbara Witt
Registration fee full GUM members: 380 €
Registration fee non-GUM members: 430 €
Registration fee students: 175 €
Partner Pass: 125 €
Online registration deadline February 15th 2024
Actual COVID-19 regulations will have to be considered
You can submit an abstract after you register for the conference or by using the link below.
- Deadline for abstract submission is 19th January 2024
You will be informed of your abstract acceptance at the beginning of February
Abstract title: maximum of 25 words
Maximum 300 words – no images
Maximum of 20 authors / institutions
Tuesday 19th March 2024
|1:00 - 5:00pm||Young Scientist Workshop|
|7:00pm - 9:00pm||Welcome Reception|
Wednesday 20th March 2024
|08:00 - 9:00am||Registration|
|08:45 - 9:00am||Welcome Address|
|9:00 - 12:00pm||Session 1: DNA Damage response and genomic stability|
|9:00 – 9:30 am||Ketan Patel (Cambridge, UK)|
|9:30 – 10:00 am||Hannes Lans (Rotterdam, Netherlands)|
|10:00 - 10:30am||Gerhard Fritz (Düsseldorf, Germany)|
|10:30 – 11:00am||Coffee Break|
|11:00 - 11:30am||Petra Beli (Mainz, Germany)|
|11:30 – 12:00 am||2 Short talks|
|12:00 – 1:00pm||Lunch Break|
|1:00 - 3:00pm||Session 2 – Environmental and foodborne carcinogens|
|1:00 - 1:30pm||Siegfried Knasmüller (Vienna, Austria)|
|1:30 - 2:00pm||Elke Richling (Kaiserslautern, Germany)|
|2:00 - 2:30pm||Julia Bornhorst (Wuppertal, Germany)|
|2:30 - 3:00pm||2 Short talks|
|3:00 – 4:15pm||Coffee Break + Poster Session 1|
|4:15 - 5:45pm||Joint Session – N-Nitrosamines (Authorities - industry - academics)|
|4:15 – 4:45 pm||Academia: Bevin Engelward (Boston, USA)|
|4:45 - 5:15||Industry: Andreas Czich (Frankfurt, Germany)|
|5:15 - 5:45pm||Authorities: TBC|
|5:45 - 7:00pm||General Assembly of the GUM|
Thursday 21st March 2024
|8:30 - 9:15am||GUM Award Lecture|
|9:15 - 12:30pm||Session 3: Novel strategies in genetic toxicology testing|
|9:15 – 9:45am||Steve Bryce (Rochester, USA)|
|9:45 – 10:15am||Jan Vijg (New York, USA)|
|10:15 – 10:45am||Coffee Break with Indsutry|
|10:45 - 11:15am||Jill Kucab (London, UK)|
|11:15 – 11:45am||Andrea Hartwig (Karlsruhe, Germany)|
|11:45 – 12:30pm||3 Short talks|
|12:30 - 1:30pm||Lunch break|
|1:30 - 3:00pm||Session 4: Young Scientist Session|
|1:30 - 2:00pm||GUM Young Scientist Award Lecture|
|2:00 - 3:00pm||4 Short talks|
|3:00 – 4:15pm||Coffee Break + Poster Session 2|
|4:45pm||Guided City Tour and Conference Dinner|
Friday 22nd March 2024
|8:30 - 12:40pm||Session 5: iGUM - Current issues with relevance for industry|
|8:30 - 9:30am||TBC|
|9:30 - 10:10am||Myriam Lemmens (Basel, Switzerland)|
|10:10 – 10:50am||Coffee Break|
|10:50 - 11:30am||Maik Schuler (New York, USA)|
|11:30 – 12:10pm||Lena Dorsheimer (Frankfurt, Germany)|
|12:10 – 12:40pm||2 Short talks|
|12:40 – 1:00pm||Awards, closing remarks and farewell|
We can offer special prices for three hotels. They are well connected to the conference venue by bus. Please do not forget to write or mention the reference word “GUM2024”.
Hotel Zollamt: See website here.
You can book your stay until end of January 2024 via e-mail
Price per night: 129 Euro for a single room without breakfast
SAKS Urban Design Hotel: See website here.
You can book your stay until end of January 2024 via e-mail (email@example.com)
Price per night: 120 Euro including breakfast
B&B Hotel: See website here
You can book your stay until end of January 2024 via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Price per night: 80 Euro without breakfast
Venue & Travel
The venue for this conference will be the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, which was formed by the merger of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Landau campus of the University of Koblenz-Landau in January 2023. The university has 12 faculties with over 20,000 students and is the second largest university in Rhineland-Palatinate.
How to reach the conference venue
Travelling by car
See map here
Train and Bus
You can use various connections to reach Kaiserslautern, including Intercity or municipal trains. From the main station in Kaiserslautern to the University, take bus line 105, 115 or 116 to stop at “Uni Zentral”.
Bus lines to and from University
Travelling by plane
Airport Saarbrücken (one hour on motorway 6)
Airport Frankfurt/Main (1.5 hours on motorway or 2 hours by train)
Airport Hahn (1.5 hours on motorway 62)
The welcome reception will take place on Tuesday 19th of March 2024 at the Schorle Gewitter – starting 7 pm
Click here https://schorle-gewitter.de/ to view the wine bar
The conference dinner will be held Thursday 21st March 2024 in Restaurant 11A.
The cost of this is included in your meeting registration.
11A Stiftsplatz 11
Click here to view the restaurant.
Please specify your dietary requirements/preferences during registration.
It is impossible to organize such a conference without external funding, we hope you will support the GUM by becoming a Member, Meeting Sponsor, Exhibitor or Advertiser.
In return for meeting sponsorship, we will offer to acknowledge your contribution in the program booklet and, if desired, include a flyer in the congress bag which is given to all delegates.
For exhibitors, we offer the rental of an approx. 3 m x 2 m space in the exhibition area at a price of 750 € for the duration of the meeting, including a free registration.
If you would like to advertise, we offer a full-page advert in the program booklet for 350 € and a half-page advert for 200 €. For an additional 200 € a flyer can be included in the conference bag.
Note that flyers need to be provided and shipped to the conference venue at your expense.
The meeting is supported by:
The GUM Award, an honour for senior scientists who made outstanding contributions in the field of mutation and cancer research and the GUM Young Scientist Award, that honours young scientists for outstanding contributions in the field of mutation and cancer research, are granted during the conference. The awardees are invited to give an award lecture at the conference.