Annual Meeting 2020 goes online

Dear DGfZ members, dear friends of Cytometry,

we are very pleased to invite you to our virtual 30th Anniversary conference of the German Society of Cytometry (DGfZ)  from 28.09. – 02.10.2020.

Due to the current pandemic situation, we cannot welcome you personally in Berlin. However, science does not stand still – quite the contrary, cytometry is of great importance now. For that reason, and also because this is the 30th Anniversary of the DGfZ conference, we would like to send a positive signal in the form of a new format, namely an online conference: DGfZ will become DiGiFZ 2020 – a digital forum for cytometry in a completely new, exciting format via ZOOM!

And just us a reminder. ZOOM is not only for full frontal presentations and business video conferences. ZOOM offers chats beside the talks, where you can share links, images, files. There are chat rooms to continue the discussions, or chat on a one to one basis. Breakout rooms, polls, whiteboards… a whole new playground to explore, for all of us.

We have adapted the program for this purpose:

Of course, we will celebrate the society´s 30th Anniversary with a lecture by Günther Valet, one of the founding fathers of the DGfZ. We are especially pleased that we could win exciting speakers as Michael Dustin for the keynote lecture and Andrea Cossarizza for a Cutting Edge Session on the topic of COVID-19 cytometry.

Our popular Product Slam format will be available online this year and an interactive poster session, where even a poster prize will be awarded. Core facility managers will have the chance to exchange their expertise in our Core Facility Session.

Our partners from industry will present their brand new products and developments in form of a virtual exhibition, in the form of webinars, which start even before the conference begins:  Between 28.09. and 02.10., there will be nine Satellite Webinars, including a raffle with great prizes!

Please check out the program for more details – the registration portal is online now: Register here

We hope for your understanding that there will be no call for the Goerttler Prize this year.

Today we would like to invite you, to play your part in the anniversary of our society, but also in an experiment to investigate new forms for better online communication of the cytometry community.

Prof. Anja Hauser

I am looking forward to welcoming you to DiGiFZ 2020!

Sincerely,
Anja Hauser