11th Annual Symposium
Physics of Cancer
Leipzig, Germany
September 22-24, 2020
Technical Instructions

Dear invited speakers, contributed talkers and poster presenters of PoC,

The POC-virtual rooms are open now to allow you to become familar with the conference software. The conference software is hosted on a server at Leipzig University.

Speakers are strongly encouraged to test their talks!
Please send us your presentation by Monday 12:00 CET.
For this, please make use of a download link or an email.

It will not be possible to upload a successive talk, while the previous talk is still being presented. This would interrupt the ongoing talk. Expect long uploading durations. Use the time before the session with your presentation to upload your talk. This way the conference can take place as planned. You can upload pdf or powerpoint files, but powerpoint files are automatically converted to pdf upon upload, this may cause unwanted effects. The maximum file size for your PDF is 30MB (the smaller the faster). If your talk is larger than the file limit, please make yourself familiar with the screensharing feature, and ensure you are on a good and stable internet connection.

Chrome browser works best for this but Firefox is also an option.
For using screensharing Chrome is mandatory.

Login procedure

  • click here to enter


  • enter your name for identificaton - no password required

  • take the presenter by pressing the blue "plus" button

  • upload your talk by pressing it again

  • test your microphone and webcam

  • Screensharing

    If you want to show videos in your presentation, this is how to use the screensharing feature:

  • enable your microphone

  • press the rightmost button below to activate screensharing

  • select full screen

  • maximize your talk window

  • start talking
  • If problems occur restart your Chrome browser.

    Poster presenters

    There will be an individual room for each poster, please upload your poster to that room.

    Please be available in your room during the poster session. It is possible to open several rooms in parallel, so you can have your poster room open while looking at other posters. Please make sure, you enable your microphone only in the room you are actively talking in.

    COVID-19 pandemic

    If you plan to visit us on-site, please bring your own face mask.
    This is mandatory for entering the meeting site.

    Latest information on the situation in Germany:

  • Federal Government of Germany

  • Saxon Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion

  • Leipzig University

  • This meeting will take place both on-site and virtually. The amount of people to meet on-site is restricted. When booking your trip and hotel, please look carefully at cancellation policies. We cannot exclude the possibility that the on-site conference has to be cancelled on short notice.

    In case you already paid for the on-site attendance and the conference has to take place purely virtually on short notice, we will refund the difference between the two.

    Please note that we cannot refund any cancellation fees or other costs for transportation and accommodation!

    Words of Welcome

    One of the key scientific challenges of the 21st century is the fight against cancer. Cancer research has, with the revolutionary development of biochemistry and molecular biology, focused over the last decades on the molecular and genetic origins of cancer.

    Today, we know countless oncogenes and an immense number of molecular factors that determine tumor development in various forms and in different organs. However, a basic understanding, let alone the possibility to cure or control this complex disease, is still far beyond our reach. Despite enormous international efforts and an immense increase in knowledge, cancer-related deaths are still among the top 3 causes of death worldwide.

    In the light of our increasingly complex and diverse knowledge of molecular details, the search for basic principles and mechanistic paradigms of cancer is becoming more and more important. Here, medical research is strongly benefitting from the neighboring disciplines, such as bioinformatics or systems biology. In particular, the physics of soft condensed matter plays a central role in this context. Today, it becomes increasingly clear that the reductionist agenda of the physical approach is contributing essential insight into the physical foundations of cancer.

    The International Symposium "Physics of Cancer" is fostering the interdisciplinary exchange between the outstanding experts of this field. It is a well-established yearly conference that has developed into a major networking platform for young scientists.

    Some of the main topics covered in this symposium will be

  • Tumors of the Brain and Central Nervous System

  • Cell polarity and symmetry breaking

  • Cancer cell migration and cell mechanics

  • Cancer cells and the extracellular matrix

  • Physical diagnostics in translational research

  • Looking forward to meeting you at POC 2020!

    Thomas Fuhs
    Leipzig University, Germany

    -- Organizing Team PoC 2020 --


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