Welcome address

Dear Colleagues, Dear Guests,

the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Leipzig invites you to the 16th edition of the Leipzig Research Festival of Life Sciences on January 30, 2020, at the Medical Faculty Study Center, Liebigstraße 27.

As in previous years, this form of scientific presentation shall offer a platform to all young life science scientists and physicists from the Leipzig scientific landscape for the presentation of their research results and scientific exchange. The Research Festival shall also illustrate to the interested public, politics and as well as current and potential industrial partners how multifaceted the activities and the successes of the Leipzig scientists and doctors are in the field of life sciences and medicine.

We welcome poster contributions from all areas of medicine and the life sciences, as well as from other life science topics such as psychology, pharmacy, chemistry, veterinary medicine, physics, computer science and other fields. We also welcome registrations from the Max Planck Institutes, Fraunhofer Institutes, the UFZ, the groups in the BBZ and regional biotechnology companies. Contributions from the field of applied clinical research are also welcomed.

With special appreciation of the young scientists, the best poster presentations will once again be awarded with the prestigious Research Festival Leipzig awards.  The new feature at the 16th Research Festival will be a short presentation of the award winners during the awards ceremony to give visitors an insight into the award-winning research. Moreover, this year the audience will have an opportunity to cast their vote on the presentations given by the scientific speakers.

We would also like to invite the major scientific projects of the University Medical Center and all life science sectors to inform young scientists about the possibilities that these projects offer within the scope of our exhibition.  In this context, the Leipzig Medical Biobank (LMB) offers guided tours for all interested visitors, giving an insight into the process of sample preparation, storage and retrieval. A pre-registration is necessary.

We hope that our Research Festival in its 16th edition will again fulfill its dual purpose of presenting innovative research results and providing a contact forum of young and older scientists and physicians beyond professional and hierarchical boundaries. The Research Festival accompanies and strengthens the forward-looking development of the biomedical and biotechnological location of the University of Leipzig.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Arendt

Dr. Dr. John T. Heiker

PD Dr. Thorsten Kaiser

Prof. Dr. Thomas Magin

Prof. Dr. Michael Schaefer

Prof. Dr. Michaela Schulz-Siegmund


The Research Festival takes place in Leipzig at the Study Center of the Faculty of Medicine.

Universität Leipzig
Study Center of the Faculty of Medicine
Liebigstraße 27
04103 Leipzig


Roland-Ernst-Research Award
As part of this year’s award ceremony of the 16th Research Festival of Life Sciences 2020 the Roland Ernst Foundation for Health Care will award the Roland-Ernst-Research Award. The foundation was established in 1996 by the entrepreneur Roland Ernst and the Free State of Saxony.

Further information on the research award and the award winner can be found here.



Universität Leipzig
Faculty of Medicine
Leipzig Research Center for Civilization Diseases
Management Cluster
Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27
04103 Leipzig
Telefon: 0341 / 97 16 72 3
E-Mail: researchfestival@life.uni-leipzig.de