June 5-7, 2024

WI3R Symposium 2024


The organizing committee is happy to welcome you to the 1st International Conference of the Würzburg Initiative 3R (WI3R)! The event is co-organized by the Fraunhofer TLC-RT, the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research clusters SFB/TRR 225 ("From the fundamentals of biofabrication towards functional tissue models"), GRK2157 (3D-Infect) and SFB 1583 (Decide) of University Hospital and University of Würzburg as a joint event. The Fraunhofer TLC-RT develops new cell based tissue models and test systems, scalable manufacture processes, prototypes and biological vascularized implants, therefore contributing to the 3R principles. The SFB/TRR 225 Collaborative Research Centre is interested in exploring the fundamentals of biofabrication and its systematic exploitation with the aim to generate functional human tissue models. This holds the possibility of automated production of functional tissue models that would be invaluable as animal test replacements, for research on new drug compounds and cancer therapy, and as option for regenerative therapy. The GRK2157 and SFB 1583 networks focus on the development of human 3D tissue models for infection research aiming to identify molecular mechanisms within the host that control the course of infectious diseases. For more information please visit the respective webpages.

Within this 1st WI3R symposium the German Research Foundation (DFG) will grant the 20th anniversary of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize. The Ursula M. Händel Prize recognises scientists who have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research. In particular, this includes the development of methods that contribute to the reduction, refinement and replacement of animal experiments. The €80,000 Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize is currently the largest prize of its kind in Germany, awarded every two years.

Please find more information about the objectives of the event, the speakers and the preliminary program on this webpage.

You will also be able to explore the content and see the list of invited speakers. You can also register and submit an abstract directly through this webpage

Objectives of the WI3R Symposium

  1. Biofabrication and 3D printing
  2. human iPSC and organoids
  3. Emerging technologies
  4. New approach methods (NAMs)
  5. Disease modeling (infection, oncology)
  6. Regulatory acceptance
  7. Promotion of young investigators
  8. DFG Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize ceremony

Looking forward to see you in Würzburg soon!

More information about WI3R: WI3R WEBPAGE

Flyer "Save the date":

Preliminary confirmed speakers...

  • Prof. Winfried Neuhaus

    Prof. Winfried Neuhaus

    AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Center Health and Bioresources, Competence Unit Molecular Diagnostics, Vienna (Austria) & Danube Private University, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Medicine, Krems (Austria)

  • Prof. Stefan Hippenstiel

    Prof. Stefan Hippenstiel

    Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Campus Virchow-Klinikum, Department of Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Diseases, Berlin (Germany)

  • Dr. Michael Oelgeschläger

    Dr. Michael Oelgeschläger

    German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Unit Strategies for Toxicological Assessments, Berlin (Germany)

  • Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl

    Prof. Ulrich Dirnagl

    QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin (Germany)

  • PD Dr. Alexander Mosig

    PD Dr. Alexander Mosig

    Institute of Biochemistry II, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Research Group INSPIRE, Jena University Hospital, Jena (Germany)

Sponsors and Supporter

  • DFG


Rudolf Virchow Center

2, Haus D15, Josef-Schneider-Str. 2, Haus D15 Würzburg , Bavaria Germany , D-97080

Registration period

September 30, 2023 - 12:59 until June 4, 2024 - 00:00

Submission period

September 30, 2023 - 12:59 until April 15, 2024 - 00:00

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact oezlem.elbert@isc.fraunhofer.de .

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