SY-Stem - a symposium focusing on the next generation of stem cell researchers – is an annual meeting, located in the beautiful city of Vienna. It is organized jointly by the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) and Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA).

In this two-and-a-half-day event, recognized keynote speakers, as well as aspiring young group leaders will discuss the latest advances in stem cell biology in an informal and collaborative setting. Our goal is to strengthen a cooperative and dynamic spirit in this research area.

The 2023 sessions include the following topics:

Cell Biology of Stem Cells

Modeling Human and Primate Early Development

Morphogenetic Principles

Stem Cell Derived In Vitro Systems

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Prisca LIBERALI, FMI Basel [EMBO Young Investigator Lecture]

Michele DE LUCA, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


Maria ALCOLEA, Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute


Thorsten BOROVIAK, University of Cambridge

Chen-Hui CHEN, Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology (ICOB)

Alessandro DE SIMONE, University of Geneva - Université de Genève

Nikolce GJOREVSKI, Roche Institute for Translational Bioengineering

Jérôme GROS, Institut Pasteur

Yekaterina MIROSHNIKOVA, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Darcie MOORE, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Rashmi PRIYA, The Francis Crick Institute


Teresa RAYON, Babraham institute

Alan RODRIGUES, The Rockfeller University

Peter RUGG-GUNN, Babraham Institute

Mijo SIMUNOVIC, Columbia University

Jesse VEENVLIET, MPI Dresden

Ayaka YANAGIDA, The University of Tokyo


Scientific Organizers

Elly Tanaka (IMP) - Juergen Knoblich (IMBA)

Stephanie Ellis (Max Perutz Labs) - Sasha Mendjan (IMBA)  - Diana Pinheiro (IMP) - Nicolas Rivron (IMBA)

PhD student organizers: Christian Lehmann (Knoblich lab) & Marie Leitner (Mendjan lab)


Premium Sponsor


We would like to thank all companies that have kindly sponsored this symposium. 
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact: lea.klement@imba.oeaw.ac.at

Previous Meetings

SY-Stem 2020

Cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak