The conference will take place at the Lichthof of Leibniz University of Hanover (see here for pictures of the location and also information regarding directions). The address is:

Welfengarten 1, 30167 Hannover

The workshops on Wednesday, however, will take place at a different site. The address for the location for the workshops is:

Schneiderberg 1B, 30167 Hannover


For the 25th anniversary of the Frühjahrssymposium (FJS) we are very happy to welcome you to Hanover, as this year's symposium will not be online but in presence! We have put together a diversified program with a variety of different offers that include thrilling lectures from renowned scientists of both academia and industry, exciting workshops, inspiring poster sessions as well as a delicious conference dinner, several social activities and many opportunities to get together and network.



Panel Discussion


This year's motto of FJS, "Communicating the future," was chosen to put a spotlight on the topic of science communication. Science communication has been particularly relevant over the past two years in the context of the Corona pandemic, as the public needed to be regularly informed about the highly volatile research on the Sars-CoV II virus. This demanded sensible scientific communication to on the one hand inform the public about the risks of the virus but on the other hand not to spread excessive panic. Especially the strong abbreviation of scientific studies into provocative and protruding headlines proved to be problematic in this regard. The chances, risks and possible improvements for science communication and science journalism will be reviewed from different points of view by virologist Prof. Dr. Albert Osterhaus, science journalist Dr. Charlotte Wermser and "Chemists for Future" co-founder Prof. Dr. Sebastian Seiffert. The discussion will be hosted by the JCF member Roland J.-R. Bednarz.



Albert Osterhaus is one of the leading experts in animal and human virology. He serves as Professor and Founding Director in the Research Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonoses at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo). He also holds a position as Professor of Wildlife Virology and Virus Discovery at University Utrecht. His major achievements include the discovery of more than 40 new viruses and the development of new strategies to combat the threat of (zoonotic) virus infections.

Charlotte Wermser studied biomedicine in Würzburg, Germany. In 2018, she completed her doctorate at the Research Center for Infectious Diseases (ZINF) at the University of Würzburg. After completion of the PhD, she started her career as a science communicator with a traineeship in the public relations department of the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Since 2019, Charlotte Wermser has been a science editor with a focus on online communication and social media at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig. She became deputy head of the press and communication department at HZI in 2021. The department coordinates press and communication activities at the HZI main campus in Braunschweig and additional sites in Greifswald, Hamburg, Hanover, Saarbrücken and Würzburg.


Sebastian Seiffert is full professor for physical chemistry of polymers at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and co-chair of the voters' association Klimaliste RLP e.V. He obtained his PhD from Clausthal University of Technology (2007), was a postdoc at Harvard as a fellow of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2009–2010), and headed a junior research group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (2011–2014) as a Liebig fellow of the German Fund of the Chemical Industry (FCI). His first faculty appointment was as associate professor for supramolecular polymer materials at Freie Universität Berlin (2014–2016). In 2016, he followed a call to Mainz. Sebastian’s work was honored with the Reimund Stadler Award of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). During the last years he became increasingly engaged in the climate movement. Supported by the Klimaliste RLP e.V., he was running as a candidate for the German election for the "Bundestag". Additionally, he is co-founder of Chemists for Future and active in the local Scientists for Future group in Mainz.