Dear friends and colleagues,

Due to the ongoing CoVID19 crisis we have to postpone the 19th workshop of the the study group „Cell Biology of Viral Infections“, which we had planned for fall 2020. This decision has not been easy for us, since we all were very much looking forward to it! However, given the fluidity of the present situation, with restrictions being released in some places and tightened in others, and the fact that this workshop in particular lives from the personal interactions of all participants, we don’t see a way to ensure that it will be successful under the current circumstances.

However, we are excited to announce that as an alternative for fall 2020 there will be an online presentation series featuring prominent scientists in the field of Cell Biology of Viral Infections. The topic of this presentations series will be “Modern Approaches to Studying Virus-Host Cell Interactions”, and the speakers are Claudia Claus, Kay Grünewald, Mario Schelhaas, Florian Schmidt, and Megan Stanifer, many of whom are previous chairs of our Working Group.

Please register your participation at

(PhD-) students and young PostDocs who participate can enter into a raffle to win one waiver for their registration fee for the 2021 meeting in Schöntal.

Nevertheless, we are very much looking forward to next year, when we will hold the workshop for the seventh time at the Schöntal Monastery from October 20-22 2021. The theme of the workshop will be:


Liquid organelles

Further details will follow.

We will continue with the tradition of open and avid discussions in a very lively but intimate atmosphere! Please remember that the virology-related presentations do not have to be connected with our current workshop topic! We are excited to welcome back our two presentation winners from last year’s meeting and to hear their newest results.

We look forward to seeing old faces and meeting new colleagues who share our excitement for viruses and cells!

See you in Schöntal!

The workshop chairs
Eva & Thomas

Eva Herker, PhD
Philipps-University Marburg
Institute of Virology
Hans-Meerwein-Str. 2
35043 Marburg

Thomas Hoenen, PhD
Institute for Molecular Virology and Cell Biology
Südufer 10
17493 Greifswald – Insel Riems