In 2002, the success story of this network began with the founding of the "Kompetenznetzwerk Stammzellforschung NRW". Much has happened since then, not only in stem cell research but also within the network. We are sincerely thankful that the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW supports the network since 2002.
There will be numerous anniversary events this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Stem Cell Network NRW. The following is an overview of the events planned for the first half of the year:
- 11.03.: UniStem Day with record participation in NRW - For the 7th time research institutions from NRW will participate in the action day on stem cell research for pupils. A total of 15 research groups from Hamm to to Aachen open their laboratories for interested high school students!
- 16.03.: Excursion to PL BioScience, Aachen - In order to support the exchange between the academic an commercial stem cell researcher in NRW and to promote translational processes, the Stem Cell Network NRW organizes excursions to companies in the stem cell sector.
- 31.03.: Stem Cell Technology at the Translational Threshold, Düsseldorf - The German Stem Cell Act celebrates its 20th anniversary as well. This event will take stock of the current situation, provide a comprehensive overview of possible reform requirements, and take a look into the future together with representatives from scientific research, clinical practice, politics and regulatory authorities.
- 06./07.05.: 13th Internal Meeting, Herne - In 2002 (28.02 - 01.03) the first Internal Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW took place in Hagen. 20 years later, the event is still the classic in the network and the lecture slots are quickly filled.