8th International Symposium on Phospholipids in Pharmaceutical Research

We cordially invite you to our highlight of the year 2024!

The Phospholipid Research Center celebrates the 8th International Symposium on Phospholipids in Pharmaceutical Research, on September 09-11, 2024, in Heidelberg/Germany. After the great feedback of the symposium in 2022, we have decided to hold the symposium for an extra day this year.

According to our vision “Connecting the World of Phospholipids”, we focus this year on stimulating discussions between academia and industry. Phospholipids have unique properties and benefits in pharmaceutical applications, which means, that exciting presentations, conversations and awards can be expected.

The duration of the symposium will be 2.5 days: From Monday until Wednesday (early afternoon) with lectures provided by international academic as well as industrial researchers. In addition, young as well as experienced scientists from academia and industry will present their research achievements as scientific posters, giving the chance for fruitful networking between the authors and symposium participants.

The Symposium is intended to bring together phospholipid scientists from all over the world, offering the opportunity to initiate exciting discussions and long-term collaborations. Your active contribution to the success of our Symposium is essential and highly appreciated.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Heidelberg in September!

In a nutshell


Preliminary Program

Registration Form

Abstract Template


For registration and abstract submission: July 15, 2024.




The Symposium starts on Monday (September 09) at 10 a.m. CEST and will conclude on Wednesday (September 11) at 12 p.m.

Invited Speakers

The following speakers have confirmed their participation:

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Buchholz (PEI Langen) - The gene therapy boom: from viral vectors and cell targeting to lipid nanoparticles
  • Prof. Dr. Heike Bunjes (Braunschweig) - Phospholipid-based self-dispersing formulations
  • Dr. Daryl Drummond (Akagera Medicines Inc.) - Targeting of LNPs and liposomes to myeloid cells for development of highly efficacious therapeutics and vaccines against difficult to treat infectious diseases
  • Prof. Dr. Vincent Faivre (Paris) - Phospholipid-based anisotropic drug delivery systems
  • Prof. Dr. Dagmar Fischer (Nuremberg) - Archaeal Tetraetherlipids as Oral mRNA Vaccination Platform 
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Frieß (Munich) - Lyso-Phosphatidylcholine as surfactant alternative for biologics formulation
  • Prof. Dr. Timo Laaksonen (Helsinki) - Light-activated drug release from liposomes
  • Prof. Dr. Paola Luciani (Bern) - Shedding light on the use of phospholipids to reduce the burden of chronic liver disease 
  • Dr. Christine Mayer (Wiley) - Publication Ethics 2.0 - GenAI in Scholarly Publishing 
  • Prof. Dr. Félix Sauvage (Ghent) - Photo-induced destruction of vitreous opacities using nanobubbles generating liposomes
  • Prof. Dr. János Szebeni (Budapest)
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Treusch (Odense) - Archaea: weird microorganisms with wonderful lipids 
  • JunProf. Dr. Philipp Uhl (Heidelberg) - Tetraether lipid liposomes for oral peptide delivery 
  • Prof. Dr. Pieter Vader (Utrecht) - Extracellular vesicle-inspired carriers for therapeutic RNA delivery 
  • Prof. Dr. Shiqi Wang (Helsinki) - Cardiolipin-containing liposomes for intracellular drug delivery
  • Dr. David Wurm (NovoArc GmbH) - How to boost LNP performance with tetraether lipids 


Heidelberg University, Lecture Hall Chemistry, Im Neuenheimer Feld 252, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany.

The symposium will also be streamed. So, you also have the possibility to participate exclusively online.


Participants are requested to use the registration form and to send this form via email to: symposium@phospholipid-research-center.com.

Here you can download the registration form.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2024.

The confirmation of registration and the invoice will be sent after receipt of the registration. If you have chosen the "online stream" option, we will provide you with the necessary information in a timely manner.


You can either attend the symposium in person or online (stream only).


  • Students (incl. PhDs) - € 295.00
  • Universities and Authorities - € 625.00
  • Industry (1 participant) - € 975.00
  • Industry (1 participant + booth + ad) - € 1,245.00
  • Industry (3 participants + booth + ad) - € 3,095.00

Please ask for further sponsoring opportunities if necessary.

  • Online stream - € 495.00

Members of the Phospholipid Research Center get a reduction of € 50. You are not a member yet? Here you will find more information to change this.


Oral/Poster Presentations: Phospholipid scientists are encouraged to make an oral (Short Talk) or poster presentation (format A0, portrait). An abstract (PDF file and max. one A4 page) according to the template must be submitted via mail to symposium@phospholipid-research-center.com.

Here you can download the abstract template.

If you want to give a Short Talk, please indicate this on your registration and abstract by ticking the appropriate box.

Deadline for providing the abstract for poster/oral presentation: July 15, 2024.

Selection for oral or poster session by the Scientific Advisory Council of the Phospholipid Research Center will be announced in a timely manner after deadline of submission. Beyond that several poster authors will be selected to give a Flash Talk.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Drug Delivery
  • Lipid Nanoparticles & Vaccines
  • Analytics & Characterization Techniques
  • Technological Approach (Manufacturing / Preparation)
  • In vitro & Physicochemical Characterization
  • Diether and Tetraether Lipids
  • Miscellaneous

Please note: Applications for oral presentations may be changed to a poster presentation. From the poster presentations, flash talks will be selected. If you do not agree with this, please inform us with the submission of your abstract.


Best Short Talk, Best Flash Talk, and Best Poster Award. One award each will be given to a selected presenter of an oral presentation (short talk), a flash talk, and a poster. The winners are chosen by the Scientific Advisory Council and Board of the Phospholipid Research Center.

Thudichum Young Scientist Award. The Thudichum Award is intended for talented scientists in appreciation of outstanding publication(s). Every graduate or post-doc, in possession of a PhD degree, from all over the world, not older than 35 years, who has obtained a PhD degree in 2022 or 2023 can apply for this award. This award comprises a cash sum of 5,000 Euro, which will be presented at the Symposium.

Application deadline for the Thudichum Young Scientist Award: July 15, 2024.

Thudichum Life Award. The Thudichum Life Award honors lifelong, outstanding, and innovative scientific research in the field of phospholipids. The winner of the Thudichum Life Award is chosen by the Scientific Advisory Council and Board of the Phospholipid Research Center; an application for this award is not required.

Social Events

We will organize a get-together with buffet on Monday evening and social crusing event with dinner on Tuesday evening. You can be curious.