November 9th 2016

It was with great anticipation, that this year's Wilhelm Exner Medal Ceremony and Exner Lecture have been awaited. This years lectures have exceed the expectations. Four exceptional medalists with three high-caliber sessions. They allowed sensational insights into their research areas!
Emmanuelle Charpentier is the world's leading expert in the regulation mechanisms underlying the infection processes and the immunity of pathogenic bacteria.
Gero Miesenböck establishes optogenetics as the basis for a comprehensive range of neurobiological work that reveals the complex structures of the brain.
Stefan Hell develops methods of super-resolution optical micro-scopy, which allows to trace processes in living cells. In 2014 he received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Hans Eibl, founder of Immuno AG, is honored for his comprehensive research and exemplary implementation as an entrepreneur.
08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome & opening session
Andreas Gnesda, President of Österreichischer Gewerbeverein
Hans Sünkel, President of Wilhelm-Exner-Medaillen-Stiftung
09:15 Lecture honoring
          Emmanuelle Charpentiers

„The transformative CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering technology:
lessons learned from bacteria“
Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology, Berlin

„Gene therapy approaches for epidermolysis bullosa“
Eva-Maria Murauer, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg

„Applying CRISPR-Cas9 molecular scissors in mammalian cells”
Krzisztof Chylinski, The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities, Vienna
10:30    Coffee & Networking
11:00 Lecture honoring
          Gero Miesenböck

„Lighting Up the Brain”
Gero Miesenböck, Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Oxford

„Synaptic mechanisms of pattern completion: From experiment to model and back”
Peter Jonas, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg

„Optogenetics for Cancer Research”
Michael Grusch, Medical University of Vienna
12:15 Lunch Break
13:15 Wilhelm Exner Medaille
          Ceremony 2016

About Wilhelm Exner Medal
Hans Sünkel, Wilhelm-Exner-Medaillen-Stiftung

Laudatio Emmanuelle Charpentier
by Renée Schröder, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna

Laudatio Gero Miesenböck
by Hans Sünkel, Graz University of Technology

Laudatio Johann Eibl
by Hermann Katinger, Polymun Scientific, Klosterneuburg

Laudatio Stefan Hell
by Markus Arndt, University of Vienna
13:50 Coffee & Networking
14:20 Lecture honoring
          Stefan Hell

„Unlimited sharp: light microscopy in the 21st century“
Stefan Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen

„Programmable Microscopy”
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Medical University of Innsbruck

„Ultramicroscopy: from pure optics to brain research and cancer pathology“
Hans Ulrich Dodt, Vienna University of Technology
15:35 Closing Remarks & Networking    
OGV, Austrian Association of Small and Middle-sized Enterprises rewards Wilhelm-Exner-Medal to researchers since 1921, whose theories, findings and results have given important impetus to industrial applications.

Medalists include physicists, chemists or biologists as well as inventors and designers, whose ideas and designs opened up new dimensions of economic progress and sustained the development of industry and trade.

Since 1921, 237 researchers and inventors have been honored, including 22 Nobel laureates.

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