IZN Scientific EventsIZN Retreat

The IZN Retreat 2024 will again take place in the beautiful Kloster Schöntal, Germany. This year, our esteemed speakers will help us explore the topic of neuroinflammation and its facets in selected diseases. The Retreat is planned from Sunday, July 14th to Monday, July 15th.

General Information


  • When: Sunday, July 14th to Monday, July 15th
  • Where: As in previous years, the retreat will take place in the beautiful Kloster Schöntal.  
  • Getting there and back: Group transportation to Schöntal will be by bus or—if you so wish—by your own private car or on Saturday by bike. Due to limited space in the buses, we will need your binding reservation at the time of registration (one-way or round-trip).


  • Registration deadline: June 14th
  • Price: the price per person for two days (including full board) is between 189€ and 206€. For those who do not wish to stay overnight, the participation fee for one day will be approximately 66€.
  • Payment: All participants (except the speakers) will be required to pay the bill to the Kloster at Schöntal before departing from Schöntal. Of course, you may be reimbursed from the travel budget of your research group.


  • Be prepared for awesome science talks from renowned experts in the field of neuronal inflammation, including: Prof. Dr. Colm Cunningham (Dublin), Prof. Dr. Francesca Odoardi (Göttingen), Prof. Dr. Bart Eggen (Groningen), and Prof. Dr. Martina Absinta (Milano), as well the IZN's own Prof. Dr. Oliver Kann and Dr. Richard Fairless.
  • Two short student presentations, selected from among the submitted abstracts
  • Poster sessions showcasing the outstanding work of our young IZN scholars

AWARDS PRESENTATION: There will again be several awards this year.  Everyone is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply!!!

  • Presentation of the Foundation BrainAid/IZN Master Thesis Award
  • Presentation of the Foundation BrainAid/IZN Dissertation Award
  • Presentation of the IZN/Chica and Heinz Schaller Young Investigator Neuroscience Award
  • On-site voting will take place for two awards:  
    • Best IZN Student Poster
    • Best Neuroscience Artwork


  • Abstract submission deadline: June 14th
  • Note that all IZN doctoral students in attendance from the second year on are required to participate in the poster session. Master students and postdocs are also highly encouraged to participate.
  • Format: A0 portrait (841 mm wide x 1189 mm tall).  
  • Poster prize: The best poster of a doctoral or Master student will be awarded with a 100€ prize.  Selection will be based on scientific excellence and on-site presentation.


  • Sunday afternoon canoeing: As in previous years, there will be a canoeing tour on the Jagst river.
    • Cost: 24€/person
    • Duration: ~3.5 hours
    • Requirements: You must be able to swim.  Please also make sure that you are in good physical shape, as canoeing can be rather exhausting.  
    • If this is your first canoeing trip, then it is advisable to share your boat with an experienced partner.
    • You will receive additional information after the meeting registration is closed.
  • Sunday afternoon guided monastery tour: As an alternative to canoeing, there will also be a guided tour through the monastery (Cost: 7€).
  • Science pub quiz
  • Neuroscience art contest (EVERYONE is encouraged to submit: your most beautiful miscropscopy image, paintings, drawings, sculptures, performance art,...)
  • Bike trip to Schöntal and camping: Saturday, July 13th. Contact Peter Bengtson for details and check the appropriate box on the registration page. 



  • The deadline for the IZN/Chica and Heinz Schaller Young Investigator Neuroscience Award, the Foundation BrainAid/IZN Master Thesis Award, and the Foundation BrainAid/IZN Dissertation Award: May 31st
  • Online retreat registration: June 14th
  • Online poster registration and abstract submission: June 14th
  • Announcement of short-talk speakers: June 28th