Aachen, Germany, September 28th – 30th 2017

(14.6.2017) Update on Workshop - see below!



This year the annual meeting of the GMS will be held together with the autumn meeting of Zinc-UK. The conference will cover the effect of different minerals and trace elements on human and animal health. Half of the talks will cover the influence of zinc on different organ systems, whereas the other half will be on other transition metals and their impact on health and disease. Additionally all topics within the field of minerals and trace elements are welcome for posters and short presentations. Short presentations will be selected from the posters.


General Topic:                    Zinc and other transition metals in health and disease

Location:                             RWTH Aachen University Hospital (Uniklinik RWTH Aachen), see picture above

                                             Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany


Local Organization:         Prof. Dr. Lothar Rink, Dr. Inga Weßels, Dr. Martina Maywald

Congress Secretary:        Dagmar Marx, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                          Institute of Immunology, RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Pauwelsstr. 30, 52074 Aachen, Germany,

                                          Phone: +49 (0) 241 8080208,                       Fax:        +49 (0) 241 8082613


Program Committee:     Prof. Dr. Dirk Schaumlöffel, Prof. Dr. Tanja Schwerdtle, Dr. Anna Kipp,

                    PD Dr. York Schmitt, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Michalke, Prof. Dr. Lutz Schomburg, PD Dr. Esther Humann-Ziehank,

                    Dr. Kostja Renko, Daniel Brugger & Local Organizing Committee


Ärztliche Fortbildung:   Information only for German physicians.

Diese Veranstaltung ist mit folgenden Fortbildungspunkten bei der Ärztekammer

                                                Nordrhein beantragt:     Donnerstag (Abendvortrag, deutsch):    1 Punkt

                                                                                                Freitag (ganztägig, englisch):                       6 Punkte

                                                                                                Samstag (halbtags, englisch):                      3 Punkte




In connection with the

33. Joint Annual Meeting of the German Society for Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS) with Zinc-UK and the Zinc-Net COST Training School

two workshops are offered in forefront of the conference. The workshops are scheduled for three hours and will present actual and important topics in the field of trace element research, starting with lectures on relevant issues as teasers for interactive, lively discussions.

Both workshops will take place in parallel.


  1. “Alternatives for animal toxicity testing: principles, approaches and limitations”

This workshop answers questions and offers discussion about

  • what is toxicity testing and what are alternatives to animals experiments in toxicity testing?

  • which testing strategies are recommended (which should and could once use) for the different toxicity endpoints, with a special focus on cell death, genotoxicity, mutagenicity

  • sources of error, limitations and quality control.

            There will be a special focus on the toxicity testing of (ultra)trace element      (species).


  1. “Terms, strategies and quality control in element analysis and element speciation”

This workshop answers questions and offers discussion about

  • what is element speciation, elemental imaging, element analysis.

  • which analytical strategies are recommended for the different approaches, including sampling, sample handling and storage and analytical methods.

  • sources of error and quality control, serial and day-to day precision, accuracy.