Recent advances in genetics and molecular biology contributed to the identification of thousands of genes and genetic variants involved in the pathophysiology of complex diseases such as obesity. Functional characterization and mechanistic elucidation of these genes and variants represents one of the major current challenges. A better knowledge of the function of obesity susceptibility genes will be crucial for understanding the complex aetiology of obesity and obesity-related complications and might even pave novel paths for treatment strategies for metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes. A main focus of future research is therefore to unravel the yet unknown biological function of these novel obesity genes. To do so, expertise from various research fields will be inevitable. Therefore, the GOAL meeting is dedicated to the cross-cultural, interdisciplinary research on obesity, integrating various aspects of genetic research including identification and functional analyses of genes for complex traits, their evolution, up to the potential translation of this knowledge in medicine. With an exclusive list of renowned speakers, we particularly approach and invite early and mid-career enthusiastic scientists to join us in a lively debate and exchange.

We look forward to meeting you in Leipzig!

Your Hosts:

Your hosts


Confirmed Speakers (alphabetical order):

Yvonne Böttcher, Prof. Dr. University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Clinical Molecular Biology, Oslo, Norway

Alexandra Chadt, Dr. German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, Institute for Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Düsseldorf, Germany

Michael Dannemann, Dr. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Leipzig, Germany

Ola Hansson, Ass. Prof. Dr. Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Lund, Sweden

Hadi Al-Hasani, Prof. Dr. German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, Institute for Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry, Düsseldorf, Germany

Tuomas O. Kilpeläinen, Ass. Prof. Dr. Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Kathrin Landgraf-Kluge, Dr. Center for Pediatric Research Leipzig, University Hospital for Children & Adolescents, IFB AdiposityDiseases, Leipzig, Germany

Helmut Laumen, Dr. Else Kröner-Fresenius-Center for Nutritional Medicine, Pediatric Nutritional Medicine, Technical University Munich, Freising, Germany

David Meyre, Ass. Prof. Dr. McMaster University, Dept. of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Michael Olivier, Prof. Dr. Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Center for Precision Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Markus Scholz, Prof. Dr. Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Epidemiology, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany

Siegfried Ussar, Dr. Helmholtz Center Munich, IDO Institute for Diabetes and Obesity, Munich, Germany

Registration and Application:

Abstracts and Application:

Please register with your abstract or for early carrier scientists with a motivation letter by using the application form below, to the following e-mail:

goal-workshop [at] ifb-adipositas [dot] de

The abstracts will be evaluated by an internal steering committee. Selected candidates for oral presentations and posters will be notified on time.

Conference Language
The official congress language is English.

Registration Fee and Accomodation:


Registration Fee



480,- €

  • access to scientific sessions
  • accommodation for three nights (double room to share* incl. breakfast)
  • meals during the scientific sessions (incl. Social Evening)
  • Get Together September 28th


350,- €

  • access to scientific sessions
  • meals during the scientific sessions (incl. Social Evening)
  • Get Together September 28th


250,- € (reserved for members of IFB AdiposityDiseases and CRC 1052)

  • access to scientific sessions
  • meals during the scientific sessions (incl. Social Evening)
  • Get Together September 28th

*A contingent of double rooms is available to share until 6 September 2018. For further information please see “Accommodation”.

Please note that there are no day tickets for the GOAL-Workshop and that it is not possible to pay on arrival. Registration and payment have to be made in advance.


For the meeting we hold a contingent of double rooms to share at the Penta Hotel which are available upon choosing the first option of the registration fee for 480,-€. You will have the possibility to denominate your roommate, e.g., in case traveling with a colleague, otherwise we will organize this in all conscience. If you would like to take a single room at Penta, please contact us via goal-workshop [at] uni-leipzig [dot] de, however, this will add extra costs to the registration fee. Choosing the second option for 350,-€ will give you the alternative to organize the accommodation by yourself.

Pleas note, that for registration after 6 September we cannot guarantee a room from the blocked contingent. This means you pay only 350/250,- € for attending the workshop, but you would have to look for a hotel room on yor own.

Please note that after completing the registration with payment, a refund of the registration fee is not possible.

Certification by the Saxon State Medical Association

This event (28.09.-01.10.2018) is certified by the Saxon State Medical Association. Please bring your barcodes to the event.

Please note that you have to be registered for the workshop and pay the registration fee in advance to receive the points from the certification. 


Location of the Penta Hotel in Leipzig

Penta Hotel Leipzig
Großer Brockhaus 3
04103 Leipzig


How to get to the venue:

From the airport Leipzig-Halle to Leipzig city center

If you travel to Leipzig by plane: The airport Leipzig/Halle has a direct connection to Leipzig main station in the city center. Just take the trains S5 or S5X (both direction to Altenburg) to Leipzig main station. From the main station it's only 10 min by foot to reach the Penta Hotel (see below). 

From the main station to the Penta Hotel

If you travel to Leipzig by train: the Penta Hotel is only 10 min to walk from the main station. After leaving the main station through the front gates  turn to the left. You can either follow the "Wintergartenstraße" and turn right into the "Querstraße" or follow the "Georgiring", after about 900m turn into "Littstraße" , which lead into "Querstraße". Turn right on "Querstraße" and after a few meters you turn left into the street "Großer Brockhaus", through which you reach the main entrance of the Penta Hotel.

If you would like to go by tram from the main station to the Penta Hotel, you can find the connections timed down to the minute on the webpage of the Leipziger Public Transport Company: https://www.l.de/verkehrsbetriebe-en. The tram platforms are right in front of the mainstation. You can take the trams 10 (to Lößnig), 11 (to Markkleeberg or Dölitz) or 16 (to Lößnig) from platform 2, and go one stop until the station "Augustusplatz". From there you turn east and follow "Grimmaischer Steinweg" until the "Praxisklinik am Johannisplatz". In front of this building turn left into "Querstraße". Or you take the trams from platform 4:  4 (to Stötteritz), 7 (to Paunsdorf) or 15 (to Meusdorf) until the station "Johannisplatz" (2 stops). From this station you go north towards the "Praxisklinik am Johannisoplatz", in front of it turn left and immediatly after that right into "Querstraße", which you follow until "Großer Brockhaus".

If you tavel to Leipzig by car: you can reach the city center from the North and the East of Leipzig through the freeway A14 and the federal roads  B2, B87 or B6, from the South through the A38 and B2 and from the West through the A9 and B6, B181 and B87.