The Blankenese Conference series was started in 1979 by Gebhard Koch and Dietmar Richter (IZKN) and since then meetings have been organized on a yearly basis wherever possible; in 2004 Gebhard Koch retired and was succeeded by Wolfgang Meyerhof.
The Conferences are held in Blankenese, a suburb of Hamburg. The Elsa-Brändström-Haus is the site for the meetings.
Previous Conferences covered topics in cell biology, genetics, virology and neurobiology. Whenever possible, two distinct topics are discussed during the course of a Conference which per se brings together key investigators from different areas, hence promoting the exchange of ideas by leading scientists who rarely meet at other symposia. Scientists early in their career are particularly encouraged to attend and to contribute their latest results. Internationally recognized scientists are invited to lecture on their fields of interest. Posters and brief oral presentations from selected applications complement the lectures by the invited speakers.
Major financial support for these Conferences came from the City State of Hamburg, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Volkswagen Stiftung, Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie, Human Frontier Science Program Organization and European Commission.
During the Conferences participants can be reached at the Elsa-Brändström-Haus.